Florida Cancer Specialists’ Physician Named FLASCO President for Second Term

Dr. Michael Diaz Continues Leadership of Statewide Cancer Advocacy Organization



Michael Diaz, MD
Medical Oncologist

Orlando, FL – April 25, 2016……… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce Michael Diaz, MD, who serves on the FCS Executive Board, has been named President of the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO) for a second consecutive term. The announcement was made during the organization’s Spring Conference and Annual Meeting, held April 8-9 in Orlando, FL. Known as the “Voice of Oncology in Florida,” FLASCO is regarded as one of the top state societies nationally and as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is committed to facilitating and promoting multidisciplinary efforts to improve patient care in Florida. FLASCO also promotes excellence in care of patients afflicted with cancer and hematologic disorders and leads efforts to respond to policies and legislation that threaten to compromise patient access to quality cancer care.
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COA Conference April 2016

Florida Cancer Specialists Has Significant Impact at 2016 Community Oncology Alliance National Conference

Orlando, FL - April 16, 2016…… Several Florida Cancer Specialists’ Executive Board members, Executive Management, Senior Management and staff members were in attendance and speaking at the 2016 Community Oncology Alliance’s national conference, held in Orlando April 14 and 15, 2016. FCS had a significant presence and impact at the 1000 attendee conference, which offered clinical, business and advocacy tracks.

American Cancer Society - Pass the Buck

Sarah Cevallos Honored with Distinguished Service Award

Florida Society of Clinical Oncology Recognizes FCS Chief Revenue Cycle Officer

Orlando, FL - April 8, 2016…… Sarah Cevallos, Chief Revenue Cycle Officer for FCS, recently received the “Distinguished Service Award” from FLASCO (Florida Society of Clinical Oncology), based on her continued support of facilitating resolution of reimbursement issues with FLASCO for oncologists in Florida.

Florida Cancer Specialists Joins Initiative To Stop Medicare Experiment on Cancer Drugs

Nation’s Largest Independent Oncology/Hematology Practice Opposes CMS Initiative to Test Alternative Reimbursement Plans


Fort Myers, FL - April 4, 2016…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the largest independent community oncology/hematology practice in the United States, is joining other stakeholders from across the healthcare continuum in raising red flags about a proposed plan by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to “experiment” with alternative reimbursement plans for medications covered under Medicare Part B. If implemented, the CMS proposal could change the way cancer patients receive treatment and restrict patient access to the newest, most advanced cancer treatments. Led by the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), a coalition of over 300 cancer organizations and other healthcare and advocacy groups has signed on to a letter to leaders in Congress urging them to stop CMS from instituting its plan.

FCS CEO Brad Prechtl said, "This so-called ‘experiment’ was ill-conceived and did not seek any input from the oncology community. It certainly is not in the best interest of our patients and, if implemented, could cause a shift away from community-based cancer care, where close to 70% of U.S. cancer patients are treated, and force patients to leave their doctor to seek treatment in a hospital setting, which will not only cost more for the patient, but also be more expensive for CMS, as well.”
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Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Welcomes Dr. Rasha Beg

Nation’s Largest Independent Hematology/Oncology Practice Adds Hospitalist in
Volusia County



Rasha Beg, MD
Hospitalist

Orange City, FL - April 1, 2016…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the leading community oncology/hematology practice in the state, is pleased to announce Rasha Beg, MD, has joined the practice as a hospitalist and will be seeing FCS patients who require hospitalization at any of three hospital locations. Dr. Beg will have privileges at Florida Hospital Deland, Central Florida Regional Sanford and at Fish Memorial in Orange City, FL.

FCS CEO Brad Prechtl said, "Dr. Beg will bring an added dimension to our practice locations in Volusia County, focusing on bridging the continuum of care we offer for our patients who must be hospitalized. We are happy to have her join the FCS family.”
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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man/Woman of the Year

Florida Cancer Specialists Physicians Nominated for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man/Woman of the Year

Drs. Julia Cogburn, Meera Iyengar & Vipul Patel Accept Challenge to Raise Funds for Blood Cancer Research


March 16, 2016…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce that Drs. Julia Cogburn, Vipul Patel and Meera Iyengar have been nominated by several local Florida chapters of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as Man/Woman of the Year for 2016. After an intensive nominating and vetting process, these three outstanding community leaders accepted the challenge to engage in a spirited competition to raise funds for blood cancer research and earn the coveted title of “Man/Woman of the Year.”
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Florida Cancer Specialists’ Patients Become Sailors for a Day

Non-Profit Partners with Naples Yacht Club to Show How “Sailing Heals”


Naples, FL - March 3, 2016…… More than a dozen patients and caregivers from Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) will get their “sea legs” on Friday, March 4, courtesy of Sailing Heals, a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization that will host their third annual lunch and healing sail, in partnership with volunteer host captains from the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club.

