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Lori Gardner, Senior Director
Communications & Marketing
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ACCC News Release

For Immediate Release: July 27, 2008

Quality Cancer Care: Rising Demand, Rising Costs

Issues Affecting Hospitals and Oncology Practices

WHAT: 25th National Oncology Economics Conference, Association of Community Cancer Centers
WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, 2008–Saturday, September 20, 2008
WHERE: Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California

The Association of Community Cancer Centers brings the leaders from the nation's hospital-based cancer programs and oncology practices together to discuss the solutions, strategies, and innovations needed to meet the perfect storm of rising demand, rising costs, and reduced reimbursements. The meeting features in-depth coverage of the many regulatory and reimbursement changes affecting oncology and explores how hospitals and oncology practices are dealing with evolving restraints on the delivery of quality care.

Here are highlights that you won't want to miss:

Keynote Address: Beyond HealthCare Band-Aids
Thursday, September 18, 8:45 am–9:45 am

Noted author and chair of the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, will examine the good, the bad, and the broken of our present healthcare system and offer his ideas for an effective remedy—with particular focus on the high cost of innovative cancer treatments. Dr. Emanuel has published widely on the ethics of clinical research, healthcare reform, the ethics of managed care, and the physician-patient relationship.

The Politics of Health Policy
Thursday, September 18, 9:45 am–10:45 am

Robert B. Helms, PhD, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, explores effective reform of our healthcare system in this election season. Find out about the economics of both the public and private healthcare sectors. And learn how healthcare markets can be made to work more efficiently.

Cancer Care and the Future of Personalized Medicine
Friday, September 19, 7:30 am–8:30 am

A huge opportunity exists to improve the quality and lower the cost of care by using cancer biology to guide individual treatment decisions. Learn about new progress to provide clinicians with data-driven tools that will help predict patient response to a range of currently available treatment options.

Benchmarking Trends in Cancer Care: A New Survey
Friday, September 19, 2:00 pm–2:30 pm

Recently, ACCC launched a nationwide survey designed to identify and compare trends in cancer care services including reimbursement and other payer trends, organizational structures, leadership roles, financial arrangements, and other issues related to the business side of cancer care. A survey report analyzes the implications of trends for U.S. cancer care providers, and identifies alternative and effective organizational adaptations to these trends. The survey is a joint project between ACCC and Eli Lilly & Company.

Panel Discussion: Complexity of Managing Oral Oncolytics in the Practice Setting
Friday, September 19, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

How is the rapid growth of oral therapies for cancer care impacting physicians, nurses, and practice staff? What is needed to ensure that patients receive quality care when they are no longer receiving all treatments in the physician office? How are specialty pharmacies a resource to patients and practices in helping with the complexity of orals? Get the answers.

ACCC Legislative Update
Saturday, September 20, 9:30 am–10:30 am

Information and analysis from ACCC staff about the proposed 2009 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) Rule, policy and payment changes for physicians' services in 2008, 2009, and beyond, and CMS’s clinical trials and quality initiatives policies.

IGRT Operations and Economics: Can They Co-Exist?
Thursday, September 18, 3:45 pm–5:00 pm

This addition of new radiation treatment technologies such as electronic brachytherapy and "no dose" localization techniques are adding to the choices available and yet come with a high cost. This session will examine how to keep clinicians satisfied with the latest technologies and hospital management satisfied with return on investment.

Model Supportive Care Programs
Thursday, September 18, 11:00 am–12:15 pm

Cancer centers are expanding their psychosocial oncology, home, palliative, and integrative care services. What are the innovations and how are they being viewed by patients?

Increasing Your Revenue Stream: What's New, What Works?
Friday, September 19, 10:30 am–11:30 am

Discover how retail medicine in oncology is driving additional business and how hospitals and practices are adapting to provide access to high-margin, cash-based revenue streams immune to fluctuations in payment from payers.

About the Association of Community Cancer Centers
The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is the leading advocacy and education organization for the multidisciplinary cancer care team. More than 23,000 cancer care professionals from over 2,000 hospitals and practices nationwide are affiliated with ACCC. It is estimated that 65 percent of the nation's cancer patients are treated by a member of ACCC. Providing a national forum for addressing issues that affect community cancer programs, ACCC is recognized as the premier provider of resources for the entire oncology care team. Our members include medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, cancer program administrators and medical directors, senior hospital executives, practice managers, pharmacists, oncology nurses, radiation therapists, social workers, and cancer program data managers. For more information, visit ACCC's website at Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and read our blog, ACCCBuzz.

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