American Cancer Society National Navigation Roundtable publishes new supplement on the role patient navigation plays in improving patient outcomes

The special Supplement A Decade Later: The State of Patient Navigation in Cancer published in the Cancer journal on June 14, 2022.  Link to the free supplement: https://acsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/10970142/2022/128/S13  

The Supplement is a collection of 13 patient navigation articles that will improve cancer care disparities across the cancer continuum by highlighting the critical role of evidence-based navigation.

The Cancer Supplement is also posted on the @NNRTnews twitter page: https://twitter.com/NNRTnews  and on the NNRT website: https://navigationroundtable.org/

Twitter Space Chat recording from September 6, 2022, listen to the conversation!

 

Oncology Navigation Standards of Professional Practice

We are pleased to share that the highly anticipated Oncology Navigation Standards of Professional Practice are now available for viewing on the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship!

 

 

 

2023 ACS NNRT Call to Action Webinar Series
 

 

Patient Navigation is a proven evidenced-based intervention contributing to the reduction of health care disparities and the improvement of health equity across the cancer care continuum. Yet sustainability of oncology patient navigation programs remains a challenge. The National Navigation Roundtable is hosting our annual 2023 Call to Action webinar series examining barriers, standards, and sustainability of oncology patient navigation. 

(These webinars are on ET)

Register HERE

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November 6, 2023 update: Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation Harvard Law School (CHLPI) summary of the finalized Physician Fee Schedule rule for CMS.

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Proposed Rule for CY 2024 Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule

In July 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that announces and solicits public comments on proposed policy changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule, including increased access to patient navigation services through reimbursement in Medicare.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) support the administration pursuing this critical first step to further the availability of patient navigation services and strongly encourage Congress to continue to build on this administrative action to seek additional funding approaches to further expand access to patient navigation services, making them widely available to reduce existing barriers to prevent, detect, treat and survive cancer.

ACS and ACS CAN and Joint Partner Comments on Patient Navigation Provisions of CY2024 Medicare CMS Final Letter

American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American Cancer Society National Navigation Roundtable (ACS NNRT) are excited to share with you news, released on July 13th by CMS, regarding a proposal related to patient navigation services. The calendar year (CY) 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule includes a proposed policy to create a separate payment for certain services including patient navigation for patients with cancer and other serious illnesses, peer recovery support, and community health integration. This proposed policy is an important first step towards expanding access to patient navigation services.

Here is some additional information on the proposed rule regarding how it strives to advance health equity.

As you know, the ACS NNRT is a coalition of over 80 organizations collaborating to advance navigation efforts that eliminate barriers to quality care, reduce disparities, and foster ongoing health equity across the cancer continuum. The aim of the ACS NNRT is to support the creation of a sustainable model for oncology patient navigation to achieve health equity across the continuum of cancer care. The proposed regulations align with the ACS NNRT’s aim to provide structure for the profession of navigation as well as fiscal sustainability for patient navigation programs. The Executive Leadership of the ACS NNRT are working closely with ACS and ACS CAN to learn more and will keep you posted as additional information becomes available. ACS in collaboration with the ACS NNRT are committed to playing a leading role moving forward. Learn more at: 

We are excited to share this news and look forward to continuing to work with you as this opportunity unfolds.

Please feel free to reach out to any of us with your questions and comments at nnrt@cancer.org

Andi Dwyer, ACS NNRT Chair, Linda, Fleisher ACS NNRT Vice-Chair, Jennifer Greenwald , ACS Tri-Chair

Kristina Thomson, Director ACS NNRT, Michelle Chappell, Program Manager, ACS NNRT

2023 ACS NNRT General Membership Meeting

Archived 2023 ACS NNRT General Membership link

PowerPoint: General.membership.final 9.14.2024

HOT TOPICS  

ACS NNRT 2023 Call to Action webinar Series 

  • Utilizing the Oncology Navigation Standards in Professional Practice, Examples from the Field archived
  • Creating Workforce Development Path  archived
  • Here’s the Evidence Panorama on November 8, 2023  from 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm ET    archived
  • Pursuing Patient Navigation Policy Landscape 0n December 6, 2023 from 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm ET

REGISTER FOR ALL 4 Webinars HERE

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President’s Cancer Panel

The President’s Cancer Panel is a federal advisory committee that monitors the activities of the National Cancer Program (Checkout our blog post: What is the National Cancer Program?) and reports to the President of the United States on barriers to progress in reducing the burden of cancer. This year the Panel (Drs. Elizabeth Jaffee, Mitchel Berger, and Carol Brown) will conduct a series of public meetings to discuss the current landscape of patient navigation with the goal of identifying opportunities related to the use of technology to support navigation of cancer patients to eliminate inequities in access to timely and high-quality cancer care.

Recording of October 17, 2023 meeting: HERE

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CancerSpeak: A podcast from CANCER, a journal of the American Cancer Society – featuring ACS NNRT – ACCESS HERE

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