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COVID-19 has brought an unexpected, unwelcome, and unwanted disruption to oncology care, as it has to every other facet of life. ACCC has met this unprecedented pandemic, however, with its characteristic “how to” approach. Very soon after ACCC members began to report in with their experiences and to reach out for help, ACCC staff and member volunteers began to produce a series of …
Leadership Panel Addresses Top Issues in Oncology Care BY CHRISTIAN G. DOWNS, JD, MHA In April, at the virtual 2020 Community Oncology Alliance Annual Conference, leaders across the cancer care community gathered online for a panel discussion of current events and policy priorities in oncology care. COVID-19 and its fallout on community cancer centers dominated the discussion, which was …
From the COVID-19 pandemic, which exposed systemic gaps and disparities in care, to the egregious acts of racism we continue to see in our country, I think that everyone—both inside and outside of our specialty—would agree that 2020 has been a challenging year for cancer patients and cancer programs. Fortunately, oncology has always faced challenges, and cancer care teams are ever …
CMS’s Proposed Payment Rules for 2021: What You Need to Know BY CHRISTIAN G. DOWNS, JD, MHA On Aug. 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2021 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rules. The agency also released an accompanying executive order proposing increased flexibility for telehealth and …