From D. Randolph Drosick, MD, medical oncologist, hematologist and president of OHC
March 5, 2020
When someone receives a cancer diagnosis, one area of concern OHC wants to lessen is the financial burden associated with care. That’s why OHC has specialists who help patients navigate the costs associated with cancer care. Last year, these navigators helped patients cover $3 million of care.
We understand it can be difficult to focus on getting better when there are so many other factors, one of which is the cost. Because our first priority is always our patients’ well-being, our team of financial navigators work diligently with each patient and their family to help them identify ways to cover the costs associated with care.
OHC financial navigators are available to all OHC patients to help with financial questions and concerns, including billing and financial assistance.. They also help identify financial assistance programs that may help with co-pays and deductibles.
In 2019, OHC’s financial navigators worked with OHC’s specialty retail pharmacy to:
- Secure $3 million in funding for oral medications in 2019 through foundation grants such as the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society, Cancer Care Co-Pay Assistance Foundation, Patient Advocate Foundation, Patient Access Network Foundation and Healthwell Foundation. These funds helped cover the patients’ co-pays for oral cancer medications.
- Help 208 patients obtain free oral medications through manufacturers’ patient assistance programs
- Acquire manufacturer co-pay cards for patients to use
OHC is also keeping the cost of care low by ensuring that our patients receive the right care at the right time and in the right place. For example, one of our programs connects patients with our triage nurses, which helps reduce costly and often unnecessary emergency room visits. This not only controls costs, but also improves patients’ outcomes.
According to a report from the Community Oncology Alliance, when it comes to cancer care in the U.S., for every dollar spent in the office of independent cancer doctors like OHC, it’s estimated by the federal government that same care will cost $1.80 with a cancer doctor who is employed by a hospital or health system. This means at OHC patients receive the very best care but at a better price.
When you choose OHC, you are choosing to receive advanced therapies, early access to promising new treatments through clinical trials, and the support of experts like our financial navigators to help you with the non-medical aspects of your care. At OHC, this is what we mean when we say we provide personalized, comprehensive care.Comments (0)