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Town Hall Discussions

A series of town hall discussions from the Association of Community Cancer Centers and PACE bring together different stakeholders from the oncology community to share perspectives on current issues facing the oncology care. Watch highlights of the discussions below.

What Are the Costs and Where Is the Value in Cancer Care?

This April 1, 2014, town hall conversation featured a panel of stakeholders exploring issues related to the high cost of care and how patients, providers, and payers define value in cancer care. Panelists discussed the forces driving the high cost of care, including therapies, imaging, and hospitalization; the potential for reform; and how to ensure value and quality in care delivery.

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What Are the Costs and Where Is the Value in Cancer Care?

Town Hall participants (L to R) Nancy Davenport-Ennis, National Patient Advocate Foundation; William T. McGivney, PhD, McGivney Global Advisors (panel moderator); Jackie Doorhy, JD, Eli Lilly & Company; John Fox, MD, MHA, Priority Health; and [not pictured above] Paul Celano, MD, Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Payment Systems: Current Challenges and Future Models

ACCC's second town hall discussion on October 4, 2013, explored the pressing issues surrounding the complex healthcare payment system. Panelists considered the following questions:

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Shift in the Site of Care: Real or Fiction? video

Town Hall participants (L to R) Michael Kolodziej, MD, FACP, Aetna; Kim Thiboldeaux, Cancer Support Community; William T. McGivney, PhD, McGivney Global Advisors (panel moderator); Stanley Marks, MD, UPMC Cancer Center; and Byran Litton, MBA, Eli Lilly & Company.

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On October 4, ACCC hosted a lively town hall discussion focused on the transformative shift underway in healthcare payment systems as reimbursement moves from volume-based, fee-for-service models to new value- and quality-based payment methodologies.

Panelists agreed that the current payment system is broken and that migration from a system that rewards volume to a system that reimburses for quality and value is necessary. But when challenged to come up with solutions that could be put into action in the next 18 to 24 months, panelists’ perspectives diverged. Read our blog to learn their perspectives.


Shift in Site of Care: Real or Fiction?

The first town hall in the series, held March 8, 2013, explored the following key questions:

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Shift in the Site of Care: Real or Fiction? video

Town Hall participants (L to R) Christian G. Downs, JD, MHA, Association of Community Cancer Centers; William T. McGivney, PhD, McGivney Global Advisors, (panel moderator); Joseph Bailes, MD, FACP, Healthcare Policy Expert; and Byran Litton, MBA, Eli Lilly & Company.

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One way to ensure a place at the table? Invite everyone to sit down together. On March 8 the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) did exactly that with its Town Hall Meeting "Shift in Site of Care, Real or Fiction?"

Panelists explored issues around the shift in site of care and its implications, as well as the move away from fee-for-service reimbursement to shared-risk models such as bundled payments, episode-based payments, and ACOs. Read our blog to find out what they had to say.

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