Brad Prechtl, CEO of Florida Cancer Specialists, said, “We are grateful to Sailing Heals and to the volunteer captains from the Naples Yacht Club for making such a wonderful opportunity available to our patients and their families. It is extremely gratifying for all of us at FCS to see our patients be able to enjoy an experience that is so positive and therapeutic.”
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Dr. Ram Tummala Joins Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute

Nation’s Largest Independent Oncology/Hematology Practice Adds Practice Location in Leesburg, FL



Ram Tummala, MD
Medical Oncologist

Fort Myers, FL - March 1, 2016…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the leading community oncology/hematology practice in the state, is pleased to announce thatRam Tummala, MD, has joined Florida Cancer Specialists and will be seeing patients at the FCS cancer centers The Villages East (1400 Highway 441 N., Bldg. 500, Suite 552, Lady Lake, FL 32159), effective March 7, 2016. He will also continue to see patients at his current office in Leesburg (9832 U.S. Highway 441, Suite 101, Leesburg, FL 34788), which will add a new clinical location in the FCS network.

FCS CEO Brad Prechtl said, "Dr. Tummala will bring an added dimension and greater convenience for patients in Sumter and Lake Counties. Central Florida is an area where we are experiencing tremendous growth and having a physician the caliber of Dr. Tummala join us will allow us to better serve our patients in the future.”
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Florida Cancer Specialists’ Oral Oncolytic Pharmacy Achieves URAC Accreditation

Rx To Go Recognized for Excellence and Quality in Healthcare


Fort Myers, FL - February 26, 2016…… Rx To Go, the in-house specialty pharmacy of Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), has received accreditation from URAC, the leading organization in the United States for promoting healthcare quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. As a URAC accredited organization, Rx To Go is part of a select group nationwide that has worked to meet rigorous standards for quality and accountability. Located in Fort Myers, FL at the corporate offices of Florida Cancer Specialists, Rx To Go specializes in delivering newer oral cancer medications to our patients throughout the state of Florida, where the pharmacy is licensed. This year, approximately 35% of all cancer drugs will be available in pill form.

Brad Prechtl, CEO of FCS, said, “Rx To Go should be commended for meeting these strict national quality standards. We want all of our patients to know that we have a longstanding commitment to patient safety and providing the highest quality services. The accreditation from URAC is an outward sign of that commitment.”
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Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Announces Alliance with Alltrust Insurance

Nation’s Largest Independent Hematology/Oncology Practice Chooses Brokerage Firm to Advise Employee Benefits


Fort Myers, FL - January 28, 2016…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the leading community oncology/hematology practice in the state, is pleased to announce that Alltrust Insurance, a leading brokerage firm in the employee benefits industry, has been chosen to advise and develop improved benefits packages for the more than 2300 FCS employees throughout the state.

FCS CEO Brad Prechtl said, “Alltrust has been working closely with our HR team to maximize our employee benefit plans, as well as to engage and educate our employees to become efficient consumers of healthcare. As a provider of healthcare services, FCS is keenly aware of just how important it is for individuals to understand their healthcare benefits. Our partnership with Alltrust will not only ensure that our employees have a broad range of excellent benefits, but also that they have a thorough understanding of their plan, so that they can become knowledgeable decision makers when it comes to their overall health and well-being.”
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Fundraising Gala in Naples to Bring Help to Cancer Patients in Need

Signature event for FCS Foundation slated for April 16th


Naples, FL - January 16, 2016…… Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment is stressful enough without having to worry about how to pay for essentials such as rent or the electric bill. Patients suddenly discover that cancer not only strikes their body, but their family, friends, profession and their finances.

Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, which provides financial assistance for non-medical bills to qualified cancer patients so they can focus on battling their illness, is hosting the “Time to Remember” gala on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples. It will feature a LIVE performance by soul diva, music legend and the First Lady of Motown, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas. The magical Motown-inspired evening includes cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live auction of unique items and experiences, including “Fund-a-Family” live bidding where proceeds will go directly to support families of cancer patients.
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Christy Banach, Melisa Chandler, Nicole Picazio Promoted to Senior Management Team

Florida Cancer Specialists Announces Advancement of Three Senior Leaders



Christy Banach
Director of Patient
Business Services

Melisa Chandler
Director of
Revenue Cycle

Nicole Picazio
Director of Contracting
and Credentialing

Fort Myers, FL - January 13, 2016…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce three promotions to the Senior Management team. Christy Banach has been named Director of Patient Services, Melisa Chandler was promoted to Director of Revenue Cycle, and Nicole Picazio is now Director of Contracting and Credentialing.

FCS CEO Brad Prechtl said, “These three outstanding women have all been with the company for a number of years and have held a variety of positions within the financial services department and contributed to the overall success of FCS. Their expertise and leadership has helped to provide a positive experience for our patients and their families during some of the most challenging circumstances of our patients’ lives. We are very proud to welcome Christy, Melisa and Nicole to our Senior Management Team.”
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American Cancer Society - Pass the Buck
American Cancer Society - Pass the Buck
Brad Prechtl, CEO of Florida Cancer Specialists and chairman of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer Florida Chapter lead the charge in Tallahassee to advocate for a healthier future for Floridians. The large group rallied in support of raising the surcharge on packs of cigarettes.

American Cancer Society asks Florida Legislators to "Pass the Buck"

Brad Prechtl, Chairman of the Florida Chapter of American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, leads cancer patients, survivors and advocates at rally to increase cigarette tax


Tallahassee, FL - January 21, 2016…… Brad Prechtl, CEO of Florida Cancer Specialists and chairman of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer Florida Chapter, and dozens of cancer patients, survivors and advocates from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network took to the Capitol steps Thursday morning. Their mission is to encourage Florida’s legislature to increase the surcharge on packs of cigarettes by at least $1. Supporters say the increase will help improve Floridians quality of life, increase the economy and save lives. They're tagging it on social media as #PassTheBuck.
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Dr. Antonella Leary Joins Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute

Nation’s Largest Independent Hematology/Oncology Practice Adds Gynecological Oncologist in Palm Beach County



Antonella Leary, MD
Gynecological
Oncologist

Fort Myers, FL - January 7, 2016…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the leading community oncology/hematology practice in the state, is pleased to announce that Antonella Leary, MD, has joined Florida Cancer Specialists and will be seeing patients at the FCS cancer centers in Palm Beach Gardens (3401 PGA Blvd., Suite 200, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410) and Wellington (1037 St. State Road 7, Suite 303, Wellington, FL 33414).

FCS CEO Brad Prechtl said, "Dr. Leary will bring an added dimension to our practice locations in Palm Beach Gardens and Wellington, focusing on female malignancies, including cervical, vulvar, uterine, and ovarian carcinomas. She offers patients innovative and highly effective treatment options and we’re happy to have her join the FCS family.”
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About Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute:

Founded in 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States. With over 180 physicians, 150 nurse practitioners and physician assistants and over 90 locations in our network, we are committed to providing world-class cancer care in community-based settings close to home.

Recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) with a national Clinical Trials Participation Award, FCS offers patients access to more clinical trials than any private oncology practice in Florida. 70% of new cancer drugs approved in 2015 for use in the U.S. were studied in clinical trials conducted with FCS participation*. Our physicians are consistently ranked nationally as Top Doctors by U.S. News & World Report. Trained in such prestigious medical schools and research institutes as Duke, Stanford, Harvard, Emory, M.D. Anderson, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the physicians of Florida Cancer Specialists provide leadership and consultation in the state's leading hospitals.

FCS serves patients on the Gulf Coast from Naples to the greater Tampa Bay area, north as far as Tallahassee, in Orlando and surrounding Central Florida communities, and on the East Coast in Daytona/Palm Coast, Vero Beach/Sebastian and in Palm Beach County.

Florida Cancer Specialists has built a national reputation for excellence that is reflected in exceptional and compassionate patient care, driven by innovative clinical research and cutting-edge technologies that help advance targeted treatments and genetically-based immunotherapies, and embodied by our outstanding team of highly-trained and dedicated physicians, clinicians and staff.

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