May 8, 2018 – Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute has been recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Blue Distinction® Center for Cancer Care. FCS is the only community hematology and oncology practice in the state of Florida to be awarded this recognition.
By combining nationally consistent quality criteria with locally effective value-based programs, the Blue Distinction Centers for Cancer Care deliver maximum value to members battling cancer by aligning healthcare payments with improved health outcomes. The designation is available for all cancer types and various care settings, including physician groups, cancer centers, hospitals and accountable care organizations (ACOs).
Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute received the designation by incorporating patient-centered and data-driven practices to better coordinate cancer care and improve quality and safety, under a value-based payment model. Blue Distinction Centers for Cancer Care are reimbursed based on how they perform against both quality and cost outcome targets in order to receive incentives and rewards for better health outcomes – rather than traditional fee-for-service. Care delivery transformation to improve quality and affordability is most successful when accompanied by transformation to a value-based payment model.
FCS CEO, Brad Prechtl, MBA, stated, “Florida Cancer Specialists is honored to be awarded the Blue Card Distinction from Blue Cross Blue Shield. As a national designation, the program acknowledges FCS in a “preferred” status on the provider directory and endorses FCS as a high-quality, value-based provider.”
FCS Founder & President, Dr. Bill Harwin, said, “FCS is the only community oncology provider in Florida with this designation. After more than thirty years of practice in the state, Florida Cancer Specialists is honored to be nationally recognized for our world-class medicine and hometown care.”
FCS Chief Revenue Cycle Officer, Sarah Cevallos, added, “We have been a long-term partner Florida Blue to ensure their members and our patients experience the highest quality cancer care. We are very appreciative to be recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Cancer Care. Our daily effort emphasizes our joint commitment to the evolution from volume-based to high-quality value-based care. This is truly a team effort of the entire company.”
“Cancer patients are unique, and so is the care that they receive,” said Jennifer Atkins, Vice President of Network Solutions for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. “Cancer patients often receive different kinds of specialized care in multiple settings with perhaps surgery at a distant medical center but chemotherapy at a local hospital. Medical professionals and facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Cancer Care provide coordinated patient care and communication under a value-based payment model.”
Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery and transplants while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver.