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Oncology Pharmacy

As oncology engages in value-based reimbursement, new payment models, and precision medicine, oncology pharmacists and pharmacy staff are integral to successful delivery of quality, cost-effective patient care.

The challenges are ongoing: increasing complexity of treatment regimens, new drug approvals and indications, the expansion of biosimilars in oncology, rapid advances in immunotherapy, the high cost of cancer treatment, and continual regulatory and reimbursement changes.

The ACCC Oncology Pharmacy Education Network (OPEN) brings together education, resources, and peer-to-peer networking to help pharmacy professionals surmount the challenges and succeed.  OPEN offers the knowledge and know-how to navigate the accelerating course of change in oncology—clinically, operationally, fiscally, and programmatically. From USP <800> to integration of biosimilars, from preauthorizations to strategic planning—OPEN addresses real-world oncology pharmacy management issues such as reimbursement, distribution, inventory management, and effective integration of oral oncolytics, biosimilars, and immunotherapies for cancer.

Podcasts

From Oncology Issues

  • The Evolving Immunotherapeutic Landscape in Renal Cell Carcinoma
    Robert A. Figlin, MD, FACP; Jocelyn Mohs, PharmD, BCOP; and Laura S. Wood, RN, MSN, OCN
    In 2019 the Association of Community Cancer Centers developed an education program to provide all members of the multidisciplinary care team knowledge and resources to help successfully integrate immunotherapies into the treatment of patients with RCC.
  •  Waste Not, Want Not
    Barbara A. Gabriel, MA
    The issue of drug waste is nothing new in oncology. Drug vial optimization has been shown to be effective in using valuable medications that would otherwise have been wasted.
  • Expanding Patient Access to Cancer Care Services
    Kelley D. Simpson, MBA; Stacy Melvin, MHA; and Sue Fletcher, RN
    Key results from a national survey show a range of new initiatives.
  • After the Outbreak: Preparing for the Return of Cancer Cases
    Matthew Strum, MBA, and Jessica Turgon, MBA
    Cancer programs are facing multiple challenges related to treating patients in a COVID-19 environment. Cancer programs need to deploy systems and processes to help navigate these patients into the healthcare system and to work through the backlog of new patients with cancer as quickly as possible within existing resources.
  • Compliance: What Telehealth May Look Like in 2021
    Teri Bedard, BA, RT(R)(T), CPC
    The 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed the following changes specific to telehealth.
 

Additional Resources

Infusion

Patient-Centered Scheduling: Costs & Benefits of Extending Practice Hours

This special report from ACCC examines the pros and cons of extended infusion suite hours. Included is a tool to help practices and programs assess the feasibility of extending hours of care.

Oral Chemotherapy

Dispensing Pharmacy Patient Education Tool

Physician dispensing is governed by state law and regulated by State Boards of Pharmacy. While some states do not allow physician dispensing, most of the states that allow it require dispensing physicians to alert their patients about other options to fill their prescription(s). In response to this need, ACCC has developed this patient education tool that can be used across care settings.

Upcoming Meetings

On-Demand Webinars

 

Oncology Drug Database

Access ACCC's comprehensive resource for coding, billing, and reimbursement for oncology drugs.
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ACCCBuzz Blog Posts

  • Hill day presentation slide
    Telehealth Legislation at Forefront of ACCC Virtual Hill Day
    By Kristin Marie Ferguson, DNP, RN, OCN, Senior Director, Cancer Care Delivery & Health Policy
    April 21, 2021
    This year's ACCC 2021 Virtual Hill Day, which will take place May 12, will offer ACCC members a new way to experience advocacy trainings, legislative briefings, and Congressional meetings from the comfort of their home or office. This year, ACCC's legislative priorities will focus on the Telehealth Modernization Act and the Safe Step Act of 2021.
  • calculator-on-money-with-healthcare-written-on-it
    What Does the American Rescue Plan Mean for Health Care Coverage?
    By Timothy S. Jost, emeritus professor, Washington and Lee University School of Law
    March 19, 2021
    The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) is a comprehensive attempt to address the problems raised by the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying economic disruption. This post examines COBRA and marketplace subsidy provisions, which are expected to extend insurance coverage to millions of Americans.
  • Pharmacist-handing-pill-bottle-to-man-ThinkstockPhotos-187196057-570x570
    The Future of White Bagging and Brown Bagging in Oncology Pharmacy
    March 15, 2021
    Insurer mandates requiring patients to have their therapies dispensed via “brown bagging” or “white bagging” are becoming increasingly common. Oncologists treating patients whose insurers require these methods of pharmaceutical procurement have identified problematic issues with them, including concerns about patient safety, proper care coordination, potential treatment delays, and drug waste.
  • Cartoon prescription pill bottle with two pills
    Oncology Research in Community: Leveraging the Role of Pharmacist
    January 12, 2021
    In the final installment of ACCC’s webinar series honoring American Pharmacists Month, experts discussed the integral role pharmacists play in supporting clinical trial research in the community setting, and they identified opportunities for extending the pharmacist role in an increasingly complex research landscape.
  • Lead by Example_Woman Holding Sign
    Leading by Example
    January 04, 2021
    Learn how the American Board of Internal Medicine is urging physicians to publicly share their COVID-19 vaccinations on social media to promote the importance of vaccination.