Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has been an active voice for quality cancer care in our nation’s communities. ACCC uniquely represents the cross section of the cancer-care team. Today, ACCC’s membership includes more than 750 cancer programs, 250 physician-group practices, and thousands of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and administrators. With such a broad membership, the mission of ACCC is to ensure quality cancer care by offering excellent educational resources and effective advocacy to the cancer-provider community on both the state and national levels.
ACCC is well positioned, because of the broad cross section of its membership, to advocate for hospital-based cancer programs and the physicians who practice in this setting. ACCC has had several successes in which it has played a pivotal role: securing Medicare funding for hospice care, working with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to bring clinical trials to community hospitals and national and state legislation on off-label drug use, and several key provisions of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA).
As the new executive director at ACCC, I am committed and looking forward to working with the ASCO leadership and its members.