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MISSION STATEMENT/PHILOPSOPHY:

Mission: Miami Cancer Institute provides comprehensive care, to patients with cancer and their families, in a multi-disciplinary setting, with the most innovative, evidence-based approaches available. We focus on compassionate care, delivered in a timely manner, with ready access to highly skilled and professional teams of caregivers.

Vision: Miami Cancer Institute strives to be the preferred treatment destination, for patients with cancer and their families-locally, regionally, and internationally.  Our team will work together to accelerate progress toward our ultimate goal of finding a cure.

Miami Cancer Institute brings together world-class cancer experts and an unmatched dedication to multidisciplinary patient care, cutting-edge technology and innovative cancer treatments. Enhanced by an alliance with Memorial Sloan Kettering – a leading academic cancer center, our 140,000-square-foot research facility provides patients access to clinical trials and ground-breaking treatments that could lead to positive outcomes. Miami Cancer Institute is a symbol of medical excellence in every aspect of cancer care, from diagnosis to treatment to research. It also is a symbol of hope, faith and caring, from the building’s design to the skilled physicians, nurses and staff who care for our patients.

LOCATION(S):

8900 North Kendall Drive
Miami, Florida 33176

Conveniently located on the northeast corner of the Baptist Hospital campus, Miami Cancer Institute provides a comprehensive range of cancer treatments and services in its 445,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art flagship facility.

PRACTICE DETAILS:

The Miami Cancer Institute has about 1,300 total employees which includes 82 physicians and 106 Advance Practice Providers.

QUALIFICATIONS/CREDENTIALS:

Miami Cancer institute is an MSK Alliance Partner. The Cancer Alliance is a unique partnership between Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and oncology providers like Miami Cancer Institute. Our two organizations work together to adopt into everyday practice at Miami Cancer Institute the Cancer Alliance standards of care. Additionally we are certified by QOPI and Commission on Cancer.

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY SERVICES STAFF W/BRIEF BIO:

The Miami Cancer Institute has an oncology sub-specialized and decentralized pharmacy practice model, bringing pharmacy professionals to infusion suites and clinics, allowing for more readily available pharmacy services and close interaction with patients and the multidisciplinary care team.  Primary pharmacy service lines include standard of care infusion, investigational drug services (IDS) infusion, inpatient/outpatient auto- and allogeneic bone marrow transplant, and oral oncolytic monitoring services.  Pharmacy services are expanding rapidly to meet the demands of a growing oncology program.

The pharmacy team is composed of an Assistant Vice President of Oncology Pharmacy, Director of Pharmacy, several managers, supervisors and coordinators, as well as a large group of high-dedicated, highly-motivated, and hardworking group of pharmacy technicians, pharmacy auditors, oncology informatics pharmacists, oncology pharmacy residents, clinical pharmacists and clinical pharmacy specialists.

DISPENSING TYPE:

The Miami Cancer Institute houses its own Specialty Pharmacy which provides services throughout the health system.  This pharmacy has a specialized dispensing and monitoring clinical teams to provide oncology-specific services.

SERVICES PROVIDED:

Treatments & Services offered at Miami Cancer Institute include: Radiation Therapy, Interventional Oncology, Genetic Counseling & Testing, Pediatric Cancer Care, Surgery, Diagnostic Testing, Clinical Trials & Research, Preventative Screenings, Proton Therapy, Chemotherapy Outpatient Infusion Services.

WHY DID YOU JOIN NCODA? 

NCODA has a patient advocacy focused mission which aligns with our goals and mission. Additionally, NCODA provides the opportunity to understand how health systems and different dispensary settings can collaborate and partner to advance the patient experience with oral specialty treatments.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A MEMBER?

Connecting with the NCODA leadership allowed us to learn more about the organization and pursue membership.

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US?

We learned about NCODA through a networking event.

HOW CAN NCODA HELP YOU?

Having access to Quality Standards as well as Oral Chemotherapy Education sheets for patients will greatly improve the care and the information that we provide.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE MORE INVOLVED WITH NCODA?

I would like to see NCODA recognize at national meetings practice that bring novel contributions to the oncology professional community as a way to promote quality and innovation in the field.

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

Access to oral chemotherapy agents continues to be challenging at times. Additionally there has been a steady increase in the number of oral oncolytics that are approved and although administration of treatment at home is convenient for patients, the complexities and toxicities of the agents continues. Continuous monitoring and follow-up with patients is key in obtaining optimal results with little adverse effects.

