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MISSION STATEMENT/PHILOSOPHY:

Alabama Oncology is a community-based physician practice that provides patients with increased access to integrated, evidence-based cancer care and clinical research throughout central Alabama. We are dedicated to the health and well-being of patients with cancer and blood disorders and strive to provide outstanding care while being respectful and sensitive to the individual needs of each patient.

Our dedicated physicians, nurses and staff will guide you and your family through your treatment options, in an effort to tailor our services to your unique, individual needs. Our state-of-the-art clinics offer a full range of chemotherapy services, laboratory testing, clinical trials and support services, provided by people who have an unwavering commitment to achieving the best possible result.  We also provide specialized services in Gynecologic Oncology and complicated gynecological surgical cases.

LOCATION(S):

Alabama Oncology is the largest, private, community-based  provider of cancer care services in Alabama. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of quality care in a compassionate and convenient environment. Our network is comprised of nine clinics strategically located throughout central Alabama with a strong presence in Birmingham’s major hospitals so patients can receive treatment close to home.

PRACTICE DETAILS (how many providers, how many employees, etc.):

  • 215 employees:
  • 18 medical oncologist
  • 2 gynecologic oncologist
  • 1 general oncology surgeon
  • 1 hepatobiliary/pancreatic surgeon
  • 4 advanced practitioners
  • 1 pharmacist

QUALIFICATIONS/CREDENTIALS (are you QOPI certified, etc.)

OCM Practice

QOPI (certification pending)

ACHC w/ Oncology Distinction

URAC (certification pending)

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY SERVICES STAFF:

  • Alabama Rx (est. 2016):
  • 1 pharmacist
  • 3 CPhT, patient advocates
  • Service all clinic sites with oral oncolytics
  • Service on-site clinic supportive medications
  • On-site prior authorizations and financial benefit analysis
  • 80% of prescriptions are delivered to patients

DISPENSING TYPE (RETAIL VS DISPENSARY):

Retail Pharmacy (Medically-Integrated Pharmacy)

SERVICES PROVIDED (BONE MARROW, RADIATION, CHEMO)

  • Chemotherapy (oral and infusion)
  • Bone Marrow transplants
  • Phlebotomy
  • IVIG replacement
  • Iron replacement
  • Clinical Trials

WHY DID  YOU JOIN NCODA?

To share best practices with like-minded people and to enhance patient care/services.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A MEMBER?

I joined after several phone conversations with Mike Reff, Founder & Executive Director of NCODA.

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US?

Mike Reff and numerous peers.

HOW CAN NCODA HELP YOU?

  • Continue to create and enhance current initiatives
  • Continued to strive to fill beyond the first fill
  • Continue to expose PBM mandates and DIR fees

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE MORE INVOLVED WITH NCODA?

I have the honor of serving on the Executive Council and I am involved with other initiatives. I do really enjoy the partnership/sponsor side of the organization. I am always looking for opportunities to collaborate with various partners for NCODA.

WHAT ARE SOME CHALLENGES YOU FACE NOW OR WILL FACE IN THE FUTURE OF ONCOLOGY?

  • PBMs (going beyond first fill, DIR fees)
  • PBM mandated accreditation
  • Payor reimbursement/contracts
  • Drug pricing
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Mission Statement:

Summit Cancer Centers mission is to maintain and increase high quality, lower cost cancer services, and to work at peak efficiency through owning, managing and operating comprehensive community cancer care facilities; and to offer patients throughout the Northwest a broad array of integrated, multidisciplinary cancer care services. 

Locations:

Spokane, Spokane Valley, Post Falls, Boise

Practice Details:

Our practice has 6 medical oncologists, 2 ARNP’s, 1 physician’s assistant, 2 surgeons, 1 pharmacist, and 60 ancillary staff.

Qualifications/Credentials

N/A

Pharmacy Services Staff

Our Medically Integrated Dispensary boasts one pharmacist, Tasha Heimbigner, and one oral technician, Alicia Barnes. We service all four clinic locations utilizing a courier to transport medications to the patient’s preferred clinic. Our goal is a 24hr turn around and a $0 copay for all new starts. By handling the oral medication from beginning to end (insurance authorization, prior authorizations, funding, counseling, and follow up) we are able to provide an excellent level of care and support of our patients.

Dispensing Type

Medically Integrated Dispensary

Services Provided

Bone marrow, chemo, radiation, surgery, imaging, financial support (grants, foundations, free drug) and medical integrated dispensary.

Why did you join NCODA?

I joined NCODA for the support of others working in a similar setting. There are very few practices in our area, and it is always nice to bounce ideas off someone else, see how others are dealing with similar issues, and simply to ask questions.  After discovering the benefits from NCODA membership I had my technician join.

How did you become a member?

Signing up online

How did you hear about us?

I heard about NCODA through another member, Jen O’Doherty. She encouraged me to join. Being in a similar practice setting with no other similar practices around she uses NCODA and its members heavily. She uses NCODA members to ask questions and bounce ideas around. This was exactly what I needed! Being new to oncology I felt that I really needed support from others doing what we do.

How can NCODA help you?

NCODA has greatly helped our practice with the use of Positive Quality Interventions and oral education sheets. These are used daily in our clinics. So much knowledge gained at the NCODA conferences has helped to optimize practice at our centers in the Medically Integrated Dispensary.

How would you like to be more involved with NCODA?

Personally, I would like our clinic to get involved with the treatment support kits. This program sounds as though it would pair nicely with out Medically Integrated Dispensary and current work flow and would be of great benefit to our patients.

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

Reimbursement is always a challenge that we are facing. How to get the most out of what we do. How to go beyond the first fill is another challenge we face. Although we do provide better care than a mail order pharmacy, it is difficult to fight back. DIR fees… always DIR fees.

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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.

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