AIS Interviews Capital BlueCross Exec on New Oncology PCMH Pilot Program

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In an interview with Atlantic Information Services, Capital BlueCross’ senior medical director shares details about the insurer’s new oncology patient-centered medical home in the December 2015 issue of AIS’s Value-Based Care News.

As the costs of oncology care rise, some insurers are taking a value-based approach to lowering costs without sacrificing the quality of care. The December 2015 issue of Atlantic Information Services, Inc.’s (AIS) AIS’s Value-Based Care News (VBC) features an interview with Capital BlueCross’ senior medical director on one new way the insurer is approaching oncology management: a program that is transforming four oncology practices into patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs), which launched as a pilot this summer. Denise F. Harr, M.D., tells VBC that the objectives of the PCMHs “are to demonstrate medical value in our approach to oncology care, address the Triple Aim — satisfaction, quality and cost — and provide a consistent approach to end-of-life care.”

The PCMH will improve quality of care in the following ways, Harr tells VBC:

  • “The implementation of standardized evidence-based processes and proactive symptom management,
  • “Improved patient experience and engagement through shared decision-making and patient-centered processes,” and
  • “Lowering costs from better care coordination and by reducing avoidable complications that result in emergency department visits or hospitalizations.”

Harr says the PCMHs’ progress will be evaluated at six-month intervals.

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About AIS’s Value-Based Care News
AIS’s Value-Based Care News (VBC) delivers timely news, data and strategies related to ACOs, medical homes, bundled payments, coordinated care and global payments. Formerly published as ACO Business News, the newsletter focuses intently on value-based launches, products and results, and innovative arrangements that can help your organization improve the quality of care, lower costs and grow market share. Featuring the pros and cons of various strategies for different types of organizations, VBC is designed to help readers avoid the pitfalls ahead and transform exciting value-based care opportunities into winning business strategies. Visit for more information.

About Atlantic Information Services
Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) is a publishing and information company that has been serving the health care industry for more than 25 years. It develops highly targeted news, data and strategic information for managers in hospitals, health plans, medical group practices, pharmaceutical companies and other health care organizations. AIS products include print and electronic newsletters, websites, looseleafs, books, strategic reports, databases, webinars and conferences. Learn more at

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