In a recent article posted online via CURE Magazine, Shelley Fuld Nasso describes experiences that underscore the need for improved communication between patients and providers, as well as the evidence-base that informs NCCS’ push for cancer care planning. The Institute of Medicine recently proposed a framework for quality cancer care that centers on engaged patients and emphasizes informed decision-making. NCCS continues to work towards policy initiatives that will encourage cancer care planning.
…Real change comes from reforms to the system of healthcare delivery and payment. In order to truly change clinical practice and make both treatment care planning and survivorship care planning a reality for patients, physicians and care teams must receive financial compensation for their time.
NCCS supports the Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act, which is legislation that would establish a Medicare service for cancer care planning and coordination.