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Lori Gardner, Senior Director
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ACCC News Release

For Immediate Release: September 2, 201

Cancer Care Providers to Gather in St. Louis for Association of Community Cancer Centers’ 27th National Oncology Economics Conference

Their Goal: Learn How to Maintain Superior Cancer Services in Uncertain Economic Times

ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) will bring together the leaders from the nation’s hospital-based cancer programs and oncology practices to discuss best practices and new models to refine and enhance oncology care delivery. Changing hospital/physician alignments, new healthcare reform legislation, increased patient need for financial assistance, rising costs for drugs, and new cancer program standards challenge the ability of cancer care providers to adapt. The meeting explores strategies to maintain quality care in a time of change and tight budgets.

WHAT: ACCC's 27th National Oncology Economics Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 – Saturday, October 2, 2010

WHERE: Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

ACCC will release findings from two educational projects:

  1. Use of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) in Community Cancer Centers
    Friday, October 1, 7:45 am – 8:45 am

    Find out the exciting results of ACCC’s study to assess provider attitudes and adherence to clinical practice guidelines. Perceptions vary between disciplines (physician, nurse, and pharmacist) about the use of CPGs, and whether each team member is fully engaged in CPG implementation. ACCC study results will help the oncology community better understand the use of CPGs in the community oncology setting, as well as perceptions across disciplines about CPG adherence.

  2. Transitions Between Care Settings "Best Practices" Project
    Friday, October 1, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

    ACCC has completed its survey of cancer programs and physician practices. The goal: to learn best practices in patient transition between the two care settings and how these best practices can be implemented. Learn critical elements that are indicators of best practices, from patient transition management and communication practices to medication reconciliation policies to transmission of discharge summaries and medical records.

In addition, here are conference highlights you won't want to miss:

Issues for the Oncology Pharmacy, Special Pre-conference
Wednesday, September 29, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Learn about the growing trend of white bagging, including its hidden expenses, requirements, and future. Find out how the oncology pharmacy can best help the cancer team and cancer patients understand the promise and limitations of using genetic testing. And understand how risk evaluation and management strategies (REMS) may affect access to oncology and supportive care drugs.

Cancer Program Standards 2011 Project: Setting a New Direction for the CoC Accreditation Program
Thursday, September 30, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Take a peek into the future. Presenter Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, will explore what lies ahead in terms of cancer program requirements, documentation, and definitions. Dr. Greene serves on the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons and served as the Chair of the Commission from 2004‐2008. He has represented the American College of Surgeons on the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), served as chair of the AJCC from 2000‐2006, and is currently chairing the workgroup that is developing new standards for the CoC Accreditation Program that will be introduced during the 2012 survey cycle.

Developing a Stellar Oncology Homecare Program
Thursday, September 30, 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Oncology homecare is set to grow enormously over the next decade. Patients receive improved symptom and medication management, improved quality of life, and optimized treatment outcomes through minimized or avoided treatment delays. Providers receive concise, accurate clinical updates, reinforcement of patient teaching done at the office, pain and symptom management assessment, early assessment and reporting of clinical changes, and more. Find out how cancer programs can offer a full range of oncology specific home health services (nursing, physical therapy, social work, etc.) to patients at any stage of their cancer journey.

ACCC’s Prostate Cancer Project Part II
Friday, October 1, 7:45 am – 8:45 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. Part II of ACCC’s 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.

The Economics of Robotic Surgery and its Role Within Development of a Hospital-Based Prostate Cancer Center
Friday, October 1, 8:45 am – 9:45 am

Community hospitals continue to incorporate robotic surgery into their vast array of treatment options for prostate cancer. One of the pitfalls of robotic surgery, however, is the expense related to purchase, maintenance, and training of physicians for robotic surgery. The Prostate Cancer Center at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta has discovered important points for success and incorporation of robotic surgery, i.e., robotic prostatectomy, within a community cancer center.

What is the Role of a Community Cancer Center in an Accountable Healthcare Organization?
Friday, October 1, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Under healthcare reform, accountable healthcare organizations will manage and coordinate care across settings. Here, the concept is to improve value and control costs by aligning provider incentives toward integration, quality, and efficiency. Coordinating patient care across settings and using lower cost/equally effective regimens will be rewarded. We'll examine how community cancer centers might benefit and what may be required.

Lean in Healthcare: Building the Capacity for a Sustainable System
Friday, October 1, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cancer programs are successfully implementing Lean methods for the benefit of patients and staff. It is possible, through Lean principles, to simultaneously provide better care, better quality, and lower costs. Learn from our all–star panel.

Cancer Survivorship Programs: Return on Investment
Saturday, October 2, 9:30 am 10:30 am

Explore survivorship program components that contribute to survivorship support, and compare survivorship activities identified among participants of the NCI—funded training program on Survivorship Education for Quality Cancer Care. Also, understand future outcome strategies in survivorship care.

ACCC Legislative and Regulatory Update
Saturday, October 2, 10:30 am 11:30 am

The long–term outlook for the 340B program, the reimbursement picture for 2011, what private payers are planning, and much more.

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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