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Many patients with cancer now enjoy the invaluable benefits and flexibilities that telehealth makes possible. Patients have more convenient access to appointments, increased support from family caregivers who can attend virtual visits, and more time to focus on their work and families. Olalekan Ajayi, PharmD, MBA explains how the Telehealth Modernization Act can make this expanded healthcare access …
On July 29, the ACCC Financial Advocacy Network hosted an interactive virtual Town Hall: Financial Navigation During the COVID-19 Crisis: Tips from Financial Advocates. Chair Lori Schneider, Oncology Operations Manager at Green Bay Oncology, moderated a panel discussion and Q&A focused on helping financial advocates help patients continue to be able to pay for their cancer treatment during the …
For resources on COVID-19 as it applies to the oncology community, please visit ACCC’s continually updated Coronavirus Resource page. ACCC members can also access ACCCExchange, a forum that allows them to communicate in real time with their colleagues about how the COVID-19 virus is affecting their communities and their patients. When COVID-19 was first detected in China late last year, it took everyone …
In April 2020, the U.S. unemployment rate reached an all-time high of 14.7 percent. By May 28, more than 40 million people in the U.S. had filed for unemployment insurance as the COVID-19 pandemic led to the shuttering of business after business. In an employer-based healthcare system, the repercussions of this massive unemployment can have a devastating effect on the ability to obtain healthcare …
Sidney Health Center in Montana is a not-for-profit community-based medical center that has been an institution in its region for more than 100 years. In 2017, Chad Pedersen, MD—a native of Sidney—joined the health center as its only medical oncologist. Since then, he has cared for a medically underserved population of cancer patients who are often low-income and may live more than a two-hour drive …
By Mickey LeRoy, RA, LEED AP & Timothy Hsu, MHSA Social media healthcare channels and email lists are bursting with articles on “surge planning” and invitations to online discussions about the post-pandemic return of patients. While valuable, what is only beginning to emerge from these discussions is a longer view understanding of what “the new normal” looks like for healthcare facilities. …
An interview with Debra Patt, MD, PhD, MBA, FASCO, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Strategic Initiatives, at Texas Oncology. Learn about what you can expect from Dr. Patt's keynote at the 38th ACCC National Oncology Conference.
Dr. Barbara Schmidtman highlights key findings from the 2022 ACCC Mini Z burnout survey, comparing results from the pre-pandemic 2019 to now.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, patients with cancer received care in three settings: hospital inpatient, hospital emergency room, and the outpatient clinic. But just as the pandemic overturned deep-rooted barriers to telehealth uptake, it also brought renewed attention to the hospital-at-home model.
On Tuesday, March 2, AMCCBS Virtual will focus on timely, real-world case studies from organizations that used the opportunities created by the pandemic to forge new paths forward. On March 2, sessions will focus on telehealth, virtual care, and remote monitoring. Speakers will address and lead conversations about the multiple and changing roles of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in unprecedented unemployment and an economic recession, financial advocacy services for cancer patients are more important than ever. At any given time, the job of financial advocates and navigators requires them to stay on top of rapidly changing assistance programs, insurance coverage changes, new state healthcare laws, and evolving community resources. The pandemic …
Amanda Henson writes a regular blog series for ACCCBuzz about how she created and helps manage a streamlined oncology service line within the Baptist Health System in Kentucky. In this post, Henson talks about Baptist Health's oncology leaders and how they united to problem-solve in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the ACCC 47th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit (AMCCBS) this week, panelists discussed the appropriate use of telehealth in cancer care, debated the continuation of such care as the pandemic recedes, and addressed persistent gaps in oncology services in diverse populations.
The Road to Recovery Report makes specific recommendations for maintaining the adaptations made necessary to accommodate the disruptions caused by the pandemic. Where possible, the report recommends building on that momentum to spur much-needed change in cancer care and research.
As we struggle to respond to fluctuating COVID-19 infection and vaccination rates, it is important to consider whether some of the initiatives developed in response to the pandemic are worth keeping. One such initiative is Moffitt Cancer Center's Oncology Curbside Clinic.
COVID-19 has highlighted how challenging it is for cancer care providers large and small when healthcare resources are limited. One oncologist shares her experience on a task force that drafted a series of recommendations for moving forward in cancer care as the pandemic recedes.
The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) is a comprehensive attempt to address the problems raised by the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying economic disruption. This post examines COBRA and marketplace subsidy provisions, which are expected to extend insurance coverage to millions of Americans.
ACCC convened its members, sponsors, and industry partners in person (for the first time since the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic) and online for the 48th Annual Meeting and Cancer Center Business Summit in Washington, D.C., enabling more people to participate in ways in which they were most comfortable.
The COVID-19 pandemic posed many new complications for cancer programs and practices across the United States. To keep COVID-19-positive patients with cancer out of the hospital where they could potentially infect others, Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Va., implemented remote patient monitoring technology to continually track patients’ vitals while they are at home and in between their outpatient …
Cancer screenings may have decreased since the pandemic, but the need for them hasn't. “You can continue to do the work you’re doing; we just need to be mindful," says Nora Katurakes, RN, MSN, OCN. "We can’t just stop living. … We’re going to have to learn how to live with COVID-19 in our community.”
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