Final Update on NCCN/NBGH Initiative: An Employer’s Guide to Cancer Treatment and Prevention
By Elizabeth Danielson, MHA, Director, Payer & Employer Initiatives
On November 20, 2013, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) completed a collaboration with The National Business Group on Health (NBGH) to develop An Employer’s Guide to Cancer Treatment & Prevention.
The Guide addresses issues related to cancer across the continuum of care, including prevention and wellness; medical, pharmacy, and behavioral health benefits; employee assistance programs (EAPs); disability and family medical leave; and health improvement. Recommendations are supported by evidence and knowledge from a wide range of experts so that employers using the Guide can be confident that benefit dollars are invested wisely and meet the needs of employees and their dependents.
The entire set of tools that make up the Guide can now be found on http://www.nccn.org/network/nbgh/. Of particular interest is Tool 2, which includes all benefit recommendations, their rationale, and detailed administrative guidance. All of the Toolkit documents and consumer resources described are in the public domain and are available for use by employers, patients, caregivers, and others.
This project benefits individuals who have employer-sponsored benefits, as well as those that care for individuals with cancer. The project advances understanding among employers about the importance of offering comprehensive coverage for evidence-based cancer treatment and clinical trials, access to needed care—whether in the community or at an NCI-designated cancer center—and coverage for services prior to cancer treatment, such as fertility treatment, when relevant. Many of the resources are also relevant for those with health benefits from other sources, such as Medicare or Medicaid.
A consumer communication resource, The Cancer Resource Guide, can also be found on NCCN.org. This Guide addresses important issues and decisions that need to be made when someone is dealing with their own or a loved one’s cancer. It is divided into three distinct sections:
- Employees recently diagnosed with cancer
- Employees serving as a caregiver
- Employees/dependents looking to reduce their cancer risk
The three sections of the Cancer Resource Guide also provide links to credible, recognized sources of information and support for those dealing with their own or a loved one’s cancer diagnosis and/or treatment. By making informed decisions, patients can feel more in control and will have a better chance of good outcomes, benefitting both employees and employers.
Five Fact Sheets have also been completed and are available:
- Advance Care Planning
- Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing
- End-of-Life Care: Making Your Preferences Known
- Palliative Care: Is it Right for You?
- Cancer Survivorship
The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspective on national health policy issues and providing practical solutions to its members' most important health care problems. The Business Group helps drive today's health agenda while promoting ideas for controlling health care costs, improving patient safety and quality of care and sharing best practices in health benefits management with senior benefits, HR professionals, and medical directors from leading corporations. The Business Group represents approximately 340 large, self-funded employers, including two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Collectively, they provide health coverage for more than 40 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.