Since 1997, Jessica has assisted clients with healthcare operations improvement, revenue cycle optimization, and cancer program strategic planning and management. Her project work includes directing operations and revenue cycle improvement initiatives in academic medical centers, community hospitals, and physician practice settings. In addition, Jessica has extensive experience developing and leading oncology programs with multidisciplinary and clinical research initiatives. Her leadership in cancer center operations has significantly enhanced the financial and strategic standing of several programs, while also improving patient and staff satisfaction. Prior to joining ECG, Jessica was an Administrator of Clinical Services at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. She received a master of business administration degree from The George Washington University and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Marymount University.
This post was written by Jessica Turgon, Principal, Matt Sturm, Senior Manager, and Meagan O’Neill, Senior Consultant.
Earlier this week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the nearly 200 organizations that have been selected for participation in the Oncology Care Model (OCM), one of the new payment and care delivery initiatives introduced by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in 2015. The 5-year pilot is slated to begin July 1, and according to CMS, the number of participants is twice the size as initially anticipated – it will include approximately 3,200 oncologists and provide coverage for 155,000 Medicare beneficiaries. Continue reading →
In January 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced a new value-based payment program for oncology practices and centers. The Oncology Care Model (OCM) is an alternative payment model (APM) that CMS is testing over a 5-year period to evaluate the shift in oncology payments from fee-for-service to fee-for-value. Continue reading →
Faced with the dramatic escalation of healthcare costs, providers, commercial payors, and the government are testing different methodologies for reimbursing cancer care. The aim is to shift the economics from a fee-for-service environment to a value-based environment that rewards quality, efficiency, and a lower cost of care. However, simply acknowledging the evolving landscape will do little to help oncology providers in preparing and positioning themselves for the transitions ahead. Read this article by Jessica Turgon for Oncology Practice Management to learn about emerging reimbursement methodologies for cancer care and why oncology practices need to be responsive, rather than resistant, to these new payment arrangements.
On February 12, 2015, the CMS Innovation Center released details for a new payment and care delivery model designed to improve coordination for cancer care. The Oncology Care Model (OCM) is aimed at physician practices that administer chemotherapy and bill for services under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Continue reading →
Most physician groups are struggling to keep pace with the evolving healthcare environment. Increasing demands and tightened resources are forcing physicians and ambulatory networks to rethink how they manage the health of their patient populations. High-performing organizations have a critical understanding of the strategic, operational, financial, and technological challenges they face and, more importantly, have a plan for overcoming these challenges. Watch the video below to learn more about what it takes to transform your practice into a thriving physician enterprise. Continue reading →