Protecting patient access to quality, affordable community-based treatment.
PACT Coalition Hosts Congressional Briefing to Highlight Benefits
of Community-Based Care
Health care stakeholders convened at Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of preserving patient access to community-based care.
The state of community cancer treatment in America.
More than 1,300 community cancer care centers have closed, been consolidated into hospitals, merged or reported financial problems since 2008. 63% of small practices report they are likely to merge, sell or close operations within the next year. Learn More
Why community-based treatment?
Policies are contributing to the continuing shift in care delivery out of the community setting, increasing costs for both patients and Medicare.
A recent study found that chemotherapy costs per dose are 189% higher in the hospital outpatient setting compared to the oncologist’s office, costing patients $134 per dose received on average. This had led to decreased access, reduced adherence, and an increased total cost of care. Annually, Medicare beneficiaries face $650 more in out-of-pocket co-payments for chemotherapy in the hospital setting than in community care settings. This difference costs Medicare approximately $6,500 more per year, per patient.
Hear doctors talking about the benefits of community-based treatment in their respective communities.