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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February 22, 2017

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved lenalidomide (Revlimid®, Celgene Corp.) as maintenance therapy for patients with multiple myeloma following autologous stem cell transplant.

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

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has identified and posted more than a dozen funding announcements (FOAs) that align with the goals of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

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 21, 2017

On Feb. 15, 2017, ASCO leadership and members of the ASCO Government Relations Committee (GRC) met with key federal agency and congressional committee staff to discuss ASCO's top policy priorities. Discussions focused on federal efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the 21st Century Cures Act, among other matters.  

February 17, 2017

The deadline to submit reconsideration applications for the 2017 Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program payment adjustment—based on the 2015 reporting period—is Feb. 28, 2017. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

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 14, 2017

Last week, ASCO submitted joint comment letters with the State Affiliates in Connecticut and Washington in support of legislation that would increase the legal age for the purchase of tobacco products to 21. ASCO is committed to policies that will contribute to reducing prevalence of tobacco use to ultimately prevent the occurrence of cancer and other smoking-caused diseases.  

February 13, 2017

ASCO endorsed the bipartisan Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act (H.R. 820/S.292), which would help accelerate research for pediatric cancer and improve care for the 15,780 children diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. every year.

February 13, 2017

A new program offers health and wellness options for people living with cancer through their local YMCA. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is an evidence-based wellness and exercise program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis. 

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.

February 10, 2017

“ASCO congratulates Representative Tom Price for his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Secretary Price has a unique opportunity to shape the availability and quality of care for millions of people with cancer and maintain the nation’s leadership in biomedical research.

February 9, 2017

ASCO joined a letter from the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research urging Congress and the Administration to enact a final fiscal year (FY) 2017 spending bill that includes $34.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The letter also asks Congress and the Administration to make the NIH a priority as they consider funding for FY 2018.

February 7, 2017

CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary ASCO®, has announced that the University of Virginia (UVA) Cancer Center has signed an agreement to participate in the CancerLinQ® platform.

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.