Hematology Oncology Clinic Addressing the Financial Concerns of Cancer Treatment

Over $8 Million Provided in Patient Assistance

Baton Rouge, La., September 15, 2020Hematology/Oncology Clinic (HOC), a partner practice of American Oncology Network, LLC (AON), is helping ease the financial burden of cancer treatment for their patients. 

“Stress can have an adverse effect on a patient’s cancer treatment and it can even weaken the immune system, increase bone pain and exacerbate fatigue,” said Medical Oncologist Dr. Gerald Miletello. “The reality is treatments can prove costly and cause enormous stress for patients and our goal is to help ease that financial strain.”

HOC has financial counselors to help guide patients through various grants, copays and assistance programs.  This dedicated staff also works closely with the pharmaceutical companies to supply medications at no cost to patients that meet financial aid criteria.

Dr. Miletello said, “Another financial benefit to our patients is that our practice is community-based which can provide treatment costs up to 40% lower than hospital-based providers.”

HOC’s network partnership with AON allows for better pricing power so they are able to extend lower medication rates and savings to patients.  Just in the last 18 months, HOC secured over $8 million, with $6 million from grants, totaling $8.2 million in financial aid to patients.


About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)

American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly expanding AON network represents 88 physicians and 55 nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing across 15 states. The executive management team of AON encompasses more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.

The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.

AON also provides a unique model of physician led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a care management team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.

About Hematology/Oncology Clinic: (HOCBR.com)

Specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders and cancer, the Hematology/Oncology Clinic (HOC) serves patients from offices in Baton Rouge, Hammond and Zachary, Louisiana. Hematology/Oncology Clinic is the practice of Dr. Gerald Miletello, Dr. Christopher McCanless, Dr. Michael Castine, III, Dr. Pavani Ellipeddi, Dr. Lauren Juneja, and Dr. Sanjay Juneja. The practice’s highly trained and experienced clinical staff consists of Nurse Practitioners, Oncology Certified Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses.

For over 30 years HOC’s has provided exceptional quality care including access to innovative clinical trials, home delivery of oral cancer medications from a specialty, in-house pharmacy, timely labs and pathology reports, and on-site infusion therapy. The practice also offers comprehensive supportive care such as 24/7 access to Care Management, nutrition counseling, and much more.

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