Anti-cancer advocates outline healthcare reform blueprint

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They include:

• 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."