The ACCC 47th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit (AMCCBS) offers a platform to showcase solutions, initiate provocative discussions, present relevant information, and share creative strategies to address the many challenges facing business leaders, healthcare executives, and cancer care providers who strive to stay ahead of the curve in today’s evolving healthcare environment.

The agenda is developed through the guidance of the expert AMCCBS Advisory Board & Task Force. We’re gathering the experts who will deliver the insider information that’s most valuable to you. Check back here for real-time updates.

  • Monday, March 1
  • Tuesday, March 2
  • Wednesday, March 3
  • Thursday, March 4
  • Friday, March 5

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
AMCCBS Virtual Welcome Remarks and Opening Policy Keynote
A New Day: Moving Forward Under the Biden Administration

Hear a forward-thinking view of what Federal healthcare policy could look like under the new Administration around issues related to value-based care—including the Most Favored Nation (MFN) Model, the OCM/OCF and Radiation Oncology (RO) Models, drug pricing, the 340B drug discount program, telehealth, site-neutral payment policies, Stark Law and statute reforms, and more.

12:00 – 1:30 PM
Cancer Care in the COVID-19 Era

Sibel Blau, MD, Medical Director, Northwest Medical Specialties; President and Chief Executive Officer, Quality Cancer Care Alliance
David W. Dougherty, MD, MBA, Medical Director, Dana Farber Cancer Institute Network
Luis M. Isola, MD, Director, Cancer Clinical Programs, Mount Sinai Health System & Tisch Cancer Institute
Jody Pelusi, PhD, FNP, AOCNP, Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Honor Health Research Institute
Mary Miller, MSN, RN-BC, OCN, Nurse Manager, Franciscan Health Cancer Center Indianapolis
Adam Riker, MD, FACS, Chair of Oncology, Anne Arundel Medical Center, DeCesaris Cancer Institute
Leigh Boehmer, PharmD, BCOP, Medical Director, Association of Community Cancer Centers (Moderator)

A panel of healthcare professionals with diverse perspectives share real-world data and experiences about the impact of COVID-19 on cancer care delivery, from staffing for clinic vs. telehealth visits, ramping up outreach and screening efforts, strategies to protect and strengthen operational and financial performance, meeting patients’ changing needs, increased financial toxicity due to unemployment, and mentoring and support techniques to bolster an exhausted workforce.

1:30 – 2:30 PM
Issue of the Day: COVD-19 Networking Event

11:00 – 11:30 AM
Policy Considerations for Adopting and Expanding Telehealth at Your Cancer Program

Feyi Olopade Ayodele, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Cancer IQ, Inc.
Mei Wa Kwong, JD, Executive Director, Center for Connected Health Policy
Frank Micciche, Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, National Committee for Quality Assurance
Teri Bedard, BA, RT(R)(T), CPC, Executive Director, Client and Corporate Resources, Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies (Moderator)

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Track 1
Virtual Solutions: Oncology Telemedicine for Rural Communities

Johanna Garzon, MD, MHA, HBAT, Cancer Center Director, Central Care Cancer Center and Heartland Cancer Center (Invited)

While most cancer programs adopted telehealth virtually overnight, challenges still exist, and lessons learned from telehealth programs established pre-pandemic can help. Hear strategies to address challenges around access to technology, socio-economic barriers, and standardization. Learn how to improve health equity by ensuring non-English speaking patients and those with limited financial resources can effectively access these services.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Track 2
Cancer Care During the Pandemic: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from the Patient Perspective

Elizabeth F. Franklin, PhD, MSW, Executive Director, Cancer Policy Institute, Cancer Support Community
Shelley Fuld Nasso, MPP, Chief Executive Officer, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Michael Kolodziej, MD, Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, ADVI Health (Moderator)

The rapid adoption of telehealth that enabled cancer programs to continue to care for patients during the pandemic is widely and extensively praised. But this acclaim is largely testimonial and anecdotal—and generally from providers. But what do patients think? What’s working in telehealth and what’s not? Is telehealth really going to become standard practice in the post-pandemic? The patient advocacy groups represented on this panel have studied telehealth from the patient perspective and will share their findings with the goal of improving patient care.

12:00 – 12:30 PM  Track 1
A Hybrid Telemedicine and Virtual Care Program Helps Patients Manage Cancer Symptoms

Miami Cancer Institute (Invited)

Pre-COVID-19, this telehealth program increased access to oncology-specific services; reduced use of the emergency department (ED); decreased time-to-first intervention; and improved patient outcomes for patient in rural settings and with limited access to finances and transportation. In addition to meeting the needs of their underserved patient populations, this telehealth program realized cost-savings by providing an intermediate level of care at the Miami Cancer Institute and avoiding ED visits and hospitalizations.

