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Oncology Care Model Overview

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.

ACCC OCM Collaborative

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:

  • Development of innovative resources on the policies and processes that impact adherence to OCM quality metrics and practice transformation requirements.
  • Deployment of interactive webinars and dynamic discussions on recent trends in the model.
  • Convening of bi-annual national workshops and regional events for valuable hands-on and peer-to-peer learning. Through these events across the country, we have captured participation of approximately 75 percent of all OCM participating practices.
  • Dissemination of participant-only content and collaborations through a private ACCC OCM Collaborative online discussion forum.
  • Advocacy opportunities with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

OCM Collaborative Online Community

To support OCM practices, ACCC launched the OCM Collaborative virtual community as an invitation-only platform that provides a targeted discussion board and access to OCM-focused events including calls, webinars, and workshops. If your program is participating in the OCM and you have not received an invitation to join the ACCC OCM Collaborative, please fill out the form on the Collaborative Homepage to gain access to this peer-to-peer learning resource.
Visit the OCM Collaborative Community
For more information on how to support or participate in the ACCC OCM Collaborative, please email Blair Burnett, ACCC Health Policy Analyst.

ACCC OCM Collaborative Workshops

A series of exclusive one-day workshops bring OCM participating practices together from across the country. These bi-annual workshops provide 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 features presentations by OCM practices, workgroups on hot-button topics, facilitated Q&A sessions, and networking with OCM peers. The most recent workshop held March 16, 2018, in Washington,D.C., explored such pressing OCM implementation topics as:

  • Moving from Requirements to Care Transformation: Meaningfully Integrating OCM Practice Redesign Activities into Care Delivery
  • Early Glimpses at Performance-Based Payments and Strategies in OCM Beneficiary Attribution
  • Exclusive Q&A with a member of the CMMI OCM implementation team
  • Understanding Utilization and Employing Cost Containment Strategies

Mark your Calendars:

The next ACCC OCM Collaborative Workshop is scheduled for October 16 & 17, 2018, in conjunction with the ACCC 35th Annual National Oncology Conference in Phoenix, AZ.  Agenda details coming soon.

ACCC OCM Collaborative Networking Reception
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 PM

ACCC OCM Collaborative Workshop
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Register Here! 

The OCM Collaborative Workshop is exclusive to those who are participating in the OCM, including physicians, administrators, social workers, pharmacists, nurses, OCM project managers, and others, as well as funders who specifically sponsor the ACCC OCM Collaborative.


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