The City of Hope National Medical Center, based in Duarte, Calif., is launching a national network that will contract with community oncologists to deliver prepaid care.
The City of Hope Oncology Network already has 90 oncologists at the Duarte center and about 15 in a regional network with managed-care contracts covering nearly 1 million people in Southern California.
In addition to adding community oncologists across the country to that network, the City of Hope has also joined another new national oncology network announced last week.
In its own program, the City of Hope will analyze various markets nationally and determine how many local oncologists to enlist.
The network will contract with primary-care medical groups, insurance carriers, HMOs and self-insured employers. It will offer a comprehensive package of oncology services.
At the local oncologist's direction, patients will have access to the City of Hope's cancer specialists and surgical capabilities either locally or at the medical center in Duarte.
Patients will also have access to clinical trials, second opinions and education and prevention programs.
"This is the first community-based, national specialty network of its kind," said Andrew B. Leeka, chief operating officer for the City of Hope National Medical Center/Beckman Research Institute and president of the management services organization for the network.