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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 27, 2015

ACCC Releases 2015 Patient Assistance and Reimbursement Guide

ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) announces the release of the ACCC 2015 Patient Assistance and Reimbursement Guide. This easy-to-use guide is designed to help cancer program staff identify resources for patients who may be overwhelmed with the financial burdens of cancer care, particularly uninsured and underinsured patients.

Increasingly, there is recognition of the potential for "financial toxicity" as an unwanted side effect of cancer care. More and more cancer programs are responding by offering some type of financial advocacy services for patients. According to ACCC’s 2014 survey of member cancer programs, 90% of respondents report offering some type of financial assistance services for patients. Survey respondents say they are seeing increasing numbers of patients who need help with prescription drug expenses, co-pays, and co-insurance. While help exists, navigating the requirements, restrictions, and application processes for patient assistance programs can be daunting—for providers and patients alike.

“The last thing patients with cancer need to deal with is additional stress,” said ACCC President Becky DeKay. “ACCC is pleased to provide the Patient Assistance and Reimbursement Guide, an essential tool that thousands of cancer program staff access throughout the year in their efforts to assist patients with financial concerns, and hopefully reduce worries about how they will afford their care.”

ACCC’s 2015 Patient Assistance and Reimbursement Guide—now in its fifth year—is a robust tool that brings together information on pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical patient assistance programs, as well as reimbursement resources, in a user-friendly format.

The 2015 edition of the Patient Assistance and Reimbursement Guide includes:

"I use ACCC's Patient Assistance and Reimbursement Guide on a daily basis," said Ariel Foster, Patient Financial Advocate, Mountain States Tumor Institute. "There are about 12 financial advocates within our system, and we always share resources when trying to identify assistance for specific situations. Ninety percent of the time, the response is: ‘Have you looked in ACCC’s Guide?’"

ACCC's 2015 Patient Assistance and Reimbursement Guide is available in print and as a PDF with links directly to the patient assistance program websites, the forms patients and providers need, and more.

ACCC offers an array of tools, resources, and training for cancer program financial advocates through the Financial Advocacy Network. Learn more here.

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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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