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CMS launches voluntary incentive program aiming to cut cancer death rate


Dive Brief:

The Biden administration has unveiled a voluntary five-year program offering additional payments to oncology practices that improve services to Medicare and Medicaid patients, part of a broader effort to achieve a national goal of lowering the death rate from cancer by at least 50% over the next 25 years.

The Enhancing Oncology Model requires participating providers to offer services including patient navigation, 24-hour access to a clinician, a detailed care plan and screening for social needs that may affect treatment such as transportation and nutritional issues, the CMS said.

Collection of electronic patient-reported outcomes will allow patients to provide feedback on their care and health outcomes. Oncology practices are also required to report patient demographic data, including race, ethnicity, language and gender identity, and to develop plans showing how they will address health equity gaps.

Dive Insight:

Developed at the CMS Innovation Center, the incentive program is part of a renewed push by the Biden administration announced earlier this year to accelerate the ambitious Cancer Moonshot effort to cut cancer mortality in half.Biden launched the Cancer Moonshot as vice president in 2016. The initiative became law with the 21st Century Cures Act, enacted five years […]

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