The ACCC 35th National Oncology Conference offered innovative approaches and proven processes to help transform cancer programs, successfully engage patients, prioritize staff well-being, and reimagine quality care delivery.

Conference attendees explored “how-to” strategies for optimizing care delivery and staying ahead of the curve in today’s evolving healthcare environment.

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  • Tuesday, October 16
  • Wednesday, October 17
  • Thursday, October 18
  • Friday, October 19

7:00 - 9:00 PM
ACCC Oncology Care Model Collaborative Networking Reception

Enjoy an evening of networking with your OCM colleagues from around the country. Make valuable connections, find new strategies to approach your work, and get a jump start on the conversations that will facilitate Wednesday’s Workshop.

This event is exclusively for participants in the Oncology Care Model and sponsors of the ACCC Oncology Care Model Collaborative.

8:00 - 9:00 AM
Pre-Conference Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Fundamentals of the Business of Oncology Pre-Conference

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Evolving Role of the Oncology Pharmacy: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Pre-Conference
* Co-presented by the ACCC Financial Advocacy Network and ACCC Oncology Pharmacy Education Network

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
ACCC Oncology Care Model Collaborative Workshop

This event is exclusively for participants in the Oncology Care Model and sponsors of the ACCC Oncology Care Model Collaborative.

5:00 - 6:00 PM
ACCC Member Meet & Greet

ACCC leadership brings members together who want to learn more about the benefits of membership in a casual meet and greet event. You’ll gain introductions to ACCC Board of Trustees members and key staff who will help you leverage your membership to advance your organization's goals.

Open to all ACCC members on the cancer care team.

6:00 - 6:15 PM
ACCC Annual Achievement Award Presentation


6:15 - 7:15 PM
Welcome & Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Celebrate the official opening of the ACCC 35th National Oncology Conference by reconnecting with old colleagues, meeting new friends, and enjoying Southwestern cuisine and libations in the Exhibit Hall.

Open to all National Oncology Conference participants.

7:00 - 7:45 AM
Leveraging a Multidisciplinary Approach to Multiple Myeloma Care Breakfast Session
Abhinav B. Chandra, MD, Yuma Regional Medical Center Cancer Center

Discover ways to tailor care plans and effectively manage patients with high-risk profiles, hear guideline recommendations for prevention and management of skeletal-related events, and gain effective practices to implementing a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to care for this patient population.

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
National Oncology Conference Registration Open

7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Open

7:00 - 7:45 AM
Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

7:45 - 8:00 AM
Conference Kickoff
Thomas A. Gallo, MS, MDA, ACCC President
Christian G. Downs, JD, MHA, ACCC Executive Director

8:00 - 9:00 AM
Creating a Resilient, Results-Driven Oncology Team
Vicki Hess, RN, MS, Author, Certified Speaking Professional, and Principal, Employee Engagement Solutions, LLC

Become the “Chief Paradise Officer” at your cancer program by taking five, high-impact steps to help engage employees, enrich patient experiences, and enhance outcomes. Noted expert in clinician and staff engagement, Vicki Hess will inspire you to action by sharing easy-to-implement ideas that have the power to transform the way you work and help create a work environment where staff is committed, patients are happy, and goals are achieved.

9:00 - 9:30 AM
2018 ACCC Awards Ceremony
Join ACCC in honoring excellence in cancer care as we recognize the winners of the 2018 ACCC Innovator Awards, Annual Achievement Award, Clinical Research Award, and the David King Community Clinical Scientist Award.

9:30 - 10:15 AM
icon-innovator-award-2018-singular-60x60Partnering to Deliver Precision Cancer Therapy in the Community
Marc Matrana, MD, MS, FACP, PCTP, Ochsner Health System, Ochsner Cancer Institute

Through an innovative partnership with the Translational Genomics Institute (TGen), the Ochsner Precision Cancer Therapies Program enables cutting-edge treatment to be available to cancer patients across the Gulf South region. This program has made early (Phase I and II) clinical cancer trials a viable option within their local community, while driving molecular diagnostic and clinical strategy, including next generation sequencing of tumor specimens.

