COMMENTARY: QUALITY NUTRITION CARE IS INTEGRAL TO THE ONCOLOGY CARE MODEL

Publish Date: July 2021
Author(s): Mary Beth Arensberg, Beth Besecker, Laura Weldishofer, and Susan Drawert

Abstract:

The Oncology Care Model (OCM) is a US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) specialty model implemented to provide higher quality, more highly coordinated oncology care at the same or lower costs. Nutrition is a component of best-practice cancer care, yet it may not be addressed by OCM providers even though up to 80% of patients with cancer develop malnutrition and poor nutrition has a profound impact on cancer treatment and survivorship. This paper outlines how and why quality nutrition care is integral to the OCM and can benefit patient health and provider outcomes.

Author Bios

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Mary Beth Arensberg, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND

Director Health Policy 
Abbott Nutrition Health Institute
Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
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Beth Besecker

Associate Professor, The Ohio State University
Director of Medical Affairs Adult Nutrition
Abbott Nutrition
Columbus, OH, USA
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Laura Weldishofer

US Oncology
Cincinnati, OH, USA
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Susan Drawert

Director, Government Affairs
Abbott
Plymouth, Minnesota, USA
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