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Lori Gardner, Senior Director
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ACCC News Release

For Immediate Release: February 2, 2009

Invitation to Attend ACCC's 35th Annual National Meeting

Leading Your Team to Action: 21st Century Solutions, Issues Affecting Hospitals and Oncology Practices

WHAT: 35th Annual National Meeting of the Association of Community Cancer Centers

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 – Saturday, March 21, 2009

WHERE: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on the Potomac National Harbor, Maryland

More than 500 oncology healthcare professionals who represent the multidisciplinary cancer care team are expected to attend the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ 35th Annual National Meeting to be held March 18-21, 2009, at the National Harbor just outside Washington, D.C. They know that ACCC delivers practical information and education vital to the success of hospital cancer programs and oncology private practices.

Find out about new trends and technologies in cancer care and how cancer care providers can afford them. Learn how cancer programs and practices can strengthen the cancer service line, and, in this important year, how politics and regulations may change cancer care.

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

New Technologies: What’s Available and What’s Affordable?
Thursday, March 19, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Concurrent Sessions
New communication devices and methods to enhance patient communication and outcomes, minimally invasive surgical technologies, genetic mutation testing, and oral anti-cancer agents and their complex administration schedules. Presentations by the experts will examine the present and future of oncology care.

Medicare Rules/Legislative Updates/Cancer Legislation
Thursday, March 19, 2009, 9:10 am – 10:00 am; Saturday, March 21, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Information and analysis from ACCC, Medicare staff, Congressional representatives, and other experts about the 2009 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) Rule, policy and payment changes for physicians’ services in 2009 and beyond, and CMS’s clinical trials and quality initiatives policies. Also, new details about the direction of healthcare reform under the Obama Administration and how the Kennedy-Hutchinson bill may reignite the war against cancer.

Successful Implementation of the Nurse Navigator Role in Community-Based Oncology Programs
Friday, March 20, 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Cancer programs across the country are enhancing their patient navigation programs to help patients and their families with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Learn how a well-designed patient navigator program can identify disparities that prevent optimal patient/physician interactions and improve care for underserved cancer patients. Also, ACCC will report on its Cancer Care Patient Navigation: A “Call to Action” Pilot Project.

Strategic Planning for Cancer Centers in Difficult Times
Friday, March 20, 8:45 am – 10:00 am
Now, more than ever, in tough economic times like these with restricted budgets, cancer centers are searching for cost-saving techniques. Here’s a discussion about strategic initiatives and capital planning. Are hospitals looking for innovation in the right places? Have they effectively integrated strategic planning with capital and facility planning? Learn answers.

Private Practice Issues
Thursday, March 19, 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
A panel of physicians explores emerging coverage trends, e-prescribing, the future of clinical trials, and other “hot” topics.

Current Issues in Third-Party Payer Relationships
Thursday, March 19, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Cancer care providers cannot afford to accept whatever the payers and managed care companies offer. Here’s background on what cancer centers and oncology practices are doing in regard to third-party payer contract negotiations, claims issues, and more.

ACCC’s Prostate Cancer Project
Friday, March 20, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
ACCC has worked to identify best practices in a community cancer center prostate program that ensure a multidisciplinary approach to care, open communication, and patient access to state-of-the-art treatment within the community. Learn from our panel of experts about best practices to help ensure quality prostate cancer care programs.

Annual Achievement Award Presentation
Friday, March 20, 11:45 am – 2:00 pm
Join us as ACCC honors Susan Leigh, BSN, RN, founding member and past president of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS). She also initiated the formation of both the Nurse Survivors Focus Group and the Survivorship Special Interest Group within the Oncology Nursing Society.

Keynote Address: Accountable Leadership and the Cancer Care Team
Thursday, March 19, 8:10 am – 9:10 am
Gerald A. Kraines, MD, ACCC’s keynote speaker, will discuss the process needed to implement an effective, practical, and measurable accountability program. He is president and chief executive officer of The Levinson Institute. Dr. Kraines regularly lectures on leadership development, managing organizational change, developing tough but fair work cultures, and achieving a highly productive and accountable team.

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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