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ACS Conference Key Takeaways: The Survivorship Care Plan

Mon, Dec 11, 2017  -  Comments (0)  -   Posted by Valerie Vesich

In the last few months I’ve authored blog posts on the topics of discussion at the 2017 ACS Cancer Programs Conference my colleagues and I attended in September. So far I’ve written blog posts that cover:

Today, as a final installment in this series, I will focus on the survivorship care plan – which was a huge topic of discussion at this meeting. Specifically…

Target Percentage Rate 

Many are wondering what the final target percentage rate will end up being for who needs to have a survivorship care plan in 2018? It seems there may be a reduction to the percentage required. Is the current rate too much to handle for hospitals? What do you think?

Changes to Delivery

Patients do not seem to want to come to a clinic just to get their survivorship care plan. Perhaps electronic delivery or delivery via Skype may be an option? Or allowing other disciplines to create the plans? 

Patient’s Needs

Every patient’s symptoms are different and the management of symptoms is a huge part of treatment and post treatment care and follow-up. There was a great discussion on meeting the patient’s needs with regards to their symptoms during the treatment planning process, as well as the need for:

  • Physician champions
  • Appropriate staffing
  • IT resources
  • Inter-operability
  • Models of delivery 

When it comes to survivorship care plans, there are a lot of pros and cons to discuss. On the healthcare side, many are spending a lot of valuable time on these, and overall it seems healthcare administrators believe in the survivorship care plan. What do you think about them? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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