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Latest Cancer Clinic Closure in Selma, Alabama
Date:3/17/2010

WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) today announced the latest cancer clinic closure is Montgomery Cancer Center in Selma, Alabama. That brings a total of at least 30 community cancer clinic closures over the past several months --with the majority increasing from 2009 forward -- due to financial pressures from severe cuts in Medicare reimbursement for cancer care. Yet the current healthcare reform plans do not address this crisis in cancer care or the impact to senior cancer patients on Medicare.

"We have been operating at a financial loss for some time because of the reimbursement cuts over the past few years," explained Harry M. Barnes, III, M.D. "We will attempt to care for our Selma patients in our Montgomery office, but unfortunately, Selma cancer patients will no longer have access to chemotherapy in their own community. This poses a threat to indigent patients who have limited options for transportation, some of whom may not seek care or may have poorer outcomes."

Dr. Barnes' Selma clinic had been in operation for more than 25 years.


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