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An APP-Physician Model Improves Risk Stratification and Palliative Care

By Jia Conway, DNP, CRNP, AOCNP

A 2021 ACCC Innovator Award, Cancer Care Associates of York, implemented an autonomous APP model of care designed to allow these clinicians to work at the top of their license, facilitate effective physician and APP partnerships, and improve overall patient satisfaction.

Also in This Issue:

  • Oncology Capture of ED Patients with Incidental Radiologic Findings
    Another 2021 ACCC Innovator Award Winner, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center shares details about it shifted from a push to a pull model of care for patients who present at the emergency department with incidental findings..
  • Developing a Cancer Care and Community Paramedicine Partnership
    Through a partnership between cancer program staff and members of the Albuquerque Ambulance Service’s Mobile Integrated Health team, Presbyterian Healthcare Services offers its oncology patients certain clinical interventions, like hydration and antiemetics, and wellness checks in the comfort of their homes.
  • Holy Smokes! Developing a Cannabis Clinic for Patients with Cancer
    Learn how HealthPartners Frauenshuh Cancer Center has safely incorporated cannabis in the treatment of patients with cancer.
  • Auricular Acupuncture for the Treatment of Cancer-Related Pain
    Vanderbilt—Ingram Cancer Center shares how auricular acupuncture, a safe, feasible, and cost-effective therapy, can reduce the pain and psychological distress experienced by patients with cancer.
  • Data Analytics + Business Intelligence = Operations Insight
    Kim Woofter, the executive Vice President of Strategic Alliances, AC3, discusses the rewards of incorporating data analytics into the business of oncology, as a tool for improving billing and revenue cycle management and optimizing care.
  • Genetic Counseling Referrals Among Cancer Registry Patients Who Meet NCCN Guidelines: An Ohio Study
    This Ohio-based multicenter study measured genetic counseling referrals for patients with cancer.
  • A Multidisciplinary Consortium to Advance Genetic Counseling in Oncology
    The Iowa Oncology Society launched an educational project designed to spark conversations, and raise awareness about the importance of genetic testing, counseling, and screening.
  • Making the Business Case for Hiring an Oncology Pharmacist
    With an aging U.S. population and a projected shortage of medical oncologists, oncology pharmacists and the critical support they provide in the management of patient symptoms and comorbidities is more important than ever.


  • Is My E/M Visit Separately Billable?


  • Tennessee Oncology, Tennessee


  • Introducing the New Digital ACCC Patient Assistance & Reimbursement Guide

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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.