Who is the PACT Coalition?
Patient advocacy organizations, provider groups and health care distributors formed the Patient Access to Community Treatment (PACT) coalition to communicate the importance of preserving patient access to community-based care. Community-based care provides patients benefits that play an essential role in the treatment of debilitating, life-threatening diseases.
Medicare reimbursement formulas and federal budget cuts are, by default, incentivizing care to be administered out of the community setting and into larger hospital systems. This costs patients more and affects their quality of life. We ask that you urge Congress to support policies that aim to preserve patient access to community-based care. Contact your local representatives.
Why Community-Based Treatment?
The diagnosis and treatment for debilitating illnesses has become increasingly complex. Community treatment centers offer specialized treatments along with a growing network of support and resources for patients. With a more patient-focused care model, it is the more desired type of treatment by the patients. It is also more affordable – a recent study found that chemotherapy administered in a hospital outpatient setting costs 189% more per dose than in an oncologist’s office.
Policies that are exacerbating the shift in site-of-care out of the community and into more expensive hospital systems affect both patients and the Medicare program. PACT’s mission is to protect patients from increased cost-sharing requirements, travel times and a diminished quality of life as a result of policies that displace care out of their community, and we urge Congress to address this growing problem.
With the access to high-quality care changing due to insurance reimbursement requirements and policy changes, patients are facing increasing challenges in accessing specialized medical care for treatment options. Declining Medicare reimbursement is causing community-based centers to close their doors or sell to larger hospital systems. Patients are being forced to travel long-distances for specialized treatment centers or go to a hospital-type treatment facility.
Congress needs to correct Medicare policies that improve patient’s access to quality, affordable and community-based treatment programs. Insurance reimbursement formulas and arbitrary budget cuts need to be re-examined as to how they are exacerbating this shift in the site of care from community patient-centered treatment into hospital systems that harm both the patients and the Medicare program.
Contact your local representatives.