MONTGOMERY, AL – Montgomery Cancer Center, LLC (MCC) announced that it has discontinued offering medical oncology services at its Selma office effective April 2, 2010.
Dr. Stephen White will continue to see his Selma patients at the center's Montgomery location. Montgomery Cancer Center will continue providing its radiation therapy services in the Selma office and will coordinate the needs for the medical oncology services in Montgomery.
Citing loss of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement from the federal government, officials at Montgomery Cancer Center expressed disappointment at the need to cease medical oncology services in Selma.
"We're honored that we had the privilege to work with the people in Selma for 25 years," said Dr. Mac Barnes for the center. "Through our full-service cancer clinic, as well as oncology consultations at Vaughn Regional Hospital and free patient advocate services, we've invested a lot of ourselves in this community."
Barnes said that the center's office in Selma had been operating at a financial loss: "Beginning with the Medicare Modernization Act in 2003 and the erosion of reimbursement for chemotherapy and other oncology services, we simply could not afford to keep the doors open."
Montgomery Cancer Center will continue services uninterrupted to its Selma patients in Montgomery, but regrets the inconvenience necessitated by the closing. Patients are encouraged to call the Montgomery Cancer Center Scheduling Department at 334-386-2984 to arrange for future treatments and appointments.
"We hope that in time government policy will change, and we'll be able to return to Selma," Barnes said.
Montgomery Cancer Center is nationally respected for its oncology and hematology diagnostic and treatment services. The center is staffed by 14 physicians, including recognized leaders in their fields. Montgomery Cancer Center also offers its own diagnostic and treatment center for breast cancer, and a digital imaging center open to the general public as well as to cancer patients. For more information, visit www.montgomerycancercenter.com.