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MISSION STATEMENT/PHILOPSOPHY:

With experience, commitment and a shared vision of how we can positively impact patients’ lives, we’re changing the future of healthcare in our community. Understanding that each of our patients is a unique individual, our goal is to: provide the most advanced, clinically-proven treatments for their disease; provide access to clinical trials; offer a place of comfort where our patients feel welcome and safe; treat not only our patients’ physical needs, but provide resources to address their emotional needs.

As a dedicated team of physicians and talented staff, we provide support for our patients, their families and caregivers, throughout their journey, with personalized care and education on how best to cope with their illness.

LOCATION(S):

  • 3945 E. Paradise Falls Drive, #105, Tucson, AZ 85712
  • 3987 E. Paradise Falls Drive, #119, Tucson, AZ 85712
  • 6288 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712
  • 514 Whitehouse Canyon Road, #110, Green Valley, AZ 85614
  • 2115 W. 16th Street, Safford, AZ 85546
  • 507 Western Avenue, Nogales, AZ 85621
  • 1710 N. Mastick Way, Nogales, AZ 85621

PRACTICE DETAILS:

Arizona Blood and Cancer Specialists (ABCS) has nine medical oncologists / hematologists, and one surgeon with Arizona Breast Health Specialists, our newest division of ABCS.

ABCS Medical Oncologists / Hematologists

  • Robert J. Brooks, MD
  • Jonathan E. Schwartz, MD
  • Manuel R. Modiano, MD
  • Guillermo Gonzalez-Osete, MD
  • Haroon Ahmad, MD
  • Bruce W. Porterfield, MD, PhD
  • Natalie Stanton, MD
  • Shamudheen M. Rafiyath, MD
  • Catherine Azar, MD

ABHS Surgeon

  • Vanessa Roeder, MD

ABCS Advanced Practice Providers

  • Nancy Taylor, FNP-C
  • Judith Slowey, MSN, NP
  • Linda Moors, PA-C
  • Molly Grassman, PA-C
  • Kathy Kennel, MSN, FNP-BC, ACHPN (Palliative Care Practitioner)

ABCS / ABHS Clinical / Administrative Staff

  • We have 68 clinical / administrative team

QUALIFICATIONS/CREDENTIALS:

We are not currently QOPI certified, but we are working to get that certification.

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY SERVICES STAFF W/BRIEF BIO:

Each of our pharmacy techs have over twenty years of experience dispensing oral and IV chemothrapy in a community clinic setting.

  • Lela Conrad, CPhT
  • Carol Hemersbach, CPhT
  • Rosa Burchill, CPhT
  • Monica Dominguez, CPhT
  • John H. Garcia, CPhT
  • Sandra Harrison, CPhT

                                 

Tucson – Paradise Falls Team                                                      Green Valley Team

(L-R M. Dominguez, R. Burchill, C. Hemersbach, L. Conrad)      (L-R S. Harrison, J. Garcia)

DISPENSING TYPE:

Arizona Blood and Cancer Specialists will open a dispensary, however it is not currently operational.

SERVICES PROVIDED:

  • Medical Oncology / Hematology
  • Chemotherapy
  • Breast Surgery

WHY DID YOU JOIN NCODA? 

I joined NCODA because of their “passion for patients”. I share that passion and know that NCODA can aid in providing our patients with the best care.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A MEMBER?

I became a member through my affiliation with Linda Frisk, RPh. She encouraged me to become active with NCODA in order to provide a higher-quality care for oncology patients receiving oral treatments.

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US?

Linda Frisk, RPh, NCODA Executive Council.

HOW CAN NCODA HELP YOU?

By sharing important and relevant information about best practices, I feel that NCODA is an extremely valuable resource that can help our practice provide a higher-level of care. With the continued growth of the NCODA, and the addition of experts in oncology dispensing to the organization, the benefits to our practice will continue to to grow, and help us to provide the best care possible for our patients.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE MORE INVOLVED WITH NCODA?

I have been actively participating with NCODA for three years, having served as Chair for the Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association. I would like to assist in helping to grow the role of the pharmacy technician.

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

The biggest challenge is the cost and ability to obtain oral oncolytics for patients. An additional challenge is the PBM’s placing more fees and restrictions on the Medically Integrated Dispensary.

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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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