Join our policy experts to prepare for the upcoming presidential election as well as the local—and national—impact it will have on care delivery. This webinar will examine the current state of public policy, key topics currently being debated in North Carolina, updates from Capitol Hill, and upcoming trends that will make you re-evaluate how you care for your patients.


Nick Ferreyros

Director of Communications, Community Oncology Alliance

Nicolas Ferreyros is Director of Communications at the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), the only national organization dedicated solely to preserving and protecting local, affordable, and accessible community cancer care. He is responsible for all internal and external communications activities at COA, including media relations, policy communications, and digital strategy. 

A seasoned communications counselor and strategist with more than 13 years of experience in public relations, Nick has a deep understanding of the people, policies, and processes that affect America’s health care system. Since 2006, he has been engaged in nearly every major health policy issue before Congress and regulatory agencies, including the Affordable Care Act, the 340B Drug Discount Program, Medicare policy, and more. He has worked closely with Democratic and Republican legislators on Capitol Hill, the White House, the Department of Health & Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, and National Institutes of Health.

 With a knack for translating the “wonkery” of science and policy into plain language and understandable concepts that people care about, Nick specializes in developing successful strategies to address complex issues. Working closely with thought leaders, stakeholders, reporters, and editors, his work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CBS Evening News, PBS NewsHour, and other leading national outlets.

Prior to joining COA, Nick was a managing supervisor at GYMR Public Relations, a boutique Washington, DC communications firm specializing in health care, science and social issues. While there, he oversaw high-profile, award-winning campaigns for clients including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Board of Internal Medicine, Consumer Reports, and numerous federal agencies.

A native of Houston, Texas, Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Dana Simpson, Esq.

Partner, Smith Anderson

Dana Simpson co-chairs the Government Relations practice at Smith Anderson and regularly represents clients before the North Carolina General Assembly and with State agencies. 

Dana advises clients regarding legislative and regulatory advocacy, public relations, issues management, economic development initiatives, ethics, and campaign finance law compliance. Dana has been consistently rated one of the "Most Influential" lobbyists in North Carolina by the nonpartisan N.C. Center for Public Policy Research, including previously being rated the number one "Most Influential." 

Prior to law school, Dana served as Special Assistant for Communications and Policy to the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Dana also has experience representing clients on rule-making and administrative law matters. He served as a member of the North Carolina Rules Review Commission from 2003-2006.

Justin Favaro, MD, PhD (Moderator)

Hematologist/Oncologist, Oncology Specialists of Charlotte, PA

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Favaro received his MD and Ph.D. from The Medical University of South Carolina following an eight-year dual degree program. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society during his time in medical school. He completed his internal medicine training at the University of Texas, Southwestern in Dallas, TX, and his fellowship training in Medical Oncology and Hematology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Favaro is board certified in both Medical Oncology and Hematology.

Dr. Favaro’s research experience includes basic science work in viral replication and tumor cell growth, as well as clinical research, focused on the development of new treatment for cancer. He has written a Ph.D. dissertation, co-authored a book on pharmacology, and been an author on multiple publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. Dr. Favaro is a principal investigator on several clinical trials currently open in his practice.

Charlotte Magazine has named Dr. Favaro one of the Top Doctors in Hematology/Oncology. His professional interests include clinical care of patients with cancer and blood disorders. He has served on multiple advisory boards as well as served as a discussant in continuing medical education videos for Research to Practice. He also develops and participants in continuing medical education programs and serves as expert witness in medical malpractice cases.

Dr. Favaro believes that physician-owned practices are best suited to offer patient-oriented, efficient care. Physician autonomy improves the value of the care delivered and leads to greater patient satisfaction.

Outside of the clinical setting, Dr. Favaro has a strong interest in health care policy. He has served on the board of Community Oncology Alliance and has lobbied in Washington, DC on behalf of community oncology. Dr. Favaro led in the development of the first local chapter of the Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) and he has served as president of the North Carolina Oncology Association. Dr. Favaro has spoken at support group meetings for patients with colon cancer and multiple myeloma and has participated in local fundraising races for cancer.

Dr. Favaro is married with two children and enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with his family.

Shelagh Foster, JD

Division Director, Policy and Advocacy, ASCO



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

·         NCOA members can connect in real-time through members-only virtual discussion forum on ACCCeXchange. Within this forum, NCOA 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 NCOA 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!

The ACCC Alternative Payment Model Coalition (APMC) builds off ACCC’s past Oncology Care Model (OCM) Collaborative and focuses on addressing concerns about lack of preparedness to perform under these payment models, patient and provider access to the latest treatments, infrastructure, and long-term sustainability.



NCOA 2020
10/02/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
10/02/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes

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