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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August 29, 2017

ASCO recently submitted comments to the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee regarding its “Medicare Red Tape Relief Project, which aims to alleviate the regulations and mandates in the Medicare program that impede innovation, increase costs, and prevent the delivery of better care to beneficiaries.

July 25, 2017

In a statement submitted to a House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee hearing entitled, “Examining Bipartisan Legislation to Improve the Medicare Program,” ASCO expressed strong support for two pieces of legislation that aim to strengthen Medicare.

May 18, 2017

On May 22, CancerLinQ LLC Chief of Strategic Alliances Jennifer L. Wong will be speaking at an event hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) of New York City titled “Outsmarting Cancer: How New Technologies are Tackling a Cure.”

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 23, 2017

On March 15, HIMMS News published an article authored by CancerLinQ LLC Chief Operating Officer Rich Ross that discusses the need for interoperability to for big data efforts to be successful.

March 22, 2017

The U.S. cancer care delivery system is undergoing profound changes to better meet the needs of people with cancer, but persistent hurdles threaten to slow progress, according to ASCO's fourth annual State of Cancer Care in America report released March 22, 2017.

March 20, 2017

On March 22, ASCO’s big data initiative, CancerLinQ®, and newest journal, JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics (JCO CCI), will be highlighted at the Cancer Informatics for Cancer Centers (CI4CC) 2017 Spring Symposium and Workshop.  This year’s meeting takes a focus on the role of registries in the national cancer data ecosystem.

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 7, 2017

ASCO recently joined more than 100 medical specialty groups and state medical societies in signing an American Medical Association-led letter urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information (ONC) to delay requiring 2015 Edition Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) until such technology is widely available—and no sooner than January 2019.

February 7, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the attestation deadline for the 2016 Medicare EHR Incentive Program to Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Participating providers must attest to the 2016 program requirements before the deadline to avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2018. 

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.

January 24, 2017

ASCO has submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in response to a Request for Information (RFI) on data sharing and management (NOT-OD-17-015).

January 17, 2017

On January 16, Diagnosis: Cancer, featured a new blog post by ASCO Chief Medical Officer Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FASCO, FACP, “When Medical Records Can’t Be Shared, We All Lose,” looking at the persisting barriers that prevent the effective sharing of electronic patient records, also known as interoperability, across the healthcare system.

January 6, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs attestation system is now open. Eligible professionals and hospitals may attest for any 90-day continuous reporting period within the 2016 calendar year. Providers must attest by February 28, 2017 to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment.