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Community Oncology Can Close the Gap in Cancer Research

By Amanda Patton

Although multidisciplinary cancer care is synonymous with access to cutting-edge treatment options, including clinical trials, improving nationwide patient participation remains a challenge. Learn how this large independent oncology practice in northwest Arkansas grew its research program to offer patients access to phase I, II, and III trials in the communities where they live and work.

Also in This Issue:

  • Management of Hospital Admissions for Checkpoint Inhibitor Immune-Related Adverse Events at a Regional Cancer Center
    Accurate diagnosis of irAEs saves patients from unnecessary emergency department visits or hospital admission and reduces healthcare costs. Find out how this health system used NCCN and ASCO guidelines on the management of irAEs to identify the standard of care and evaluate benchmarks met and areas for improvement.
  • Avoidable and Unavoidable ER Utilization by Cancer Patients on Systemic Therapy
    Avoidable ER utilization is an opportunity for healthcare cost savings, but determining the patient visits that are avoidable based solely on coding and billing data is challenging. Read how this cancer program conducted a retrospective analysis to identify ER visits by patients with cancer as avoidable or unavoidable and the reason(s) for this determination as part of a QI initiative to improve care and reduce costs.
  • Survey Instrument Says: Patients Care About Cancer Care Delivery
    Patients express enthusiasm about participating in cancer care delivery research and sharing their experiences to help improve cancer care delivery for future patients.
  • Waste Not, Want Not
    Learn how pharmacy leaders are implementing QI initiatives in their cancer program to decrease oncology drug waste and improve pharmacy workflows, all part of a larger effort to reduce drug costs.


  • 2021 Coding Update and the OPPS and PFS Final Rules


  • Spencer Cancer Center, East Alabama Medical Center, Opelika, Alabama


  • More Than Beauty: Meeting Patients’ Aesthetic Needs

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Positive Disruption in the COVID-19 Era: AMCCBS Virtual

At a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty, the ACCC 47th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit1414, March 1-5, will provide critical guidance on the hot-button issues impacting cancer care delivery. Discover strategies to implement telehealth and virtual care in a sustainable way that benefits patients, providers, and payers; optimize revenue cycle management and protect your bottom line during a time of financial hardship; improve health equity and patient access to cutting-edge treatments, like clinical trials; and prepare for reimbursement and policy changes. View agenda sessions and speakers2121, then reserve your seat33 today.

Created to better understand the needs of cancer programs and guide the agenda, the AMCCBS Advisory Board and Task Force44 comprise a group of industry experts and cancer care professionals from diverse backgrounds, locations, and organizations.

”The Task Force worked collaboratively over the past several months to prioritize issue areas most relevant to the current and ever-changing landscape in oncology. By identifying what is ‘top of mind’ to ACCC members, we are able to identify thought leaders to share their expertise with the wider oncology community.”

Mark-Liu-100x100Mark Liu
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Oncology Service Line, Mount Sinai Health System
AMCCBS Task Force Member


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