CVS Health collaborates with Cancer Treatment Centers of America to provide in-home chemotherapy

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Coram, CVS Health’s infusion care business, will administer cancer treatment at home for eligible CTCA patients

Home-based chemotherapy is a convenient, accessible way to help avoid unnecessary risk or exposure to COVID-19 from inpatient or in-office cancer care

Woonsocket, R.I. — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today it is working with Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) to increase access to chemotherapy at home for eligible, fully insured patients. Together, the companies are focused on minimizing patient exposure to COVID-19 from inpatient or hospital outpatient settings during the ongoing pandemic while ensuring continuity of critical cancer care. The program leverages Coram’s home infusion capabilities, coupled with training in chemotherapy administration based on Oncology Nursing Society guidelines, harnessing CTCA’s expertise as a top oncology care provider to give patients who may have delayed their care due to COVID-19 the flexibility to receive treatment from the safety and comfort of home. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for immunocompromised patients with cancer looking for ways to safely continue their care, while minimizing their exposure to the virus,” said Sree Chaguturu, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of CVS Caremark and CVS Specialty. “This collaborative arrangement with Cancer Treatment Centers of America allows us to combine our unique expertise in home infusion and clinical oncology to help more patients access treatment from the safety of their home.”

Clinically eligible and fully insured CTCA patients with a range of cancers, including breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, head and neck cancers, and some genitourinary cancers on particular chemotherapy/immunotherapy medications, will begin their first cycles of infused chemotherapy in the hospital or outpatient care center, and, if tolerated over a number of months, can be transitioned home for continued infusions. Once home, patients will receive in-home Coram nurse visits to administer the therapy, paired with regular telehealth visits and digital therapeutic check-ins with their CTCA clinician, care team, pharmacists and other clinical staff as needed. More information is available at www.cancercenter.com/oncology-clinic-at-home.

“Putting patients first has been our philosophy for over 30 years, and working together with CVS is an extension upon in which we can better meet their needs, especially in light of a pandemic. For a variety of reasons, COVID-19 has caused far too many people to skip or delay treatments. We’re seeing a 50% reduction in infusions, and, while a slight delay in treatments may have been appropriate at the pandemic’s onset, data is now pointing to increased mortality risk with every month of delayed care,” said Dr. Chevon M. Rariy, M.D., CTCA telehealth program director. “We’re proud to be working with Coram to provide home infusion of cancer treatment that prioritizes the safety of patients, their families and health care workers.” 

In collaboration with CTCA and their approach to quality, safe care, coupled with more than 35 years of infusion expertise, Coram has the ability to reach 97 percent of the U.S. population. The program is being piloted in the Atlanta market and will expand to other geographies over the next few months to help increase access to important home-based cancer care during and beyond the pandemic. More information on the steps that CVS Health is taking to address the COVID-19 pandemic is available at the company's frequently updated COVID-19 resource center.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a different kind of health care company. We are a diversified health services company with nearly 300,000 employees united around a common purpose of helping people on their path to better health. In an increasingly connected and digital world, we are meeting people wherever they are and changing health care to meet their needs. Built on a foundation of unmatched community presence, our diversified model engages one in three Americans each year. From our innovative new services at HealthHUB locations, to transformative programs that help manage chronic conditions, we are making health care more accessible, more affordable and simply better. Learn more about how we're transforming health at www.cvshealth.com.

About Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) is a national oncology network of hospitals and outpatient care centers offering an integrated approach that combines surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and advancements in precision medicine with supportive therapies to manage side effects and enhance quality of life during treatment and into survivorship. CTCA® publishes treatment results bi-annually including patient experience, length of life, quality of life, patient safety and quality of care. CTCA also offers qualified patients a range of clinical trials that may reveal new treatment options supported by scientific and investigational research. CTCA patient satisfaction scores consistently rank among the highest for all cancer care providers in the country. Visit cancercenter.com for more information.

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Understanding health disparities in diabetes to improve health

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There are more than 34 million Americans living with diabetes, a disease that costs the U.S. more than $327 billion per year. However, the disease does not affect all segments of the population equally.

“We have long known that health disparities exist among different populations based on social determinants of health (SDoH), such as demographics, race, ethnicity and other factors,” explained Sree Chaguturu, Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark. “In recent years, it has become clearer that significant disparities also exist in access to health care and outcomes for diabetes.”

Diabetes disease burden varies by community

Diabetes prevalence varies and research has shown that it affects minority communities disproportionately. American Indian or Alaska Native adults have the highest rate of diagnosed diabetes. The risk of being diagnosed with diabetes is 77 percent higher among African Americans and 66 percent higher among Latinos/Hispanics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Non-White Hispanics tend to be diagnosed with diabetes at younger ages and exhibit higher fasting glucose levels, decreased insulin sensitivity, increased insulin response, and more severe forms of diabetes complications.

Social factors such as education, employment insecurity, poverty, and access to nutritious food also all have a profound impact. Poverty has been shown to be a leading cause of type 2 diabetes. In fact, living in poverty can double or even triple the risk of developing diabetes and many minority groups are disproportionately affected by poverty. Among African Americans, the poverty rate is 21.2 percent and 17.2 percent among Hispanics, compared to 9 percent among non-Hispanic Whites.

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Is the percentage of people living in poverty during the two years prior to diagnosis that resulted in an increased risk of type 2 diabetes

26%

Is the percentage of people living in poverty at any time prior to diagnosis that resulted in an increased risk of type 2 diabetes

Drivers of disparities in diabetes care

For people with diabetes, improving outcomes requires effective management. Here too, racial and ethnic disparities can be barriers to effective disease management.

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  • Awareness: knowledge of treatment options, healthcare system, and value of adherence

  • Accessibility: proximity to and convenience of care and treatment through available channels.

  • Trust: level of comfort and confidence patients have in healthcare channels available to them

Approaches to addressing disparities in diabetes care

It is difficult to overemphasize the importance of addressing the social determinants of diabetes given their profound impact on morbidity and mortality. What’s more concerning is that many of these disparities appear to only get worse year after year. Clearly, addressing these disparities will help control rising health care costs.

“Addressing the disparities resulting from social determinants will take a large-scale effort by many stakeholders,” stated Sree. “Health care companies like CVS Health can play a crucial role by using their capabilities and nationwide presence for community-based health literacy programs, building a diverse and inclusive workforce that can serve the needs of all patients, and developing patient-centered quality improvement initiatives in areas of clinical vulnerability and disparities, such as diabetes and other chronic medical conditions.”

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The second annual campaign kicks off with in-store fundraising from August 4 through 24, 2019, giving CVS Pharmacy customers the opportunity to donate at the registers of 8,000 locations nationwide.

In addition to in-store fundraising, CVS Health and American Cancer Society are working together to identify opportunities along a patient’s cancer journey to increase access to health products and services along the way. CVS Health is also the official pharmacy retailer of American Cancer Society.

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The CVS Health Foundation and American Cancer Society partnered in 2016 to deliver more than $3.5 million in grants to 125 institutions of higher learning to help accelerate and expand the number of 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free college and university campuses throughout the United States. The grants help institutions take a comprehensive approach to implement tobacco-free campus policies, including cessation, education and support services for students.

The partnership created the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative, part of Be The First, CVS Health’s five-year, $50 million initiative that supports education, advocacy, tobacco control and healthy behavior programming.

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During the early months of COVID-19, Karen, a Type 1 diabetic patient called her CVS Pharmacy in tears, afraid she couldn’t get her life-saving insulin. Pharmacist Helen Volf diligently went to work to resolve the issue. Months later when Helen and Karen finally met there were tears again, but this time, tears of gratitude. Watch the video. 

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Building patient engagement by connecting local communities to a cohesive health care network

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Leaders and consumers across the country are speaking out about the ways the pandemic has highlighted failures in health care. But health care was broken long before COVID-19, and millions suffer as a result of the industry’s failure to meet and respond to the needs of individuals and patients: according to the CDC, 60% of Americans live with one or more chronic condition. We are seeing the consequences of this failure play out in real time. 

The need to reimagine health care is urgent, and CVS Health is in the proper position to tackle the challenge. In our mission to help people on their path to better health, we understand that health and wellness is a very personal journey, and we are creating a more connected network of support to respond to individuals’ immediate and chronic health care concerns. 

Our unique and extensive health care experience is transforming the industry. Unlike traditional health care companies, CVS Health is embedded in communities, often a routine part of daily life. We work to know our customers personally — their challenges, common questions, needs, and aspirations. Sitting at the intersection of institutional health care and personal, daily life, CVS Health has unique insight into the health of local communities as well as the gaps in the patient experience. As a result, our approach to health care is holistic, accessible, responsive, and highly personalized.

By combining the data, services, and capabilities of our providers, health plans, community partners, health technology, and pharmacists, we unlock new avenues for proactive, preventive, and personalized care. In our model, new and meaningful channels for health care offer individualized, daily support. Our HealthHUB® locations provide an example of this approach, representing a new, critical health care channel for communities.

Launched in 2018, HealthHUB locations combine expanded in-store clinical services, upgraded virtual care and telehealth, personalized guidance, and individual pharmacy recommendations with community resources, offering a supportive network that addresses both the clinical and social determinants of health. At a HealthHUB location, every customer is seen and treated as a unique individual, and personalized guidance is customized to each person’s schedule, budget, and needs. 

The personalized in-store HealthHUB experience is coupled with integrated care management and health plan benefits optimization, resulting in continuous support, regardless of whether an individual is in-store or at home. The resources available through a HealthHUB mean that patients can access everything they need to manage their health whenever and wherever is right for them, keeping them on track with care plans and offering new resources for support. This is especially powerful for those managing the arduous daily demands of one or more chronic conditions.

By offering a patient-centered engagement model for care, our HealthHUB locations can improve individual health outcomes, leading to the successful management of chronic conditions, fewer out-of-pocket costs, and avoided medical procedures and emergency services. Ultimately, these individual successes have an aggregate effect, uplifting the health of entire communities. In this way, CVS Health is helping individuals, families, and communities stem the tide of preventable and reversible chronic conditions. 

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