Policy Priorities

Policy Priorities

ONS strengthens oncology nurses and cancer care with policy efforts on both the legislative and regulatory levels. Read the ONS health policy agenda for the first session of the 115th Congress.

We also partner with likeminded organizations to publish letters of support for our priorities. 

Priority: Preserve and promote oncology nurses’ practice to the full scope of their ability.

To accomplish this top priority, ONS closely supports the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine in its landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

  • Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
  • Nurses should achieve higher levels of education through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
  • Nurses should be full partners with physicians and other healthcare professionals in redesigning health care.
  • Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure.

Priority: Improve the quality of cancer care. 

  • Ensure that inpatient and outpatient quality measures used are meaningful, relevant, and promote quality cancer care.
  • Participate in the National Quality Forum (NQF) Measures Application Partnership (MAP) to promote the adoption of measures that are meaningful to cancer care and patients with cancer.
  • Identify opportunities related to medical homes, accountable care organizations, and other emerging healthcare delivery models.

Priority: Advocate for payment models that incorporate the work of oncology nurses and positively impact oncology practice.

  • Monitor the adequate reimbursement of nursing care in CMS processes to develop chronic care management codes and payment schedules. 
  • Impact decisionmaking and rules for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) value-based purchasing initiatives.

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