MISSION STATEMENT/PHILOSOPHY

The physicians, staff and management of Utah Cancer Specialists are dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and management of all forms of cancer and blood related diseases.  UCS is dedicated to helping people with these diseases achieve optimum health and quality of life through excellence in the delivery of compassionate medical care.  UCS understands the emotional toll that cancer can have on families, as well as patients, and offers comfort and support services to improve emotional as well as physical well-being.

UCS is dedicated to the continuing pursuit of clinical research that will lead to safer, more effective cancer treatments.  To facilitate this goal, UCS actively participates in clinical trials.

UCS recognizes its responsibility to the community, its partners and colleagues, and demonstrates loyalty and respect to all.

LOCATIONS

We’re close to home Utah Cancer Specialists is located at nine locations along the Wasatch Front.

PRACTICE DETAILS

Utah Cancer Specialists, (UCS) is Utah’s largest community-based oncology practice, made up of 16 medical oncologists, 15 midlevel providers, 2 palliative care physicians, and 3 radiation oncologists.

PHARMACY SERVICES

UCS oral pharmacy has been serving our patients since 2008.   Our current staff includes a pharmacist, 3 full time technicians (prescription service coordinators), and 1 part time technician.  The staff handles inventory management, prior authorizations, and financial assistance for all of our oral chemo patients.  UCS also employees 7 full time admix technicians that assume responsibility for ordering, storing, transporting, mixing chemo throughout our 9 clinics.

DISPENSING TYPE

We are licensed by the Utah Board of Pharmacy as a Dispensing Medical Practitioner Clinic Pharmacy – we follow the similar rules as a retail pharmacy with a physician acting as the pharmacist in charge.

WHY DID YOU JOIN NCODA? 

UCS joined NCODA because we saw the value of collaborating with other community oncology pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and an opportunity to share best practices and promote our services and quality to payers.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A MEMBER?

After hearing Mike Reff share NCODA’s mission, we felt that it matched with our vision of ‘patients first’ – site of care is very important with all cancer patients – We have the providers, EMR, and most importantly the patient in our clinics were we can minimize fragmented care and promote collaborative comprehensive oncology care with better value to the patient and to overall healthcare costs.

HOW CAN NCODA HELP?

Educating payers and other oncology stakeholders on the value of partnering with community oncology and promoting site of care.

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

New payment models and more costly therapies are challenging to both patients and providers.  By working together with NCODA, community oncology pharmacy can better voice their value in today’s ever changing environment

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