Mission Statement:
Meeting and exceeding the needs of our patients is our primary goal. We recognize that each patient is an individual with unique needs. Our staff is dedicated to the fight against cancer and providing A New Way of Caring.
Locations:
Virginia Cancer Specialists has locations in Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, Fair Oaks, Gainesville, Loudon, Reston, and Woodbridge. Our first In office dispensary is located in Fairfax with 2 locations coming in late 2016 in Arlington and Loudon.
Practice certifications
FACT accredited
Dispensing type
Physician Dispensing Program
Services Provided
VCS provides services in medical oncology and hematology services which includes infusion services, physician dispensing programs, research, and genetics counseling. Our practice provides financial advocacy, palliative care, stem cell transplant, chemotherapy classes, and laboratory services.
Why did you join NCODA?
NCODA brings together the Pharmacy Community in hopes improving operations to dispensing cancer clinics. VCS joined NCODA to continue to provide excellent services to our patients. We understand that when patients receive medications at the point of care they will be more adherent. By helping dispensing programs with best practices and contracting joining NCODA was a must.
How can NCODA help you?
NCODA can help Virginia Cancer Specialists by providing guidance in negotiating with payors.
What are some challenges you face now or will face in the future of Oncology?
The current challenges we face in oncology is patient affordability, due to the continually increasing drug costs, as well as the lack of communication between regulators and payor.
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NCODA practices have successfully collaborated with another regional payor for the ability to go beyond the first fill! That brings the number of payers that have now collaborated with NCODA practices up to four! Several NCODA practices are currently in payor discussions!
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WASHINGTON — The federal Medicare program and private health insurers waste nearly $3 billion every year buying cancer medicines that are thrown out because many drug makers distribute the drugs only in vials that hold too much for most patients, a group of cancer researchers has found.
NCODA’s view: Cancer drug waste is something we see in our practices everyday. The follow up study that should be done is how much cancer drug waste occurs with the dispensing of oral cancer medications. All NCODA member practices strive to minimize this waste by managing the patients oral medications in real time.
All patients who have their medication dispensed by an NCODA member practice will rarely have a fill or refill that a patient will not take. We do this because we are in the oncology practice and are part of the patient’s cancer care team. We know when a scan or test will be performed. We know when the patient will be seeing their doctor. We know when a patient’s dose has been changed or their treatment held or stopped.
We verify how much drug the patient has on hand and confirm dosing with their oncologist before every dispense. We have complete access to the patient’s medical record and we see our patients face to face with every dispense. Their is little doubt, that oral cancer medications dispensed by an NCODA member practice is by far, the most convenient and cost effective solution to managing oral cancer medications.
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