Improving Cancer Care in the United States

EmblemHealth will be part of an innovative program to improve cancer quality and care coordination in New York State for Medicare members.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today that EmblemHealth, along with 16 other health insurers and approximately 200 physician group practices across the country, will participate in a five-year plan to improve cancer care and lower costs.

“EmblemHealth is proud to have been selected to participate and further advance the delivery of high-quality care for patients with cancer,” said Karen Ignagni, President and CEO, EmblemHealth. “As a leader in value-based care — with over 65 percent of our members in these arrangements — we are dedicated to providing patients with access at the right time and place. We are guided by the need to put the patient at the center of care and this initiative further elevates this commitment.”

The Oncology Care Model is the first Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) physician-led specialty care model and builds upon previous value initiatives. According to the government’s press release, the model encourages greater collaboration, information sharing and care coordination so cancer patients get the care they need.

“This patient-centered care model fits within the Administration’s dual missions for delivery system reform and the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force — to improve patient access to and the quality of health care while spending dollars more wisely,” said Sylvia M. Burwell, Health and Human Services Secretary.

Read the full press release, “CMS Announces EmblemHealth Selected for Initiative Promoting Better Cancer Care.”