CMS first announced the voluntary Oncology Care Model (OCM) program in February 2015. Physician practices that administer chemotherapy to fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare beneficiaries were eligible to apply for participation in the five-year OCM program. The model focuses on the total cost of care for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy during a six-month episode of treatment and ties payments to performance based on meeting certain quality metrics and practice transformation requirements.
The ACCC Oncology Care Model (OCM) Collaborative, an initiative from the Association for Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), serves as an exclusive forum for cancer care professionals who are participating in the Oncology Care Model program from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).
ACCC works directly with practices participating in this five-year voluntary model from CMMI to advocate for continuous improvement in value-based care delivery as healthcare transitions from volume-based to value-based payment models.
ACCC support for OCM Collaborative participants has taken a multi-pronged approach to include:
A series of exclusive one-day workshops that brought OCM participating practices together from across the country. Beginning in March 2016, these bi-annual workshops provided OCM participants with a valuable opportunity to discuss key successes with fellow program peers; share solutions to meeting requirements; and learn about tools, tips, and best practices to continue transformational changes to achieve the goals of the OCM.
Each workshop featured presentations by OCM practices, workgroups on hot-button topics, facilitated Q&A sessions, and networking with OCM peers. Recent workshops explored pressing OCM implementation topics, such as: