Community Oncology Practices Are Feeling Pandemic Pressure

Community oncology practices already have been hit hard for a number of years, and the COVID-19 pandemic may make the situation worse. But as hospitals try to keep immune-compromised people out, this could result in a shift to these community practices for cancer care, say some industry experts.

A recently released Community Oncology Alliance (COA) practice report shows that from January 2008 through April 2020, 1,748 community oncology clinics and/or practices have shut down, been acquired by hospitals, undergone mergers, sent patients elsewhere or faced financial struggles.

Angela Maas

Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy (formerly called Specialty Pharmacy News) since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at HemAware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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