Community Oncology Alliance Hosts Third Summit on Cancer Care Payment Reform

The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) hosted nearly 200 payers, order providers, and industry leaders this week for a discussion on oncology payment reform at the Payer Exchange Summit III. This marks COA’s third payment reform convening in the last year and represents community oncology’s continued leadership in developing innovative solutions for America’s healthcare system.

The Payer Exchange Summit was held October 26-27, 2015, and featured an invited group of community oncology providers, payers, and partners. The attendees included a diverse mix of community oncology physicians, practice administrators, and pharmacists; private and federal insurers; and industry stakeholders. Continuing a tradition unique to the Payer Exchange Summit, participants had to demonstrate a track record of working together on payment reform projects as criteria in their application to attend.

Attendees of the Payer Exchange Summit heard in-depth reports on payment reform pilot projects and exchanged ideas on what has worked, what has not, and what needs to be done to improve quality while reducing costs. This included updates on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Oncology Care Model (OCM), the COME HOME Medical Home program, and more.

Marking a major milestone, at the summit COA and the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC) provided an update on the Oncology Medical Home accreditation program. This included a panel discussion of the practices that participated in pilot projects earlier this year, and the release of a complete OMH accreditation manual. The OMH accreditation program will open up to new practices in 2016, and to date the CoC reports that over 60 have expressed an interest.

The Payer Exchange Summit continues COA‘s commitment to fostering dialogue and action around community cancer care payment reform. Payer Exchange Summit IV will take place at the Community Oncology Conference in Orlando, Fla., April 14-15, 2016 and continue through other COA initiatives. Responding to feedback from Summit participants, COA is also considering organizing a meeting of CMMI OCM project grantees when they are announced.