Patient Care Connect, funded by a Health Care Innovation Challenge Grant Award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, aims to provide as much as $49.8 million in savings in cancer care costs over three years while creating more than 50 new jobs to carry out the work.
Through Patient Care Connect, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, UAB Medicine and participating UAB Health System Cancer Community Network associates will focus on helping cancer patients make the most appropriate choices for their treatment, reduce the use of ineffective therapies and maximize the appropriate use of healthcare resources.
In collaboration with participating UAB Health System Cancer Community Network associates – representing community hospitals and cancer centers in 11 communities across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee – one of the main strategies of Patient Care Connect is to deploy a workforce of lay navigators who will provide patients with information about the process of cancer treatment, help patients make informed choices about their care, provide emotional support and problem-solving, assist with overcoming common barriers to cancer treatment and encourage patients to make wise use of healthcare resources. This approach will improve the overall quality of life for cancer patients and their families by encouraging age-appropriate screenings, tobacco-use cessation, healthy eating, increased physical activity and co-morbidity management during longer-term cancer survivorship.
Based on the premise that guideline-driven cancer management leads to decreased overall cost, the multidisciplinary teams at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center will work with local oncologists in the UAB Health System Cancer Community Network to emphasize the importance of using evidence-based, cost-effective treatments when caring for cancer patients. A trained navigation team including a registered nurse, trained lay navigators and other support staff will assist the oncologists in each community. In addition, physicians and patients will be encouraged to make appropriate use of hospice care for advanced illness and eliminate the use of ineffective chemotherapy treatments in the advanced stages of disease.
Inquiries regarding Patient Care Connect:
Inquiries regarding the UAB Health System Cancer Community Network:
(205) 975-3008 – phone
(205) 975-4980 – fax
(205) 975-3967, firstname.lastname@example.org