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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 …
April 3 Webcast with ACCC President Randall A. Oyer, MD Rockville, MD—The COVID-19 pandemic is casting its shadow on the clinical trials landscape. COVID-19 poses significant challenges for oncology clinical trials. These research studies are critical to improving cancer care, and for patients with advanced disease, clinical trials are often the standard of care. With our health system’s full-force …
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 …
Pandemic Planning Clinical Guideline for Patients with Cancer March 10 2020 2 Pandemic Planning Clinical Guideline for Patients with Cancer Contents INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................. 4 Planning Assumptions …
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. …
Rockville, MD—The COVID-19 health emergency is requiring U.S. healthcare professionals to quickly adapt and innovate to care for those who are sick, while minimizing risk for patients needing treatment for acute or chronic conditions and their careforce. Cancer programs and practices face critical challenges during this crisis, as many of the patients they care for are older, often have additional …
Rockville, MD— The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) today released the following statement from ACCC president, Dr. Randall A. Oyer, in response to recent comments by Norman E. Sharpless, MD, National Cancer Institute Director, on COVID-19 impact on cancer deaths for years to come. Dr. Sharpless expressed concerns about delays in screening and altering cancer treatment regimens due to …
Chelsea Osterman, MD, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chapel Hill, NC View Poster
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 …
April 3, 2020
ACCC President Randall A. Oyer, MD, Medical Director, Oncology Program, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, discusses the landscape of oncology clinical trials during the COVID-19 pandemic, includes Q&A. (April 3, 2020)
June 19, 2020
Join a panel of Montefiore Health System providers for an in-depth look at their pandemic preparations and response and how they’re collecting data for care coordination and research. (June 19, 2020)
May 8, 2020
Shelli Laux, MBA, RHIA, CTR, CCRP, WellSpan Health, shares an overview of effective practices for virtual tumor boards, methods for ensuring attendance and participation, and insights into post-pandemic sustainability. (May 8, 2020)
July 29, 2020
Financial advocacy experts will come together to discuss critical financial advocacy tips that can benefit your patients and your cancer program during the economic crisis resulting from the pandemic. (July 29, 2020)
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)
While the pandemic continues to disrupt the conduct of cancer research, clinical trials remain crucial to advancing clinical care and providing the latest treatment options to all patients, including those in medically underserved communities. Given its location in the American southwest, Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) Cancer Center has a long history of providing culturally appropriate care for …
October 21, 2020
Catherine Johnson, PA-C, MMsc Physician Assistant, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University COVID 19 has impacted the delivery of telehealth medicine in the dispensing of multiple myeloma medication and care. Learn how to identify those effects to help mitigate them and how to implement strategies to improve telehealth medicine during the pandemic in the dispensing of MM medication and care. Register …
There’s a trove of information out there about COVID-19 and numerous recommendations about how frontline health providers can best protect their patients and themselves amid a highly contagious pandemic. But specialists such as oncologists—as well as other cancer clinicians and supportive care staff—need to know how COVID-19 may affect their specific practices and patient populations. Patients with …
As experience with COVID-19 is collected, we are learning that people with cancer are more likely to experience worse outcomes. Patients with cancer are also significantly impacted by disruptions in the healthcare system that may lead to delays or changes in treatment plans. It is imperative that we examine and understand much more about the impact of this pandemic on cancer patients and survivors …

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