Community Use Cancer Support Management Forum Focuses on Equity | Your money


WASHINGTON, DC, November 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Cancer Support Community presents its list of speakers and panelists for its Health Equity Utilization Management Summit on Tuesday, November 16 at 1 p.m. ET .

The program will feature a keynote address by Dr. Karen Winkfield, Executive Director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, and brief remarks by Danielle Carnival, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology. The summit marks Carnival’s first public comments since being appointed to the post by President Biden.

The Usage Management Forum will bring together more than 100 healthcare professionals, patient advocates and industry partners. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recognizes UM as “… a set of techniques used by or on behalf of buyers of health benefits to manage health care costs …” Created in 2019, the forum focuses on technical issues such as prior authorization. , clinical pathways, step therapy, and more. This year’s summit will examine whether the structure of what constitutes utilization management contributes to health disparities.

“This forum is part of our ongoing commitment to examine the health care system from all angles to identify factors that contribute to disparities,” said Phylicia Woods, JD, MSW, Executive Director of the Cancer Policy Institute at Cancer Support Community. “Usage management is an ideal way to examine whether existing practices, such as how insurance companies determine which procedures to cover, further exacerbate inequalities in the way patients receive care. “

In addition to remarks from Dr. Winkfield and Carnival, Eucharia Borden, Senior Director, Health Equity at CSC, will host a panel that will include the following list of leaders from various sectors:

• Adrienne Simmons, PharmD, MS, BCPS, AAHIVP, Director of Programs, National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (a program of HEP)

• Gary Puckrein, PhD, President and CEO, National Minority Quality Forum

• Krista Nelson, LCSW, OSW-C, BCD, FAOSW, president, Association of Community Cancer Centers

• Surya Singh, MD, President, Singh Healthcare Advisors, LLC, Former Director of Marketing, Specialty Pharmacy, CVS Health

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About the Cancer Support Community

As the world’s largest, professionally-led, nonprofit cancer support network, the Cancer Support Community (CSC), including its affiliates Gilda’s Club, is committed to ensuring that all people touched by cancer are empowered by knowledge, empowered by action and supported by the community. CSC accomplishes its mission in three areas: direct service delivery, research and advocacy. The organization’s Institute for Excellence in Psychosocial Care includes an international network of affiliates who provide the highest quality social and emotional support to people affected by cancer, as well as a community of support available online and through. telephone. The Research and Training Institute conducts cutting-edge psychosocial, behavioral and survival research. CSC continues to focus on advocating for patients’ rights through its Cancer Policy Institute, informing public policy in Washington, DC and across the country. For more information, please call the Cancer Support toll-free hotline at 888-793-9355, or visit

Cancer Support Community Nathalie Casthely 917-572-4517 [email protected]

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