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Trends in Community Cancer Care 2014

The 2014 Trends in Cancer Programs survey is slated for release in September 2014. Look for survey highlights with the September/October edition of Oncology Issues.

This is year five of an ongoing survey of ACCC-member cancer programs, designed to educate on nationwide developments in the business aspects of cancer care. The survey is also a tool to assist members in evaluating their own organization's performance relative to similar cancer programs.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Provider Resources at resources@accc-cancer.org.

Why is this survey important? Last year’s survey provided nuanced insights into how the country’s sluggish economy and continued high rate of unemployment were affecting cancer programs and patients.

Here are some of the key findings from the 2013 survey:

  • As cancer programs strive to evaluate quality of care, they have found that data collection remains challenging and resource intensive.
  • The majority of programs are taking a watch-and-wait approach to Accountable Care Organizations. Only 5% of respondents currently participate in an ACO.
  • Cancer programs continue to seek paths toward cost containment without adversely affecting quality of care or having to cut services. Respondents report reducing travel or educational expenses, renegotiating vendor contracts, and cutting administrative expenses as the top strategies to reduce costs. Less than one-third have instituted hiring freezes (28%); fewer still report salary freezes (18%) or elimination of bonuses and incentives (17%).
  • Sharing best practices remains an important avenue to improve the quality of care. For example, 91% of cancer programs said they would be interested in a peer network related to measuring the quality of cancer care delivery in hospitals for the purpose of spreading knowledge of best practices.
  • Affordability of care remains a strong concern for patients, families, and providers as patients continue to face high co-pays and deductibles. Today, 88% of cancer programs offer some type of financial counseling to their patients.

View highlights from the 2013 Trends in Community Cancer Centers survey.

The 2013 full report is available online to ACCC members. Log-in required.

The survey is a joint project between ACCC and Eli Lilly and Company.

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