The Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act:
Providing Cancer Patients a Plan for Treatment and Survivorship
The Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act will encourage the development of a personalized cancer care plan for Medicare beneficiaries.
The PACT Act will:
- Help cancer patients through the difficult process of cancer diagnosis, treatment choices, treatment management, and survivorship care by supplying them a written plan or roadmap.
- Encourage a shared decision-making process between patients and their cancer care teams.
- Support informed decision-making as treatment choices are becoming increasingly complex.
- Empower the patient with tools to manage care from active treatment through long-term survivorship.
About the 2015 PACT Act
The cancer care planning process will produce a written plan of care provided to the patient for use in managing care.
After patients finish active treatment, they may transition into a different system for long-term survivorship care. These patients require monitoring of the effects of their cancer treatment and for cancer recurrence as well as follow-up care provided according to recommended schedules. A written plan facilitates the transition to survivorship and the long-term follow-up that is required.
The PACT Act is still necessary, in spite of the strong efforts by CMS to foster care planning for Medicare beneficiaries. Cancer care is especially complex because it is typically multi-disciplinary, requires coordination of active treatment and aggressive management of cancer symptoms and side effects of treatment, and encompasses elements of acute care and chronic care. The transitional care management service and complex chronic care management service are not adequate for cancer care management. In addition, many patients will receive their care in practices outside the Oncology Care Model and as a result will not benefit from the cancer care planning in that model.
How Can I Help?
Members of Congress need to hear from their constituents that cancer care planning is a priority. There are two simple ways you can get in touch with your elected officials and to make your voice heard.