ASCO in ActionASCO in Action regularly provides the latest news and analysis related to cancer policy news; see the following online articles. These updates provide snapshots of ASCO’s ongoing advocacy efforts, as well as opportunities for ASCO members and guests to take action on critical issues affecting the cancer community.

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April 17, 2017

A new editorial in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP), “Making the Right Thing Easier to Do: Standardized Integration of Oncology and Palliative Care,” from Arif H. Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS, FAAHPM, expounds on a recent study that highlights the need for palliative care and the feasibility of its integration into a standard model of oncology care.


April 5, 2017

On April 5, ASCO announced that Instituto de Oncologia do Vale (IOV) has become the first practice in Brazil to receive Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) certification through QOPI Certification Program, LLC. IOV is the second international practice to achieve this milestone in demonstrating the quality of care it provides to oncology patients.

March 28, 2017

On March 28, a new article published in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics (JCO CCI), “Survival Disparities by Hospital Volume among American Women with Gynecologic Cancers” by Brandon-Luke Seagle, MD, et al., that finds that women with ovarian, endometrial or cervical cancer have significantly increased rates of survival if they are treated at higher-volume hospitals.

March 27, 2017

ASCO's peer-reviewed journals now follow a continuous publication schedule, publishing the newest content from each journal online daily. 

March 21, 2017

QOPI Certification Program LLC (QCP), an affiliate of ASCO that runs the QOPI Certification Program™, and the Foundation for Excellence and Quality in Oncology (ECO), a nonprofit foundation in Spain, have launched an effort to expand the QOPI Certification Program to Spain. Through the collaboration between ECO and QCP, Spanish oncology practices will be able to apply for QOPI Certification.

March 15, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended the data submission deadline for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) reporting mechanism of the 2016 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program. Individual eligible professionals (EPs), PQRS group practices, qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs), and qualified EHR data submission vendors (DSVs) now have until Friday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit 2016 EHR data via QRDA.

March 14, 2017

On March 14, the Spring Round for ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) opened for reporting; it will close on May 9 at 5 PM (EDT).

February 28, 2017

A new editorial in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) from Arif Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS, Chair of ASCO’s Quality of Care Committee, discusses the importance of oncologists using available data to explore what patients and caregivers value most in cancer care delivery.

February 23, 2017

On February 23, 2017, ASCO launched its newest online-only journal, JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics (JCO CCI).

February 21, 2017

A variety of courses and resources are available for physicians to help guide patients with a cancer diagnosis through fertility preservation issues, a topic not often addressed soon enough with female and male patients between the ages of 15 and 39.

February 21, 2017

A new ASCO Special Article in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) highlights of a joint National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and ASCO workshop on the Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs.

February 16, 2017

Given the pace of advances in immunotherapy in recent years and physicians’ need to keep up with these developments, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) announce a joint collaboration to publish practical clinical guidance on the management of side effects caused by immunotherapy.  

February 12, 2017

The Journal of Oncology Practice’s (JOP) is expanding its diverse content on the day-to-day practice of oncology to include Care Delivery Reviews.

January 31, 2017

A new study in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy found that gaps in the quality measures used to assess cancer care may obscure problems in care delivery and lead to missed opportunities to improve patient outcomes. 

January 24, 2017

A new set of articles in the Journal of Oncology Practice seek to gain physicians and patients’ perspectives regarding the ethical implementation of a rapid learning system (RLS) in oncology care.