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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, print copies of the May-June 2020 Oncology Issues have been delayed. Please allow a few weeks for delivery.


Young Adult Patients Tap into Long-Distance Support

By Laura Melton

This 2019 ACCC Innovator Award winner developed and implemented an online video support group that young adults with cancer can participate in virtually. Gain tips for setting up a similar program, including research applicable state laws, consider non-billable virtual support group set-up, and choose a platform that is easy to use for both facilitators and participants.

Also in This Issue:

  • “Prescribing” Exercise and Nutrition in Cancer Care
    Physicians are key to making sure cancer patients are “prescribed” the physical activity and nutrition they need. These evidence-based recommendations can and should be considered as a key component of comprehensive cancer care services.
  • Reducing Revenue Loss and Patient Financial Toxicity with a Pharmacy-Managed Pre-Certification and Denials Management Program
    This 2019 ACCC Innovator Award winning pharmacy-managed program has three discrete elements: a pre-certification program, a denials management program, and a continuous QI program.
  • Medical Marijuana (Cannabinoid-Derived Products) for Cancer Patients
    Learn how to navigate the field of medical marijuana with an introduction to the plant’s history, an overview of federal and state regulations, and a brief discussion of its use in cancer care.
  • Five Key Strategies to Improve Your Pharma Rep Education
    If done right, pharmaceutical representative visits can equip providers and staff with valuable drug-specific education and updates.
  • Making the Business Case for Hiring New Staff
    ACCC’s series of discipline-specific business briefs justify hiring new staff to support growth of and/or investment in the cancer service line, including business cases for adding a financial counselor, registered dietitian nutritionist, and a board-certified genetic counselor to your multidisciplinary cancer care team.


  • Understanding Supervision Changes to Therapeutic Services


  • Peeples Cancer Institute, Dalton, Georgia


  • Simple Talk

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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.