9:30 - 10:15 AM
"Prescribing" Exercise and Nutrition in Cancer Care
Jessica Clague DeHart, PhD, MPH, City of Hope

Most clinicians recommend exercise as part of standard practice in cancer care and view it as an adjunct therapy to help counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. Gain effective strategies and resources to enable all members on your multidisciplinary cancer team to promote physical activity, and help patients adhere to exercise and nutrition guidelines. Hear the latest science on incorporating exercise and nutrition guidelines into oncology practices, effective practices for implementing a wellness program, and the value of participating in wellness research.

9:30 - 10:15 AM

Role of Biosimilars in Value-Based Care
Nimer Alkhatib, PharmD, MS, PhD (candidate), Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Research (HOPE), College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona; Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCOP, The University of Arizona Cancer Center, Department of Pharmacy; and Kashyap B. Patel, MD, Carolina Blood & Cancer Care Associates

This session is jointly provided by ACCC and Shivoham, LLC and supported by an educational grant from Pfizer. This session is not eligible for CE credit.

10:15 - 10:45 AM
Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:45 - 11:30 AM
icon-innovator-award-2018-singular-60x60The Oncology Pharmacy Navigator: A New Best Practice Model for Managing Medications
Kelly Rice, PharmD, Legacy Cancer Institute

An oncology pharmacy navigator can improve adherence to medications, maintain accurate medication lists, address medication-related symptoms quickly, and assist patients struggling to pay for medications. Learn how Legacy Cancer Institute’s oncology pharmacy navigator realized more than $235,000 of cost savings in one year. Quality targets include meeting at least half of all referrals in person and conducting complete medication reconciliation in at least half of all referrals. This navigator is an innovative role that has distinguished the cancer program, assisted in accreditation efforts, and benefited cancer patients.

10:45 - 11:30 AM
A Patient Pathology Consult Program
Lija Joseph, MD, Lowell General Hospital

See how this community cancer program partnered with its administration, risk management, marketing, and pathology departments to offer patients who have undergone biopsies and other lab testing the opportunity to review their report findings in a free, in-person consultation with a pathologist. Primary care clinicians are encouraged to participate in the live consultation or via conference call, resulting in more coordinated, higher-quality patient care.

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
icon-innovator-award-2018-singular-60x60Combating Rising Drug Prices & Waste Through Drug Vial Optimization
Lindsey Amerine, PharmD, MS, BCPS, University of North Carolina, North Carolina Cancer Hospital, Department of Pharmacy

The North Carolina Cancer Hospital was the first program in the nation to adopt a closed-system transfer device that has saved $39 million in drug expense annually by reducing waste. This reduction decreases the number of closed-system transfer devices needed as each vial can be used more than once—despite a five-year 43% increase in adjusted chemotherapy volumes. The cost savings realized, along with the safety and clinical metrics demonstrated through the risk mitigation strategy of this initiative, is a best practice that can be modeled at other programs.

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Virtual Infusion Enhances Patient Care & Expands a Rural Workforce
Susan Halbritter, CNP, MSN, ANP-BC, AOCN, Sanford USD Medical Center, Sanford Hematology and Oncology

Discover how an oncology certified nurse practitioner based in a tertiary care center uses telemedicine to provide direct oversight for patients receiving treatment in rural infusion centers. In one year, patients saved more than 151 hours in travel time and $10,548 in cost savings. With a nurse practitioner overseeing and training rural infusion nurses, prescribing oncologists increased referrals, with telemedicine clinic visits rising from 38 to 102 by the end of the first year of operation.

12:15 - 1:15 PM
Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

1:15 - 2:15 PM
Culture as a Strategic Imperative
Julie Kennedy Oehlert, DNP, RN, Chief Experience Officer, Vidant Health

Explore how to un-silo patient experience, team engagement, and provider burnout to create a culture where everyone’s experience matters. This shift to a broader definition of “experience”—one that includes staff wellness and the impact of environmental setting— requires healthcare to adopt a more holistic strategy to achieve optimal organizational results.

Drawing on decades of experience as a nurse, consultant, educator, and administrator in large hospital systems, Julie Kennedy Oehlert applies cultural transformation theory to healthcare at Vidant Health. Hear how strategic planning, goal setting, leadership development, data analytics, and human resource practices can help achieve intentional culture disruption within every care delivery setting.

