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Coronavirus Response

As many communities across the country begin the first phase of reopening, the SARS-CoV-2 (also known as COVID-19) public health emergency is shifting from an acute phase into a chronic phase. ACCC resources from the pandemic's acute phase can be found here.

On July 23, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar signed an extension of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) designation for another 90 days. The PHE would have expired on July 25.

COVID-19 Webcasts

  • Join Charles Saunders, MD, Chief Executive Officer, and Jennifer Webster, MS, Vice President of Analytics, IntegraConnect, as they present an overview of the current landscape of patient levels and services at cancer programs. (July 10, 2020)

  • Teri Bedard, BA, RT(R)(T), CPC, Executive Director, Client & Corporate Resources, Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies, will highlight what your cancer program needs to know by discussing the changes to telehealth services, supervision, provider-based designations, and coding for services. (July 10 2020)

  • Join Raju K. Vaddepally, MD, Yuma Regional Medical Center Cancer Center, to discuss strategies for sustaining a robust clinical trials program in uncertain times and how to increase the relevance of research to vulnerable and underserved patients. (June 26, 2020)

  • Join a panel of Montefiore Health System providers for an in-depth look at their pandemic preparations and response and how they’re collecting data for care coordination and research. (June 19, 2020)

  • ACCC and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) share how the COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique opportunity to better understand the effects of a disease outbreak on the delivery of high-quality cancer care and research. (June 12, 2020)

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COVID-19 Podcasts

 

Resources

COVID-19 information, resources, and toolkits are organized by category below. Click on the category to access quick links.

Professional Associations 

Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators

AONN+ COVID-19 Navigator Toolkit
This toolkit provides invaluable resources to assist nurse navigators and patient navigators in the management of patient care during the coronavirus pandemic.


American College of Surgeons


The American College of Surgeons COVID-19 and Surgery online resource.
ACS accreditation and verification programs grant one year extension (includes Commission on Cancer). (3/24/2020)
ACS Cancer Programs Site Visit Postponement FAQs 
(updated 5/1/2020)
Joint Statement: Roadmap for Resuming Elective Surgery after COVID-19 Pandemic by the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, and the American Hospital Association
ACS COVID-19 Registry


American Medical Association (AMA)

AMA COVID-19 resource center for physicians, includes:

American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

Pharmacists' Guide to Coronavirus. Information and resources for pharmacists and the communities they serve.
Know the Facts: Telehealth in Your Pharmacy Practice
National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations COVID-19 information from states.

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Survey on COVID-19 in Oncology Registry (ASCO Registry) find links to survey study scheme, FAQs, and IRB exemption letter.
ASCO COVID-19 Resources 
ASCO Guide to Cancer Care Delivery During COVID-19 (May 19, 2020)


American Society of Hematology (ASH)

COVID-19 Resources for Hematologists (last updated June 9, 2020)
ASH Research Collaborative COVID-19 Registry for Hematologic Malignancy

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (AHSP)

ASHP COVID-19 Resource Center

ASHP open access to resources during COVID-19
ASHP Patient Surge Management During a Pandemic: Toolkit for Hospital and Health System Pharmacy (June 2020)

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 

ASTRO National Survey of COVID-19 Impact on Radiation Oncology Practices: Initial findings (5/20/20)
COVID-19 Information for Radiation Oncology Practices
COVID-19 Summary of Information and Recommendations
COVID-19 FAQs

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

IDSA COVID-19 Resource Center
IDSA Guidelines on the Diagnosis of COVID-19 (published 5/6/2020)
IDSA COVID-19 Guideline, Part 1: Treatment and Management
IDSA COVID-19 Guideline, Part 2: Infection Prevention
IDSA COVID-19 Guideline, Part 3: Diagnostics

Lung Screening During COVID-19

A 24-member expert panel developed a consensus statement  that covers lung cancer screening and monitoring, evaluation, management of lung nodules,"Management of Lung Nodules and Lung Cancer Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic: CHEST Expert Panel Report." The report was published simultaneously in CHEST, Radiology: Imaging Cancer, and the Journal of the American College of RadiologyFull text is available here.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) News and Resources.

