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Lori Gardner, Senior Director
Communications & Marketing
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ACCC News Release

For Immediate Release: September 22, 2009

Looming Crises in Cancer Care: How Hospitals and Oncology Practices Can Meet Today’s Financial Challenges

WHAT: Association of Community Cancer Centers' 26th National Oncology Economics Conference

WHEN: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 – Friday, September 25, 2009

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Association of Community Cancer Centers brings the leaders from the nation’s hospital-based cancer programs and oncology practices together to discuss the rapid changes in cancer care. New technologies and treatments, changing reimbursement, increasing patient volumes, rising costs for drugs, and personnel shortages challenge the ability of cancer care providers to adapt. The meeting explores strategies to maintain top-notch services in a time of change, tight budgets, and new healthcare policies.

Plus, two special pre-symposia on Tuesday: One explores emerging roles and issues in the oncology pharmacy and a second focuses on cancer patient navigation services.

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

Keynote Address: Healthcare Reform & the Future for Healthcare Financing in Oncology
Wednesday, September 23, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Health policy expert Robert Laszewski examines the nation’s healthcare debate: the decisions that have already been made, the outstanding issues to be resolved, and the impact on oncology healthcare of coming changes. Hear an insider’s view of just where the nation’s healthcare is headed.

Electronic Medical Record Technology
Wednesday, September 23, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, September 24, 10:15 am – 11:30 am

The use of electronic medical records (EMRs) is both a goal and a funded component of healthcare reform. EMRs can enhance communication between physicians, help improve the quality of care, allow e-prescribing, and increase clinical trial participation. Learn what makes a successful EMR system and how hospitals and oncology practices can best navigate the long, difficult road to successful staff buy-in and implementation.

Cancer Care Patient Navigation: A Call to Action
Special Pre-Symposium, Tuesday, September 22, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Thursday, September 24, 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Patients need help navigating the path from detection and diagnosis through treatment and beyond. This is particularly true of traditionally underserved populations where disparities in cancer care are greatest. To increase successful implementation of cancer patient navigation services, ACCC launched its “Cancer Care Patient Navigation: A Call to Action” project. Learn about innovative models and staffing structures that enhance community patient navigation services.

Emerging Roles and Issues for the Oncology Pharmacy
Special Pre-symposium, Tuesday, September 22, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Here’s a day-long pre-symposium for oncology pharmacists and physicians who are thinking of adding an in-house pharmacist. Looming crises at hospitals and private practices will take their toll on in-house pharmacies and those who staff them. Learn how hospitals can thrive in the changing healthcare environment and economic downturn. With newly recognized drug compendia, innovative models for physician dispensing, and the growing number of new oral agents, keeping current is critical.

ACCC’s Prostate Cancer Project
Friday, September 25, 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Many men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not learn all their options and are not empowered with information to make the right treatment choices. The need for education and support for prostate cancer care is clearly unmet in many communities across the country. ACCC’s new Prostate Cancer Project is designed to assist community centers by outlining the process and structures that successful community-based prostate-specific cancer programs throughout the U.S. have used to initiate and grow their prostate cancer programs. How do hospitals and practices get urologists and radiation oncologists to offer advice to patients when there are a variety of treatment choices available? How do we make sure that the patient has a choice and understands the possible outcomes of each option? Learn from a panel of experts.

Changing Reimbursement Trends and Upcoming Medicare Rules for 2010
Wednesday, September 23, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday, September 24, 8:30 am – 9:45 am
Friday, September 25, 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Information and analysis about the proposed 2010 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) Rule, policy and payment changes for physicians’ services in 2010, and CMS’s clinical trials and quality initiatives policies. The cumulative effect on total Medicare payments to physicians involved in cancer care would be a 6 percent cut to medical oncology and a whopping 19 percent to radiation oncology.

Cancer Program Physician Employment Arrangements: What You Should Know
Wednesday, September 23, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Reimbursement cuts to oncology practices + restrictive regulatory polices = a resurgence of medical oncologists seeking employment within hospital cancer programs. Explore the changing landscape of structured employment between oncologists and hospitals and understand new arrangements that contribute to physician and cancer program growth.

Utilization of Non-Physician Practitioner
Thursday, September 24, 10:15 am – 11:30 am

With the rising shortage of physicians, the use of non-physician practitioners has become a priority in virtually all care settings. Learn how non-physician practitioners are changing patient care and improving efficiencies.

Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research Award Presentation
Thursday, September 24, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Please join us as we recognize Charles M. Balch, MD, FACS, for his extensive research, leadership, and commitment to individuals with cancer. Dr. Balch is deputy director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, professor of surgery, oncology and dermatology.

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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