Participate in the 2013 ASCO National Oncology Census

18 Jun 2013 8:04 PM | Lori Aubrey (Administrator)
June 17, 2013


Dear Colleague:
 
I am reaching out to you today to urge your participation in the 2013 ASCO National Oncology Census.
 
As oncologists practicing in today's demanding healthcare environment, we face enormous challenges in continuing to provide high-quality care for our patients. Current economic and political pressures threaten our ability to provide the treatments that offer tremendous hope and promise for the millions of Americans with cancer we serve every year.
  
Addressing these challenges depends on having a thorough understanding of how oncology practice is faring in the face of rising healthcare costs, payer restrictions, uncertain provider reimbursements, competitive forces, workforce needs, drug shortages, and the entire range of regulatory requirements.
 
That is why ASCO has made a commitment to collecting comprehensive, real-time data on the state of oncology practice (both academic and community-based) in the United States. This unprecedented effort will be instrumental in helping ASCO represent, advocate for, and serve you and the entire oncology community. 
  
Initiated last year to address an alarming lack of current and reliable information on how oncology practices are adapting to increasing administrative, financial, and political pressures, the ASCO National Oncology Census collects information about current oncology care specialties and services, practice settings, staffing and mergers, technology use, payer mix, and patient volume. This year's census will also determine if any significant trends are beginning to emerge in these areas.
  
I know we all lead extremely busy lives, but I urge each and every one of you--across the full spectrum of practice settings, including community practices, hospitals, government, and academic institutions--to participate in the 2013 ASCO National Oncology Census. It is critical that we hear from every site in the United States where medical oncology care is delivered to ensure that the collected data is representative of the entire oncology community in the United States. 
 
Please note that the survey instrument has been significantly streamlined, minimizing the time required to answer the survey questions. Participants in the 2012 census are encouraged to complete this year's census survey to help ASCO identify practice changes that may have occurred over time.

Please be counted in the confidential 2013 ASCO National Oncology Census today. (You may use your ASCO ID or log in as a guest.)

Thank you.
 
Sincerely,
 
Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP
President 
American Society of Clinical Oncology
 
P.S. -- July 15, 2013 is the deadline for participating in the 2013 ASCO National Oncology Census. Be counted by participating in the census today!

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