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NWMS Earns the Cigna Care Designation!

NWMS is proud to announce that we have earned several quality recognition’s from Cigna! 

Here are the recognition’s we have achieved through a rigorous quality evaluation done by Cigna.

Cigna Care Designation-

Cigna Care Designation (CCD) distinguishes network physicians who practice in one of the 21 specialties reviewed and who meet certain quality and cost-efficiency measures. 

Cigna Care Network Tier 1

Cigna offers a tiered benefit design option available to customers where they are afforded a lower copayment or coinsurance level for covered services provided by Tier 1 providers than if they select a participating non-Tier 1 provider. Tier 1 providers are listed on the directory with the “Cigna Care Network – Tier 1 Provider” designation.

Adherence to Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Standards

Doctor is in approximately the top tier of practices within their geographic market for use of evidence based medicine. Measuring adherence to Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) standards can illustrate how well a doctor uses recommended medical guidelines for treating chronic diseases and providing preventive care.

Cigna evaluates the quality of doctor care using measurement rules developed by the National Quality Forum (NQF), Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA), Healthcare Effectiveness Data Information Set (HEDIS), or evidence based standards developed by independent physician organizations (such as the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, or the American Diabetes Association). These rules span 38 disease and preventive care conditions

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Recognition

Awards or recognitions that come from experts in the medical industry and indicate the doctor provides excellent patient-centered care in one or more of the following areas: diabetes, heart and stroke, back pain, use of technology for improved patient care, or commitment to comprehensive treatment approaches that involve other doctors, specialists and the patient’s family.

NCQA Physician Practice Connections – Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PCMH) – recognizes doctors that effectively manage their patient’s care by coordinating with other doctors, specialists and family members to deliver a holistic, or comprehensive, patient treatment.
NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) – recognizes practices that have demonstrated commitment to patient-centered care and clinical quality through: streamlined referral processes and care coordination with referring clinicians, timely patient and caregiver-focused care management and continuous clinical quality improvement.

Northwest Medical Specialties and the American Cancer Society visit the capital!

Members of the NWMS team joined the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network this month to advocate on behalf of our patients and our community.


ACS CAN is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization that is working every day to make cancer issues a national priority.

Many of the most important decisions about cancer are made outside of your doctor’s office. Instead, they are made by your state legislature, in Congress and in the White House. ACS CAN empowers regular people to be part of the growing national movement that is fighting back against cancer.

If we are to succeed in our mission and fight against cancer, it won’t just happen in the doctor’s office or research lab. This movement must start at the statehouse and in Congress. And, it will be led by volunteers – regular people whose lives have been impacted by cancer – rallying together to demand change from their elected officials.


World Cancer Day 2020



World Cancer Day every 4 February is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). By raising worldwide awareness, improving education and catalysing personal, collective and government action, we’re working together to re-imagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all – no matter who you are or where you live. 

Created in 2000, World Cancer Day has grown into a positive movement for everyone, everywhere to unite under one voice to face one of our greatest challenges in history.

Each year, hundreds of activities and events take place around the world, gathering communities, organisations and individuals in schools, businesses, hospitals, marketplaces, parks, community halls, places of worship – in the streets and online – acting as a powerful reminder that we all have a role to play in reducing the global impact of cancer.

This year’s World Cancer Day’s theme, ‘I Am and I Will’, is all about you and your commitment to act. We believe that through our positive actions, together we can reach the target of reducing the number of premature deaths from cancer and noncommunicable diseases by one third by 2030.

Join us on 4 February and speak out and stand up for a cancer-free world.

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Together We Ride, Together We Fight!


On January 26, 2020 members of the NWMS care team attended the annual Cycle For Survival event in Seattle,WA! We couldn’t be more proud of our team’s dedication to our patients and the fight against cancer!

About Cycle for Survival

Cycle for Survival is the movement to beat rare cancers. Our high-energy indoor team cycling events provide a tangible way for you to fight back—100% of all money raised directly funds lifesaving rare cancer research.

Why we ride-to beat rare cancers!

Rare cancer patients make up about half of all people fighting cancer, but they often have limited or no treatment options because rare cancer research is drastically underfunded.

Cycle for Survival raised $42 million in 2019—more than $236 million in over a decade. Every single dollar is directly allocated to rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center within six months of the close of fundraising.


