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Building a Palliative Care Program from the Inside Out

By Michelle Abramowski and Patsy Astarita

Building a Palliative Care Program from the Inside OutRead the step-by-step approach 2016 ACCC Innovator Award winner Kaufman Cancer Center employed to grow and enhance existing services to offer early palliative care at their program, including weekly palliative care case conferences and developing in-house palliative care specialists.

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Highlights from this Issue:

Telehealth—Connecting Patients with Nutrition ServicesThrough use of telehealth technology, patients at Baton Rouge General Pennington Cancer Center’s three clinic locations now have seamless access to nutrition services, removing such barriers to care as transportation and multiple appointment scheduling. This 2016 ACCC Innovator Award winner describes their program in Telehealth—Connecting Patients with Nutrition Services.


HPV Vaccination—Engaging Community Partners for SuccessIncreasing HPV vaccination is an important cancer prevention opportunity and is now considered a public health priority. Learn how 2016 ACCC Innovator Award winner Outer Banks Hospital established strategic partnerships with key community leaders to improve HPV vaccination rates in local schools in HPV Vaccination—Engaging Community Partners for Success.


Bridging the Gap—Early Detection of Cancer for the Medically UnderservedIn Bridging the Gap—Early Detection of Cancer for the Medically Underserved learn how 2016 ACCC Innovator Award winner Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s innovative program is working to reduce cancer mortality and improve health equity among vulnerable patient populations through a community-based program that utilizes patient navigation to ensure follow-up for those with abnormal findings.

More From ACCC:

2017 Patient Assistance and Reimbursement Guide

This annual publication provides the tools and resources providers need to help their patients pay for cancer treatment. The latest guide includes:

  • An article on the benefits that a financial counseling position adds to cancer programs and patients.
  • Enrollment instructions and links to pharmaceutical and foundation patient assistance and co-pay programs.
  • Payer-specific patient assistance flow charts (i.e., uninsured, Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs).
  • A drug-specific quick reference guide to patient assistance programs.

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