National Academy of Medicine Resources for Clinician Health & Well-Being During COVID-19

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)

Resources shared by NCCN members to help providers respond to coronavirus 2019.
COVID-19 response tools from Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
Self-Care & Stress Management During COVID-19: Toolkit for Oncology HCPs

Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)

ONS information regarding COVID-19.
ASCO-ONS webinar series on Caring for People with Cancer During COVID-19 Pandemic

Society for the Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC)

SITC COVID-19 Resources webpage 

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
 
CMS Preliminary Data Snapshot of COVID-19 Impact on Medicare Population (released June 23, 2020)

CMMI Flexibilities & Adjustments to Oncology Care Model

On Wednesday, June 3, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced that, in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), CMMI is providing new flexibilities and adjustments to current and future Innovation Center models. The announcement included changes specifically for Oncology Care Model (OCM). Learn more.

CMS “Current Emergencies” webpage includes summary and links to  CMS COVID-19 actions and updates, such as waivers and flexibilities issued.

Quality Payment Program (QPP) COVID-19 Response Fact Sheet outlines multiple flexibilities QPP implemented by CMS in response to COVID-19.

Quality Reporting Requirements exceptions and extensions.

CMS COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit a curated set of online resources and tools to help state and local decision-makers managing healthcare workforce challenges in response to the COVID-19 emergency. 

CMS Coronavirus Stakeholder Calls (recordings and transcripts)

FDA's Emergency Use Authorizations for diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices to diagnose and respond to public health emergencies is available here.

 

Medicare & Medicaid Coverage & Payment

Medicaid Coverage & Payment

Telehealth Coverage

Expansion of Telehealth

On April 29, 2020, CMS announced additional sweeping changes to further expand telehealth coverage in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Learn more.

CMS has expanded telehealth coverage for Medicare beneficiaries under the 1135 waiver authority and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Additionally, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) is providing flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid by federal healthcare programs. Read CMS fact sheet. Read CMS Medicare Telehealth FAQs

Food and Drug Administration

At-a-Glance Summary of FDA COVID-19 Response (last updated 6/4/20)

Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) coronavirus 2019 website includes FAQs on shortage of PPE.

FDA clinical trials guidance for industry, investigators and institutional review boards conducting clinical trials during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 
 
FDA Policy for Certain REMS Requirements During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for Industry and Health Care Professionals

Surgical Gown and Mask Conservation Strategies (letter to HCPs)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines intended for healthcare professionals, the guidelines include therapeutics currently being used for COVID-19, assessing patients for risk and illness severity, treatment considerations for critical care patients. 

Other

Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)

CAPC COVID-19 Response Resources
CAPC COVID-19 Virtual Office Hours 
Virtual Office Hours are small-group consulting calls with leading subject matter experts. Experienced faculty will answer your questions on a wide variety of challenging topics.

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

JHU Coronavirus Resource Center
JHU Global COVID-19 Case Tracker map.

Patient Advocacy Organizations

Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Coalition COVID-19A collaborative effort between patient advocacy organizations, patient experts, and healthcare professionals, CovidAYACancer.org shares COVID-19 related resources and information for AYA cancer patients, survivors and healthcare professionals who work with this patient population.

American Cancer Society (ACS)

Common Questions About the New Coronavirus Outbreak

Cancer Support Community (CSC)

What Cancer Patients and Survivors Need to Know About the Coronavirus.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)

Coronavirus Resources & What You Should Know
Helping Blood Cancer Patients Adjust to the New Normal by Gwen Nichols, MD, LLS Chief Medical Officer (3/2020)

LUNGevity

COVID-19 and Lung Cancer (information available in English and Spanish)
COVID-19 FAQs for people with lung cancer 
COVID-19 Conversations with Experts (videos)

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)

NCCS/ASCO work together to answer commonly asked questions about COVID-19 for patients and survivors. Read Q & A here.

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)

PAF COVID Care Resource Center

Other
Commonwealth Fund information on health coverage options for laid-off workers and others  
 

Commercial Payers COVID-19 Information & Resources

Health insurers have made changes in response to the COVID-19 health emergency. 

Find quick links to more details below.

Anthem

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)

Cigna

Humana

CVS Health/Aetna

UnitedHealthcare

Page last updated July 24, 2020

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) Financial Advocacy Network developed the COVID-19 Financial Advocacy Resources hub to help cancer programs and practices to stay informed on rapidly changing updates to financial assistance programs and insurance coverage in response to the public health emergency. This resource will be reviewed and updated weekly.