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C-TAC responded to a Request for Information (RFI) regarding a possible Oncology Care First (OCF) Model. Overall, we supported such a model and made the following suggestions:

  • That the Oncology Care Model measures, which include ones on pain management, hospice referral and length of stay, be used for such a  model. We also urged the inclusion of Advance Care Plan, NQF measure #0326; CMS Quality ID #047, in any such model.
  • That palliative care services be included in this model via either integration into participating oncology practices or access to specialty palliative care services. Participating oncology practices should also provide evidence of training in having serious illness conversations and managing key cancer symptoms. These are an important aspect of quality cancer care and many excellent resources now are available to improve oncologists’ skill in these areas.

For more information about C-TAC’s legislative and regulatory efforts, please contact Policy & Advocacy Manager Davis Baird at DBaird@theCTAC.org.

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