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ASCOconnection.org I 55 ASCO University "Business of Health Care Fundamentals" Course: Education for the Complete Care Team A s the economics and manage- ment of health care change, it has become essential that the clini- cian evolve as well in order to navigate these changing waters. Whether you are a medical student, a senior oncolo- gist, or an advanced practice provider, the necessity is the same: understand- ing the basics of the business of oncol- ogy is crucial to a successful career and may facilitate positive patient out- comes. ASCO recognizes this need and has created a new ASCO University ® course on "The Business of Heath Care Fundamentals." "In order to provide the best care to patients, the business aspects of prac- tice must be well managed and opti- mized for efficiency. Care delivery is not just about selecting the best treat- ment approach. This course addresses key foundational elements that support the business side of cancer care," said ASCO University associate editor David L. Graham, MD, FASCO, who serves as faculty and a planner on the course. The course is divided into four sec- tions, one for each key topic: X How to evaluate an employment contract X Practice operations/practice effi- ciency X Financial and operational challenges in today's practice environment X Electronic medical records in today's practice environment Designed with the full cancer care team in mind, ASCO University asso- ciate editor and course planner Jill Gilbert, MD, noted that the course is ideal for the early-career oncologist who is evaluating their first contract, as well as for the mid- or advanced- career oncologist who wants to update their knowledge about the changing landscape of health care practice and payment. "Our fellows are coming out of medi- cal training without any experience with billing, reimbursement, or even evaluating a contract, looking for a job, or completing an interview," Dr. Gilbert said. "On a larger scale, we've got a rapidly changing health care environment. In order for any oncolo- gist, at any level, to understand and be an active voice, they need to be able to navigate these complexities." "The Business of Health Care Funda- mentals" planners and faculty include oncologists, advanced practitioners, and oncology practice managers. This course was designed for medical pro- fessionals at all stages of development and across professional specialties, including advanced practitioners, phar- macists, early-career oncologists, and fellows, as they navigate the evolving business aspects of oncology. After completion of the course, par- ticipants can earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ by viewing course content, resources, and completing the self- assessment with evaluation. American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) dip- lomates may also receive Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Self Evaluation of Medical Knowledge points for their participation in the course. In addition, through ASCO Joint Accreditation, nursing and pharmacy credit is avail- able for advanced practitioners. Visit university.asco.org to find "The Business of Health Care Fundamen- tals" and other valuable educational materials. • ASCO University is supported in part by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO. SUPPORTED FROM THE SOCIETY l ASCO University

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