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2024 Oncology Navigator Conference

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NCONA Annual Virtual Patient Navigator Conference

NCONA proudly partners with the Mountain Area Health Education Center and the NC Department of Health and Human Services to host its free annual virtual patient oncology navigator conference in North Carolina.

This oncology navigator conference serves as a vital platform for patient navigators at all levels, from volunteers to healthcare professionals, to converge, exchange insights, and enhance their skills in guiding patients through the complex landscape of cancer care.

Over 1,000 patient navigator and related healthcare professionals gather for a 1-day virtual oncology conference to explore the latest clinical, financial, or logistical treatments and care strategies within the oncology field. This conference empowers patient navigators with valuable tools and resources to decrease barriers to patient care across North Carolina.

Sponsors

This oncology navigator conference serves as a vital platform for patient navigators at all levels, from volunteers to healthcare professionals, to converge, exchange insights, and enhance their skills in guiding patients through the complex landscape of cancer care.

Live Webinar | June 14, 2024

Patient Navigation Rebooted: Reimbursement, Credentialing, and Implementation

Description

CMS has recently finalized codes that will reimburse for Principal Illness Navigation Services (PIN).

These codes describe services focused on removing barriers to care, including care coordination, health education, patient self-advocacy skills, and health system navigation, and facilitating access to community-based social services to address unmet social determinants of health, such as food and housing insecurity and transportation needs.

CMS will pay for certified or trained auxiliary personnel under the direction of the billing practitioner. This may be a patient navigator or certified peer specialist as part of the treatment plan for a serious, high-risk disease which is expected to last at least three months. Regarding certification, the American Cancer Society has recently launched a new patient navigator training program that addresses the potentially required credentialling for reimbursement. As a result, Cancer Centers across the country will be moving forward with determining how they will socialize their current programs to ensure they are in alignment for reimbursement.

Join us as we come together to look at opportunities to ensure all cancer patients have access to navigation services.

Oncology Conference Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current state and future directions of patient navigation programs at a local, state and national level
  • Review how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Principal Inness Navigation reimbursement will impact patients navigating cancer and other high-risk serious illnesses
  • Examine the new training requirements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for “Principal Illness Navigation” reimbursement
  • Explore opportunities for implementation within Cancer Centers and Institutions to improve cancer outcomes

Continuing Education Unit Details

4.0 Nursing Contact Hours

Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

CEU: The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this entire live continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 0.40 CEUs as established by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit.

Contact Hours: MAHEC designates this live continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 4.0 Contact Hours.
Participants must attend the entire activity to receive credit.

 

Who is the Oncology Navigator conference for?

Nurse practitioners, nurses, oncology nurse navigators, administrators, care coordinators, fellows, medical students, nursing students, patient navigators, community health workers, case managers, social workers, psychologists, patient advocates, community ambassadors, lay health advisors, community educators, peer support specialists, and lay volunteer patient navigators.

Planning Commitee

Steve Patierno, PhD

Deputy Director, Duke Cancer Institute
(Durham, NC)

Jean Sellers, MSN, RN

Executive Director, North Carolina Oncology
Navigator Association (Chapel Hill, NC)

Valarie Worthy, MSN, RN

Patient Navigator Manager, Duke Cancer Institute (Durham, NC)

Judy Koutlas, MS, RN, OCN

Senior Director, Navigation Operations, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute HCA Healthcare (Nashville, TN)

Jordan Kritz

Program Logistics Specialist MAHEC
(Asheville, NC)

Lourdes Lorenz-Miller, RN

Continuing Education Planner, MAHEC
(Asheville, NC)

Sarah Arthur, MBA

Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Manager, NCDHHS (Raleigh, NC)

Riguey King

Vice President, Community Impact Southeast Region, American Cancer Society (Henrico, VA)

Testimonials

What our Navigators say

NCONA is proud to assist patient navigators across the state. Their hard work and perseverance in facilitating access to cancer care improves patient outcomes. We value each navigator greatly, and are honored to receive feedback from their successes.

My favorite part of your conference is learning about the latest developments for caring for our cancer patients.  I practice in a rural clinic in Western NC.  Thank you for providing a virtual conference that allows me to stay up to date with treatments and practices. 

5/5

I always leave the NCONA Conference with a renewed sense of why I do what I do.  Your conference is therapy for me in many ways.  Thank you.

5/5

My favorite part of your conference is learning about latest cancer resources.  Not to mention, Dr. Paterno’s presentations.  I always look forward to these conferences. 

5/5

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