2:15 - 3:15 PM

Above+Beyond Cancer Survivorship Program
Richard Deming, MD, Mercy Cancer Center

ArtsCare: Adding Professional Artists and Musicians to the Cancer Care Team
Sara Krainik, Samaritan Pastega Regional Cancer Center

Sanford Artists in Medicine Education Program
Thomas Asfeldt, RN, BAN, MBA, Sanford Medical Center, Outpatient Cancer Services & Radiation Oncology

Smoothies, Spirituality, and Strength Training in a Community Cancer Center
Shari Sitron, LICSW, MPH, OSW-C, Virginia Hospital Center

Utilizing Bedside Yoga as a Non-Pharmacological Intervention for Cancer Patients
Tina Walter, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, The Christ Hospital Health Network, The Christ Hospital Cancer Center


2:15 - 2:45 PM
Resolving Rivalries and Realigning Goals Improve Multi-Team Systems in Clinical Research
David E. Gerber, MD, Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

When separation of clinic and research teams resulted in misaligned goals and competing priorities, this cancer program used team science to identify specific recommendations for improvement, such as developing common priorities, sharing performance metrics to facilitate team redesign, cross-training staff, and standardizing personnel scope of practice. Outcomes included fewer delays and errors in the care of patients enrolled in clinical trials, improved staff satisfaction, increased communication between clinic and research staff, and a better overall patient experience.

2:45 - 3:15 PM
Cultivating Change: A Disease-Specific, Team-Based Approach to Improving Oncology Clinical Trials
Megan Derr, MSN, RN, AOCNS, CMSRN, and Morgan Horton, BSN, RN, CCRC, Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute

After being selected for 33 early-phase immunotherapy studies—resulting in rapid growth of a diverse research portfolio—Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute conducted a needs assessment on clinical, programmatic, and clinical trial opportunities, resulting in three process improvement goals: 1) promote appropriate trial selection based on the patient population; 2) redefine the responsibilities of each disease-management team to include accrual goals and targets; 3) educate cancer program staff and PCPs on the importance and availability of clinical trials. Post-implementation treatment accruals increased from 52 in 2016 to 93 in 2017.

3:15 - 3:45 PM
Networking Break with Exhibitors

3:45 - 4:30 PM
Severing Silos with Revenue Cycle Tiers
Pamela Proman, MBA, RTT, and William James, MHA, Nancy J. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion

Learn to implement a revenue cycle tier model by using the “Triple I” approach to identify opportunities, investigate issues, and improve processes and communication. A Tier I Team of director-level leaders from multiple departments meets quarterly to discuss denial trends, CMS regulation revisions, and hospital financial policies. A Tier II Team of managers across the oncology service line meets monthly to review financial key performance indicators, payer updates, and billing and insurance issues. Based on discussions and findings from both Teams, Tier III Teams are established to evaluate specific issues and areas of concern using Lean Six Sigma methods.

3:45 - 4:30 PM
Detecting and Treating Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment
Aileen Moreno, MSW, Miami Cancer Institute, Baptist Health South Florida

At Miami Cancer Institute’s Brain Fitness Lab, patients undergo a 30-minute computerized assessment of key cognitive domains. Those with cognitive deficits are scheduled for comprehensive neuropsychological testing and receive an individualized cognitive rehabilitation training program. Patients may select from a traditional speech/occupational therapy program or a virtual cognitive training program monitored by a neuropsychological technician. The virtual rehab helps eliminate barriers to care and reduce financial burden, thus improving treatment compliance and cognitive health outcomes.

4:30 - 5:15 PM
Leveraging OCM Participation to Standardize Care, Implement Navigation, and Improve Patient Population Management
Mehmet Erkan Ceyhan, PhD, MS, and Sandra Areias, MSN, RN, OCN, Lahey Health Cancer Institute

In order to participate in the Oncology Care Model, Lahey Health Cancer Institute adopted data-driven quality improvement projects, operational and clinical standardization, and a structured review process for medication formularies and treatment plans. The addition of a nurse navigator improved patient onboarding, care coordination, symptom management, and more. Population management EHR dashboards helped the program monitor and improve ED room utilization, unplanned hospitalizations, and other cost-savings metrics.

4:30 - 5:15 PM
Genetic Counselor Extenders, Telegenetics, and Health Technology Improve Access to Genetic Counseling
Stephanie A. Cohen, MS, LCGC, St. Vincent Hospital

Establish a collaborative program for hereditary cancer risk assessment using board-certified genetic counselors and genetic counselor extenders. Come away with strategies to leverage health technology—including webinar training, telegenetics, and electronic family history collection—to increase patient access to high-quality genetic counseling services and improve efficiencies in the cancer genetics risk assessment process.

