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ACCC News Release

For Immediate Release: March 6, 2009

How Will Cancer Care Fare Under Healthcare Reform, CMS Changes?

ROCKVILLE, Md,—The Association of Community Cancer Centers’ (ACCC) 35th Annual National Meeting at the Potomac National Harbor, Md., on Thursday, March 19, 2009, will explore the present and future of cancer care under healthcare reform.

President Obama has revealed key components of an ambitious plan to expand the U.S. healthcare system. How will cancer programs or oncology practices benefit from key policy changes? How soon will they be affected by mandates for much-needed efficiencies and for technologies that constitute a “qualified” electronic health record?

ACCC brings leading policy experts and government officials to help sort through the details of newly available federal funds and mandates that will drive oncology care in the future. Please join us as three expert panels discuss legislative and regulatory changes that will affect hospitals and private practices, and ultimately patients with cancer.

Healthcare in 2009: A Congressional Proposal for Change
Thursday, March 19, 2009

8:10 am - 8:35 am Congressman John Sarbanes - Maryland
8:35 am - 9:00 am Congressman Tom Price - Georgia

Where is CMS Taking Us Now and Tomorrow?
Thursday, March 19, 2009

9:45 am – 10:15 am
Robert E. Moffit, PhD, of The Heritage Foundation, provides insight into the near and long-term future of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ plans for hospital outpatient departments and physician practices. Robert Moffit has been a veteran of Washington policymaking for more than 25 years, and is director of The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health Policy Studies. Moffit’s team helped develop the Massachusetts’ health insurance reform initiative in 2005.

Comprehensive Cancer Legislation
Thursday, March 19, 2009

10:45 am – 11:30 am
Kavita Patel, MD, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

The Kennedy-Hutchinson bill may reignite the war against cancer. It makes a greater investment in cancer research, places an emphasis on early detection, improves access to cancer care in underserved populations, and expands clinical trials. Learn how this bipartisan comprehensive cancer legislation may affect cancer programs and practices.

Plus, on Saturday morning, March 21, at 9:30 am – 11:30 am, ACCC will present an update on the latest legislative and regulatory developments that will impact cancer care, as well as a look at how private payers may be shifting payment policies.

About the Association of Community Cancer Centers
The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is the leading advocacy and education organization for the multidisciplinary cancer care team. More than 23,000 cancer care professionals from over 2,000 hospitals and practices nationwide are affiliated with ACCC. It is estimated that 65 percent of the nation's cancer patients are treated by a member of ACCC. Providing a national forum for addressing issues that affect community cancer programs, ACCC is recognized as the premier provider of resources for the entire oncology care team. Our members include medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, cancer program administrators and medical directors, senior hospital executives, practice managers, pharmacists, oncology nurses, radiation therapists, social workers, and cancer program data managers. For more information, visit ACCC's website at www.accc-cancer.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and read our blog, ACCCBuzz.

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