ACCC worked with subject matter experts to develop a series of seven discipline-specific business briefs to justify hiring the staff necessary to provide comprehensive cancer care services. These business case briefs aim to show how critical these care team members are to improving the quality of care, enhancing the patient experience, supporting their colleagues, and reducing costs.
Interventions by oncology social workers increase patient satisfaction and quality of life, reduce patient and family distress, improve efficiencies, and lessen the burden on physicians and healthcare teams by allowing them to do what they do best—administering innovative medical treatment to more patients.
Oncology pharmacists play an integral role in today’s complex, dynamic cancer care delivery environment. As health practitioners, their valuable training and skills include the operational, clinical, and financial aspects of cancer care.
Registered dietitian nutritionists with experience in oncology nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, and symptom management can help patients maximize their nutrition, maintain functional status, and protect their quality of life.
Genetic counseling is a critical service along the entire cancer care continuum, from prevention to screening to treatment and into survivorship. Adding a genetic counselor to your team can help ensure that patients have access to appropriate genetic testing and follow-up care.
Financial navigators employ a proactive approach with patients and families by sharing out-of-pocket costs, screening for financial stressors and barriers, and identifying resources to help reduce patient financial toxicity.
A multimodal prospective surveillance and prehabilitation program is an effective and fiscally responsible way to prepare patients for the physiologic and psychosocial impacts of treatment. This type of program leverages the frequently untapped knowledge and skill set of physical therapists and other rehab professionals.
Psychosocial interventions by a qualified oncology psychologist can effectively prepare cancer patients for the management of emotional and social stressors. Patients who participate in interventions report having an improved quality of life, as well as lower levels of depression and anxiety.
Hear from ACCC 2021-2022 President, Krista Nelson, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW, as she talks about two new resources (a business case brief for hiring and a benchmarking survey) coming from ACCC that demonstrate the value oncology social workers play in cancer care.
Learn about ACCC's efforts to make the case for hiring comprehensive care team members, as well as the development of a matrix tool to help programs prepare for alternative payment models.