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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Developing and Sustaining an Effective and Resilient Oncology Careforce: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25533.
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Appendix A

Statement of Task

An ad hoc committee will plan and host a 1.5-day public workshop that will examine the impact of evolving trends in cancer incidence and care on the oncology careforce and consider opportunities to enhance patient care through improved development and support of the careforce. The workshop will feature invited presentations and panel discussions on topics that may include

  • Factors in the oncology care setting that contribute to inefficiencies, clinician burnout, and reduced quality of care (e.g., electronic health records, documentation and other regulatory requirements, and pre-authorizations), as well as potential systems interventions to address these issues.
  • Approaches to stratify and optimize care across the cancer care continuum (e.g., for new versus returning patients on active treatment versus survivorship care).
  • The impact of new payment models, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Oncology Care Model.
  • Approaches to improve the recruitment, training, mentorship, and retention of oncology care professionals.
  • Approaches to enhance cancer care competencies across the spectrum of non-oncology care providers, from physicians and advanced practice nurses to family caregivers.
  • Opportunities for collaboration and information sharing among health care providers (e.g., physicians, nurses, home health care workers, and family caregivers) and across clinical specialties (e.g., oncology, primary
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Developing and Sustaining an Effective and Resilient Oncology Careforce: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25533.
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care, cardiology, endocrinology) to identify best practices for careforce coordination and utilization.

The committee will develop the agenda for the workshop sessions, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. A proceedings of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Developing and Sustaining an Effective and Resilient Oncology Careforce: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25533.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Developing and Sustaining an Effective and Resilient Oncology Careforce: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25533.
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The oncology careforce faces challenges as population growth in the U.S. contributes to increases in the number of patients diagnosed with cancer. Significant advances in cancer research, screening and diagnostic practices, and treatment have led to the age-adjusted declining mortality rate from cancer. However, as the field continues to develop and advance, cancer care has become more complex than ever before. There is a growing concern regarding the U.S. health care system’s capacity to deliver high-quality cancer care to the increasing number of patients.

The National Academies convened a workshop on February 11-12, 2019 to explore trends in cancer care and identify opportunities for improvement in the rapidly developing oncology careforce. Discussions at the workshop primarily focused on trends in demographics, the careforce, and oncology practice, as well as implications for the future of cancer care and strategies to improve the organization and delivery of cancer care. Opportunities to change policy and leverage technologies in oncology were also identified. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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