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MISSION STATEMENT/PHILOPSOPHY:

Mission: To deliver cutting-edge, compassionate, integrated urologic care, supported by evidence-based medicine, that optimizes quality of life for our patients while increasing value to all stakeholders.

Vision: We will serve as the national leader in integrated urologic healthcare by setting the standard for patient experience, employee satisfaction, and provider excellence.

LOCATION(S):

43 total 

(https://www.njurology.com/locations/)

PRACTICE DETAILS:

97 providers (physicians, nurse practitioners)
780+ employees

QUALIFICATIONS/CREDENTIALS:

In the midst of ACHC accreditation 

DISPENSING TYPE:

In-office Dispensary

SERVICES PROVIDED:

Dispensing of oral oncolytics

WHY DID YOU JOIN NCODA? 

I joined so we would be able to gather additional resources to continue building our uro-oncology program around prostate cancer and provide patients with continuity of care

HOW DID YOU BECOME A MEMBER?

I completed the online application for membership.

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US?

I initially heard about NCODA from my colleague, Rob Ashford when he was with Bayer.

HOW CAN NCODA HELP YOU?

We’ve have found NCODA to have an unwavering commitment to patient care, from creating tangible patient resources to the energy spent ensuring patient treatment remains in-house from first fill to last fill. We like that NCODA is also fighting for us to be able to stay the course in providing the continuity of care that we and our patients have become accustomed to. In attending the last two NCODA Forum meetings their “Passion For Patients” mission has been quite evident and they’ve allowed for me to bring meaningful information and resources into our practice.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE MORE INVOLVED WITH NCODA?

I enjoy being involved with the Nursing Committee and TSK committee and would be welcome to other opportunities that support our staff, so they are better able to support our patients.

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

Urology is “newer” to oncology management and education of our providers and staff is key to ongoing positive patient outcomes. PBM’s are a constant challenge in the oncology dispensing arena.

NJ Urology Staff

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MISSION STATEMENT/PHILOSOPHY:

We at Virginia Cancer Institute are dedicated to the delivery of the highest quality medical care to our patients. We are committed to treating our patients with the utmost respect and compassion. We will strive to conduct our practice in a manner in which all employees and outside healthcare providers are treated with respect for their individual contributions towards the care and wellbeing of our patients and the success in meeting the goals of our practice.

 

LOCATION(S):

Richmond, VA (5 locations)

Petersburg, VA (2 locations)

 

PRACTICE DETAILS:

300 employees

24 physicians

4 NPs/PAs

 

QUALIFICATIONS/CREDENTIALS:

QOPI Certification

 

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY SERVICES STAFF:

Within our oral pharmacy we have 1 Pharmacist and 2 Pharmacy Technicians. Our monthly volume of dispensed items is about 1,000.

 

DISPENSING TYPE:

Retail pharmacy

 

SERVICES PROVIDED:

Molecular Laboratory

Radiology (CT Scanning & DEXA)

IV Pharmacy

Oral Pharmacy

Chemotherapy suite

Social Worker

Dietician

Palliative Care

Blood Transfusions

Bone Marrow

 

WHY DID YOU JOIN NCODA?

To learn more about the oral oncology pharmacy industry.

 

HOW DID YOU BECOME A MEMBER?

Online via the NCODA website (www.ncoda.org).

 

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US?

We heard about NCODA through a colleague.

 

HOW CAN NCODA HELP YOU?

 To learn more about the changing market of an oral oncology pharmacy.

 

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE MORE INVOLVED WITH NCODA?

We would love to learn more about NCODA’s offerings (i.e. PQI, OCE, etc.) 

 

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

Reimbursement and payor rules with respect to the oral oncology pharmacy.

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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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