Practice Stories

A Community of Resources

Fred Ekery, M.D., Texas Oncology

Having access to the entire network of physicians and being able to ask them questions about medical issues, practice culture issues, behavior and expectation issues, and financial issues is one of the greatest assets of being in The Network.

Stability in Unstable Times

Joseph Muscato, M.D., Missouri Cancer Associates

In these very challenging times for independent medical oncology practices, the support we receive from The Network is essential. There are a huge number of regulations, billing changes, payroll issues and training that would be overwhelming without the expertise available to The Network. Obviously, one could hire other management companies, but the scale and experience of The Network is compelling.

Stabilization During Reimbursement Challenges

Lalan Wilfong, M.D., Texas Oncology

By helping expand our service lines, we have been able to maintain relatively stable compensation despite reimbursement challenges. Additionally, access to The Network’s resources has been vital in helping us find success in alternative payment models.

Financial Security

John Fleagle, M.D., Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers

Being part of The Network increases my ability to succeed financially through a significantly lower cost of capital with no buy-in or capital call, lower drug costs, excellent revenue cycle management and managed care contracts.

Help with Medicare Carrier Claims Audit

Scott Kruger, M.D., Virginia Oncology Associates

When our new Medicare carrier decided to do pre-audits and held onto millions of dollars of Medicare claims, McKesson Specialty Health stepped forward. There were deadlines to submit medical records and due to the sheer volume, the practice alone could not meet those deadlines. Using resources available to The US Oncology Network helped and we met the impossible deadlines set up by our Medicare carrier. In the end, not one charge was denied and we collected all of the money entitled to us. No one had to go the bank and get a personal loan to cover the millions of dollars that were in limbo, operations remained normal and we were supplied with the working capital until the audit was completed.

More Time for Patient Care

Greg Sibley, M.D., Virginia Cancer Specialists

I spend my day making medical decisions while The Network provides all the management – it frees me up to be a physician. I didn’t get into medicine to figure out coding, reimbursement and EMRs. There’s so much to master to practice medicine nowadays. I used to have help with billing, but that person couldn’t help with contract negotiations and they didn’t have purchasing power. The value of being part of The Network is in being part of a group that has this expertise, power and leverage supporting it.

Maneuvering the Storm

Arsyl De Jesus, M.D., New York Oncology Hematology

The forward thinking people in The Network have helped us maneuver the storm.

Being Part of a Community

Bill Fintel, M.D., Blue Ridge Cancer Care

Through face to face meetings and conferences for The Network, I have been able to share personal successes and failures and hear the same from my colleagues. Being connected to other community oncologists who are striving to be the value-based, high quality and high touch practices for our patients gives me encouragement that my practice is on a right and solid path. Community oncology at its best means also near home!

Thriving in a Competitive Environment

Toni Storm-Dickerson, M.D., Compass Oncology

In the current, incredibly competitive medical environment it is hard to survive without being part of some larger, stronger entity, for negotiating contracts etc. Being part of The Network has allowed us to do this.

Professional and Personal Fulfillment

Lucy Langer, M.D., Compass Oncology

There is a lot of opportunity to make your career what you want it to be in The Network – you can participate as much or as little in whatever you are interested in and carve out a role for yourself. Even a tiny little physician like me can be a leader and gain national leadership experience – that doesn’t exist for most physicians in private practice. I have ideas and want to make things happen and I can because I’m part of The Network. I could see they were lacking a genetics program and I started that for my practice and found other Network practices that were also doing work in genetics, so we came together and started a national genetics program. I have a network of over 1,400 practitioners I can ask for advice – that’s not available anywhere else! The benefits of being in a multispecialty practice are obvious to physicians – the advantages of patients getting most or all of their care in one practice allows better coordination of care, better communication, and patients feel understood.

Maximizing Reimbursements

Heidi A Jordan, M.D., Texas Oncology

Being part of The US Oncology Network has enabled me to maximize the options for reimbursement through group education regarding equal options and choices from the pharmacy, preferential drugs, and pathways. Further, being a part of a group that can lobby and negotiate on our behalf and for our patients is incredibly beneficial!

Access to Capital and Streamlined Care

Rob Fisher, M.D., Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers

The Network has helped us succeed on multiple levels. As part of The US Oncology Network we have gained access to capital at a discount to what a group practice could normally obtain, streamlined care and systems from top to bottom, and have been able to attract and negotiate with major health insurers. The Network has a deep talent pool at the national and regional level.

Maintaining Our Independence

Ira Zackon, M.D., New York Oncology Hematology

New York Oncology Hematology is part of The US Oncology Network, yet absolutely physician owned and governed. The Network is a resource, aligned for the success of the practice. What you implement in the practice is up to you; you’re still making the ultimate decisions. Being part of The Network will help you be productive and lean on the cost side, bringing expertise on operations, while mutually never compromising on the quality of what you do. The relationship with The US Oncology Network is working to our benefit and we continue after many years to feel positive about the relationship.