“Instead of reacting to adverse conditions that can arise between cancer treatments, such as dangerously low hemoglobin counts that trigger ER visits and hospital admissions, we’re taking a pro-active, coordinated approach to care,” Karp said. “The nurse navigators’ role will be to follow the cancer patients after their treatment, serve as a resource to address their needs and conditions, and remove any barriers to accessing the care they may need.”
Karp added that the navigators’ role also includes connecting patients to community-based services, such as transportation to and from RCCA locations, and to any other facilities and services across the continuum of their cancer care. “The same patients receiving oncology care have elevated risks for heart failure and other pulmonary diseases. So, closely monitoring, following and caring for cancer patients can go a long way toward pre-empting the onset of other dangerous health conditions,” he said.
The pilot will reach approximately 2,000 Horizon patients who receive oncology care at one of RCCA’s 24 New Jersey locations. If successful, the pilot will be expanded to other oncology practices and serving Horizon’s members.
SOURCE Regional Cancer Care Associates (RCCA)