After a cancer diagnosis, patients and their health care providers must make serious, life-altering decisions together, and continue these critical discussions during and post-treatment. Unfortunately, the cancer care system in the United States does not help facilitate those discussions, nor does it use sensible approaches to make sure that the care the patient receives from different providers is coordinated. Those gaps in care have serious consequences for the quality of care patients receive, as well as for the Medicare program that is responsible for over half of the 1.6 million newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.A solution to this problem is to give both patients and their health care providers the resources they need to develop and regularly assess a clear cancer care plan.
The Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act of 2013 will ensure that every Medicare-eligible cancer patient has access to cancer care planning and coordination to improve patient health and reduce inefficiencies in the system.
For More Information
- Click here for a list of organizations and institutions that endorse the PACT Act.
- Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about the PACT Act.
You can join us and become an advocate. Download the PACT Act overview for more information. Contact your elected officials and let them know that you support quality cancer care, and don’t forget to show your support on social media, too!