Beacon Oncology Nurse Advocates (Beacon Advocates)
In 2012, Lea Ann Biafora founded Beacon Oncology Nurse Advocates (Beacon Advocates) after working in the oncology field for ~30 years. Her experience in oncology spans across a variety of settings including community, academia, pharma, and insurance in a variety of roles ranging from clinical to administration in nursing, quality improvement, case management, project management, clinical strategy including population-based analytics and program development.
She has witnessed first-hand the spectrum of excellent, good, and inadequate care experiences. Even within the 'good care' scenario, there are many opportunities for improvement. The problem is driven by how our healthcare system is set up. Cancer care is centered around the payer, the healthcare setting, and the physician's knowledge and schedule. Too often, the patients’ needs/wants are left unaddressed. Moreover, as many have experienced, individuals usually do not know what questions to ask or what or how to anticipate what will happen within their cancer journey.
She has created a model focused on improving the cancer care experience and clinical outcomes by delivering services tailored to meet their needs and wants to break down barriers. She believes that Beacon Advocates is successful because the individual living with cancer is viewed holistically – as a person not as a patient – finding out what is important to the individual, their client. Barriers to excellent care are identified and then eliminated while the nurses focus on the specific disease and translate the science to manageable terms they help prepare individuals throughout their journey – providing questions to consider and insight into other potential treatment options including specific clinical trials available. Beacon Advocates understands how the disease can impact the individual’s work and life, and as such, they help their clients work through all these issues.
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