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Sat Aug 20, 2016, 09:31 AM

Medicare is providing a 5 year cancer treatment program as of this July. UPDATE:Map of centers

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This is really huge deal, since talking about it started in 1999. I have read the info. about how the grants, and programs work, and that our local rural hospital has one!
The reason this is so cool is I knew I had cancer when I felt the lump June 9, had mastectomy July 14th, and was instantly referred to the new cancer program in our hospital. Otherwise I would have had a 2 hour 90 mile trip down to Mobile for everything, which is incredibly exhausting......180 miles a day round trip, 4 hours just driving does not leave much room for those 8 am appointments.


The program is targeting some rural hospitals, so urban cancer treatment clinics who got the grants moved a team from Mobile to my rural county hospital.
And it is billed as outpatient.....even the mastectomy was "outpatient" thus saving me the high deductible for "inpatient".
Medicare Part B covers cancer drugs used in outpatient (and inpatient) cancer treatment if the drug is administered by the hospital or clinic or dr.
as opposed to a patient buying the drug by prescription.
( 20% co-pay applies to the drugs used and some lab. services)

This new program has sites across the country. I am trying to remember where I filed the location maps.

Here is map of treatment centers for this program.
On left hand side of map is a drop down where you can enter your state.
https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/map/index.html#model=oncology-care-model

Please notice: your county/area might be listed under a larger medical center.
For instance, my county is listed on map as being part of a Mobile Ala Cancer hospital. So there is no "dot" on my state map of our county.

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Sat Aug 27, 2016, 01:28 AM

1. This sounds like a fantastic program, having quality care close to home can mean so ...

much and could literally be a life or death situation for many people.

If need be the American Cancer Society funds a free place to stay in over 30 cities throughout the US near major treatment facilities, we donate directly to the Hope Lodge in NYC as we have stayed there for over six months. Many people are not aware of this service, still there is no place like home!

I post the link below for others who might be considering or need treatment in another city.

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsservices/hopelodge/





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