Who are we?
The Wisconsin Association of Hematology and Oncology (WAHO) is a non-profit organization that promotes excellence in the care of patients with cancer and hematological disorders. The Association represents cancer care providers throughout the state of Wisconsin, and is the largest organization in the state representing oncologists. We are active in numerous healthcare issues, including reimbursement and practice management, clinical trials, off-label drug use for chemotherapy pharmaceuticals and advocacy with Medicare, managed care companies and state and federal policy makers.
As the oncology society in Wisconsin, we strive to provide our members, whose mission is to advocate for cancer patients and to promote standards of excellence for high-quality cancer care, with innovative resources to help them stay ahead of the shifting healthcare landscape and challenges that directly impact the high-quality care their patients deserve.
We are a Chapter Member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers and a State Affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
To carry out our mission, we strive to:
- Promote the highest professional standards of oncology and hematology in Wisconsin;
- Provide oncologists and hematologists a forum for exchanging ideas, data, and knowledge necessary to provide the most up-to-date care available;
- Support the search for more effective treatments by enrolling patients in well-designed clinical trials;
- Assist oncologists and hematologists in providing their patients the best treatment available, including treatments available only on clinical trials; and
- Serve as a resource to insurers in the definition of standards of care for oncology and hematology.
In order to carry out these interests, our goals are to:
- Affect legislation and public policy relative to patient access to cancer care;
- Act as a resource on the "accepted medical practices" associated with cancer care;
- Provide a forum for education of our members on current technologies and their role as accepted medical practices;
- Provide communications to our members and others on issues affecting patient access to cancer care and the practice of oncology.