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Case Study: Implementing Virtual Visits for a Statewide Practice

December 2021

To inform ACCC's Adoption & Expansion of Telehealth Solutions education program, local cancer program—Texas Oncology—shared best practices and lessons learned in using telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cancer Care's Road to Recovery from the Global Pandemic

TxSCO President Dr. Debra Patt gives a glimpse into her keynote session "Cancer Care's Road to Recovery from the Global Pandemic" presented at the ACCC 38th [Virtual] National Oncology Conference, November 9-10. 

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podcast-thumb-60x60On the CANCER BUZZ podcast, Dr. Debra Patt shares what oncology care providers really need to know as they strive to deliver quality care in the midst of the uncertain trajectory of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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State by State: Advocacy for Patient Access to Quality Cancer Care

June 30, 2021

With the adjournment of the 87th Texas Legislature on May 31, cancer care advocates across the state celebrated major wins, including the passage of SB 1065, HB 1919, HB 1763, and the signing of HB 428 into law. While these successes are encouraging, legislation to support fertility preservation services for patients with cancer continues to stall, despite advocacy efforts taken by TxSCO and other coalition groups.

In this recently published ACCCBuzz blog, TxSCO President Deb Patt, MD, PhD, MBA, Director of Public Policy, Texas Oncology, speaks to the importance of fertility preservation and the efforts made to move the needle on this critical issue. 

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Care

October 2020


TxSCO President Debra Patt, MD, PhD, MBA, and colleagues from the Community Oncology Alliance and Avalere looked at Medicare claims data to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on cancer care. They conducted a study, which included over 6 million Medicare beneficiaries and utilized a large claims database representing 5-7% of the Medicare FFS population to characterize changes in cancer care and gain insight into the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. cancer population.
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Social Workers Promote Health Literacy With Ask Me 3

July 15, 2020

In this interview with the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), Jenn Paxton, LCSW, OSW-C, a social worker at Texas Oncology in South Dallas talks about the Ask Me 3® tool, which encourages patients to ask three simple questions—and urges providers to adequately answer them—and why it's effective for promoting patient health literacy.
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Bolstering Patient Care with Decision Support Tools

By Debra Patt, MD, PhD, MBA
January 9, 2020

In an interview with the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), Debra Patt, MD, PhD, MBA—an active leader in breast cancer research and a breast cancer specialist in Austin, Texas—discusses how applied informatics has helped her practice and the future direction of telemedicine in cancer care, including subspecialty services. 

Debra Patt, MD, MPH, MBA, is a practicing oncologist and breast cancer specialist in Austin, Texas. She is the president-elect of the Texas Society of Clinical Oncology and executive vice president of Texas Oncology. Dr. Patt’s research focuses on imaging informatics for breast cancer, clinical decision support systems, predictive analytics to reduce risk in patients with advanced cancer, and quality improvement. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Oncology-Clinical Cancer Informatics. She serves on the US Oncology Research Breast Cancer Committee; chairs the breast cancer subsection of the Pathways Task Force for The US Oncology Network; and has expertise in healthcare policy having testified before Congress to protect access to care for Medicare beneficiaries.
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