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Letter from Our President
Dear OMF Members,
As your OMF President, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each OMF Board member, our members, past and present and, our extended vendor families for your continued interest and support. We will be celebrating our 27th Anniversary in January and we could not have done it without everyone’s dedication and belief in our mission.
Much of the focus of our spring conference was surrounding the CMS Proposed Mandatory Demonstration Project focused on ASP drug reimbursement. It is looking as though we may have avoided implementation of this very ill- conceived project!! There is a 60 day hold period from the date a rule is released and it becomes effective. Both COA and ASCO and the entire oncology community are hopefully optimistic.
Together we have battled many issues over the years, our focus firmly on our patients having access to care and access to the appropriate medications that will treat their disease. Controlling costs is important to all of us, patients, clinicians and payer programs alike. We are entering another phase of programs that are designed to cut costs and improve quality thru MACRA quality payment programs, MIPPS and APMS. Our challenge is to try and understand the implications of these programs on our practice and patients and the care we provide. There will always be new policies developed to control the flood of dollars. Our mission is to protect our patients and make certain that we watch for policies that could negatively affect our physician’s medical decision-making abilities. Cancer care has always been patient care and quality of life first, our challenge is to see that never changes!
Michelle Smith Flowers
Oncology Managers of Florida President