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eported a median wait to treatment time of 21 days and an average travel time of 30 minutes. Overall, there was no significant difference in treatment location between the groups. However, a small trend in change of location was observed for patients living in rural areas and patients with Medicare and no supplemental insurance. The number of patients in these subgroups was too small to make an association.

In addition, the authors found that patient satisfaction with care by their oncologist and infusion center staff was similar in the pre- and post-MMA groups, regardless of age. For example, among patients 65 years and older, 65 percent and 76 percent of patients from both groups were very satisfied with their oncologist and infusion staff, respectively.

Dr. Schulman and his co-authors conclude that overall, our findings do not support generalizations from anecdotal reports that patients are being affected by these changes as a result of the MMA. However, this study suggests a possible impact by the MMA on vulnerable populations, such as those in rural areas and those with only Medicare insurance, which should be investigated.


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Contact: Amy Molnar
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John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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