The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) focuses on the essential role nurses play in delivering quality care in comments to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) about its proposed patient-centered oncology payment model.
ASCO released its “Patient-Centered Oncology Payment: Payment Reform to Support Higher Quality, More Affordable Cancer Care” proposal in May.
ONS, in its letter to ASCO, identifies elements the organization believes are critical to payment reform for the delivery of quality cancer care and treatment. The letter raises many important and humane issues, particularly concerning helping patients deal with the daunting nature of oncology care, which nurse navigation and care coordination help alleviate.
“Oncology nurses are key members of the cancer care team and their role is missing from the proposed payment model. … Oncology nurses play a substantive role in the delivery of quality care and the integration of oncology nurses as an equal administrative and practice partner in the planning and implementation of cancer care services ensures quality cancer care. … Oncology nurses play a key role in identifying and addressing many issues requiring referrals that must be considered as part of the patient’s plan of care.”