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Tricia Strusowski, RN, MSN
As the move to value-based care and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) continues, oncology patient navigators need to become more business savvy and have a full understanding about value-based cancer care metrics. Case in point: Medicare’s Oncology Care Model (OCM) pilot, the first oncology-specific alternative payment model developed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Data collection and reporting metrics are integral elements of this five-year pilot program, which seeks to achieve higher quality, more highly coordinated care, and smarter spending.
The challenge: Navigation programs lacked strong evidence-based metrics to demonstrate the impact of navigation on the key areas of quality, coordination, and cost-effectiveness.
The good news: the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) recently released 35 evidenced-based metrics in the key categories of patient experience, clinical outcomes, and return on investment.
These metrics were developed using the AONN+ evidence-based Navigation General Certification Domains:
The metrics were developed so that any cancer program or practice can utilize them regardless of the navigation model in place. The goal in providing these standard metrics is for cancer programs and practices to use them “as a baseline to prove the efficacy and sustainability of their [navigation] programs.”1 Learn more and access metrics.
Partnering to Advance Value-Based Cancer Care
As oncology providers work to improve care coordination and demonstrate delivery of patient-centered, efficient, quality care, patient navigators can play an important role in establishing connections by partnering with physician practices.
For example, navigators can integrate with physician practices to:
On Thursday, March 30, I will present a more in-depth look at the potential for “Creating Partnerships Between Oncology Nurse Navigators & Oncology Practices” in a session at the ACCC 43rd Annual Meeting, CANCERSCAPE. The oncology landscape continues to evolve at a rapid pace. I believe now is the time to explore how navigators can support value-based care initiatives with physician practices, as we all work to keep patients at the center of care delivery.
I hope to see you at CANCERSCAPE, March 29-31, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
1 Strusowski T, Sein E, Johnston D. Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators Announces Standardized Navigation Metrics. J Oncol Nav Survivorship. 2017; 8(2):62-68.
ACCC member Tricia Strusowski, RN, MSN, is a consultant with Oncology Solutions, LLC, with 20 years of experience in patient navigation.