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Association of Community Cancer Centers Launches New Public Policy Website

Association of Community Cancer Centers Launches New Public Policy Website

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), a national interdisciplinary organization defining quality cancer care, has launched a public policy website—www.accc-cancer.org/publicpolicy/—dedicated to the regulatory and legislative issues affecting patients with cancer. The website was developed to assist in educating patients and their families about public policy that has an impact on cancer care.

The website is also designed to serve as a tool to bring patients and physicians together to discuss important cancer issues, such as new therapeutic modalities, insurance reimbursement, and clinical trials. The site features information for patients and their families regarding access to cancer care, and details on oral cancer drugs and the congressional actions affecting use of such drugs. Timely Launch

"The launch of ACCC’s public policy website comes at an opportune moment," said Christian G. Downs, JD, MHA, managing director of provider economics and public policy. New Medicare regulations, which took effect on January 1, 2002, may drastically cut reimbursement for cancer therapies in the hospital outpatient setting and threaten patient access, he noted. "Our hope is that this new Web destination will raise awareness about this and other critical issues affecting cancer care. The website offers an opportunity for patients with cancer and their families to contact their congressional representatives, alerting them to proposed regulations or legislation that may adversely affect cancer care."

Included in ACCC’s new website is a section on legislative alerts, general information about Capitol Hill legislators, and tips for cancer patients and their families on communicating with their representatives. The site also provides a directory of ACCC member hospitals and physicians, a list of patient advocacy organizations, and contact information for representatives and senators.

"By providing patients and families with information about the public policies that impact cancer care and helping them learn about the legislative process, they will be able to fully act on their rights and enlist the government in their personal battle against cancer," said Margaret A. Riley, MN, RN, CNNA, chair of ACCC’s Ad Hoc Committee for Advocacy.

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