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In July 2017, CSC partnered with Northwest Medical Specialties (NWMS) to become a CSC health care partner. NWMS is an innovative, for-profit practice which provides holistic care to patients at its six locations in the Tacoma area. NWMS was created in 1998 through a merger of two Tacoma-area oncology practices, and has become a leading force for innovative cancer treatment in Washington.

NWMS is one of 176 oncology practices in the United States participating in the Oncology Care Model, an initiative from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to improve the quality of cancer treatment and lower Medicare spending by coordinating care. NWMS also received the 2017 Innovation Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers for its forward-thinking cancer program and creative innovative strategies for the effective delivery of cancer care.

Following a comprehensive CSC training at NWMS for their social workers and
administrative staff, NWMS began offering services in November 2017. Since then, NWMS has become a fully operational health care partner, hosting regular support groups, CSC orientation events, policy updates, and educational seminars on a variety of cancer topics. Driven by the input of their members and attendees, NWMS’s social work team has focused many of their events on advocacy for cancer patients at the state and national levels.