Queens Medical Associates is participating in a Medicare initiative called the Oncology Care Model.  Oncology practices participating in the Oncology Care Model, including, Queens Medical Associates will work with Medicare to improve cancer care for patients receiving chemotherapy.

Your Medicare rights have not been changed 

You still have all the same Medicare rights and protections, including the right to choose which health care provider you see. However, because Queens Medical Associates (QMA) chose to participate in the Oncology Care Model, all of QMA’s Medicare beneficiaries who meet the eligibility criteria of this initiative will receive care under the initiative, including access to patient-focused services (listed below). If you do not wish to receive care under the Oncology Care Model, you must choose a health care provider who does not participate in this initiative to receive care. Regardless of which health care provider you see, Medicare will continue to cover all of your medically necessary services.

The Oncology Care Model aims to improve cancer care

The Oncology Care Model was designed to help ensure that you receive the right care at the right time by giving your health care provider extra resources to manage your cancer care. Your health care provider will use these resources to give you access to the patient-focused services listed below. Medicare will monitor QMA to make sure you and other people with Medicare receive quality care. Queens Medical Associates will regularly receive information from Medicare about its participation in the initiative.

You will receive access to patient-focused services

As part of the Oncology Care Model, QMA will give you access to patient-focused services aimed at meeting your individual needs while you are receiving chemotherapy or hormonal therapy. Under the initiative you can:

•Contact a health care provider who has access to your medical records 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
•Work with your health care provider to create a detailed care plan that meets your needs
•Work with your health care provider to access other patient-focused supportive services

Talk to your QMA physician to learn more about these patient-focused services. You will not be responsible for paying for any portion of these patient-focused services; Medicare will cover the full amount of these services.

Your feedback is important

Medicare may also ask you to answer a survey about the services and care you received from QMA . The survey will be mailed to you. Your feedback will help improve care for all people with Medicare who receive chemotherapy or hormonal therapy.

Find more information

For more information about the Oncology Care Model, you can:

  • Visit www.innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/oncology-care/
  • Call Queens Medical Associates at 718-312-3443
  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048