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Lori Gardner, Senior Director
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ACCC News Release

For Immediate Release: August 13, 2012

Cancer Care Professionals to Gather in San Antonio to Explore Innovations in Cancer Care

Sessions to focus on new ways to better manage the cancer service line and promote transformational change

WHAT: 29th National Oncology Conference, Association of Community Cancer Centers

WHEN: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - Saturday, October 6, 2012

WHERE: Grand Hyatt San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Leaders from the nation’s hospital-based cancer programs and oncology practices will gather in San Antonio for the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ 29th 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.

A highlight of the meeting will be a series of presentations that showcase the achievements of the 11 ACCC Innovator Award recipients. These innovators will share their best practices, process improvements, and creative approaches—from new ways to streamline patient flow to unique mammography outreach services.

A pre-conference, “Oncology Pharmacy 2012: New Treatments and Trends,” will cover the latest treatments, reimbursement issues, and business 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:

Transformations, Collaborations, and Options in the New World of Oncology Payment
Thursday, October 4, 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Payment models in oncology are changing fast, driven by the high costs of oncology drugs, comparative effectiveness research findings, and variations in care. A panel of experts explores today’s shifting landscape in oncology reimbursement as well as the opportunities that new arrangements between providers and insurers may offer. Learn how an evidence-based approach to guidelines and pathways may decrease costs and offer better value for patients and providers.

What’s Driving Reimbursement? Quirks, Responsibilities and Compliance
Thursday, October 4, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Take an in-depth look at Medicare reimbursement challenges for cancer programs and oncology practices and get an exclusive preview of anticipated 2013 Medicare reimbursement.

Financial Counseling in Radiation Oncology
Friday, October 5, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The time that oncology care professionals spend with patients on complex financial counseling has increased dramatically. Here’s an examination of the need, the responsibilities, the “mechanics,” and the return on investment for the financial counselor in radiation oncology.

Triple Play—The Story of One Practice and Three Hospitals
Friday, October 5, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
New models for physician/hospital integration continue to emerge. Learn how one oncology practice developed three distinct relationships—one with an academic partner—with three different institutions. Understand how politics, control, finances, operations, and regulatory issues influenced the approaches and outcomes.

ACCC Legislative and Regulatory Update
Saturday, October 6, 8:00 am – 9:15 am
Hear the latest updates on healthcare reform, the proposed 2013 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) Rule, and the proposed 2013 Physician Fee Schedule Rule. Plus, we’ll explore new developments in state-based exchanges under the Affordable Care Act and activities by state legislatures on oral parity, coverage of clinical trials, and Medicaid.

How to Make Your Cancer Program Sustainable and Viable in the New World
Saturday, October 6, 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Gain insight into how cancer programs and oncology practices are strengthening their position in today’s fast-paced world of consolidations and mergers, evolving insurance products, and changes to the structure of the national healthcare system.

Plus, sessions from the 2012 ACCC Innovator Award winners. Learn more here.

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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