The OCM Has Been Challenging, But Effective

Tony Hagen @oncobiz
Published: Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017
Alti Rahman

Alti Rahman, MHA, MBA, CSSBB

There is a lack of hard data on practice performance that makes it difficult to understand where to make improvements so that goals under the Oncology Care Model (OCM) can be reached, 2 administrators told a recent audience of oncology professionals. However, with the information that is available, it is possible to achieve positive changes and even a spirit of friendly competition, they said.

Administrators at Rainey’s and Rahman’s practices were hesitant to go out and acquire new software management systems to help with the OCM transition. “There was so much change already going on. I cannot imagine starting the OCM and trying to change the system at the same time. That would be very stressful,” Rainey said. It was better to find a “middle ground” between old and new than start out afresh with all-new software, Rahman added.

Better Results on Advanced Care Directives

Completion of advanced care directives became a prime target for improvement at Rainey’s clinic. Practice administrators knew already that this element of patient-centered care had been deficient because staff often felt uncomfortable discussing these issues with patients. They also recognized this as an area in which they could make definite and measurable improvements.
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