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Multidisciplinary Conference Case Planning in the Virtual Space

By Jonathan Treisman, MD, FACP; Sherri Costa, MS, RN, AOCNS; Catherine Schott, BSN, RN; and Jeanette Frawley, MSW, CISW

This 2019 ACCC Innovator Award winner revolutionized their tumor boards to a fully virtual format that allows all multidisciplinary cancer care team members to collaborate on patient treatment planning around their schedules. With this more efficient, flexible option, conference participants no longer face the scheduling or resource constraints of in-person case conferences.

Also in This Issue:

  • Cancer Life reiMagined: The CaLM Model of Whole Person-Cancer Care
    The Livestrong Cancer Institutes at UT Health Austin redefined patient-centered care by co-designing a model of care with their patients. The CaLM Model values the emotional, social, financial, and practical components of patient care equally with the clinical services that treat the disease.
  • Improving Cancer Care by Addressing Food Insecurity
    Food insecurity plagues Americans of all demographics and is often overlooked in the healthcare setting. To improve patients’ quality of life and adherence to treatment, this 2019 ACCC Innovator Award winning oncology practice established several programs to identify and address food security among its patients.
  • Developing and Implementing a Radiation Oncology App to Improve the Patient Experience
    Learn how this integrated health system developed and implemented an in-house mobile application for patients receiving radiation treatment. The app allows patients to see their treatment schedule at any time, manage symptoms, and get to know their care team.
  • Genetic Cancer Screening and Testing in a Medically Underserved Community
    By developing a collaborative partnership with a molecular diagnostic company, this community cancer center in rural Arizona provides patients genetic screening services in-house via telehealth at zero-cost to its patients and the facility.


  • The Role of Medicare Administrative Contractors and Updates to Coding Policy


  • Benefis Sletten Cancer Institute, Great Falls, Montana


  • Registry Staff Without Borders

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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.