The US Oncology Network, the largest organization of its kind dedicated to advancing local cancer care and better patient outcomes, continues to expand its reach into local communities by welcoming Alliance Cancer Specialists and Northwest Oncology. The addition of these two independent and physician-owned practices strengthens the availability of advanced cancer care services in communities across Southeast Pennsylvania and Northwest Indiana while extending the reach of The US Oncology Network.
Community oncology brings many benefits and value to health care, and as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the nation, the availability of high-quality, affordable local care becomes even more critical. Rather than having to travel long distances for care, patients receiving treatment in community practices have easy access to comprehensive, multidisciplinary care that includes some of the most promising therapies available. Many practices have their own pharmacies, dispensing oral therapies and chemotherapy drugs and enabling both greater continuity of care and better drug therapy management. Care in a community-based practice may also be more cost-effective than most other settings, an important advantage for patients who are paying a greater percentage of out-of-pocket costs as well as for payers.
Delivering Benefits in a Variety of Ways
As part of The US Oncology Network, Alliance Cancer Specialists and Northwest Oncology gain access to the expertise, industry-leading technologies, and other resources of The US Oncology Network to help them drive high-quality care and strengthen operational efficiencies in the value-based environment. They can collaborate with an expanded physician community of more than 1,350 physicians and clinicians who share expertise and best practices through committees, workshops, and conferences. The practices also gain access to Value Pathways, which is powered by evidence-based treatment guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) developed by physicians and clinicians in The US Oncology Network along with the NCCN.
More About the New Practices
Alliance Cancer Specialists serves patients in Southeast Pennsylvania, with 21 board-certified medical oncologists and hematologists, 8 advanced practice providers, and approximately 160 employees who serve patients and referring physicians in the Delaware Valley from 10 sites of service. The practice leverages the combined strength and broad expertise of its oncologists to administer the full range of state-of-the-art cancer treatments. The care team also includes oncology-certified nurses, laboratory technologists, and support staff who are committed to providing the highest quality of personalized care and support to patients.
Northwest Oncology is an integrative health-care center specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, and support of patients with oncolytic and hematologic disorders. The practice is an advanced oncology group in Northwest Indiana, with 8 physicians and a team of more than 40 support staff members who provide medical oncology, hematology, and gynecologic oncology services from two locations. Using an integrative team approach, the practice collaborates with geneticists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, and primary care physicians to provide high-quality, comprehensive care close to home.