Anthem Blue Cross of California and Valley Radiotherapy Associates Implement New Rates for Breast Cancer Patients

Blue Cross of California
and Valley Radiotherapy Associates Medical
Group (VRA)
have developed a new agreement for a single episode-of-care payment for
patients with a breast cancer diagnosis requiring radiation therapy

The case rate covers all radiation therapy services provided to the
patient for the treatment of breast cancer. The case rate agreement,
effective May 15, creates opportunities for efficiencies and long-term
price predictability for Anthem, long-term revenue predictability for
Valley Radiotherapy Associates Medical Group, and the ability to better
manage the total cost of care for radiation therapy services for
Anthem’s members.

“Vantage is helping to lead the way with new payment models for
radiation therapy,” said Dr. Jennifer Malin, vice president of Clinical
Strategy at Anthem, Inc. “We hope to build on this approach to provide
our members with cancer more options for high-quality, patient-centered,
value-based care.”

Leslie Botnick, M.D., president of VRA and chief medical officer and
co-founder of Vantage Oncology agrees, saying: “In our practices, women
receive optimal care in a clinically appropriate time period.”

This agreement signifies the first step in progressing to value-based
payment from the traditional fee-for-service model, demonstrating a
commitment on both organizations’ parts to support quality care with
improved outcomes and patient experience at a sustainable cost.

About Valley Radiotherapy Associates Medical Group, Inc.

Founded in 1983 by Leslie E. Botnick, M.D., and Christopher M. Rose,
M.D., Valley Radiotherapy Associates Medical Group, Inc. (VRA) of
Manhattan Beach, California, has 32 board-certified Radiation
Oncologists and provides advanced radiation therapy services to
communities at 16 hospitals and freestanding centers in Los Angeles,
Orange, Riverside, Imperial and San Bernardino Counties in California.
VRA has distinguished itself during the past 33 years as one of the
premier radiation oncology groups in the nation with a proven record of
excellence in clinical treatment, superiority in service delivery and
technical acumen to develop new cancer treatment programs. For more
information, visit

About Vantage Oncology

Founded in October 2002, Manhattan Beach, California-based Vantage
Oncology, LLC is a leading national provider of radiation oncology,
medical oncology and other value-based integrated cancer care services
and is owned by McKesson
Specialty Health
. The company’s founding principles were to address
the growing need among cancer patients, hospitals and physicians for
accessible and advanced cancer treatments. Vantage currently operates 50
treatment facilities in 13 states. For more information about Vantage,


Vantage Oncology, LLC
Alison Goldwater, 312-505-3861