New West Medicare Expands Partnership with Care to Care, LLC Adding Radiation Oncology Program

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New West Medicare is pleased to announce their expanded partnership with Care to Care, LLC to improve the health and well-being of their members by adding a Radiation Oncology Program. As New West’s Multi-Specialty Benefits Manager, Care to Care currently provides prior-authorizations for advanced imaging and nuclear cardiology services.

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Care to Care is constantly evolving our guidelines for more effective decision making so that at any given moment, they will correspond with nationally recognized institutions.

New West Medicare is excited to announce they have expanded their relationship with Care to Care, LLC to manage outpatient Radiation Therapy. Leonard A. Farber, M.D, Section Chief of Radiation Oncology with Care to Care overseeing the program, will play an integral part in assuring that Care to Care’s proprietary evidenced-based criteria are focused on the best patient care, allowing for innovations that foster new ways to approach the complexities of radiation treatment. "Dr. Farber is a proven leader and brings a wealth of experience and capabilities in many significant areas of medical management," said Dr. Michael Komarow, Executive Vice President of Clinical Strategies with Care to Care. "By looking at the whole health care picture, Care to Care will continue to be a leader in delivering high quality clinical programs for New West Medicare.”

This partnership is expected to increase overall awareness of radiation safety and promote the added benefits of modern radiation treatment. Through increased collaboration with New West Medicare physicians, the technology and clinical criteria in place will position the program to be in the forefront of patient care. “Care to Care is constantly evolving our guidelines for more effective decision making so that at any given moment, they will correspond with nationally recognized institutions,” said Dr. Farber.

“New West is making every effort to guarantee every radiation treatment plan that our members receive is clinically appropriate and safe. Our goal is to maximize the values of radiation oncology, to keep healthcare affordable, and to ultimately limit our member’s exposure to radiation,” said Angela Huschka, Chief Executive Officer.

Together, Care to Care and New West Medicare are focused on promoting a culture of increasingly thoughtful and judicious use of radiation therapy and medical imaging.

About Care to Care, LLC
Care to Care is a URAC-Accredited Multi-Specialty Utilization Management company providing solutions that ensure payers, their network providers, and beneficiaries receive cost-effective care. This is accomplished by reducing redundant or unnecessary testing while simultaneously improving patient care and access to treatment.

About New West
New West Health Services, dba New West Medicare, is Montana’s not-for-profit, provider sponsored health plan offering Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans. With our headquarters in Helena, operations center in Kalispell, and regional sales office in Billings, we proudly serve the Medicare population in the state of Montana. New West has been in operation since 1998 and is a licensed health services corporation, holding a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) contract since 2005. New West currently serves over 15,000 Medicare members in Montana.

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