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Arizona Oncology

Mission Statement:

HOPE. STRENGTH. LOVE. – Our commitment to patients

Arizona Oncology (AO) is the largest group of medical professionals in Arizona devoted exclusively to cancer care. With over 60 practicing physicians, we serve patients at over 25 locations throughout Arizona, including Arrowhead, Chandler, Cottonwood, Deer Valley, Flagstaff, Glendale, Green Valley, Nogales, Phoenix, Prescott Valley, Rita Ranch, Safford, Scottsdale and Sedona.

Our practice provides comprehensive, compassionate, cancer care in a patient-focused, cost-effective, community-based setting. Care is delivered by a team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologist oncologist, hematologists, transplant specialists, and clinical staff, affiliated with The US Oncology Network, a national oncology network. This large network also gives patients access to nationwide research and clinical trials of promising new drugs in the war against cancer.

Arizona Oncology provides patients with access to the latest treatments, state-of-the-art technology, and an extensive research program. We believe it is beneficial that these therapies are provided in a community setting, close to a patient’s home and support system. Arizona Oncology physicians are supported by talented clinical staff who are sensitive to the needs of cancer patients and their caregivers.

VISION:

To establish a network of comprehensive, fully integrated cancer centers that deliver advanced clinical service while being fully responsive to the ever-changing healthcare environment and to be the leader in the delivery of compassionate, personalized, state-of-the-art oncology care in Arizona, providing our patients access to the latest in technology therapies and techniques.

Locations:

Our physicians treat patients in over 30 locations across Arizona.

Practice Details:

AZ Oncology has more than 60 practicing physicians across Arizona in over 30 locations. There are 12 medically integrated dispensaries (MIDs) across Arizona with 4 sites being run remotely and prescriptions counted by the IV admixture tech (at those sites). We have one technician at each of the other MIDs with two pharmacists in the state, one in Phoenix and one in Tucson.

Qualifications/Credentials

Arizona Oncology is QOPI certified and is a participant in the Oncology Care Model for CMS.

Pharmacy Services Staff

We have a great staff within our MID. Our certified pharmacy technicians are dedicated to helping cancer patients receive oral chemotherapy and supportive care meds in a timely and safe manner while helping them obtain financial assistance. There are two pharmacists in the state who provide clinical support.

IOD and IV staff at a Tucson location

Dispensing Type

Physician dispensary for Arizona Oncology patients

Services Provided

  1. MED-ONC-CHEMO
  2. HEM-ONC-CHEMO
  3. GYN-ONC-CHEMO
  4. RADIATION ONCOLOGY
  5. STEM CELL TRANSPLANT
  6. RESEARCH/CLINICAL TRIAL
  7. GENETIC RISK ASSESSMENT

Why did you join NCODA?

I joined NCODA because of my passion to help patients and provide oral oncology services to them within the office setting. I feel that NCODA can assist Arizona Oncology, and the patients it serves, by being an advocate for the oncology dispensing model.

How did you become a member?

Our state Pharmacist, Linda Frisk, encouraged me to become a member and become active in NCODA to aid in the advancement of our medically integrated dispensary (MID), and to better help our patients.

How did you hear about us?

Through our state Pharmacist, Linda Frisk, who is also on the executive council for NCODA.

How can NCODA help you?

NCODA has been so valuable already through sharing of important, relevant information and best practices. Through the NCODA website and open forums, the continued support will provide information and assistance that is not available through any other avenue (with regard to oncology dispensing).

How would you like to be more involved with NCODA?

I have become a co-chair of the pharmacy technician committee and will chair the new Oncology Pharmacy Tech Association (OPTA). I hope to increase Arizona Oncology’s membership within NCODA (i.e. with the addition of medical, staff such as providers, mid-levels, and other clinical staff).

What are some challenges you face now or will face in the future?

The cost and ability to obtain oral oncology medications for patients, especially in the underinsured/uninsured population This is a barrier that can be detrimental to cancer patients. PBM’s are another challenge that place more restrictions on MIDs These same MIDs can provide higher quality care, creating another barrier of timely access to these life-saving medications.


Brochure given to patients that explains our MID and
the benefits of filling prescriptions directly with us.

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