American Society of Clinical Oncology News Release

November 1, 2016

ASCO Launches COME HOME Initiative to Give Oncology Practices Concrete Path toward Alternative Payment System

Alexandria, Va. – The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Innovative Oncology Business Solutions, Inc., (IOBS) today announced a new collaboration, ASCO COME HOME, an oncology medical home program designed to transition community oncology practices from volume-based to value-based care by structuring reimbursement around the full range of services needed by patients with cancer. ASCO COME HOME will also prepare oncology practices for full implementation of the Quality Payment Program, authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and will be available across the country starting on Jan. 1, 2017.

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Our triage process is different

The COME HOME Triage System is a real time, web-based decision support system, that provides a comprehensive set of triage protocols focusing on patient symptoms. The triage process enables oncology nurses to support their patients in the best way possible: by giving them the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

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What has IOBS accomplished?

Innovative Oncology Business Solutions’ goal is to improve health outcomes, enhance patient care experiences and significantly reduce costs of care. We believe that this is possible by improving timeliness and coordination of care and by keeping patients out of the emergency department (ED) and hospital as much as possible.

An early evaluation of the COME HOME Model, an oncology medical home initiative designed by IOBS, has shown significant reductions in Emergency Room utilization, and Hospital Admissions and Total Cost of Care.

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The Association of Community Cancer Centers Innovator Awards recognize and honor game-changing strategies for the effective delivery of cancer care in the community setting. Winners gain national visibility as ACCC showcases their innovations to oncology care providers and the broader healthcare community throughout the year. Innovative Oncology Business Solutions was honored for the COME HOME Model as part of the 2014 class of awardees.

The Biz Tech Innovation awards “recognize some of the most interesting things happening in [New Mexico] at the intersection of technology and business.” Innovative Oncology Business Solutions (IOBS) was honored to be part of the inaugural class of awardees in 2013.

Case Studies

Case Study: Transforming Cancer Care at a Community Oncology Practice

By: Darshak Sanghavi, Kate Samuels, Meaghan George, Kavita Patel, Sarah Bleiberg, Frank McStay, Andrea Thoumi and Mark B. McClellan

To assist practices and institutions throughout the country in implementing clinical redesign supported by – and aligned with – payment reform, we present a case study of the New Mexico Cancer Center (NMCC) based on numerous stakeholder interviews, literature reviews, and a comprehensive site visit. This study explores the complex barriers oncologists face in improving the quality and outcomes of cancer care and reducing overall costs in a sustainable way.

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