Becker's Healthcare July 10, 2019
Kelly Gooch

CMS has proposed a radiation oncology model that it says is designed to improve care quality for cancer patients and allow providers to use a new payment approach.

Six things to know about the proposed model:

1. The model would test prospective, episode-based payments to physician group practices, hospital outpatient departments and freestanding radiation therapy centers for 17 cancer types.

2. It would be tested in randomly selected core-based statistical areas of the U.S.

3. Under the model, payments would cover 90-day care episodes.

4. Each participant’s payment would be adjusted...