5:45 - 8:30 PM
OPTIONAL EVENT: The Translational Genomics Research Institute Tour (TGen)

Don’t miss this opportunity to tour TGen for a first-hand look at the next generation sequencing technology and biomedical research laboratories, where TGen scientists unlock the mysteries of cancer, neurological disease, and diabetes. This private, nonprofit research institute performs genomic research on complex diseases and disorders to make and translate discoveries into diagnostics, therapies, and treatments tailored to the unique needs of individual patients. $25 per person (first 50 registrants).

6:30 - 7:30 AM
Sunrise Yoga Class

Stretch, wake up, and get ready for the last day of the conference. This gentle yoga class for all experience levels—no pretzel poses—will demonstrate how yoga can serve as a stress reduction tool. Mats will not be provided so feel free to bring your own. The class will be held outside (weather permitting) in the beautiful desert setting alongside the Gila River. Complimentary and open to all National Oncology Conference participants.

7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
National Oncology Conference Registration Open

7:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Open

7:00 - 7:45 AM
Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

7:00 - 7:45 AM
Maintenance Treatment in Ovarian Cancer
Amina Ahmed, MD
Rush University Medical Center

The role of maintenance therapy in ovarian cancer treatment is evolving. This presentation will explore the following:

  • Defining Maintenance Therapy
  • Rationale Behind Maintenance Therapy
  • Clinical Studies Investigating Maintenance Therapy for Ovarian Cancer
  • Quality of Life in Maintenance Trials
  • Maintenance Adoption in the Real World

Please join us to learn more about the role of maintenance therapy in ovarian cancer management.

This session is funded by Tesaro and will not be eligible for CE credit.

7:45 - 8:45 AM
From Ideas to Innovation
Dale Dauten, Author and Syndicated Newspaper Columnist, The Innovators’ Lab®

Learn how to create a vibrant innovation-oriented culture that engages employees across disciplines to share ideas, work together, and embrace experimentation. Key principles covered in this interactive and engaging session include:

  • Ideas are the easy part. The harder part is learning how to create an engine of creativity.
  • Start in the middle. In the journey from ideas to innovation, experiments are the driver of progress. Starting in the middle is the art of turning thoughts into things by creating clever testing opportunities.
  • People hate to change, but love to experiment. To sell the idea of making a change, you must get consensus that the idea is certain to work. To sell an experiment, you merely need to convince someone that it might work.

8:45 - 9:45 AM

Chemo Companions Program: A Partnership of Support Between Patients and Medical Students
Sophia Tsesmelis Piccolino, LCSW, OSW-C, Mount Sinai Hospital, The Ruttenberg Treatment Center and The Dubin Breast Center

Resources for Caregivers: Helping You and Your Loved One Navigate the Journey
Brittany Raup, CTTS, Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion

Leveraging Mobile Device Application Technology for Patient Education and Communication
Bryan Schmalhofer, MBA, RT(R)(T), Wellspan Health - Oncology Service Line

Making It Mine: Stories of Teens Who Found Themselves in Their Parent’s Cancer Diagnosis
Brie Bernhardt, MSW, LSW, Penn Medicine Virtua Cancer Program


8:45 - 9:15 AM
Data Analytics to Support Survivorship Care Plan Success
Alicia Rosales, LCSW, OSW-C, St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute

Working with its data analytics department, this cancer program built a reporting tool to identify patients who are required to receive a survivorship care plan. The tool shows survivorship visit referrals, when the visit is scheduled, and outcomes. This will enable them to meet (and likely exceed) Commission on Cancer standards, allowing for real time analysis and communication of their compliance numbers.

9:15 - 9:45 AM
Utilization of Telemedicine to Improve Survivorship Care
Holly Bushart, ACNP-BC, AOCNP, Tennessee Oncology

This practice piloted a program to use a nurse practitioner (NP) to conduct telemedicine survivorship visits that address long-term effects of cancer treatment, such as physical changes, body image concerns, social or financial distress, and psychosocial concerns. The NP provides education on how to manage these changes, monitor for recurrence, and maintain a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise. Leveraging cost-effective telehealth technology, this practice reaches outlying rural areas and satellite clinics, allowing patients to receive important education and support without the need to travel long distances.

