The journey you are about to begin can be confusing and difficult. Your care management team will be invaluable in helping you successfully navigate the treatment process. Patients enrolled in either the Principal Care Management (PCM) or Enhancing Oncology Model (EOM) program will be assigned a care manager. The PCM program is available to Medicare and most Medicare Advantage patients who have one serious, complex chronic condition. EOM is specifically designed for Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries with seven specific types of cancers: breast cancer, chronic leukemia, small intestine/colorectal cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and prostate cancer.
Your care management team will consist of your physician, care manager, nurse and other experts as needed. Your care manager will help you prepare for what lies ahead and be with you through the entire treatment process and beyond. Your care manager is a highly skilled registered nurse who will work closely with your physician and other members of your healthcare team to make certain you receive the support and services you require.
The goal of care management is to help you manage your physical, psychosocial and emotional needs as well as act as your primary contact. Care management performs many functions including providing medication and diagnoses education, symptom monitoring, as well as addressing barriers to care, including financial and transportation assistance. Your care manager will assist you with creating and understanding your personalized plan of care and help facilitate communication between your oncologist and other providers.
Patients also have access to a wide range of services and resources that help improve their overall health and well-being including support from dietitians to minimize the impact of cancer on daily life.
Meet Your Oncology Dietitians
Karen Randall, RD, CSO, LDN
Karen was one of the first dietitians in the state of Indiana to earn the certification, Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO). She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics from Purdue University. Karen has worked in various health care settings but found working with oncology patients to be the most rewarding. She served cancer patients at Ascension/St. Vincent Cancer Care in Indianapolis for almost 20 years.
Nutrition support is an integral part of the treatment and recovery plan for our patients and appointments with the dietitian are free of charge.
Hillary Buch, MS, RD, CSO, LDN
Hillary is a registered dietitian experienced in oncology nutrition. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in clinical nutrition from the University of California Davis, Hillary earned a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Saint Louis University. She worked closely with lung and esophageal cancer patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. and worked with a variety of cancer types at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.
Hillary provides personalized nutrition plans for each patient, helping to find the right foods during treatment to lessen the side effects and improve recovery. She also specializes in treating and preventing malnutrition. Hillary enjoys helping each patient to feel their best and meet their nutrition-related goals.