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Members Memo

The Patient Navigation Framework that delineated the roles of various navigators was used in developing competency statements for patient navigators. This standardized the oncology patient navigator role and led to training on the competencies as well as certification.
A recent writing adventure revealed how proud each one of you should be as patient navigation has evolved over the last decade as a new health care delivery support strategy. And you have been a part of it by answering surveys, writing articles about evidence based practice, attending conferences, participating on project teams, sharing best practices as well as challenging leaders for more information on navigation.
One of the dominant themes in oncology healthcare is how to address costs, especially as more diagnostic tests and cancer therapies emerge. The new Oncology Care Model is trying to address this issue by transitioning from the traditional fee for service to a value-based care model.
Financial support for continuing education has been a challenge as healthcare systems have trimmed budgets in recent years. We realized this ongoing financial challenge for navigators and hoped the free one-year AONN+ membership along with waiving the navigation certification fee were enough financial incentives to attend the AONN+ annual conference.
Thank you navigators for creating an exciting and energetic time at the seventh annual Academy of Oncology & Patient Navigators (AONN+) conference.
How reliable is the health information that bombards you in emails and snail mail daily? Is it trustworthy?  Do you find yourself reading and have a reactive thought like, “Really? Can this be true?”
The first gathering for the AONN+ Central Texas Oncology Local Navigator Network (LNN) held in October was a great success! Thank you to Andrea Shaw, St. David’s Navigator, who  performed a tremendous job coordinating the network! 
We are a little less than two weeks away from the annual convergence of navigators! The excitement mounts as the milestones of certification and metric values will be accomplished and released in 2016! In less than a decade, AONN+ has grown and listened to the needs of the membership feedback to achieve these objectives.
We have shared with our AONN+ members how the Oncology Care Model (OCM) is being used to highlight value and cost efficiency. The OCM success is based on collection of data in regard to specific outcomes. This falls in line with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Ensuring Quality Cancer Care report, that recommends quality care to be measured using a core set of metrics.
As October comes in with all the pink fanfare and breast cancer awareness celebration, there is group that shares comments such as: "I just want to hide under the covers and check out.” And "I just don’t want to be confronted with all this pink garbage."
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