RCCA: Taking Cancer Care To A Higher Level In NJ And Beyond

Edward J. Licitra, MD, PhD, board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology and chairman of the board of directors of Regional Cancer Care Associates (RCCA), shares some of his thoughts on potential models for a health care delivery reform system. Oncologists at RCCA, totaling 100 physicians, learn from each other’s best practices with the patient’s interest at the forefront. Through RCCA, patients can receive care at home instead of visiting a hospital or clinic. They have set up 27 care delivery sites, providing care to more than 23,000 new patients annually and approximately 230,000 existing patients in New Jersey, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Another example of a successful care reform case is the Oncology Care Model (OCM) created by Medicare under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The model questions how to best develop an integrated style of cancer care. It focuses on developing a care model for the future, using data sharing and streamlining economics for patients as well as providers. By digitizing patients’ medical histories and sharing them through hospitals and clinics, this model focuses on simplifying the oncology care process.

Lastly, the OCM utilizes evidence-based-medicine (EBM) practices throughout the entire spectrum of care. EBM produces the best methods regardless of cost, while even reducing cost by eliminating wasteful spending. The OCM focuses on patient-focused, research based therapy tailored to the individual patient.

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