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Town Hall Discussions

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

Town HallValue Framework Tools: The Provider Perspective

On March 3, 2016, ACCC, with the support of Lilly Oncology, hosted a town hall discussion on “Value Framework Tools: The Provider Perspective.” The emergence of oncology value frameworks from ASCO, NCCN, and others is raising myriad practical questions for those on the frontlines of cancer care delivery. How can (or will) these tools improve patient care? What additional resources and education are needed so that providers both understand the methodology behind these tools, as well as the role value frameworks may play in communicating about value, cost, and efficacy with the C-Suite, payers, and patients? Gain insights from the providers’ point of view.

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Town Hall introduction Steven D’Amato, BSPharm, BCOP, ACCC President 2015-2016. Panel participants Christian Downs, JD, MHA, Executive Director, ACCC (panel moderator); Alan Balch, PhD, Patient Advocate Foundation; Thomas A. Gallo, MS, Virginia Cancer Institute, Inc.; and George Kovach, MD, Iowa Cancer Specialists, PA.

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Disclaimer
The information presented in this program represents the opinion of the speakers and is not necessarily the official position of ACCC or its affiliated chapters.

Town HallCommunicating Quality to Patients

On March 17, 2015, ACCC, with the support of Amgen, hosted a town hall discussion on "Communicating Quality to Patients." Defining quality in cancer care is challenging for practitioners, payers, and patients alike. As the number of quality standards and reporting requirements grow, there is increasing demand for consensus around what it means to deliver quality care. Panelists explored patient–centered care, and how cancer programs define quality and integrate individual preferences, needs, and values into the care they provide.

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Town Hall introduction Becky DeKay, MBA, ACCC President 2014-2015. Panel participants (L to R) Christian Downs, JD, MHA, Executive Director, ACCC (panel moderator); Gwen Darien, Executive Vice President Programs and Services, Cancer Support Community; Daniel B. Wolfson, MHSA, Executive Vice President and COO, ABIM Foundation; and Thomas A. Gallo, MS, Executive Director, Virginia Cancer Institute.

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Town HallIntroducing the Value Proposition into the Care Decision-Making Process

On October 10, 2014, ACCC, with the support of PACE, hosted a town hall discussion on “Introducing the Value Proposition into the Care Decision-Making Process.” The concept of value-based cancer care has gained increased attention in recent years with new initiatives such as ASCO’s Value in Cancer Care Task Force, efforts by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and new payment methodologies being introduced by payers. Panelists weigh in on this pressing issue and respond to such questions as:

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Town Hall participants (L to R) William T. McGivney, PhD, McGivney Global Advisors (panel moderator); Jennifer Malin, MD, PhD, Medical Director Oncology, WellPoint; Douglas Blayney, MD, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center; Barry Fortner, PhD, President, ION Solutions.

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Town HallWhat Are the Costs and Where Is the Value in Cancer Care?

This April 1, 2014, ACCC town hall conversation, supported by PACE, 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.

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