Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (H.R.
1220/S. 624) would address this gap. The ACS CoC
has previously supported this legislation to ensure
that Medicare beneficiaries have access to the full
benefits of colonoscopies without bearing responsibility for cost sharing.
Promoting CoC accreditation
One important goal of the ACS CoC Advocacy Committee is to promote CoC accreditation at both the
state and federal levels. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R)
in 2013 approved legislation creating the Cancer
Center of Excellence Award to recognize hospitals,
treatment centers, and other providers in the state
that demonstrate excellence in offering patient-cen-tered, coordinated care to patients receiving cancer
treatment and therapy. To be considered for the
award, the provider must have CoC accreditation.
The state Surgeon General appoints a team of independent evaluators to determine award eligibility.
Last year, four cancer centers were the first to earn
the Cancer Centers of Excellence designation. This
award is an example of how a state can promote CoC
At the federal level, in late 2015, Reps. Lynn Jenkins
(R-KS) and Richard Neal (D-MA) sponsored H.R. 487,
a nonbinding resolution that recognizes the importance of CoC accreditation to ensure patient access to
high-quality, comprehensive cancer care. Visit www.
surgeonsvoice.org to learn more about this resolution
and to ask your representative to sign on.
If you are interested in getting more involved
in advocating for the CoC in your state, contact
your CoC State Chair (information available at
statecontact). To learn more about getting involved
in state advocacy, contact ACS State Affairs staff
at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about
the ACS CoC Advocacy Committee, contact Nina
Miller, MSSW OSW-C, Cancer Initiatives Manager,
at email@example.com. ♦
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