12:00 – 12:30 PM  Track 2
Video Visits to Virtual Care Centers: The Evolving Digital Opportunity

Royce Cheng, Principal, The Chartis Group
Kelley D. Simpson, MBA, Director, Chartis Oncology Solutions Leader, The Chartis Group

Gain information on virtual technologies and supporting digital tools with enduring value beyond the present pandemic, including ePROs, virtual care navigation, tumor boards, consultations, follow-up, and supportive care services. Learn reasons to support increased adoption of virtual care modalities, including the opportunity to dramatically expand care access beyond physical subspecialty hubs, promote screening in the face of significant declines in new cancer detection rates, and mitigate risks for patients.

Hear strategic drivers for adopting virtual care, such as improved resource efficiency and productivity, and clinical and research program growth through improved new patient consults and clinical trial access. Learn how to develop a virtual care center which serves as an operational hub for clinical expertise, service capabilities, and intellectual capital outside of traditional geographic constraints.

12:30 – 1:00 PM  Track 1
Prevention on the Go—Workplace

Renea Austin-Duffin, MPA, Vice President, Cancer Support, Outreach & Clinical Research, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

With the precipitous drop in screenings in the spring of 2020, COVID-19 has had a catastrophic impact on cancer screening and prevention. Learn from the changes this program made to continue to offer these critical services to at-risk patients, including education on how mobile vans can offer a safe—and more comfortable— alternative for people hesitant to return to the clinic.

12:30 – 1:00 PM  Track 2
Keeping Patients Connected to Telegenetics—During and Beyond COVID-19

Mallory Kirby, Senior Analyst, The Advisory Board Company
Rachel McConachie, RN, BSN, Clinical Operations Director, Dignity Health Cancer Institute
Ashley Navarro, MS, LCGC, Board Certified Genetic Counselor (ABGC); Genetic Counseling Manger, Dignity Health Cancer Institute

Hear short- and long-term benefits of tele-genetic counseling, including expanded access, remote patient engagement, reduced administrative burden, and improved collaboration between genetic counselors and providers. Learn practical strategies to successfully implement a tele-genetic counseling program and integrate it into workflows. Understand how to leverage the Cancer IQ genetic cancer risk assessment platform to remotely screen patients for genetic cancers and deliver virtual genetic counseling sessions.

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Innovation Showcase Session

2:00 – 2:30 PM
Issue of the Day: Telehealth, Virtual Care Models, and Remote Monitoring Networking Event

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11:00 – 11:30 AM
Cancer Service Line Efficiency and Revenue Optimization

Nina Chavez, MBA, FACMPE, Head of VBC Solutions and Transformation, Flatiron Health

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Track 1
Optimizing Revenues and Outcomes

Speaker TBD
OneOncology and the American Oncology Network (AON)

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Track 2
Precision Cancer Care for Older Adult Oncology Patients: Digitalizing a System-Wide Geriatric Screening and Intervention Program

Martine Extermann, MD, PhD, Program Leader, Senior Adult Oncology Program, Moffitt Cancer Center

With the risk that COVID-19—and other contagious diseases—have for older patients with cancer, virtual screening can help keep patients out of the clinic while ensuring they receive important clinical and supportive interventions through telehealth visits. Learn how this digital, evidence-based screening tool identifies at risk-patients and then tailors interventions to improve the patient experience and patient outcomes.

12:00 – 12:30 PM  Track 1
A Dedicated Oncology Revenue Integrity Analyst Improves Revenue Collection and Mitigates Losses

Catherine L. Lowe, MBA, CPC-A, Oncology Revenue Integrity Analyst, Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute

With the devastating economic impact that COVID-19 has had on our healthcare system, cancer programs cannot afford to leave money on the table. Learn how to ensure accuracy in pre-registration, registration, prior authorizations, benefits investigations, coding, and claim data. Improve the accuracy of the charge master, with special attention given to new, non-formulary medications. Hear how to communicate effectively with all team members to ensure quick and agile responses to potential issues that can cause financial loss, including off-label medicine use, and to educate patients about all available financial assistance resources.

12:00 – 12:30 PM  Track 2
Care Code: Innovative Stress Relief for Oncology Staff

Laura Himmelstein, LCSW, Coordinator, Caregiver Support and Healing Touch Programs, White Plains Hospital
Mary Beth Schmidt, MA, BCC, Senior Staff Chaplain, White Plains Hospital

To protect their most valuable asset—its employees—cancer programs must understand how to screen and identify signs of burnout, vicarious trauma, and stress among cancer care team members. Learn how to develop and disseminate effective self-care strategies that address the emotional, physical, and spiritual health of staff. Hear how to foster a culture that prioritizes well-being, including how to obtain buy-in and support from members of the C-suite and other leadership.

12:30 – 1:00 PM  Track 1
Oncology Capture of Emergency Department Patients with Incidental Radiologic Findings

Nicholas Garland, MS, Administrative Fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Katharine Klar, RN, BSN, Assistant Nurse Manager, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Cancer programs that struggle to ramp up screening and prevention efforts in a COVID-19 world will benefit from hearing about the development and implementation of a structured process for ED incidental radiologic imaging. Hear how this process ensures follow-up and referral to the appropriate subspecialties, improves patient care and provides a financial incentive through additional visits, procedures, surgeries, radiology, labs, and pathology.

