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Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Awards $19 Million Grant to Develop Oncology Medical Home Model
Date:8/1/2012

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and fostering community cancer care, announced today that Dr. Barbara McAneny, a COA board member, chief executive officer of New Mexico Cancer Center, and Innovative Business Solutions have been awarded the Health Care Innovation Awards (HCIA) funding opportunity from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).  This $19 million grant will fund the project to implement and test a medical home model of care delivery for newly diagnosed or relapsed Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, as well as commercially insured patients with breast, lung, or colorectal cancer.

Implementation will begin in Dr. McAneny's practice in New Mexico and roll out in six other practices, yet to be announced, over the next six months.  Through comprehensive outpatient oncology care, including patient education, team care, medication management, and management and monitoring of patient satisfaction, 24/7 practice access and inpatient care coordination, the medical home model will improve the timelines and appropriateness of care, reduce unnecessary testing and reduce avoidable emergency room visits and hospitalizations. The $19,757,338 award will fund the three year program and provide an estimated savings over three years of $33,514,877.

"This project will create a group of loosely affiliated practices that will focus on the alignment of the multiple components to ensure quality care," said Dr. McAneny.  "I am confident that the better care provided by centralized comprehensive care will not only improve patient quality of life and prolong survival, but will also prove to be the most economical model for cancer care."

"Dr. McAneny's award will give us a roadmap of this protocol for more beneficial patient care," added Ted Okon, COA executive director.  "COA is working with key stakeholders – patients
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