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Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2015-2020

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The WI CCC Plan provides a common vision for health system leaders, advocates, policy makers, and researchers working to reduce the burden of cancer in Wisconsin. Choose a Priority below to view strategies, action steps, and resources to help support your work.

Priority 9: Increase access to quality cancer care and services

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Click on one of the strategies below to find action steps for the selected strategy that you can use to implement the WI CCC Plan 2015-2020.

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  • Develop and disseminate tools for shared decision making to patients and their families.
  • Train health care providers on how to have conversations that include the patient in setting goals of care.
  • Provide multiple opportunities to patients for discussing goals of care as their treatment progresses.
  • Develop and disseminate culturally appropriate materials for supporting conversations about goals of care.
  • Utilize patient navigators and community health workers to support and teach patients how to be a partner in setting goals of care.

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  • Educate health care providers on how cancer treatment and symptom management overlap with other mandated accreditation activities (Medicare; JCAHCO, etc.).
  • Promote the benefits of having qualified cancer genetic counselors on staff to health care systems.
  • Support health systems in achieving and maintaining Commission on Cancer (CoC) accreditation.
  • Create electronic health record algorithms for delivery of standards of care.
  • Develop provider incentives for compliance with American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) standards.
  • Develop statewide publically reported metrics for provider adherence to standards of care.
  • Educate health care providers on evidence based, best practices in cancer care.

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  • Educate patients early in their treatment about palliative care and its role in their treatment.
  • Educate health care providers on how to assess physical, psychological, social and spiritual distress in their patients.
  • Increase public awareness about palliative care.
  • Develop health system protocols for palliative care standards.
  • Establish criteria to prompt a palliative care consultation.

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  • Develop survivorship support services to begin at diagnosis and continue through post-treatment care.
  • Support the development of treatment summary and survivorship care plans for all cancer patients.
  • Create electronic health record access to survivor care plans and treatment summaries for all providers and make them available for patients.
  • Evaluate and develop recommendations for best practice models of transition from active treatment to post-treatment care.

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  • Develop systems that make support services available to all cancer patients and survivors.
  • Utilize patient navigators to help patients and caregivers access support services.
  • Develop and implement culturally appropriate resources for patients and families.
  • Assess gaps in access to non-clinical support services for underserved populations.
  • Adopt distress/symptom assessment tools and work flow models that identify physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs of patients throughout their cancer treatment.

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  • Educate health care providers on how to have goals of care and end of life patient-centered conversations.
  • Utilize patient navigators and community health workers to support patients and families in updating goals of care and linking to appropriate end of life resources.
  • Educate providers, patients and families about options which may be available for end of life care.
  • Increase public awareness about the importance of quality end of life care.
  • Increase culturally appropriate and diverse community-based services for end of life care.

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