FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Oct 26, 2017
Rockville, Md.—In recognition of her pioneering work in value-based care, Barbara McAneny, MD, FASCO, MACP, was honored with the Annual Achievement Award of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). Her groundbreaking work in developing the grant-funded COME HOME oncology medical home initiative demonstrated reduced costs and improved care; helped to inform Medicare’s current Oncology Care Model (OCM) pilot; and supported physician practices in process changes critical to participation in value-based payment models, including those created under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). This is a year of honors for Dr. McAneny, a board-certified medical oncologist/hematologist from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who in June became the first oncologist to be voted president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA). She will assume the AMA presidency in June 2018.
The ACCC Annual Achievement Award recognizes individuals that have made outstanding contributions, nationally and/or internationally, to cancer care and patients. Past honorees include esteemed cancer advocates and foundation leaders, as well as U.S. presidents and senators such as President Richard M. Nixon, President George H.W. Bush, and Senator Ted Kennedy.
Dr. McAneny received the Annual Achievement Award before approximately 800 attendees at the ACCC National Oncology Conference, held October 18-20 in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. McAneny’s acceptance speech conveyed her unique perspective as a physician who successfully transitioned to a leadership role within the nation’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment. “It is a great honor to receive this ACCC award,” Dr. McAneny said. “This is an organization that brings together thousands of specialists from all areas of cancer care, from cancer centers and hospitals to private practices and academic centers. All of us have a common cause, which is taking care of cancer patients. So, to receive an award from an organization that has so many great people to choose from is one of the greatest honors of my life!”
Dr. McAneny also emphasized the AMA’s a long-standing principle of increasing access to healthcare through insurance coverage. “[this is] especially important for cancer patients,” she said. Reflecting on evolving practice transformation, Dr. McAneny urged alignment between practice delivery models and newly emerging payment models. “A medical home isn’t a payment methodology, it’s a practice methodology,” she said. We need a payment model that works with it.” It’s needed “because our country can’t afford to lose the infrastructure of cancer care.” As AMA President-Elect, she hopes Congress will work with doctors across America to fix our ailing healthcare system, so every individual with cancer can get the care he or she deserves.