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 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 24, 2017

ASCO is partnering with four other healthcare provider organizations to conduct a survey that will examine the specific roles and responsibilities of advanced practice providers within the cancer care delivery team.

February 23, 2017

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

February 22, 2017

CancerLinQ LLC and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) are partnering to bring radiation oncology expertise to CancerLinQ® and improve the care of cancer patients nationwide. ASTRO will provide guidance for the development of the CancerLinQ® platform to ensure that the system captures more relevant patient data to drive actionable decision-making in cancer care, as well as to advance public policy and population health issues. ASTRO also will use insights from CancerLinQ Discovery™ to improve the care of patients receiving radiation therapy.

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.