As changes on the legislative front continue to build momentum, the Indiana Oncology Society (IOS) Federal and State Legislative Briefing will tackle the big issues and provide you with a deeper understanding of how the proposed legislation, including—but not limited to—telehealth coverage, step therapy, Medicaid expansion, and PBMs—will impact the healthcare market and your day-to-day operations.


Christian G. Downs, JD, MHA

Executive Director, Association of Community Cancer Centers

Christian G. Downs, JD, MHA, is Executive Director of the Association of Community Cancer Centers. Mr. Downs brings more than 15 years of association management expertise, guiding associations in their work on national policy and educational programming. He has been instrumental in working with healthcare providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Congress on association–specific issues.

Mr. Downs led the Association of Community Cancer Centers' efforts on such critical issues as easing implementation of new regulations, ensuring patient access to new cancer therapies, and refining physician office payments for delivery of services.

Mr. Downs worked in the public policy department of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) on physician office and billing and coding issues. Previously he administered a large tertiary care hospital, managed a physician multispecialty practice, and worked for the Education and Health Committee of the Virginia State Senate.

Mr. Downs received his master's degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia and his law degree from George Mason University with a special focus on regulatory and administrative law. He is a board member of the Patient Advocate Foundation and C–Change, a large coordinating organization for cancer groups.

Kristin Ferguson, DNP, RN, OCN

Senior Director, Cancer Care Delivery & Health Policy, Association of Community Cancer Centers

Kristin Marie Ferguson, DNP, RN, OCN, is Senior Director, Cancer Care Delivery & Health Policy at ACCC. Together with engaged volunteer leadership and committed professional staff, the Department of Cancer Care Delivery & Health Policy works towards improving cancer care delivery in all settings, supporting the oncology workforce, and transforming reimbursement for cancer care delivery so that the needs of patients and professionals are met.

Dr. Ferguson has over a decade of oncology nursing experience. Prior to working with ACCC, she worked at MedStar Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center as the Clinical Operations Manager. She is currently on the national Board of Directors for the Oncology Nursing Society. Dr. Ferguson has spoken and taught nationally and internationally on the topics of cancer, nursing leadership, and health care coordination.

Dr. Ferguson received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College, her Master of Science in Nursing: Community/Public Health from Catholic University of America, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Duke University.



The Indiana Oncology Society (IOS) is a Chapter Member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). IOS members receive access to valuable educational content and targeted resources through ACCC to support their professional development.

  • [Webinar] 2021 Medicare Advantage and Managed Medicaid Updates: Where Are We Headed? This webinar covers how Medicare Advantage and state Medicaid benefits are changing in 2021, and the impact these changes may have on operations for oncology programs and practices.
  • [Webinar] The Future of APM Participation: Transitioning from the Oncology Care Model (OCM) to the Oncology Care First (OCF) Model. Speakers discuss how participation in alternative payment models (APMs) has changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, ways that oncology practices can benefit from enrollment and potential future models (OCM, OCF, Radiation Oncology Model, etc.), and which support services are recommended for cancer programs currently enrolled in APMs or considering enrollment in future models.
  • Alternative Payment Models in Cancer Care – This seven-part e-module series covers the domains of the Alternative Payment Model (APM) Readiness Assessment, outlines specific next steps and action items your organization can take to begin APM program implementation, and provides real-life examples that correspond to each topic.
  • IOS members can connect in real-time through the members-only virtual discussion forum on ACCCeXchange. Within this forum, IOS members from every profession involved in cancer care delivery ask and answer questions, discuss common challenges, and share knowledge and experience. Join the discussion and connect with your peers.
  • Tap into the value of IOS membership! Visit our membership page for more information on how you can join our community of professionals. If you’re unsure of your membership status, please contact our membership department today.
  • The ACCCeLearning portal makes it easy to find education relevant to your needs and interests. Accessible on any device and at any time, courses are available in a variety of formats, so you can listen, watch, read or interact in ways that best suit your needs. Health professionals can claim CME/CPE/CNE credit for all applicable activities. Since you’re already logged in, take a look around today!

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08/11/2021 at 12:15 PM (EDT)   |  30 minutes
08/11/2021 at 12:15 PM (EDT)   |  30 minutes

How to Register

*If you are employed by a pharmaceutical/device manufacturer, consulting, or technology company, please contact Mike Andrews, mandrews@accc-cancer.org, for registration information.

You must have a State Society or ACCC account to register for this program, which will enable you to register for future programs and courses with just one click.

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  • To start, click the green “Register” button in the upper right corner of this page. You will be directed to “Your Cart.” Click the green “Log In” button near the top of the page.
    • State Society Members: Click the "Login" button, then click "Reset Password." When your password is updated, you will be redirected to the “My Profile” page, where you can view and update your information. (make this the first bullet) 
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    • Non-members: Click “Create Account.” Once your password is created, you will be redirected to the "My Profile" page, where you can view and update your information. Click “Change” to add your Areas of Concentration, then save your information. 
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