Al Bowen Benson III1, Leigh Boehmer2, Latha Shivakumar2, Julia Rachel Trosman3, Christine B. Weldon3, Elizabeth A. Hahn4, Sheetal Mehta Kircher5
1Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL; 2Association of Community Cancer Centers, Rockville, MD; 3Center for Business Models in Healthcare, Chicago, IL; 4Department of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL; 5Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Comprehensive cancer care (CCC) delivery is recommended in guidelines, required by accreditation bodies, and essential for high-quality cancer management. Barriers such as insufficient reimbursement and lack of specialist staff, prevent consistent access to and delivery of CCC, particularly supportive oncology services.
Challenges persist in community programs, where access to philanthropy and similar funding is limited. ACCC conducted a representative survey of its member programs to elucidate capacity and barriers to CCC delivery in order to inform policy and value-based payment reform.