American Oncology Network Grows, Adds Practices in Nevada and Kentucky

June 27, 2019
Sara Karlovitch

Partners | <b>American Oncology Network</b>

Two community oncology and hematology practices will be joining the American Oncology Network, LLC in June and July:&nbsp;Cancer &amp; Blood Specialists of Louisville and&nbsp;Hope Cancer Care of Nevada.

Bradley Prechtl, MBA

Two community oncology and hematology practices will be joining the American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) in June and July.

Cancer & Blood Specialists of Louisville, located in Louisville Kentucky will be joining effective June 1. Hope Cancer Care of Nevada, which has 2 locations, 1 in Las Vegas and another 65 miles west of Las Vegas, will be joining AON as of July 1. Both practices will be able to expand their pharmacy and laboratory services, improve their technology, and enhance their care management and ancillary services.

AON membership also provides access to a broad range of clinical trials that allows doctors to access new drugs prior to FDA approval.

“We are very pleased to welcome the physicians and staff of Cancer & Blood Specialists of Louisville,” AON CEO Bradley Prechtl, MBA, said in a press release. “They physicians and staff have long demonstrated their willingness to serve and support patients in the Louisville area; and they have done so with compassionate, patient-centric care in the community setting.”

“Partnering with AON is in the best interest of our patients and the communities we serve. This alliance allows our physicians, clinicians, and staff to continue focusing on treating patients while enhancing the services that we provide,” Vijay Raghavan, MD, of Cancer & Blood Specialists of Louisville, said in a press release.

The team behind AON is the same that was responsible for the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the nation—Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute.

The Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, which was founded in 1984, has nearly 100 locations around Florida. AON, which was founded in 2017, was created to replicate that success on a national scale.

Research shows that patients with cancer prefer the community-based environment over a hospital environment. Treatment costs are also much lower outside of the hospital. By integrating with practices, AON is able to protect these elements of community practice.

“We are in a challenging and constantly changing healthcare environment,” Hope Cancer Care of Nevada’s Raja Mehdi, MD, said in a press release. “Partnering with American Oncology Network will provide several improved services for our patients and the communities we serve, including participation in the AON Care Management program, which focuses on provided high- quality cancer therapy while reducing costs to deliver true value-based care.”

“We are excited to welcome Dr Raja Mehdi, Dr Laxim Lyer, and the staff of Hope Cancer Care of Nevada into the American Oncology Network, LLC,” Prechtl said. “Through alliances such as this, AON can offer a broader range of additional services to affiliated practices that enable community oncologists to provide high quality, value-based cancer care to their patients in a convenient setting, close to where they live.”