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Demonstrating Measurable Value: Distress Screening

By Amanda Patton, MA

City of Hope integrated its digital touch-screen distress screening tool, SupportScreen, with its EHR to identify, summarize, and triage patients’ needs in real time. Now, biopsychosocial screening is built into the standard of care as the cancer program prioritizes patients’ psychosocial and clinical needs at each medical appointment.

Also in This Issue:

  • Creating an Oncology Practice Plan That Can Change with the Times
    After a state-wide healthcare system consolidated numerous private medical oncologists into an employed-physician model, learn how oncology leaders redefined the practice plan to reward non-RVU-generating activities, reduce variation in physician income, improve provider collaboration, and increase clinical trial participation and physician sub-specialization.
  • Tailoring Distress Screening in Oncology Populations: Timing Distress Screening in Surgically Resectable Esophageal Cancer
    Guidelines and best practices for distress screening often follow a one-size-fits-all approach. Find out how this cancer program developed a clinical pathway with distress screening recommendations to better meet the needs of this highly vulnerable patient population.
  • Mining Data to Improve Care Coordination of Patients with Hematologic Malignancies
    This cancer program completed a retrospective chart review of patients to identify patient-, disease-, and medication-related factors that played a role in the increase of unplanned hospital readmission rates.
  • Cancer Care from the Comfort of Your Car: Moffitt’s Curbside Clinic Gives Patients Another Option for Accessing Care
    Patients do not want to spend more time than necessary in the clinic waiting to receive their treatment. To prioritize patient safety and needs, this cancer program developed a drive-through clinic to offer patients select treatment injections and lab draws from within their vehicles.
  • Transitioning Select Chemotherapeutics to the Outpatient Setting Improves Care and Reduces Costs
    Find out how 2020 ACCC Innovator Award winner University of Arizona Cancer Center, transitioned administration of certain chemotherapy regimens to the outpatient setting, reducing costs of care, allowing the cancer program to bill drug waste, improving patient satisfaction and treatment adherence, and freeing up inpatient beds for those who truly need them.
  • What Does Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion Look Like?
    Oncology Issues spoke with Leah Weiss, PhD, to learn why compassion is critical in all levels of healthcare—from the clinic to the boardroom—as well as compassion’s role in improving resiliency and building a more equitable and diverse workforce.
  • Improving Care Coordination for Advanced NSCLC
    To help cancer care team members better understand the landscape of non-small cell lung cancer, ACCC conducted a national, double blind, comprehensive survey. In this article, ACCC shares discipline-specific findings from pathologists and pulmonologists.
  • Care Coordination: The Role of Pharmacy to Help Manage Patients with Cancer on Oral Oncolytics
    This ACCC education program shares key highlights from an online survey and effective practices developed from focus groups at four cancer program representing diverse regions, program size, and dispensing models.


  • Highlights from the CY 2022 MPFS and HOPPS Proposed Rules


  • Maryland Oncology Hematology


  • Celebrating Cancer Survivors During COVID-19

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Publications That Keep You Ahead of the Competition

ACCC members consistently give ACCC publications high marks for their timeliness and usefulness. Experts in the field of oncology contribute to ACCC's publications and provide a solution-based approach to educating oncology healthcare professionals about streamlining and improving cancer services, practice management trends and strategies; implementing new treatments and technology; and planning for regulatory and legislative change.

Oncology Issues Journal

Oncology Issues, the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Community Cancer Centers, is one of the only non-clinical, programmatic publications that provides "how-to" articles for the entire multidisciplinary oncology care team. The journal covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Hospital & physician alignment strategies
  • Quality & performance improvement initiatives
  • Staffing models
  • Cancer service line strategic planning
  • Cancer & population health initiatives
  • Precision medicine & new treatment modalities, such as immunotherapy
  • Community outreach & education
  • Screening & prevention programs
  • Implementation of care delivery models & alternative payment models
  • Clinical research in the community setting
  • Efforts to improve the patient experience & patient engagement
  • Programs to address at-risk and disparate patient populations

Patient Assistance & Reimbursement Guide

This annual publication together information on pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical patient assistance programs, foundations, and non-profit assistance programs, co-pay programs, and reimbursement resources. Access the PDF version online with links to program information and enrollment forms.

ACCC Trending Now in Cancer Care Survey

This annual ACCC survey is designed to educate cancer programs and practices on nationwide developments in the business aspects of cancer care delivery. Data can help programs and practices evaluate their own organization's performance relative to similar organizations and assist in short- and long-term budgeting and cancer service line planning. Survey highlights are available online. Full survey results are available to ACCC members only. ACCC uses data from this annual survey to information ACCC education projects.