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The Massachusetts General Hospital Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Treatment Support (CMTS) Program is designed to provide the highest standard of multidisciplinary care for cancer and other complex medical problems to patients associated with the Athens Medical Group. Through this program, your physician in Greece will consult with physicians at Mass General Hospital to determine the best approach to your care.
If you are interested in the Program, our Program Management Team at Athens Medical Center or Interbalkan Medical Center will help you get started. Here’s how it works:
Please note that Mass General will communicate all medical consultations to your local physician. Our local Program Management Team will serve as your liaison with Mass General.
The Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Treatment Support (CMTS) Program provides enhanced service support and offers the following benefits to patients:
If you are a patient with a complex medical problem, the most effective treatment for you entails a multidisciplinary approach. This means an individual treatment plan that incorporates an in-depth evaluation by multiple experts. CMTS offers a long-distance version of the standard of multidisciplinary care practiced at the world’s leading academic centers, including Massachusetts General Hospital. Whereas a second opinion is generated by a single physician, who typically studies only part of the patient medical record, CMTS is very different. We offer an in-depth evaluation by multiple experts (e.g., surgeon, radiation oncologist, radiologist, medical oncologist, pathologist), who then confer in order to present a detailed analysis of the disease coupled with recommendations about short- and long-term care. We present a summary to the patient that includes the assessment and action plan that would be offered to a similar patient treated at Mass General.
Senior physicians at Mass General will direct the program and be responsible for selecting the most appropriate specialists for each case from more than 2,000 medical staff at Mass General.
Depending on the medical characteristics of each case, a lead specialist will be designated to oversee the medical team’s review of the case; integrate the contributions of the various specialists; write a report summarizing the treatment recommendations; and respond to follow-up requests from the referring physician.
CMTS covers ongoing consultations and advice from the Mass General team to the referring physician for the duration of most treatment plans.
Our on-site Program Management Team takes the administrative burden off patients and referring physicians by handling registration (both patient and physician); collecting and entering patient medical records into the Program database; packaging and posting of pathology slides for diagnostic purposes; processing payment; and ensuring that all communications are recorded and responses are made in a timely fashion.
Senior Consultant, International and Regional Clinical Relations, Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthcareW. Gerald Austen Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical SchoolSurgeon-in-Chief, Emeritus, Massachusetts General Hospital
Chief, Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, Massachusetts General HospitalJohn Francis Burke Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General HospitalHerman and Joan Suit Professor of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School
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