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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.