WASHINGTON, July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) has launched a new initiative to support advanced practice providers in oncology. Called the Advanced Practice Provider Network or CAPP Network, the initiative will support oncology nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other advanced practice providers who play a larger part in care for patients with cancer.
Launched in response to requests from COA member practices, the CAPP Network consists of a private, peer-to-peer-only information sharing website and listserv; monthly conference calls to review important practice issues and discuss solutions; and opportunities for in-person meetings. Participation in the network is open and free of charge to all qualified advanced practice providers.
The goal of the CAPP Network is to keep oncology advanced practice providers up to date on the latest news and developments, such as patient support strategies; health reform initiatives; the newest drugs and therapies; and strengthening advanced provider leadership roles in practices.
"Cancer care today is a true team effort and the COA Advanced Practice Provider Network will ensure that these vital member of the care team are prepared for anything that is thrown at them," said Robert "Bo" Gamble, director of strategic practice initiatives at COA. "From patient care to practice administration, advanced practice providers are integral to the successful delivery of cancer care in today's health care system. This network will help these providers stay one step ahead of the curve on these issues."
The CAPP Network is led and organized by advanced practice providers in community practices with technical support from COA. The co-chairs are Sarah Alexander, MSN, nurse practitioner at Lake Norman Oncology in Mooresville, North Carolina; and Diana Youngs, RN, MSN, ANPc, nurse practitioner at North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates in Long Island, New York.
"In addition to keeping us up to speed on the latest patient care issues and best practices, the COA Advanced Practice Provider Network is helping me be a leader in our practice administration and reform efforts," said CAPP co-chairs Sarah Alexander and Diana Youngs. "We are especially looking forward to being able to network and learn from my fellow advanced practice providers across the country. It is extremely rewarding to be able to learn and share with our peers."
To join the CAPP Network visit http://www.communityoncology.org/capp. Access is free for any advanced practice providers. Vendors and other industry representatives are not allowed access to join this private network.
About the Community Oncology Alliance: The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to preserving and protecting access to community cancer care, where the majority of Americans with cancer are treated. COA helps the nation's more than 6,500 providers at 950 community cancer clinics navigate an increasingly challenging practice environment to improve cancer care, lead patient advocacy, and offer proactive solutions to Congress and policy makers. To learn more about COA visit www.CommunityOncology.org.
SOURCE Community Oncology Alliance