9:45 - 10:30 AM
icon-innovator-award-2018-singular-60x60Right Place, Right Provider, Right Time: Implementing Our 24-Hour Cancer Clinic
Tina Curtis, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center at Froedtert Hospital Campus

Learn how this dedicated 24-hour outpatient clinic improved symptom management, minimized treatment plan interruptions, and reduced emergency department (ED) visits. Averaging 130-140 patient visits each month, this clinic demonstrated a 10.7% decrease in ED utilization; a 56%, 32%, and 11% decrease in radiology, EKG, and lab utilization respectively. The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin 24-Hour Cancer Clinic also demonstrated an 18% hospital admission rate as compared to a 42% admission rate from the ED—all within the first 12 months of opening.

9:45 - 10:30 AM
CAR-T Therapy Part 1: Implications for Patient Care
Olalekan Oluwole, MD, MPH, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

CAR-T Therapy is an innovative process that modifies T cells to target cancer. The treatment has shown efficacy, offers a previously nonexistent option for B-cell malignant patients, and has a toxicity profile that is serious but manageable. Hear about the successful deployment of CAR-T therapy in B-cell malignancies and how it has laid the groundwork for the development of similar therapies in other malignant conditions.

10:30 - 11:00 AM
Networking Break with Exhibitors

11:00 - 11:45 AM
icon-innovator-award-2018-singular-60x60Cancer Crushing Prevention and Early Detection
Chuck DeGooyer, MHA, Tri-Cities Cancer Center

To engage its community in cancer prevention conversations and improve screening compliance rates, this community non-profit cancer center developed and implemented a multifaceted public awareness campaign on the leading causes of cancer death in men and women, and the importance of cancer screenings and smoking cessation. It also partnered with senior leaders from dozens of the region’s largest employers to launch a successful workplace wellness program that promotes evidence-based practices to keep employees healthy by targeting the leading causes of cancer-related death.

11:00 - 11:45 AM
CAR-T Therapy Part 2: Operationalizing this New Technology
Duncan Allen, MHA, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center; Olalekan Oluwole, MD, MPH, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Laura Culwell, RN, BSN, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Sharon Sims, MSN, ACNP, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center; and Kathryn A. Culos, PharmD, BCOP, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

As exciting as the promise of CAR-T Therapy is, implementation of this breakthrough therapy can be a complex endeavor. From building the case for offering CAR-T at your institution, to navigating the financial barriers and training your CAR-T workforce, this multidisciplinary panel—comprised of medical leadership, advanced practice nursing, pharmacy, quality, and administration—will outline the key elements to build a successful program.

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Implementing Proton Therapy in the Community Setting
Tim R. Williams, MD, FACR, FASTRO, South Florida Proton Therapy Institute

While proton therapy is the one of the newest radiation treatments available to cancer patients, the technology is expensive and the implementation is complex. Learn what's necessary to make an informed purchasing decision, including what data to collect, how to identify specific patient populations that would benefit from this technology, and strategies to ensure ROI for your cancer program. Then hear from an expert how to effectively implement this technology in the community setting.

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
A Collaborative, Multidisciplinary Approach to Improving Treatment of Elderly Transplant Patients
Marco A. Ruiz, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, Moffitt at Memorial Healthcare System

Learn how Geriatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Integrative Medicine, and Bone Marrow Transplant teams collaborate to perform comprehensive geriatric assessments, measure baseline functional levels, and deliver coordinated, multidisciplinary care. Patients achieve better outcomes in functional level, psychological well-being and nutritional status, and experience an improved quality of life during the transplant process.
Funding for this session is provided by AstraZeneca. This session is not eligible for CE credit.

12:30 - 1:30 PM
Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

1:30 - 2:30 PM
Project ECHO: A Model for Moving Knowledge—Not Patients
Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACG, MACP, Director and Founder, Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)

Dr. Arora developed Project ECHO as a “disruptive innovation” to dramatically improve both capacity and access to specialty care for rural and underserved populations. This model links expert multispecialty teams with primary care clinicians through teleECHO clinics, where with guidance, feedback, and didactic education, specialists can mentor primary care clinicians to treat complex conditions.

