Mission and Purpose
The Network Care Initiative aims to help AACI’s academic cancer centers paint an accurate picture of their impact on cancer care across the regions they serve.
Managing cancer center networks is a complex task involving many moving parts: providing care to a large patient catchment area; collaborating with other centers and community sites; working with varied employment network models; using new referral patterns; providing access to clinical trials; incorporating the use of care paths (suggested diagnostic and treatment pathways) and monitoring quality care. Without a clear roadmap, a network can become unmanageable.
Led by AACI President Stanton L. Gerson, MD, the initiative will allow cancer centers to improve patient care through standardized, evidence-based care paths, using optimal referral patterns, and providing advanced clinical trials to patients.
Network Care Initiative Survey
The Network Care Initiative Steering Committee—composed of cancer center directors and physician clinical leaders—has developed a survey that includes a glossary of terms to help standardize responses. AACI’s Physician Clinical Leadership Initiative Steering Committee and AACI’s Board of Directors assisted with the survey. Its goals are to:
• Develop and share a glossary of common nomenclature for the delivery of care at cancer centers and network practice sites;
• Demonstrate how AACI centers are providing high-quality care to patients at the main cancer center and network practice sites;
• Establish best practices for providing care to patients at network practice sites; and
• Determine the benefit of using care paths.
The survey was disseminated to AACI member centers during fall 2017 through summer 2018. Survey data is currently being analyzed, with an official report to follow. For questions about the survey, please contact Kate Shaw.