12:30 – 1:00 PM  Track 2
Results from a National Survey of the Financial Impact of the Radiation Oncology Model

Sally Eggleston, Vice President, Integration, Radiation Business Solutions

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Innovation Showcase Session

2:00 – 2:30 PM
Issue of the Day: Operational Efficiency and Revenue Optimization Networking Event

Nina Chavez, MBA, FACMPE, Head of VBC Solutions and Transformation, Flatiron Health

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11:00 – 11:30 AM
Managing for Success

Charles Saunders, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Integra Connect

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Track 1
Leveraging Data Analysis and Decision Support

Speaker TBD

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Track 2
Hosting a Successful Men’s Health Screening: Strategic Alignment of Health Communication via Culturally Tailored Media, Marketing, and Community Engagement Efforts

Kearston L. Ingraham, MPH, Program Evaluator, Duke Cancer Institute
Angelo Moore, PhD, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Program Manager, Office of Health Equity, Duke Cancer Institute

Health equity is an urgent area of focus. Hear effective strategies to target your outreach and prevention efforts to underserved patient populations and engage community leaders. Understand how to leverage stakeholder insight and expertise to develop effective recruitment campaigns, social media messaging, and marketing efforts.

12:00 – 12:30 PM  Track 1
Innovations in Employer-Empowered Access to Cancer Care

Harlan Levine, MD, President of Strategy and Business Ventures, City of Hope

12:00 – 12:30 PM  Track 2
Experience of a Large Cancer Center Adjusting to COVID-19

Teri U. Guidi, MBA, FAAMA, Chief Executive Officer, Strategy & Innovation, Adaptis Oncology Consultants
Georgina Rodgers, BSN, RN, OCN, NE-BC, Director, Clinical Cancer Services, Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute

Learn practical strategies to successfully convert in-person visits and services to virtual engagements. Understand the impact that a virtual care model can have on your operations, policies, billing, and reimbursement. Benefit from the experience of the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute in areas such as innovative staffing patterns and models; care coordinator telephone outreach; documentation and coding education for staff; and how to realize capacity reduction that allows for social distancing while meeting patient demands.

12:30 – 1:00 PM  Track 1
Leveraging Data and a Virtual Rideshare Hub to Decrease Disparities & Drive Ambulatory Strategy

Rachel Marquez, MPH, Director, Transportation Services, Cone Health

Transportation is a major barrier for many patients with cancer. Learn how to identify at risk-patients and develop a transportation program that can help reduce health inequities caused by social determinants. Hear how specific, tailored resources can meet individualized needs of underserved patients and increase revenue opportunities.

12:30 – 1:00 PM  Track 2
Clinical Pathways as a Means to an End: Driving Value Across Your Cancer Center

Mark Wojtowicz, MS, MBA, Administrative Director, Oncology Research and Innovation, Geisinger Cancer Institute

Cancer centers use clinical pathways as an effective strategy to innovate and reach quality improvement goals. Learn how you can apply pathways into your operations to make care standardization part of your infrastructure, enable multidisciplinary care coordination, initiate palliative care at the right time in the right way, and tap into data for actionable insight into practice performance.

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Innovation Showcase Session

2:00 – 2:30 PM
Issue of the Day: Managing for Success Networking Event

10:15 – 10:45 AM
ACCC House of Delegates/Business Meeting

Open to all AMCCBS Virtual Attendees

11:00 – 11:30 AM  Track 1
Research and Clinical Trials

Speaker TBD

11:00 – 11:30 AM  Track 2
Business Consolidation

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Track 1
The Sarah Cannon Model Evolutionary Approach to Research

David Spigel, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Track 2
Consolidation and Integration: Implementation Tips

Foley & Lardner LLP

12:00 – 12:30 PM  Track 1

Sonia Oskouei, PharmD, BCMAS, DPLA, Vice President, Biosimilars, Cardinal Health

12:00 – 12:30 PM  Track 2
Hospital and Physician Alignment Strategies

Foley & Lardner LLP

12:30 – 1:00 PM  Track 1
Supporting Oncology Nurses in a World of Dynamic Medical Knowledge

Lance Ortega, MBA, BSN, RN, OCN, Director, Nursing Services, Texas Oncology

Gain effective practices for streamlining the onboarding process for new nurses by leveraging print materials, eLearning, and virtual education; standardizing nurse education across all clinic sites; and conducting productive virtual huddle meetings.

12:30 – 1:00 PM  Track 2
Consolidation Do's and Don’ts: Anti-Trust in Oncology

Foley & Lardner LLP

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Innovation Showcase Session

2:00 – 2:30 PM
Issue of the Day: Business Consolidation Networking Event

ACCC Alternative Payment Model Coalition Workshop

Agenda subject to change.


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