Cancer Center Financial Care Coordination Pilot Team
Massachusetts General Hospital, Multiple Areas
Cancer can impose staggering emotional and financial burdens on patients and their families. An enterprising, multidisciplinary team at Massachusetts General Hospital is helping patients meet the challenges of financing treatment so they can focus on healing and quality of life.
The Financial Care Coordination Pilot Team includes finance, admissions and administrative staff, as well as nurses. In a pilot program, they examined public and private sector payment schemes for complex cancer treatments, including novel diagnostic and treatment modalities. Guided by their findings, the team devised an innovative process that helps patients streamline access to applicable insurance, obtain prior authorizations and, as appropriate, secure insurer coverage of novel, life-extending therapies.
Stephen Buonopane, Nancy Connery, Beverly Hudson, RN, Joe Ianelli, Theresa McDonnell, ACNP, Ellen McLaughlin, Emelia Peck, Paul Pecoraro, Joe Scorzoni and Annette Smith, RN, are the talented and motivated members of this team. Dogged problem-solvers determined to ease the ordeal of patients coping with cancer, they worked countless hours to amass and analyze an array of data, negotiate with internal and external decision-makers, and craft a practical solution that will bring peace of mind to patients and their families.
Help us honor the 2014 one hundredNominate Your Cancer Hero
- Michelle Boutin, Karen Ingwersen, RN, and Michael Keamy
- Yi-Bin A. Chen, MD
- George R. Lillie, RN
- Robert Howe
- Jeff Warren
- The Center for Cancer Risk Assessment Genetic Counselors at Mass General
- Kathy Quinn, RN, BSN, OCN
- David E. Fisher, MD, PhD
- Dell, Inc.
- Douglas J. Mathisen, MD
- Lazarex Foundation
- Andrea Paciello
- Julia Hincman-Francavilla, MS, RD, LDN, CSO
- Dorothy Binford
- Melissa Skolny, MSHA, Cynthia Miller; Lauren Jammallo; Jean O’Toole, PT, MPH; and Michelle Specht, MD, Mass General Lymphedema Screening Team
- Mary Philopoulos
- Tristan’s Gift of Hope Foundation
- Breast Intentions, Massachusetts Chapter
- Ashley Bonner
- Kevin S. Oh, MD
- Jay S. Loeffler, MD, FACR, FASTRO
- Kathy Giusti
- Rhonda McGrail
- Jeanne Griffin Vaughn, NP
- Lori Grassette
- Betty J. Borry Breast Cancer Retreats
- Mary F. Fay, RN, BSN, OCN
- David J. Kuter, MD, Dphil
- Richard L. Deming, MD
- Sailing Heals
Mass General honors 100 individuals and groups for their diverse contributions to the fight against cancer.
There is strength in numbers and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center proves this each year. the one hundred is the Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, honoring 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer. Funds raised at the gala support research, patient care, education and community outreach programs. Meet the Honorees.