Oncology stakeholders across disciplines and settings of care will come together in Orlando, FL, from October 30-November 1, 2019, for the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) 36th National Oncology Conference. At a time when the oncology ecosystem is being challenged with rapid changes on multiple fronts—clinical, economic, and regulatory—the ACCC conference program provides hospitals and practices nationwide with innovative solutions and real-world perspectives.
Conference presentations will dive into the institutional and operational realities of implementing value-based, patient-centered care models. A select group of ACCC Cancer Program Members representing integrated health systems, academic centers, community hospitals, and practices will share their experiences in care transformation. Among these:
Cancer Life reiMagined: The CaLM Model of Whole-Person Cancer Care. Turning the physician-centric clinic inside-out, the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes in Austin, TX, is modeling a value-oriented caregiver-team approach that treats cancer as a chronic condition that requires long-term, whole-person care.
Care Delivery Models. Two cancer programs determined how to best deliver patient care in their communities. One developed and implemented a hybrid-academic model that brought employed sub-specialized physicians together to focus on the patient experience. On the other end of the spectrum, a large, multisite physician practice effectively utilized Professional Services Arrangements (PSA) and Management Services Agreements (MSA; a derivative of a PSA) with hospitals and health care systems across a large geographical region.
Cancer Services Line Efficiency. The transition to value-based care means that today’s cancer programs must work faster and smarter. Solutions include optimizing scheduling and implementation of an Ambulatory Clinical Evaluation to improve efficiency and patient safety and satisfaction.
Transformative are Models. Facing the reality that success in the value-based environment requires service line redesign, a cancer program leveraged human-centered design that included patient and caregiver interviews, journey maps, and value-stream maps.
Clinical Informatics. In cancer care, data drives everything—from quality and process improvements to justification for new services and staff to participation in payer-driven initiatives. One ACCC cancer program member implemented visual data analytics to improve patient access in its oncology clinics, including dashboard views and color-coded schedules that identify mismatches in capacity and demand. Another program leveraged technology to identify and manage immunotherapy-related adverse events in this growing population of patients.