ACCC Annual Meeting
Baltimore, MD—Belt tightening is the order of the day. To succeed, you are going to need a stern resolve, a sturdy belt, and a steady pull—not just by the bean counters in the back office, but by everyone: administrators, doctors, and mid-level employees alike. At the 2012 Association of Community Cancer Centers meeting, several presenters offered practical tips to help in the new climate of healthcare reform.
Baltimore, MD—Radiation technologies rank as some of the most interesting new developments. However, the advantages of these new technologies in terms of patient outcomes are sometimes elusive, and the costs of acquiring radiologic facilities—and the revenue generated by them—are increasingly coming into question.
Baltimore, MD—Changes are constant in cancer care—new technologies, new targets, and new treatments. But the associated spiraling costs are also constant. Not surprisingly, payers are pushing back, with an attempt to change the way business is being done in oncology.
Baltimore, MD—Results from the latest survey of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) membership suggest that although cancer centers have stepped up their efforts to introduce cost-reduction and revenue-enhancing initiatives, the rising tide of underinsured or uninsured patients with cancer is straining even the most optimistic of business plans.
The survey, Cancer Care Trends in Community Cancer Centers, has been conducted annually for the past 3 years. A total of 59 community cancer programs participated in this survey.
Baltimore, MD—It has been said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. It is with this sensibility that Donald P. Howard of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began his presentation at the 2012 Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) meeting, detailing the current state of the hospital value-based purchasing (VBP) program.
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