By Julian Pecquet - 08/02/11 04:51 PM EDT
• Adopting patient-centered quality improvement initiatives;
• Attracting more minority physicians and improving the training of the oncology workforce to meet the needs of racially and ethnically diverse patients with cancer;
• Improving data collection on cancer disparities and determining what must be done to make meaningful medical evaluations;
• Ensuring access to cancer specialists for all patients who seek treatment at federally qualified community health centers; and
• Allowing for cancer-centered services to be at the direction of oncology professionals in community health centers and medical homes where many seek medical care.
"The Affordable Care Act provides a foundation for meaningful progress in eliminating disparities in health care," ASCO President Michael Link said in a statement. "However, many of its provisions are vague and open for interpretation. In addition, significant progress requires added measures that are not in the new law."