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Why Is Chronic Care Management Important to Community Oncology?

October 13, 2022

A well-organized chronic care management program has become necessary for helping patients achieve better outcomes with their oncology care. Our care management models are ideal for keeping patients as active and stress-free as possible while expediting services and enhancing efficiency for community oncology practices.

What is Chronic Care Management?

At its most basic, chronic care management services include a detailed care plan for a patient with a chronic condition. Our chronic care management services include many aspects of a patient’s physical and psychological health. These include:

  • Providers in their network
  • Current medications
  • Necessary community services
  • Health goals
  • Challenges
  • Care coordination

A well-documented care management program is typically recorded via electronic health records for ease of use by all patient providers.

What are the Benefits of Chronic Care Management?

As the benefits of a professional care management program are becoming more well-known and documented by medical professionals, this practice is becoming the norm for Medicare and other programs. Patients who undergo this management program can receive personalized attention from trusted and knowledgeable care professionals.

For many patients, having these care professionals along the way helps to provide them with added support to tackle their condition treatment. Another great benefit is that patients can access this helpful support between their physician visits. This helps support proactive care, so fewer patients must undergo unnecessary office visits because issues were left unchecked.

Additionally, our care management model helps to alleviate some of the stress and time that many patients who don’t have this beneficial program undergo. Patients with care management can spend more time on other things than their chronic conditions.

Care management also helps reduce stress and provide peace of mind that they’re not undergoing this health issue alone. Our care management model helps to check in with patients psychologically and ensure they receive the mental health support they need throughout their treatment journeys.

We can’t discuss the benefits of chronic care management without notating that it greatly helps to reduce unnecessary hospital visits and increases the likelihood of patients getting less expensive care and medications. This is a win-win for both oncology practices and patients alike.

How Does Chronic Care Management Benefit Community Oncology?

Most community oncology practices don’t have enough staff members on hand to assist with as much patient care as they would like. CCM management can be a great addition to help these community practices assist their chronically ill patients with better managing their condition and appointments.

Care management models help to ensure that patients are always informed of their appointments and can get professional medical support when they have questions between visits. Even better, CCM management helps ensure that patients seek medical help for any minor issues that develop before they become more significant.

Why Is Community Oncology Important?

Community oncology is vital in assisting patients with chronic conditions in a convenient location. Not all patients are fit to travel to larger hospital facilities. Many prefer to visit local professionals in smaller facilities that feel homier.

When cancer patients have access to community oncology facilities, they’re more likely to get the medical help they need consistently. The further that patients travel, the less care they choose to receive — and the more unchecked healthcare issues will be.

Horizon Oncology is specialized in providing innovative treatment options that improve cancer care for patients and their families. Our providers are integral in ensuring that patients stay up-to-date on their oncology visits and treatments while alleviating the stress associated with constant medical care. Contact us to learn more.