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  • 1. ACTION ACCC The Oncology Community Met Us in St. Louis! LEGAL CORNER M ore than 500 meeting attendees gathered in St. Louis for the Association of Community Cancer Centers 23rd National Oncology Economics Con- ference. Sessions included evolving coverage policies that affect the delivery of quality cancer care, as well as practical Thomas Gallo, MS, cancer program administrator N strategies for expanding patient access to new technologies. at the Virginia Cancer Institute in Richmond, Va., Policy experts examined how hospitals have been affected addressed attendees at a special pre-conference session by the implementation of Medicare’s new 2006 payment for new administrators. CLINICAL methodology and provided a look ahead to 2007. Looming N on the horizon are proposed steep reductions in reimburse- ments for imaging services, from 30 to 50 percent, and a proposed drop in drug reimbursement from ASP+6 per- cent to ASP+5 percent for hospital outpatient departments. Oncology private practices are facing their own problems with the Medicare system: inadequate reimbursement for drug administration costs. Meeting presentations are available online at www.accc-cancer.org. On Friday, Sept. 15, ACCC’s Clinical Research Award was presented to Lodovico Balducci, MD (left, in photo, shown with ACCC President James C. Chingos, MD, CPE, and ACCC Executive Director Christian G. Downs, JD, MHA). Dr. Balducci is professor of Medicine and Oncology, University of South Florida College of Medicine, and chief of the Division of Geriatric Oncology, Senior Adult Oncology Program, at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla. He currently leads one of the three existing geriatric oncology programs in the country and the world. Instant Polls at www.accc-cancer.org Pearl Moore, RN, MN, FAAN, (pictured at left) was What is your greatest concern regarding your ability honored with ACCC’s Progress Award. Moore is chief to provide quality cancer care? executive officer of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), the ONS Foundation, the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, and Oncology Education Advancement of service lines other High staff turnover: 3% Services, Inc. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Moore than cancer: 7% served as one of the first oncology clinical nurse special- Inadequate ists in the nation at Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh. Inability to find reimbursement Later, she blended clinical practice with research as the staff: 10% for drugs: 32% first coordinator of the Brain Tumor Study Group. At the same time, Moore was a volunteer and pivotal leader in the development of the Oncology Nursing Society. In 1975, she joined 250 nursing peers as an ONS found- Cannot afford Inadequate ing member. (Also pictured ACCC Treasurer Brenda K. new technologies reimbursement Gordon, RN, MS, OCN, and ACCC Executive Director or treatments: 18% for services: 30% Christian Downs, JD, MHA.) 40 Oncology Issues November/December 2006