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Lori Gardner, Senior Director
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ACCC News Release

For Immediate Release: October 3, 2011

Cancer Care Team From Hospitals and Oncology Practices Gather in Seattle to Explore Innovations in Delivery of Oncology Services

How to Make the Cancer Service Line More Efficient and Financially Viable

WHAT: 28th National Oncology Conference, Association of Community Cancer Centers

WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 2011, - Saturday, October 22, 2011

WHERE: The Westin Seattle, Seattle, Washington

ROCKVILLE, Md.—Leaders from the nation’s hospital-based cancer programs and oncology practices will gather in Seattle, Washington, for the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ (ACCC) 28th National Oncology Conference. Join us as the nation’s oncology experts explore the trends in cancer care and discuss innovative strategies to improve the quality and delivery of services.

New this year: Fourteen ACCC Cancer Program Members will showcase their exemplary achievements in such areas as information technology, oral chemotherapy programs, and communication and data sharing.

A pre-conference, "Issues for the Oncology Pharmacy," will explore the latest trends in pharmacy practice in both the hospital and the private practice settings.

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

Oncology Patient-Centered Medical Home: Accountable Oncology Care in the Era of Healthcare Reform
Thursday, October 20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Applying the principles of the patient-centered medical home to cancer care may prove to be an ideal approach to streamlining treatment and personalizing care. Learn how the oncology medical home can facilitate and coordinate care from the time of diagnosis through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and survivorship, as well as end-of-life care.

Physician/Hospital Arrangements During a Period of Uncertain Healthcare Reform
Thursday, October 20, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Successful cancer programs require strong and productive physician/hospital arrangements to support their growth and viability. Understanding the range, benefits, and drawbacks of physician/hospital arrangements, implementation challenges for cancer centers and practices, and which arrangements have the potential to endure for the long term is essential for today’s leaders.

Rx for Skyrocketing Oncology Costs: Innovative Collaboration Between Providers and Health Plans
Friday, October 21, 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

This case study presentation shares how a leading oncology practice partnered with a specialty care management company to help a health plan successfully manage oncology costs. The winning solution: Collaboration + quality-focused reimbursement programs + innovative point-of-care technology = enhanced delivery of cost-effective cancer care.

Economic Impact of Emerging Technologies
Friday, October 21, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Does it make economic sense for cancer programs to purchase the latest radiation therapy equipment? Learn about the cost-effectiveness of new radiation technologies, different types of economic analyses and how they are performed, and payer responses to radiation therapy technology.

ACCC Legislative and Regulatory Update
Saturday, October 22, 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Hear the latest on the final Accountable Care Organization Rule, the Proposed 2012 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) Rule and the proposed 2012 Physician Fee Schedule Rule. Plus gain insight into new developments in the Affordable Care Act.

Payer Negotiations and Relationships: New Challenges, National Threats, and Opportunities
Saturday, October 22, 9:00 am – 10:00 am

As payers seek new ways to control their oncology costs, oncology care as usual will no longer be the norm. Both payers and physicians are struggling with how to shape needed conversations with each other, and what resources to use in a new collaborative relationship. Review the players and trends, and develop your own strategies and next steps.

ACCC announced the winners of the first annual ACCC Innovator Awards, honoring member programs that have exhibited forward-thinking strategic planning and developed pioneering programs and replicable models. Fourteen cancer programs will be recognized on October 21, 2011. Recipients will share their award-winning innovations at presentations during the conference. See agenda for details.

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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