Independent community oncologists play a vital role in cancer treatment for hundreds of thousands of Americans. In fact, nearly 55% of patients with cancer in the United States receive treatment in the community setting.1
Community practices provide patients with access to local, good-quality treatment that allows them to stay close to family, friends, and other forms of support. Also, it is widely acknowledged that community oncology is the lowest-cost setting for care, especially when it comes to travel expenses and other common barriers to care. With questions regarding Medicare Part B and the recent update to the tax code up in the air, 2018 is turning out to be a year of uncertainty for community providers. Now is a critical time for oncologists to engage with these issues by advocating for themselves and their peers while also becoming more efficient, transparent, and accountable in order to realize greater opportunities in the future.
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