a From National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania; University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center, Birmingham, Alabama; City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, California; Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Rochester, Minnesota; Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland, Ohio; UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla, California; Patient, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, California; and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts.
Key challenges facing the oncology community today include access to appropriate, high quality, patient-centered cancer care; defining and delivering high-value care; and rising costs. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network convened a Work Group composed of NCCN Member Institution cancer center directors and their delegates to examine the challenges of access, high costs, and defining and demonstrating value at the academic cancer centers. The group identified key challenges and possible solutions to addressing these issues. The findings and recommendations of the Work Group were then presented at the Value, Access, and Cost of Cancer Care Policy Summit in September 2015 and multi-stakeholder roundtable panel discussions explored these findings and recommendations along with additional items.
Correspondence: Elizabeth A. Nardi, BS, NCCN, 275 Commerce Drive, Suite 300, Fort Washington, PA 19473. E-mail: email@example.com