Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCOP, has been appointed the 2019-2020 president of Association of Community Cancer Centers.
McBride — clinical coordinator of hematology/oncology at The University of Arizona Cancer Center — said he is honored and privileged to serve as association president.
The theme of his presidency will be “Collaborate. Educate. Compensate: A Prescription for Sustainable Cancer Care Delivery.”
“As the ‘together we are stronger’ organization, ACCC is committed to collaboration — creating and sharing strategies and opportunities that bring oncology care providers from multiple disciplines together as an efficient, highly-functioning team,” McBride said in a press release.
McBride said he will work with the association membership to reduce organizational and professional siloes that hinder the collaboration necessary to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care.
“As our options for treating cancers grow, the cancer care team continues to innovate and evolve,” McBride said. “Today’s multidisciplinary oncology team is expanding and leveraging new health care disciplines to engage in patient care. ... It’s clear that to deliver 21st century cancer care, breaking down siloes is not only essential, but salient for the future of patient care.”
McBride also pledged that ACCC will work with its members to define resources and tools to educate and support the oncology care team and help them deliver quality, efficient care.
Compensation also is key, he said.
“As our health care system moves forward with value-based compensation models that incorporate strategies such as bundled or episode-based payments, ACCC and other key stakeholders must continue to advocate and educate on behalf of cancer care providers across settings of the continuum of care,” McBride said.