A New Year’s Resolution We Can All Keep

Posted in ACCC News, Advocacy, In and Around Washington, DC by ACCCBuzz on December 27, 2012

New Years Resolutions_0by Matt Farber, Director of Provider Economics & Public Policy, ACCC

New Year’s Eve is just a few days away, and we all know what that means: Resolutions!  Instead of the usual commitments to losing 10 pounds, working out more, watching less TV and  reading more, etc., I would like to suggest that you make a resolution that is easy to keep, will make you feel better, and help you professionally as well. If this sounds too good to be true, stay tuned.

My suggestion is that for 2013 you resolve to get involved, be part of the democratic process, and get active in grassroots advocacy. Best of all,  the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) can help you to achieve this resolution. Joining in ACCC’s new Grassroots Advocacy Campaign makes keeping this resolution easy. Here’s how:

  1. Becoming involved in ACCC’s grassroots initiative is simple. We have done a majority of the work for you.  On ACCC’s advocacy website, we have a section that identifies the major concerns that could impact oncology care in 2013 and beyond. These are organized into three areas: preserving access to care, advancing Medicare, and creating appropriate reimbursement. Visit this page to learn more. Coming soon: we will have a section where you can personalize form letters or access scripts for phone calls in order to get in touch with your elected officials. Getting involved is as simple as filling out this contact form.
  2. Participating in the democratic process by attending ACCC’s Capitol Hill Day on March 6 is a powerful way to help ensure continued access to quality cancer care. ACCC makes participation easy. During a brief morning session ACCC will provide an orientation with tips for meeting with your elected officials. In the afternoon, ACCC will schedule meetings with your legislators on Capitol Hill.  (To find out what to expect, read about experiences from ACCC’s 2011 Hill Day: Walking the Halls of Capitol Hill to Help Our Patients, ACCCBuzz; Capitol Hill Visits Reap Results, ACCCBuzz.) Learn more and register here.
  3. Voicing your concerns on issues that matter to your patients and cancer care providers will help your cancer program and the community you serve. As you know, there are a multitude of issues currently before Congress that may affect the oncology community, including: cuts to Medicare payments, drug reimbursement issues, creating codes for chemotherapy teaching and palliative care, halting drug shortages, etc.  ACCC believes that its member can help Congress become better informed on how these issues affect cancer patients and their care providers on a day-to-day basis. By telling your stories and sharing your concerns, you can help your patients and your cancer program.

ACCC is here to help. For 2013, make a resolution to check out ACCC’s new Grassroots Advocacy Campaign and get involved.

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