PCLI Meeting Examines Value-Based Reimbursement Standards

More than 75 members of the AACI Physician Clinical Leadership Initiative (PCLI) convened during the AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting, October 23 in Chicago. PCLI provides a forum where AACI cancer center clinical services leaders--such as chief medical officer or physician-in-chief--can collect, evaluate, and share best practices that promote the efficient and effective operation of cancer center clinical and quality care programs.

This year’s fourth annual PCLI meeting focused on how centers can provide a cancer care delivery system which supports high value care for patients while satisfying value based reimbursement standards.

Michael Neuss, MD, chief medical officer at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, started the meeting with a presentation entitled, “Mandates and Measurements of the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid System’s (CMS) Oncology Care Model (OCM)”. His talk provided the rationale and goals for the program—namely, cutting health care spending—quality measurements and the requirements for documentation of patient symptoms and delivery of care. AACI President Stanton Gerson, MD, followed with an overview of his AACI Presidential Initiative: “Integrating Advances in Cancer Treatment to the Community”.

Guest speaker Jamie Von Roenn, MD, shared an overview on the ASCO Leadership Development Program, a year-long training program for physicians focused in part on improving ties with U.S. government research agencies and policymakers. Randall Holcombe, MD, director of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, led meeting attendees in sharing their perceptions about institutional development, including topics such as incorporating clinical research into clinical practice, reimbursement and incentive plans for clinical care and clinical research, integrating network/system sites into the cancer center mission, and clinical operations efficiency.

PLCI will continue to share best practices via quarterly webinars for AACI cancer centers. The next webinar, “Integrating Clinical Research into Clinical Care”, will be presented by Martha P. Mims, MD, PhD, and Sarah McNees, PhD, both from the Dan L Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine. The webinar will be held on November 15, 2016 at 3:00pm ET. Questions about the webinar can directed to C.J. Confair.

More information about PCLI is available at aaci-cancer.org/pcli.asp.