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ACCC 43rd Annual Meeting - CANCERSCAPE 2017



4:00 pm — 6:00 pm

Capitol Hill Training and Cocktail Reception
Hogan Lovells US LLP Rooftop Solarium


7:00 am — 9:00 am

Capitol Hill Day Registration, Breakfast, and Issues Overview

10:00 am — 4:00 pm

Congressional Meetings and Lunch

3:00 pm — 6:00 pm

CANCERSCAPE Registration Open

5:00 pm — 6:00 pm

New Member Meet and Greet

6:00 pm — 7:00 pm

Welcome and Opening Reception


7:00 am — 5:00 pm

CANCERSCAPE Registration Open

7:00 am — 8:00 am

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:00 am — 8:15 am

Introduction and Welcome

8:15 am — 9:15 am

showhide Keynote Session: The State of Healthcare Under the New Administration
Kavita Patel, MD, MS, FACP, The Brookings Institution
Dan Todd, JD, Todd Strategy

A 360° look at the healthcare landscape under the new administration from a Democrat and Republican perspective with insights on what oncology providers can expect in terms of reimbursement, alternative payment models, quality reporting, and more.


9:15 am — 10:00 am

showhide The State of Today’s Cancer Programs
Lindsay Conway, MSEd, The Advisory Board Company

An analysis of major market forces impacting oncology and the implications for strategic planning, financial forecasting, and budgeting; service line quality improvement initiatives; patient access, and more.


10:00 am — 10:30 am

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall


10:30 am — 11:30 am

showhide The ACA: What’s Staying, What’s Going & What about Those State Exchanges?
Kelly Brantley, MPH, Avalere Health (MODERATOR)
Alan Balch, PhD, Patient Advocate Foundation
Elizabeth Carpenter, Avalere Health
Clara Lambert, Cowell Family Cancer Center

The incoming administration and Congress have named repealing the ACA as one of their top priorities for 2017. Our expert panel will help translate what these changes might mean for your cancer program. Plus, learn practical strategies to help ensure that your patients maintain adequate coverage during a time of potential upheaval.


11:30 am — 12:30 pm

showhide Value-Based Frameworks—Everything Your Cancer Program Needs to Know
Stephen S. Grubbs, MD, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCOP, The University of Arizona Cancer Center
Robert W. Carlson, MD, National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Christian G. Downs, JD, MHA, ACCC (MODERATOR)

Find out how policymakers and providers will be expected to use value-based tools as part of broader efforts to reduce healthcare costs and improve care, including their implications for patients. A review of oncology-specific value-based frameworks; their key components; possible benefits they hold for cancer programs; implementation challenges; and a look ahead at how these tools might change practice patterns.


12:30 pm — 1:15 pm

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

1:15 pm — 2:00 pm

showhide What Cancer Programs Can Do to Thrive—Not Just Survive—MACRA
Robin Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO, and Jennifer Ewing, RN, MSN, NP-C, AOCNP, Michiana Hematology Oncology, PC

Starting in 2017, clinicians will be required to report on new measures under the Quality Payment Program (QPP) created under the MACRA legislation. Learn how to put together a practice leadership team to participate in mandatory quality reporting, improve meaningful use performance, reduce hospitalizations, make smart drug purchasing decisions, and code for all ICD-10 comorbidities.


2:00 pm — 2:45 pm

showhide Value-Based Cancer Care: Creating Partnerships Between Oncology Nurse Navigators & Oncology Practices
Tricia Strusowski, RN, MS, Oncology Solutions, LLC

Hear how cancer programs are successfully collaborating with nurse navigators to decrease admissions and emergency room visits, adhere to national guidelines, provide survivorship care plans, and deliver successful outcomes. These case studies will demonstrate alignment with patient-centered, value-based models such as the Oncology Care Model (OCM) practice redesign approach and oncology medical home initiatives.


2:45 pm — 3:15 pm

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:15 pm — 4:00 pm

Alternative Payment Models in Radiation Oncology

Anne Hubbard, MBA, and Angela Kennedy, DC, MBA,
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Hear from ASTRO about their development of a radiation oncology-specific alternative payment model—and how ACCC members can support the process. Plus, learn how ASTRO’s new Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx) can help your program meet the radiation therapy components of the CoC and NAPBC accreditation programs.



Advancing High-Value Early Breast Cancer Care

Angie Meillier, RN, MS, CPPM, Abbott Northwestern Piper Breast Center

This ACCC Cancer Program Member implemented multiple evidence-based quality improvement (QI) strategies, such as shared decision-making in treatment planning; use of short-course radiation planning; and reduction of re-excision rates. See how they reduced costs of care and improved patient quality of life.


4:05 pm — 4:50 pm

Translating Lessons Learned from the Oncology Care Model to Other APMs

Nikolas Buescher, MHS, and Elizabeth Horenkamp, MD, Lancaster General Hospital
Wendalyn G. Andrews, The University of Arizona Cancer Center (MODERATOR)

While the future of the Oncology Care Model may be uncertain, implementing alternative payment models will remain critical to your program’s success. An administrator and physician champion share challenges and lessons learned for practice redesign requirements, cultural buy-in, commercial provider partnerships, opportunities for improvement, and a look at what lies ahead.



An Advanced Practice Provider-Led Symptom Management Clinic

Johanna T. Crock, MSN, OCN, AGNP-C, and Katie Snell, MSN, AGNP-C, CARE Clinic | Clinical Assessment and Rapid Evaluation, University of Colorado Hospital Cancer Center

Hear how this clinic provides evidence-based symptom management for patients with acute and chronic cancer, resulting in fewer ED visits; reducing inpatient length of stay and admissions; and improving clinical outcomes for cancer patients. As of March 2016, the CARE clinic has seen more than 1,000 patients with 21% of patients avoiding the ED or being directly admitted.


