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As community cancer care providers who experience first-hand the challenges of providing quality cancer care, ACCC members are the best positioned to educate decision-makers on how coverage and reimbursement issues affect community oncology.

ACCC provides members with the information and resources needed to effectively advocate on the issues that are important to them. Together, we can positively influence the future of community oncology.

 

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Cancer Moonshot

Read ACCC's history with the Cancer Moonshot initiative and how we plan to continue to support the White House through resources and tools on cancer prevention for underserved and marginalized patient populations.
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Letters & Statements

Access letters to Congress and advocacy statements from ACCC on a wide range of topics in health policy.


White Bagging

The Association of Community Cancer Centers and its Chapter Members from the Oncology State Societies at ACCC have developed resources for cancer care professionals to learn about the practice of white bagging, its deleterious effects on patient care, and how to take action against it.
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Featured Programs

The ACCC Alternative Payment Model Coalition addresses concerns about lack of preparedness to perform under Alternative Payment Models, patient and provider access to the latest treatments, infrastructure, and long-term sustainability.

The Oncology State Societies at ACCC Advocacy Engagement Pilot will establish a policy communication and learning infrastructure in nine states—Colorado, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin—to address pressing policy issues that impact patient care and provider access. This work will focus on legislative efforts, standards of care, and health equity.

ACCC Principles for Drug, Diagnostics, and Biomarker Reimbursement

ACCC believes that to improve the current treatment options available for patients at the lowest cost without decreasing access to care, the following four principles should be taken into consideration.

Any proposed changes in reimbursement for drugs, diagnostics, and biomarker testing should decrease health inequities and not negatively impact the ability of cancer programs and practices to provide necessary supportive care services for potentially disadvantaged patients.
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The 2022 PFS and OPPS Final Rules: What You Need to Know

 

Teri Bedard, RT(R)(T), CPC, Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies, Inc.  reviewed the changes finalized by CMS that will impact oncology practices, freestanding cancer centers, and hospital-based cancer programs in CY 2022. During the session, she evaluated what these changes will mean for cancer programs or practices and ways to use this data to guide short- and long-term strategic planning and budgeting.
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Coding Strategy, Inc.’s Teri Bedard, BA, RT(R)(T), CPC, has compiled a comprehensive list of all the 2022 coding and billing changes affecting hospital cancer programs and physician practices. Get the information you need now to prepare for reimbursement changes, packaged services, comprehensive APCs, new and revised billing codes, and more.

Review 2022 Coding and Billing Changes

The final coding updates will be published in the January-February 2022 edition of Oncology Issues.

 

Cancer Buzz Podcasts

  • [MINI-PODCAST] Ep 79: State Advocacy Matters
    Mar 22, 2022

    Learn how state oncology societies have the power to mobilize larger groups of providers across the state to make their voices heard on behalf of their patients—and how you can get involved.   


     

  • [PODCAST] Ep 73: Biomarker Testing Advocacy
    Dec 7, 2021

    Biomarker testing is crucial to precision medicine, but barriers still exist. Learn from two healthcare advocates about recent policy changes designed to ensure better access to biomarker testing.

  • [MINI-PODCAST] Ep 72: Genetic Counseling Advocacy
    Nov 30, 2021

    Hear from Colleen Campbell, PhD, MS, LGC, as she explains policy changes that can help patients access genetic counseling services, while also benefiting those who provide these services. 

  • [PODCAST] Ep 56: What Comes Next for Telehealth?
    Apr 27, 2021

    We'll discuss the telehealth regulatory and policy changes enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic, what may change in 2021, and what’s likely to remain the same regarding the reimbursement of remote care. 

FROM THE ACCCBUZZ BLOG

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    Study Highlights Need for Medicare Advantage Prior Authorization Reform
    By Matt Devino, MPH
    May 24, 2022
    ACCC is supporting the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2021, which would require Medicare Advantage plans to standardize and streamline prior authorization processes and increase the transparency of their requirements to prevent unnecessary denials and delays in patient care.
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    Tips for Assisting Uninsured Patients with Treatment Costs
    March 24, 2022
    Jeanie Troy, a financial navigator at Lake Region Healthcare in the Cancer Care and Research Center, discusses how to help uninsured patients access their anti-cancer treatment if they are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid.
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    Recap: ACCC’s 48th Annual Meeting and Cancer Center Business Summit, Part 2
    March 15, 2022
    After convening its members, sponsors, and industry partners in Washington, DC, for the first time since the dawn of COVID-19, ACCC Buzz shares a glimpse of the activities and insights the final day at ACCC’s 48th Annual Meeting and Cancer Center Business Summit.