Varian selected by Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium to support transition to value-based care

Varian selected by Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium to support transition to value-based care

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | November 06, 2019 Health IT Rad Oncology
PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to elevate the patient voice in cancer care, Varian (NYSE: VAR) announced it has been selected as the vendor of choice by the Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium (MOQC) to support its efforts to develop patient-centered quality measures for cancer care. This year, there were an estimated 58,000 new cancer cases in the state of Michigan, according to the American Cancer Society; nearly 18,000 of those new cases are breast cancer and lung and bronchus cancer. MOQC will implement Varian's software application, Noona®, to manage patient symptoms and capture patient reported outcomes (PROs) in cancer care—throughout 19 cancer treatment locations in Michigan--to elevate, assess, and evaluate PROs in cancer treatment.

Through its decision to implement Noona, MOQC is spearheading a statewide project to develop Medicare quality measures for cancer patients by putting patient outcomes and preferences at the center of care. This initial round of public-private partnership cooperative agreements is authorized under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) to identify measures for the Quality Payment Program and initiate system reform to transform Medicare from fee-for-service to value-based care.

"MOQC's unwavering mission is to offer the highest quality cancer care to patients across the state of Michigan," said Dr. Jennifer Griggs, program director of MOQC. "In order to make significant strides toward developing quality measures, we understand the value and need of hearing and responding to the patient's voice—before, during, and after treatment. The selection of Noona was based on the fact that it was the only oncology-specific program, has a patient-friendly interface, and is customizable with a short turnaround time. MOQC practices liked that Noona was owned by a large corporation known in the oncology line of business."

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Together with MOQC, Varian aims to help define a new oncology reimbursement model that will enable better patient care and help improve patients' chances of survival. With Noona, patients have the ability to regularly engage during each step of their personal cancer care treatment journey and in-turn help support quality measurement for cancer care.

Noona offers patients an improved way to communicate their symptoms and other relevant clinical information to their care team, while eliminating common barriers, such as patients' physical location or technological adeptness. Throughout MOQC's vendor selection process, clinicians and cancer survivors had the opportunity to demo and experience the Noona platform. The simplicity of the technology, ease of engagement, and positive response from patients and their care teams continues to be promising.

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