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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.



For more information you can go to:


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 


NWMS Hosts Another Successful Frankly Speaking About Lung Cancer Workshop


On November 7th, Andrea Veatch, MD, discussed the side effects, side-effect management and tools to overcome the social and emotional challenges of a lung cancer diagnosis. Thank you to those who participated and supported another successful workshop!


The NWMS Cancer Support Community hosts monthly events, be sure to check our Facebook and website for upcoming events!

Welcome Dr. Mohammed Kanaan!


Please join us as we welcome Dr. Mohammed Kanaan to NWMS! Dr. Kanaan joined us on October 14th! 

Dr. Kanaan completed his Hematology & Oncology Fellowships at  Michigan State University and University of Arizona in Tucson. Dr. Kanaan did his Internal Medicine Residency at McLaren Regional Hospital in Flint, Michigan, and his undergraduate degrees in Medicine and Surgery are from Amman, Jordan.  Dr. Kanaan has been practicing in Great Falls, Montana since 2015.  

In his spare time Dr. Kanaan enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. He also enjoys soccer, swimming, diving, running and cycling.


NWMS Proudly Sponsors The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk


A few members of the NWMS team attended the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Tacoma, WA to support of The American Cancer Society. NWMS is proud to show our support for our community and the fight against cancer.


Learn About Making Strides
The American Cancer Society started Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks to unite communities in the fight against this deadly disease. Today, Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation – and we do more than just walk. We raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and provide patient services like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a live 24/7 cancer helpline. But we can’t do any of this without the help of people like you.