Volume 7 - Issue 3 - Winter 2017



Oncology Care Model – Putting Patients at the Center

Texas Oncology was selected to participate in the Oncology Care Model (OCM), an innovative program for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation designed to improve patient care and the cancer treatment experience. As OCM is implemented, all patients, not only Medicare patients, will notice a greater focus on communication that helps them better understand their illness and treatment, sets expectations regarding side effects, improves their understanding of test results, managing symptoms, and avoiding unnecessary hospital and emergency room visits.

“OCM aligns with Texas Oncology’s patient-centered, compassionate approach resulting in greater collaboration among physicians, and putting a greater emphasis on shared decision making with patients,” said Lalan Wilfong, M.D., medical director of quality programs and value-based care at Texas Oncology.