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Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and from healthcare organizations actively engaged in assessing care delivery through the lens of health equity can serve as guideposts for the oncology community on the path to making cancer care more equitable.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought renewed attention to the concept of the home being a site of care. Looking to the future, certain strategies can be implemented for cancer programs aiming to offer care to patients in their homes.
June 12, 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)
February 25, 2021
How has participation in APMs changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic? How can oncology practices benefit from enrollment and potential future models (i.e., OCM, OCF, RO Model etc.)? These questions and more will be covered by our speakers!
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.”
In 2020, medical experts warned that COVID-19 could, over time, have a substantial impact on cancer outcomes due to delayed or missed cancer screenings for patients. To obtain a better perspective of how cancer programs’ screening and outreach education efforts are recovering from pandemic pressures, ACCCBuzz spoke to four cancer programs across the country.
Since those early days so much has changed in our world. The COVID-19 pandemic led to unprecedented challenges, both within the healthcare industry and the world at large. Though we have witnessed much unrest, we have already made it through some very difficult times with stories of great heroism and innovation, especially within the healthcare industry.
This next year, as we emerge out of COVID-19’s shadow and into a landscape that has been forever altered by the worldwide pandemic, it is important that we reflect on what we witnessed this past year—not only the suffering but the “wins.”
Assuming the ACCC presidency in March of 2020, just as the COVID-19 public health emergency went into effect, was certainly a dramatic way to enter office. That said, I am pleased with how much we have accomplished these last 12 months— despite the nationwide shutdown and ongoing pandemic.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated risks for patients with cancer, all Life with Cancer programming was cancelled on Mar. 12, 2020. Staff, struggling with their own anxiety over personal safety, quickly went into action on how best to continue to meet the psychological and educational needs of patients and families.
At the risk of repeating a phrase that has been exhausted this year, the dawn of 2020 brought with it unprecedented times. Whereas a pandemic on its own would have dominated everything else, this year also brought on an economic depression; a racial awakening; record-breaking wildfires, hurricanes, and floods; political turmoil on an extraordinary scale; and a host of additional unique phenomena. …
The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the cancer screening rate. While telemedicine has facilitated care delivery, there is a need for programs aimed at promoting screening. This understanding prompted Mercy Medical Center-Cedar Rapids, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center in Iowa to launch a initiative that has excelled in increasing their colorectal screening rates, and facilitated the provision …