4:55 pm — 5:40 pm

Developing a New Clinical Trials Infrastructure to Support Value-Based Care
Michael Kolodziej, MD, Flatiron Health (MODERATOR)
James Hamrick, MD, Flatiron Health
Cary A. Presant, MD, FACP, FASCO, City of Hope Medical Group
Melissa Pool, BSN, RN, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Gregg Shepard, MD, Tennessee Oncology

Cutting-edge technology, alternative payment models, rapid scientific advances, and regulatory and marketplace forces are profoundly changing how clinical research is conducted in this country. Gain insight into the barriers that exist around clinical trials participation and how technology can help offset these changes and challenges. Learn what your cancer program should do now to prepare for the future and help ensure the financial viability and sustainability of your research program.



Improve Your Data Collection—Streamline Your Accreditation & Quality Reporting Processes

Toni Hare, RHIT, CTR, CHAMPS Oncology
Sylvia Radziszewski, RRT, MBA, Summa Health Cancer Institute

Learn innovative cancer registry solutions to help streamline the accreditation process, practical strategies to meet cancer program standards and accreditation requirements, and tips for transforming your data into quality records that can support the move to value-based care and alternative payment models.


6:15 pm — 8:15 pm

showhide Cherry Blossom/Monuments of the Tidal Basin Tour (Optional)

This private two-hour tour is an experience unlike any other, as you explore the great photographic opportunities and learn about the rich history of Washington, D.C. Marvel at the iconic landscapes on the Tidal Basin, a man made body of water, as your guide takes you through the Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, George Mason, and Jefferson Memorials.

($35 per person. Tour includes roundtrip bus transportation from the Renaissance Hotel and is limited to the first 40 people.)

Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00 pm.


7:00 am — 12:00 pm

CANCERSCAPE Registration Open

7:15 am — 8:45 am

Breakfast, ACCC House of Delegates, and Opening Remarks

8:45 am — 9:30 am

showhide Drug Pricing Under the Trump Administration
Jessica Turgon, MBA, ECG Management Consultants

While President Trump has vowed to control drug costs under his administration, private payers and providers are acting now to address this through transparency mandates and outcome-based drug pricing. Learn the latest federal policy options for tackling rising drug costs and how your program can proactively plan for these changes. Be an active participant in the cost containment conversation before these changes are mandated from the top down.


9:30 am — 10:15 am

showhide Site-Neutral Payment Policy—How It May Impact Your Program
Beth L. Roberts, and Elizabeth Halpern, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Intending to align hospital outpatient and physician office reimbursement, this payment methodology will result in payment cuts for several hospital-based outpatient procedures. Learn how this policy will impact your cancer program, especially for those planning new construction or satellite locations, and the broader long-term impact on the cancer delivery infrastructure.


9:45 am — 1:00 pm

showhide Oncology Care Model (OCM) Collaborative Workshop

The OCM Collaborative Workshop is an exclusive event open to all members of the multidisciplinary cancer care team, including physicians, administrators, social workers, pharmacists, nurses, and all other providers who are participating in the Oncology Care Model. The workshop will provide peer-to-peer learning with like-minded professionals, and examine effective practices and innovative strategies for implementing OCM requirements. The workshop will consist of several snapshot presentations by OCM practices which will highlight innovative ideas and solutions for meeting OCM requirements, workgroups on hot topics, a facilitated Q & A session, and opportunities to network with your OCM peers. Come ready to share your biggest challenges and success stories in this collaborative forum.


10:15 am — 10:45 am

Networking Break

10:45 am — 11:30 am

340B—The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Bonnie Kirschenbaum, MS, FASHP, FCSHP, Freelance Consultant, Columnist

An update on the 340B Drug Pricing Program, including an analysis of last year’s proposed mega-guidance and what it means for hospitals, practices, and pharmaceutical companies. Then hear strategies to help providers manage multiple vendors, standardize processes, and maintain compliance.



The Patient's Cost Burden of Cancer Care: The Importance of Financial Advocacy and Care Coordination
Christian G. Downs, JD, MHA, ACCC (MODERATOR)
Alan Balch, PhD, Patient Advocate Foundation
Virginia T. Vaitones, MSW, OSW-C, Pen Bay Medical Center
Amber Beall, Kaufman Cancer Center at University of Maryland, Upper Chesapeake Health

Hear initial findings from a multi-year study on the cost-sharing of breast, lung, and colorectal cancer patients who have employer-sponsored insurance. Administrative claims data reveals when patients see the highest out-of-pocket costs, and which service areas are driving that cost. Panelists will discuss how cancer programs can leverage this data to better tailor interventions, including offering financial counseling at diagnosis rather than at the start of treatment, and how improvements in care coordination can help reduce costs.


11:35 am — 12:20 pm

Implementing a Specialty Pharmacy: Two Model Programs

Kim Christen, RN, BSN, OCN, Kootenai Clinic Cancer Services
Linda Frisk, PharmD, Arizona Oncology Associates

Hear from a community-owned hospital that uses Lean Six Sigma methodology to develop a formal, physician-driven protocol for prescribing and dispensing oral oncolytics, and a multi-site physician practice which established 12 in-office dispensing specialty pharmacies to improve patient access, reduce out-of-pocket expenses, and improve care coordination.



Robotic Radiosurgery in the Community Setting: Redefining Standards in Quality Assurance

Jacob Gersh, PhD, DABR, Gibbs Cancer Center

See how this new technology was implemented through a quality assurance (QA) program aimed at improving patient access; maintaining treatment modality accuracy; reducing staffing and operating costs, machine downtime, and the time between initial consult and treatment.


12:20 pm — 1:15 pm

Networking Lunch and Meeting Conclusion

*Agenda subject to change

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