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CDPHP, cancer practice reach agreement

An Albany insurer and the Capital Region's largest cancer practice have reached a contract agreement that will ensure coverage for 2,500 patients dealing with cancer and blood disorders.

CDPHP and New York Oncology Hematology announced the agreement this morning, saying it will guarantee CDPHP members continued access to high-quality, affordable cancer care, enhance services, and reduce the total cost of care.

"For more than 30 years, CDPHP has been committed to providing our members with first-class care at an affordable price," said CDPHP President and CEO Dr. John Bennett in a news release. "This agreement allows us to uphold that commitment to our members while preserving our long-standing relationship with our partners at NYOH."

NYOH announced in December it was cutting ties with the insurer after CDPHP asked the cancer group to accept a lower reimbursement rate for the cost of billing and storing injectable drugs.

Coverage would have been terminated in early May.

"At NYOH, our patients come first," said NYOH President Dr. Nini Wu in the release. "By reaching this agreement, we can continue providing their treatment without interruption, delivering the quality care they expect and deserve. By working together with CDPHP, we have achieved an agreement that recognizes the complexity of cancer treatment and reflects our shared commitment to this community."

Patients with further questions are encouraged to contact a CDPHP member services representative at the number on their ID card.

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