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Financial Advocacy Guidelines

ACCC Financial Advocacy Services Guidelines

ACCC has developed the Financial Advocacy Services Guidelines to support the goal of proactively addressing financial issues along the cancer care continuum to help patients gain access to high-quality care for a better quality of life.

These guidelines have been developed with the input and guidance of the Advisory Committee for the ACCC Financial Advocacy Network and financial advocates working on the frontlines of care.

As the healthcare landscape continues to change and the role of oncology financial advocates evolves, ACCC offers these guidelines to assist programs in strengthening their financial advocacy services and to complement the resources available through the ACCC Financial Advocacy Network.
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begin-quoteI am excited about the possibilities we can offer our patients! I appreciate your guidance and efforts to help us navigate the financial paths for our patients.

Tricia V. Smith, CRCS
Special Program Financial Specialist
Inova Schar Cancer Institute  end-quote

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