2:30 - 3:15 PM
icon-innovator-award-2018-singular-60x60Improving Care of Advanced Cancer Patients with a Dedicated Palliative Radiotherapy Team
Kavita Dharmarajan, MD, MSc, Mount Sinai Health System & Tisch Cancer Institute, Department of Radiation Oncology

This palliative radiation oncology-based clinical service employs the shortest evidence-based and guideline-directed radiation treatment courses for metastases without compromising efficacy; discusses cases in a multidisciplinary tumor board; and participates in goals-of-care conversations with patients, caregivers, palliative medicine specialists, and primary oncology providers. Outcomes include a 5-day reduction in length of stay and a $20,000 savings per hospitalized radiation patient; a 4-fold decrease in unnecessarily lengthy radiation courses; and a 15% increase in the proportion of patients who met with a palliative care provider within a month of completing radiation.

2:30 - 3:15 PM
Developing and Implementing Team-Based Protocols for Cost-Effective Patient-Centered Screenings
Sandra M. Brown, MS, LCGC, St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Hear how simple electronic applications and economical staffing models can enable your cancer program to maximize cost-effective opportunities to educate patients and their primary care physicians about increased cancer risks, inherited cancer syndromes, and personalized risk assessment feedback. Discover screening program design strategies that can help ensure consistent, efficient, and seamless patient identification, notification, and management to avoid taxing an already-overwhelmed cancer care team.

3:15 - 3:45 PM
Networking Break

3:45 - 4:30 PM
Boosting the Cancer Workforce with Volunteer Lay Patient Navigators
Jean Sellers, RN, MSN, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

To address healthcare disparities and help patients overcome barriers to care, this cancer program partnered with the UNC Health Care Volunteer Program to identify, train, and embed volunteer lay patient navigators into the cancer clinics. Today, trained volunteers—retired healthcare providers, educators, business leaders, cancer survivors, caregivers, and pre-med students—provide emotional care, assist with applications, and link patients to critical resources that address financial resources, transportation needs, and social support. In 2017, they received a grant to implement the UNC Lay Patient Navigation Program in 11 hospitals and cancer care facilities across the state, using interactive presentations, a training manual, and a comprehensive resource guide to help the lay navigators develop the skills and confidence they need to offer non-clinical support for patients undergoing cancer treatment.

3:45 - 4:30 PM
Growing a LDCT Lung Cancer Screening Program in a Community Hospital System
Michael R. Gieske, MD, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Esther Marie Hatton Cancer Center

With Kentucky leading the nation in rates of lung cancer, learn how this cancer center was spurred to positively impact their community health outcomes. Their vision was to design a multidisciplinary team that would make LDCT lung cancer screening an essential building block of a growing thoracic oncology service line, while improving patient care and positioning their program as instrumental to the success of a growing regional cancer center. Learn how they experienced substantial growth and benefitted from a primary care-supported and collaborative team-based approach.


4:30 - 5:00 PM
Implementing a Clinical Assessment and Rapid Evaluation (CARE) Clinic
Brianna Hoffner, AOCNP, MSN, RN, University of Colorado Cancer Center

Staffed by a rotation of oncology advanced practice providers, the CARE Clinic sees patients for urgent symptom management and hospital discharge follow-up. In addition to treatment modalities—such as intravenous pain and anti-nausea medications, fluids, paracentesis procedures, and blood transfusions—the CARE Clinic partners with radiology to accommodate urgent imaging requests. A unique staffing model, inter-departmental collaborations, and the ability to accept patient self-referrals allows the CARE Clinic to provide cost-effective, proficient, and urgent oncologic patient care, decreasing hospital admissions and ER visits, and increasing patient satisfaction.

5:00 - 5:30 PM
A Hospital and Private Practice Partner to Treat Patients 24/7
Paula Goff, MSN, RN, OCN, BMTCN, Outpatient Infusion Center and Apheresis Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

After identifying a set of common target symptoms and creating a standardized process for administering care, this hospital and two physician practices opened an Oncology Symptom Treatment Area to see patients after-hours. Patients are assessed by a medical officer and treated by an oncology certified nurse, allowing for outpatient treatment delivery in an inpatient unit. Outcomes include a significant decrease in ED visits and readmissions, and a marked increase in patient satisfaction due to timely, cost-effective care.

5:30 PM
ACCC 35th National Oncology Conference Adjourns

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Optional Event: Electric Desert | A Light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective at the Desert Botanical Garden

See desert, light, and sound unite in a mesmerizing display like never before. Cactus and desert become a living canvas in this nighttime experience, taking visitors on an immersive journey through the garden using light and original music. $40 per person. Roundtrip transportation included.


Agenda subject to change.

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