Pequot Health Care Names an Oncology Center as Preferred Partner

Leaders of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation built Pequot Health Care (PHC) to serve its members, other Tribal Nations, as well as commercial businesses and organizations that offer self-funded health plans. 

PHC recently named Eastern Connecticut Hematology and Oncology (ECHO), a physician-owned oncology practice in Norwich, Connecticut, as a Center of Excellence and preferred partner. That means PHC will promote awareness of ECHO’s high-value cancer care to its members and commercial self-funded plans. 

PHC is doing what it can to address skyrocketing healthcare costs. The average cost of cancer care and drugs per patient is now above $250,000 — four times the median US household income. “At Pequot Health Care, we believe that both the patients and the employers that provide self-funded health benefits deserve better value health — where the quality, safety, and experience is higher, and the total cost of care is lower,” said Setu Vora, MD, Chief Medical Officer,  Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. 

To address “financial toxicity and healthcare inequities,” Pequot Health Care has accelerated its partnerships to bring better value health across Connecticut by forming the Independent Medical Practices Alliance of Connecticut-IMPACT.  For providing high-value cancer care in the community setting, where care is less expensive, ECHO is one of the early adopters of this Pequot model to make health care better and sustainable for all. 

“ECHO is a Center of Excellence for us because it shares our mission of Better Value Health,” said Chris Manzi, President of Pequot Health Care. 

ECHO will continue to deliver hematology and oncology care to Tribal and PHC health plan members. “We’re proud to have cared for many Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation members over our thirty-year history,” said Dinesh Kapur, MD, CEO of ECHO. “And we look forward to our continued relationship.” 

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