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ACCC Innovator Awards Criteria

Innovations should advance the goals of improving access, quality, and value in cancer care delivery. Applicants should fully explain how their program achieves these goals, and how it can be replicated in other cancer programs.

Potential focus areas include telehealth and virtual care; staffing models; cancer service line sustainability; care coordination; patient-centered care and supportive services; precision medicine in the community; health equity and diversity; financial advocacy and navigation; staff well-being; patient engagement and shared decision-making; community outreach, prevention, and screenings, and digital solutions to improve patient care.

Applications will be considered based on meeting one or more of the following:
  1. Is your program innovative, creating positive change for your patients and staff?
  2. Is it a new or improved approach to an issue often seen in cancer care delivery?
  3. Can this be replicated or adapted to other community-based cancer programs?
  4. Does this innovation advance patients’ access to quality cancer care? Does it result in more comprehensive service? Expand services? Provide a new service?
  5. Does your innovation look to eliminate inefficiencies and reduce cost of care? Improve care coordination among multidisciplinary team members?
  6. Will it be cost-effective to implement? Will it result in cost savings or generate measurable ROI?
  7. Does your program demonstrate value to patients and payers?
Past Innovator Award winner topics include:
  • Right Place, Right Provider, Right Time: Implementing Our 24-Hour Cancer Clinic
  • The Oncology Pharmacy Navigator: A New Best Practice Model for Managing Medications
  • Improving Care of Advanced Cancer Patients with a Dedicated Palliative Radiotherapy Team
  • Partnering to Deliver Precision Cancer Therapy in the Community
  • A Physician Champion Takes a Practice-Based Immunotherapy Program to the Next Level
  • Cancer Crushing Prevention and Early Detection
  • Combating Rising Drug Prices & Waste Through Drug Vial Optimization

Applicants must be affiliated with ACCC as a Cancer Program Member. Winners will be selected through a peer review process.

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