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Home > Oncology Issues > May/June 2017 Issue

Fox Chase Cancer Center Care Connect

By Kelly Filchner and Alan Howald

Fox Chase Cancer Center Care ConnectRecognizing both the impact of the growing survivor population and the existence of gaps in care coordination between oncology and primary care, 2016 ACCC Innovator Award winner Fox Chase Cancer Center developed a program to improve communication and education between the two care settings, and improve overall survivorship care.

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Highlights from this Issue:

Improving Pain Management in Patients with Cancer 2016 ACCC Innovator Award winner Park Nicollet Oncology Research and HealthPartners Institute implemented a QI initiative, Improving Pain Management in Patients with Cancer, aimed at collecting personalized pain goals for patients; decreasing financial toxicity by reducing the number of high-cost opioids prescribed; and reducing staff time spent on prior-authorizations and pre-approvals.


The Study of High Cost Oncology Patients to Improve Care & Curb CostsLearn how 2016 ACCC Innovator Award winner Moses Cone Health System identified its high-cost patients, or “hot-spotters,” and put processes and systems in place to not only improve care for these patients but also reduce costs in The Study of High-Cost Oncology Patients to Improve Care & Curb Costs.


That's My FarmerThat’s My Farmer is a research-based nutrition and wellness program that educates cancer survivors through hands-on learning about anti-inflammatory nutrition, healthy food shopping and preparation, the benefits of eating local fresh fruits and vegetables, and the positive impact these foods can have for recovering patients.

More From ACCC:

Meet our 2017 ACCC Innovator Award Winners!

ACCC is proud to announce the 2017 ACCC Innovator Award recipients! Congratulations to the following ACCC Members for their forward-thinking initiatives:

  • Aurora Health Care, Aurora Cancer Care, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Now Playing! Drug-Specific Videos Improve Chemotherapy Education
  • Carolinas Health System, Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, North Carolina
    Wheels Up—Bringing Lung Cancer Education & Screening to Rural Patients
  • Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, North Carolina
    Come Together: A Health Disparities & Equity Cancer Program Built on Community Collaboration
  • Loma Linda University Cancer Center, Loma Linda, California
    A Perfect Fit: Mentoring Experienced RNs to Meet Oncology Clinic Demand
  • Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC, Tacoma, Washington
    Designed for Success: Using a Research-Based Approach to Meet OCM Requirements
  • Oncology Specialists S.C., Park Ridge, Illinois
    Turning on the Light Switch: A Model Immunotherapy Program at an Oncology Practice
  • Penn Medicine Virtua Cancer Program, Voorhees, New Jersey
    Beyond the Classroom: Students Improve Access to Supportive Care Services
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center, Birmingham, Alabama
    Patient Care Connect—Lay Navigators Improve Quality & Reduce Cost of Care
  • University of South Alabama, Mitchell Cancer Institute, Mobile, Alabama
    An Acuity Tool to Optimize Nurse Navigation Caseloads

These Innovator Awardees will present their creative, replicable programs at the ACCC 34th National Oncology Conference, October 18–20, 2017, in Nashville, TN.

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