The COVID-19 pandemic presented cancer programs and practices with extraordinary professional and personal challenges, disruptions, and opportunities in 2020.
Rather than fielding its annual Trending Now in Cancer Care survey while cancer programs were experiencing unprecedented challenges due to the public health emergency, ACCC chose to facilitate conversations with its members to capture the lived experiences of the most pertinent issues impacting oncology practice and care delivery.
ACCC convened three focus groups in November-December 2020 to discuss the following topics:
Participants revealed strains that tested institutional, professional, and personal resilience and transformed the dynamics of clinical and personal communication. But there were silver linings, from new operational approaches and workflows, telehealth innovation, and the remarkable resilience of cancer program staff.
Read Outcomes From the Focus Groups
From lessons learned throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ACCC reaffirms its commitment to integrating a lens of health equity, diversity, and inclusion into all its work; developing opportunities to increase racial and ethnic minority clinical trials representation; advocating for reimbursement and coverage of telemedicine and virtual health services; and supporting the professional well-being of the cancer team so that it ultimately improves provider and patient satisfaction. To learn more, please visit the ACCC 2021-22 President's Theme page and explore the resources below.
As the COVID-19 pandemic recedes and restrictions loosens for most of the U.S., we'll discuss how patient education has become even more critical during this transition.
We’ll delve into the dramatic changes in care delivery that Montefiore Health System underwent during the pandemic, lessons learned along the way that can help pave the way forward, and how the spirit of collaboration and innovation that emerged in 2020 will remain long after the pandemic.
Explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the financial health of cancer programs and practices across the country, from lower patient volume and screening interventions and decreased revenue streams.
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For more information about this project, please contact Lorna Lucas, Senior Director, ACCC Provider Education.
This program is sponsored by Amgen and Bristol Myers Squibb.