Is your organization looking for a way to differentiate itself, drive higher levels of revenue, and be more attractive to ACOs and bundled payment groups?
Hospice Advisors offers a comprehensive approach to develop a specialty program in Oncology Home Care. Our program is unique, cost-effective, and practical. This oncology training, business development and management program is offered online and is flexible to meet the needs of both small, medium and large size organizations.
Why Oncology Home Health Care?
Trends and statistics suggest an overwhelming opportunity for specialty cancer care in community-based settings. The population of US citizens over the age of 65 is projected to reach 55 million by 2020, an increase of 61% from a population of 34 million in 2000 (US Census Bureau). As cancer is primarily an age-sensitive disease, one can anticipate that cancer incidence will rise as well. Recently, USA Today reported that the number of Americans diagnosed with cancer in 2020 is projected to be 18.2 million, an increase of 55% from the 11.7 million individuals diagnosed in 2005 (these numbers include both individuals in treatment and those who have finished treatment). Additionally, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid project a 150% increase in home health expenditures by the year 2020. These projected increases in population, cancer diagnoses and home care utilization rates provide a strong indication that home and community-based care opportunities in cancer are set to explode.
In addition to population trends, the oncology environment is also changing in ways that demand an oncology specialty home care program. The American Society of Clinical Oncology reports a projected shortage of oncologists in 2020. According to their studies, it is anticipated that there will be a shortage of 4,080 oncologists in 2020. This projected physician shortage is another supporting trend that places homecare in the spotlight as an answer to a pending problem. Oncology specialty home care programs can and will support oncology practices working in an environment of physician deficit.
Lastly, in Medicare’s Value Based Purchasing (formerly “Pay For Performance”) model payment will be based on high quality outcomes. Research shows that specialized care that incorporates evidenced-based practice/clinical practice guidelines improves quality of care and ultimately patient outcomes.