April 2021 Vol 12, No 4

The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Midyear Conference will be THE virtual event of 2021 for oncology nurse and patient navigators! The event will be held May 13-16 and will feature a robust agenda to enhance your professional development and help you provide better patient care.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant changes to the delivery of healthcare while increasing care needs in certain areas. To decrease the risk of transmitting the novel coronavirus to patients and healthcare workers, care providers have had to make major changes in their practice, such as increased use of telemedicine services. Many cancer centers also had to modify their cancer care while adopting telemedicine in a very short time.
In 2017, the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) identified 35 evidence-based navigation metrics relevant to cancer care.
Patient navigation has been successfully implemented in numerous cancer programs in the United States and Canada, and the field of cancer navigation is growing every day. Although it has been largely unexplored and underutilized in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs), a dedicated team at the American Cancer Society (ACS), along with the support of a growing number of navigators and cancer providers, are now hoping to change that.
Having cancer significantly increases a person’s risk for depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, treating depression in patients with cancer does not affect their survival, but the combination of cancer and depression does worsen cancer prognosis, so it is crucial to treat these patients appropriately, according to Kevin Scott Ferentz, MD, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Rehabilitation medicine for patients with cancer serves 2 fundamental roles, according to Adrian Cristian, MD, MHCM, chief, Cancer Rehabilitation at the Miami Cancer Institute.
As oncology care shifts away from fee-for-service and toward value-based care, understanding alternative payment models (APMs) is crucial for navigators. But comprehending the complexities of these different models, as well as successfully transforming a practice from a fee-for-service into a value-based model, is a bit more complicated than it sounds, according to Rani Khetarpal, MBA, vice president, Provider Innovations at New Century Health.

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