Bingo Night Display

Please join Cancer Support Community for a night of Bingo. Come enjoy dinner, bingo, and prizes.
When: Friday 1/31/2020 5:30-7:00pm
Where: Puyallup Methodist Church 1919 W
               Pioneer Ave Puyallup, WA 98371
*This is a free event for whole family, but registration is required.*
Please Register with Abra Kelson at 253-200-3164 or email at

NWMS Voluntarily Elects 2-Sided Risk In The Oncology Care Model


In 2016, Northwest Medical Specialties (NWMS), PLLC was one out of 196 original practices selected to participate in the Oncology Care Model (OCM), a voluntary program that aims to provide high-quality and cost-efficient cancer care through the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). This 5-year model provides care coordination, navigation, and national treatment guidelines for Medicare beneficiaries. Northwest Medical Specialties is dedicated to bringing quality care to patients in the South Puget Sound of Washington, not only through the OCM but through various national and local quality initiatives.

As of performance period 4, any OCM group that has not achieved some level of savings will have no choice but to accept a downside risk track, or else exit the program.  NWMS has achieved cost target savings in all 4 performance periods of the OCM according to data compiled by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Due to this success and with much deliberation, NWMS has decided to elect “two-sided risk.” The two-sided risk model will hold practices more accountable as they share some of the cost risk for their OCM patients.

Amy Ellis, Director of Quality and Value Based Care at NWMS, added, “Our practice has always been determined to improve care for patients, its truly a mission for NWMS. Voluntarily going at risk in OCM is no different, we understand and support the changes needed in cancer care which include reducing costs to the healthcare system overall and providing the most efficient and high value care to our patients.”

Sibel Blau, MD, Medical Director at NWMS and President/CEO at Quality Cancer Care Alliance Network (QCCA), added, “CMMI has taken a very brave and tedious move to improve the healthcare system. As the program evolves, two-sided risk model will be mandated.  NWMS is not only confident that it can embrace this move, but feels it is extremely important to take an action and keep being motivated to be a part of this critically important model”

NWMS provides innovative medical services for patients diagnosed with cancer, blood diseases and infectious diseases. NWMS is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and understanding individual needs. As an independent community cancer center with 5 locations, NWMS strives to bring state of the art, high quality care to patients in their own communities. NWMS is a participating practice in the QCCA and participates in several quality cancer-care initiatives, such as the CMMI’s OCM, American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance. With these quality initiatives in place, NWMs has been able to significantly reduce costs and improve the patient experience.

NWMS continues to improve care for patients by cultivating community physician and payor relationships that can bring valuable resources to patients which help drive quality care and a improve the patient’s overall quality of life. With new relationships forged, NWMS has been able to provide a patient resource center, a comprehensive oncology specified rehabilitation program, case managers, patient navigators, care coordination and more!

Do you have Medicare?


Don’t forget to bring your updated Medicare cards with you on your next visit to NWMS! Its important that we update your information as soon as possible to prevent any errors in billing.

Medicare mailed new cards between April 2018-April 2019.  To help protect your identity, your new card has a unique Medicare Number instead of your Social Security Number.  The new card won’t change your coverage or benefits.  Beginning January 1, 2020 Medicare requires that doctors, pharmacists, and other health care providers use your new unique Medicare Number for billing and processing claims on your behalf.


Here’s what you need to know:

• You can look up your Medicare Number or print a card on

• Destroy your old card (shred) once you get your new card.

• Call 1-800-MEDICARE if you didn’t get your card.

• There may be something that needs to be corrected, like updating your mailing address.

• Medicare will never call you uninvited and ask for your personal information.  Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card.



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Big News! Our New Cancer Center In Puyallup Is Now Open!


We are excited to announce that our new cancer center in Puyallup, WA is now open! We would like to thank our staff and patients for your support during the transition to the new building.

Our new address is: 2940 S Meridian Suite 200 Puyallup, WA 98373 

The new building will have a complete patient resource center supported by our social work, financial counseling and patient navigation teams! We will also have radiation services, naturopathic services and much more! Don’t forget we are open on Saturdays from 8am-3pm for acute care needs!


The NWMS Cancer Support Community Hosts Its First Annual Fall Festival!


November 15th, 2019

Last week NWMS employees and patients enjoyed an evening full of fun and games hosted by the NWMS Cancer Support Community!

Thank you to all the staff that came to help and the patients who came to have a fun night out, we hope to see you all again next year!

About Cancer Support Community: As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. This global network of 175 locations, including CSC and Gilda’s Club centers, health-care partnerships, and satellite locations that deliver more than $50 million in free support services to patients and families.

People playing Cornhole

People playing Cornhole

Tables with people gathered around them.

  Guitarist Performing for Group

Air Blown Up Game

Three staff smiling and one holding a baby

Child painting

 People sitting at a table

Two employees

Staff Group Photo

Staff Group Photo

Staff Group Photo

Staff Group Photo