Insurers pay for extra services that oncologists deliver in the hope that the investment will save them money down the road. That’s the idea, anyway. In practice, payers and providers in general see the concept as another example of how vexing payment reform for cancer care is turning out to be.
One of the federal government’s first physician-led specialty care models, the Oncology Care Model attracted many more practices than the Innovation Center originally envisioned, suggesting that oncologists liked the government’s offer. So will the OCM become the standard way to pay for cancer care in the future?