SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Stephen H. Schneider, Ph.D.,
professor of Environmental Biology and Global Change at
"The future of the country's cancer care delivery system is in jeopardy," explained Patrick Cobb, M.D., president of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) and managing partner of Hematology-Oncology Centers of the Northern Rockies in Billings, Montana. "Community oncology practices, which treat most Americans with cancer, are facing tough decisions to cut staff, services, and facilities, due to major problems associated with Medicare drug and services reimbursement. At this week's annual COA Conference, cancer healthcare professionals from around the nation will address and discuss how we can avert this crisis."
The Crisis in Cancer Care
Since the passage of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, reimbursement for cancer care by Medicare, which covers approximately 45% of Americans with cancer, has been cut dramatically. With diminishing service payments, numerous community clinics have no choice but to close their doors. Loss of these community treatment options leads to treatment of more patients in the general hospital setting, especially under-insured or uninsured patients, which can drive up costs and result in inefficiently coordinated, substandard treatment and increased likelihood of medical errors.
Solutions to Be Stu
|SOURCE Community Oncology Alliance|
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