October 10, 2019
Philips Cautions on CMS Radiation Oncology Plan
Philips Healthcare is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to proceed with caution in creating a five-year demonstration project that would pay providers a set fee to cover radiation oncology services for 17 different types of cancer. The proposed fee—often referred to as a bundled payment or episode-based payment—would cover radiation services for 90 days after a patient begins treatment. In comments filed with CMS, Philips said it strongly supported the transition of the Medicare program from pay-for-service to pay-for-value, but that the proposed demonstration project raises concerns over patient safety, utilization, and clinical efficacy.