About Christine Frauenhoffer

Christine is a member of both ECG’s Healthcare Division and Oncology Affinity Group. She has experience in the areas of clinical research and cancer center operations, including clinical trial management and oncology operations process improvement. At ECG, Christine has supported the go-live of a new comprehensive cancer center; assisted in service line development to unify medical, surgical, and radiation oncology care; and supported hospital systems in visioning and strategy development for the cancer program. Prior to joining ECG, she served as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, where she assisted in the expansion of the clinical research program.

Oncology Medical Homes: Patient-Centered Care in the Specialty Realm

One of the foremost objectives of a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is to reduce unnecessary specialty visits through effective management of acute and chronic illnesses. Invariably, though, some conditions require more costly specialty care. Among these conditions, cancer is notable for the extent to which it becomes the primary medical focus immediately upon diagnosis and establishes the context in which all other conditions must be managed. In that sense, PCMHs face particular challenges in managing patients with cancer, because much of their care transitions to specialists and settings that do not share the PCMH’s incentives for coordination, integration, and cost containment. Continue reading