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NCCN State Oncology Society Forum

In recognition of the essential role of community oncologists and their representative state oncology societies in advancing the quality of cancer care, NCCN provides a forum for open dialogue, an exchange of best practices, and the identification of areas for collaboration. Fundamental to the success of this program are the shared core values of the state oncology societies and NCCN, which is to improve the lives of patients with cancer.

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, the fifth annual National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) State Oncology Society Forum was held in conjunction with the NCCN 21st Annual Conference: Advancing the Standard of Cancer Care™. A topic of focus at this year's Forum was how best to create and measure value in oncology care. With rising costs, the current health care climate is calling for indication of quality – validation that the most effective treatment is being utilized for people with cancer while, at the same time, mitigating escalating costs. The challenge stakeholders face today is how to reconcile the subjectivity involved while discussing value. A summary of the meeting can be found here.

The 2015 State Oncology Society Forum facilitated discussions about coordinated care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and payment reform, and included presentations from various state oncology societies on best practices for palliative care, marketing and member awareness, virtual tumor boards, and peer development opportunities. Attendees were also given updates on various NCCN initiatives, including new NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) derivative products and Value Pathways Powered by NCCN. A summary of the event is available on

The 2014 State Oncology Society Forum facilitated discussions of quality evaluation and implementation, utilization of clinical guidelines and pathways programs, and the intended and unintended consequences of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. A summary is available on

The 2013 State Oncology Society Forum agenda included discussions of health information technology, the oncology medical home, new reimbursement models, and an introduction to the NCCN Biomarkers Compendium®. A summary of the 2013 meeting is available.

The inaugural meeting held in 2012 provided attendees with an overview of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) and strategies for effective use relative to informatics needs, and coverage and reimbursement challenges within the oncology community.

Please send any comments or questions regarding the NCCN State Oncology Society Forum to James McCanney.