A team approach to cancer care

Team of doctors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Being a part of a team can make us stronger and that’s the approach of the Cancer and Hematology Centers of West Michigan. Their Oncology Medical Home program is about delivering, ensuring, and measuring quality cancer care and it is a patient-focused system of delivering quality cancer care that is coordinated and efficient. It is designed to meet the needs of patients, payers, and providers.

A large part of our population is growing older and the cost of care continues to increase (because of new technologies and treatments), CHCWM needs to find ways to contain cost. By coordinating care, providing after hours services, and working with the patients to lessen ER/hospital visits CHCWM is confident this is more efficient care.

Cancer care that is coordinated with the central focus on the patient and their entire medical condition. This means that the work of medical oncologists includes: serving as a physician who prescribes chemotherapy and as a physician who manages the arc of illness for cancer patients from initial detection through survivorship.

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