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Lori Gardner, Senior Director
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ACCC News Release

For Immediate Release: February 25, 2010

Efficiency & Excellence in the New Economic Reality

Hospitals and Oncology Practices Look for Guidance to Meet Today’s Financial Challenges

ROCKVILLE, Md.—Leaders from the nation’s hospital-based cancer programs and oncology practices will gather in Baltimore for the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ (ACCC) 36th Annual National Meeting. Join us as the nation’s oncology experts discuss forecasted trends and challenges, model programs, and the effects of healthcare reform on oncology care.

In this tumultuous year of ups and downs in healthcare reform, a number of sessions will also focus on new legislation and regulations as they may affect oncology. We’ll examine changes to health insurance, Medicare, and other payment structures and how they might realign reimbursement incentives.

The full agenda is available at Here are meeting sessions that you won’t want to miss:

Comparative Effectiveness - Thursday, March 18, 10:40 am – 12:00 noon
Comparative effectiveness—which healthcare intervention works best for a given healthcare problem—is much in the news these days. What kinds of promise does it hold for improving patient care and supporting personalized medicine? How may comparative effectiveness research affect the way you practice cancer care? Join our panel and moderator Cliff Goodman, PhD, of The Lewin Group, for a discussion on how to best support high-quality evidence-based decisions for optimal patient care.

Treating Cancer in Foreign Healthcare: How Does the U.S. Stack Up? -
Thursday, March 18, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
An international panel of experts examines national healthcare systems in Europe and Canada—what they’re doing right in cancer care and what we in the United States can learn from them.

2010 Cancer Care Trends - Thursday, March 18, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Although we have no crystal ball, analysis of ACCC’s 2010 “Cancer Care Trends” survey of community cancer centers will provide insight into the present and future of oncology programs across the nation. You’ll learn about the state of capital budgets, purchases of new technologies, new alliances, and staffing. And we’ll provide ideas to help cancer programs chart their course in 2010 and beyond.

Building a New Cancer Center: Two Sessions

The Impact of the Economy on Pharmacy Services - Friday, March 19, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
In light of recent payment changes and the downturn in the economy, hospital pharmacies are making changes to manage the department’s financials and provide leadership for their institution. Understand present and coming changes to the hospital pharmacy, specialty pharmacy, and risk evaluation and mitigation strategies (REMS).

Cancer and Nutrition: Two Sessions

Healthcare Reform and Realignment of Incentives in Oncology - Saturday, March 20, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Proposed changes to health insurance, Medicare, and other payment structures will certainly have an impact on cancer care delivery. We’ll examine how new legislation will realign reimbursement incentives and create opportunities for community oncology programs and practices.

Burnout Among Oncologists and Surgeons - Friday, March 19, 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Physician burnout occurs in 30 to 40 percent of oncologists and surgeons. Understand the symptoms of burnout, the importance of physician wellness, and the availability of resources to mitigate the adverse consequences of this syndrome.

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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