The Future of APM Participation: Transitioning from the Oncology Care Model (OCM) to the Oncology Care First (OCF) Model

The ACCC Alternative Payment Model Coalition builds off the success of its Oncology Care Model (OCM) Collaborative by addressing the broader interest in alternative payment models (APMs) beyond the OCM.  

Speakers discuss how participation in alternative payment models (APMs) has changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, how oncology practices can benefit from enrollment and potential future models (i.e., OCM, OCF, Radiation Oncology Model etc.), and what support services are recommended for cancer programs currently enrolled in APMs or considering enrollment in future models.

Fred Bentley, MPP, MPH, Managing Director, Avalere Health  

Blair Burnett, Consultant, Avalere Health  

Tom Gallo, MS, MDA, Executive Director, Virginia Cancer Institute   

This webinar was developed in collaboration with Avalere Health.   

The ACCC Alternative Payment Model Coalition is supported by Amgen, Merck & Co, Inc., and Takeda. 

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Fred Bentley, MPP, MPH

Managing Director, Avalere

As an expert in fields ranging from payer strategy to hospital–physician alignment and post-acute care, he has worked with providers, including integrated delivery networks, academic medical centers, post-acute providers, and long-term care organizations as well as national and regional health plans. Over the past 5 years, his work has focused on supporting health systems engage in Medicare and Medicaid payment and delivery system transformation initiatives.

Prior to joining Avalere, Fred was a principal in the Accountable Care Solutions practice at The Chartis Group. In this role, he worked with leading hospitals and health systems in developing strategic roadmaps to guide their clinical innovation, population health, and cross-continuum integration initiatives. He also served as a managing director with The Advisory Board Company, managing a team of consultants and analysts who supported provider organizations ranging from physician groups and health systems to post-acute care providers.

Fred holds an MPP and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in political science from Haverford College.

Blair Burnett


Avalere Health

With experience in provider associations, management consulting, and advocacy groups, Blair assists clients with analysis on a range of federal health policy topics. Blair has particular expertise in policy issues related to oncology and Medicare Part B.

Prior to joining Avalere, Blair was senior policy analyst at the Association of Community Cancer Centers where she oversaw the legislative and regulatory advocacy priorities at the federal and state level for over 2,500 cancer care programs in the association’s membership. Prior to that, Blair was a healthcare analyst with Huron Consulting Group where she assisted clients in care access and revenue cycle projects.

Blair has a BA in public policy with a minor in information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tom Gallo, MS, MDA

Executive Director, Virginia Cancer Institute

Thomas A. Gallo, MS, MDA, is executive director of the Virginia Cancer Institute in Richmond, Virginia. In this role, he manages all aspects of a 24-provider medical oncology practice with 7 medical offices, ambulatory infusion centers, laboratories, and more than 200 employees. Among his responsibilities are strategic planning, operations, financial management, personnel management, and purchasing.

Mr. Gallo has been an active member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) for more than 10 years. He served as ACCC President from 2018-2019. Currently, he also serves on ACCC’s Governmental Affairs Committee, which he previously chaired. He has presented at a number of ACCC Annual Meetings and has previously served on the ACCC Board of Trustees (2004-2005).

In addition to his involvement with ACCC, Mr. Gallo is a member of the Board of Directors of MD Value Care, an ACO of independent physician practices; past president of the Executive Committee of the MGMA Administrators in Oncology-Hematology Assembly (AOHA); a current member and former president of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Hematologists and Oncologists (VAHO); and a former board member of the Community Oncology Alliance.

Prior to entering the healthcare field, Mr. Gallo was a commercial banker with Marine Midland Bank in New York City and Central Fidelity Bank in Richmond, Virginia.

He received a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and an MS in Finance and a Master of Decision Analytics (MDA) degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was a Dean’s Scholar.


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