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At the risk of repeating a phrase that has been exhausted this year, the dawn of 2020 brought with it unprecedented times. Whereas a pandemic on its own would have dominated everything else, this year also brought on an economic depression; a racial awakening; record-breaking wildfires, hurricanes, and floods; political turmoil on an extraordinary scale; and a host of additional unique phenomena. (Murder hornets, anyone?)
Healthcare, of course, played a huge (Dare I say, “unprecedented”?) role in the unfolding of the events of 2020, as the world scrambled to provide care for millions of patients stricken with COVID-19 as well as patients with other ailments who were caught up in the upheaval of disrupted healthcare systems.
Cancer care providers have had to deal with the fallout of COVID-19 on their specific practices and patient populations. Patients in active treatment have had to balance their need to continue therapy with the risk of having a compromised immune system amidst a pandemic. Healthcare clinicians and staff have reported exhaustion and burnout that have endangered themselves and their patients. Regular cancer screenings have taken a nosedive, leading to the specter of large numbers of patients being diagnosed too late. Halted or delayed clinical trials have many researchers fearing the pandemic will delay or cancel promising scientific progress. And sudden changes in reimbursement to accommodate new care delivery models have left practices struggling to accurately bill for their services.
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Shifting Community Outreach Priorities During COVID-19
An Oncologist’s Prescription for Managing Fear
Nursing Goes Back to Basics
Navigating in a New Era: Crisis and Opportunity
Navigating Billing for Pharmacy Services
Oncology Social Workers Promote Self-Care in the Workplace
CMS Enters 2021
Cancer Center Brings Clinical Trials to Diverse Population