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The traditional role of oncology physicians as providers who diagnose disease and provide treatment has evolved as healthcare has shifted from a purely clinical discipline to one where patient-centered care is the focus.
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Although The Unequal Burden of Cancer: An Assessment of NIH Research and Programs for Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved was published in 1999 and Z-codes were added to the International Classification of Diseases codes in 2015, social determinants of health were barely considered prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Moderator Sybil Green, JD, RPh, MHA, of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, admitted at the start of a panel discussion exploring “Disparities and the Impact on Cancer Care” at the 2022 AVBCC annual conference in New York City that this was not a novel topic.
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Navigation Is About Value
Sharon Gentry, MSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, AOCN, CBCN, Program Director, Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+), said she attended the AVBCC Summit because oncology nurse and patient navigation is "all about value" across the cancer care continuum.
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Navigators Need a Place at the Table
We are making progress, but oncology nurse navigators need to have a louder voice in these meetings with stakeholders because, as patient advocates, they are often the keepers of patient experience, said Sharon Gentry, MSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, AOCN, CBCN, Program Director, Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+).
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Bringing the Patient Voice to Stakeholders
Sharon Gentry, MSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, AOCN, CBCN, Program Director, Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+), said navigators have "boots on the ground" experiences with patients with cancer, their families, and their caregivers, and oncology navigators are the professionals best suited to deliver these voices to the stakeholders who need to hear them.
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A Navigator for Every Patient
Every patient with cancer should have a navigator, said Sharon Gentry, MSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, AOCN, CBCN, Program Director, Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+), and she would like to see AVBCC take a role in realizing this vision.
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Navigators Have Lessons to Share
Sharon Gentry, MSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, AOCN, CBCN, Program Director, Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+), would like to see everyone with an interest in patient care come to the next AVBCC Summit and learn from navigators how to sustain navigation programs and to learn more about financial navigation.
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Navigators Gather as Unified Presence
Oncology navigators should attend because the AVBCC Summit provides an opporutnity to come together as one unified voice and also to hear from others in the field, said Sharon Gentry, MSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, AOCN, CBCN, Program Director, Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+).
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AVBCC Summit Best Conference to Address Questions About Value-Based Care
Sibel Blau, MD, President & CEO, Quality Cancer Care Alliance Network, Medical Director, Oncology Division, Northwest Medical Specialties, said her organization is interested in practice transformation and value-based care and AVBCC is the "best conference ever" to meet the individuals who can address questions about value-based care.
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