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For Immediate Release: January 12, 2011

Association of Community Cancer Centers Launches Reimbursement and Patient Assistance Programs: A Guide for Community Cancer Centers

ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is publishing a new resource, Reimbursement and Patient Assistance Programs: A Guide for Community Cancer Centers, available in print and online at www.accc-cancer.org. Designed for healthcare providers, this guide brings together information on pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical patient assistance programs and reimbursement resources in a user-friendly format. The digital edition allows users to link directly to program information and enrollment forms.

"Community cancer centers face a reimbursement landscape that is complex and constantly changing. And with the recent economic downturn, this country is seeing a drastic increase in patients who cannot afford their anticancer treatments," said ACCC Executive Director Christian Downs, JD, MHA. "Our hope is that this guide will be a user-friendly resource that cancer center staff will refer to again and again."

Results of ACCC's 2010 Cancer Care Trends in Community Cancer Centers survey reveal a trend toward increasing numbers of patients struggling to afford their anticancer treatments. Among ACCC member hospitals participating in the survey, eighty-eight percent reported that their cancer programs were seeing more patients who needed help with co-payments, and 87 percent reported seeing more patients who needed help with prescription drug expenses.

ACCC's Reimbursement and Patient Assistance Programs: A Guide for Community Cancer Centers is designed to assist community cancer programs in accessing resources to help ensure that all cancer patients have access to the life-saving treatment they need.

While patient assistance programs can help to reduce financial hardships for patients and their families, the application process can be time consuming and tedious for providers and patients alike. Application processes, forms, and eligibility requirements are unique to each program, and changes are frequent. ACCC’s Reimbursement and Patient Assistance Programs will help save cancer center staff time and program resources by providing access to the information they need in one convenient resource.

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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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