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Penley-200x200Musings on State Oncology Society Membership
by W. Charles Penley, MD

Like many of today’s young oncologists, in the early 1990s I was focused on building my practice, raising young children, and becoming a member of a community outside of medicine. At that point, I had not yet focused on organized medicine at all. It seemed distant and separate from my work—something that other doctors engaged in when confronted by larger issues in society and healthcare.

But about that same time, oncologists in Tennessee were faced with a Medicare carrier policy that would severely limit reimbursement for in-office-administered chemotherapeutic agents. This policy threatened the viability of our practices and our ability to care for our patients in outpatient or office settings.
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Additional Articles from the January/February 2020 Oncology Issues:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, print copies of the May-June 2020 Oncology Issues have been delayed. Please allow a few weeks for delivery.


Young Adult Patients Tap into Long-Distance Support

By Laura Melton

This 2019 ACCC Innovator Award winner developed and implemented an online video support group that young adults with cancer can participate in virtually. Gain tips for setting up a similar program, including research applicable state laws, consider non-billable virtual support group set-up, and choose a platform that is easy to use for both facilitators and participants.

Also in This Issue:

  • “Prescribing” Exercise and Nutrition in Cancer Care
    Physicians are key to making sure cancer patients are “prescribed” the physical activity and nutrition they need. These evidence-based recommendations can and should be considered as a key component of comprehensive cancer care services.
  • Reducing Revenue Loss and Patient Financial Toxicity with a Pharmacy-Managed Pre-Certification and Denials Management Program
    This 2019 ACCC Innovator Award winning pharmacy-managed program has three discrete elements: a pre-certification program, a denials management program, and a continuous QI program.
  • Medical Marijuana (Cannabinoid-Derived Products) for Cancer Patients
    Learn how to navigate the field of medical marijuana with an introduction to the plant’s history, an overview of federal and state regulations, and a brief discussion of its use in cancer care.
  • Five Key Strategies to Improve Your Pharma Rep Education
    If done right, pharmaceutical representative visits can equip providers and staff with valuable drug-specific education and updates.
  • Making the Business Case for Hiring New Staff
    ACCC’s series of discipline-specific business briefs justify hiring new staff to support growth of and/or investment in the cancer service line, including business cases for adding a financial counselor, registered dietitian nutritionist, and a board-certified genetic counselor to your multidisciplinary cancer care team.


  • Understanding Supervision Changes to Therapeutic Services


  • Peeples Cancer Institute, Dalton, Georgia


  • Simple Talk

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