Space Coast Cancer Center Selected For ‘Come Home’ Project
By Space Coast Medicine & Healthy Living // March 15, 2013
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BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORDA – Space Coast Cancer Center has been selected to participate in the “Come Home” program being led by Innovative Oncology Business Solutions, Inc.
“Space Coast Cancer Center is both pleased and honored to be chosen as one of only seven oncology practices in the nation to offer the ‘Come Home’ program to our patients,” said Space Coast Cancer Center Founder Dr. Richard M. Levine.
Space Coast Cancer Center has served cancer patients in Brevard County, Florida for more than 30 years with locations in Titusville, Merritt Island, Viera.
Innovative Oncology Business Solutions, Inc., which was created by Dr. Barbara McAneny of New Mexico Cancer Center, has received a $19.8 million grant from the Medicare Innovation Center as part of its Healthcare Innovation awards. This grant will use the patient care policies created by New Mexico Cancer Center and implement them at six other practices, including Space Coast Cancer Center, across the United States.
Created Under the Affordable Care Act
Congress created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation under the Affordable Care Act, giving it the authority and direction to test innovative payment and service delivery models to reduce program expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care for those patients who receive Medicare or Medicaid benefits. The awards range from approximately $1 million to $30 million for a three-year program.
The Innovative Oncology Business Solutions “Come Home” project is one of very few Oncology-based programs across the country. The “Come Home” program focuses on team-based care, which is directed by physicians, provides patients with seamless, integrated, high-quality cancer care and has been referred to as an “Oncology physician-directed medical home.”
“By avoiding duplication of care and providing patient education and significant support services, we expect that Space Coast Cancer Center will help to lead the way for the next generation of cancer care,” said Dr. Levin.
“Space Coast Cancer Center’s staff and hours of operation will be expanded over the next year to provide an alternative to expensive and inconvenient emergency department services.”
“Space Coast Cancer Center’s staff and hours of operation will be expanded over the next year to provide an alternative to expensive and inconvenient emergency department services. Patients will be admitted to the hospital only when medically necessary, and as soon as they are stable enough to safely complete therapy in an outpatient setting, they will be discharged from the hospital.”
Under the grant, Space Coast Cancer Center and other participating facilities will be comparing their quality of care and the cost of care with control-group practices and hospital-based systems. By the end of the third year, IOBC’s goal is to have a good understanding of all facets of cancer care costs so they can provide a bundled payment mechanism.
Highest Quality Medical Care
The mission of Space Coast Cancer Center is to provide the highest quality medical care and service to the patients and families of our community, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, services and dedicated staff.
Already featuring an on-site licensed laboratory, Space Coast Cancer will open a pharmacy in the Titusville center this year.
Space Coast Cancer Center was the first practice in the state of Florida, and the area’s only cancer center, certified for quality by the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative.
Offeriing infusion services, as well as radiation therapy utilizing the Varian True Beam and Trilogy linear accelerators, Space Coast Cancer Center has performed clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, the Sarah Cannon Research Institute and pharmaceutical companies.
For information call 800-894-HOPE (4673) or visit SpaceCoastCancer.com