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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June 8, 2017

ASCO and Foundation Medicine have announced entry into an agreement to create efficiencies for research sites participating in ASCO’s TAPUR™ Study in identifying potential participants for the study. ASCO is announcing that reports from Foundation Medicine’s comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) assays, FoundationOne,® FoundationOne® Heme, and FoundationACT® will receive the new “optimized for TAPUR reporting” designation available to entities that demonstrate reporting of nearly 75% of TAPUR-specific genes in a format that meets criteria established for the TAPUR Study. The TAPUR Study is a first-of its-kind clinical trial designed to evaluate molecularly targeted cancer drugs and collect data on clinical outcomes to learn about additional uses of these drugs outside of indications already approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

June 8, 2017

ASCO congratulates Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, on the announcement of his continued service as the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A renowned researcher and skilled administrator, Dr. Collins appreciates the critical role that federal research plays in advancing our understanding of how to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and has worked tirelessly to ensure that the United States remains at the forefront of biomedical innovation.

June 7, 2017

The American Society of Clinical Oncology strongly supports North Carolina House bill 206, which would address inappropriate cost-sharing burdens for oral anti-cancer drugs for the state’s cancer patients.  By passing House bill 206, North Carolina would join forty-three other states and the District of Columbia that have enacted similar oral chemotherapy parity legislation.

June 6, 2017

A new Care Delivery Review in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) by Blase N. Polite, MD, MPP, chair of ASCO's Government Relations Committee and Christine Bestvina, MD evaluates and summarizes current published research that addresses the need for early and continuous Advanced Care Planning (ACP) in oncology care.

June 5, 2017

ASCO and Illumina, Inc. today announced a joint contribution of variant interpretations of 6,000 associations of somatic genetic alterations—variants linked to tumors—to the CIViC (Clinical Interpretation of Variants in Cancer) resource, an openly accessible database hosted by Washington University in St. Louis.

June 3, 2017

ASCO's Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study continues to expand and now has more than 300 participants enrolled on study drug, more than 100 sites, new partnerships, and a revised protocol to lower the age of eligibility.

June 1, 2017

The CancerLinQ Discovery™ Research & Publications Committee – the volunteer committee charged with reviewing and approving research requests utilizing data from CancerLinQ Discovery™ – will begin accepting proposals on October 1, 2017.

June 1, 2017

CancerLinQ LLC and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have announced a partnership to facilitate the exchange of information between CancerLinQ® participating oncology practices and NCI’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program, one of the primary sources of data on cancer incidence and survival in the United States. The partnership aims to put valuable population-level cancer data at oncologists’ fingertips, while also strengthening the nation’s cancer surveillance efforts through a national data sharing collaboration.

June 1, 2017

CancerLinQ LLC has announced a long-term partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that will harness cancer patient information and big data analytics to examine the real-world use of emerging and newly approved cancer therapies. Real-world data from CancerLinQ® will be used to grow the knowledge base about patterns of care across all cancer types and therapies, accelerate development of novel insights that might otherwise be challenging to obtain through standard research initiatives and data collection means, as well as potentially inform FDA regulatory strategy and decision-making processes.

May 31, 2017

CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of ASCO®, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) have announced a collaboration to provide a link to the NCCN website for easy access to the NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium (NCCN Compendium®) within CancerLinQ®. This resource will support CancerLinQ® physicians and provides evidence-based guidance regarding the appropriate use of drugs and biologics in patients with cancer.

May 30, 2017

Draft recommendations as part of a focused update to the ASCO/College of American Pathologists (CAP) evidence-based guideline for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) testing in breast cancer are now open for public comment through June 12, 2017.

May 30, 2017

ASCO has developed a “MACRA decision tree” tool to help oncology practices find precise information on their QPP participation status, and any applicable Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) exceptions, based on practice or provider-specific information. 

May 30, 2017

The American Medical Association (AMA) is the largest association of physicians and medical students in the United States. The AMA recognizes ASCO as a national speciality society, offering ASCO the ability to advocate on behalf of the oncology community. The follow ASCO in Action Brief is the first of a series that explores ASCO’s work with the AMA on behalf of the oncology community.

May 25, 2017

ASCO has announced the launch of its Center for Research & Analytics (CENTRA), which aims to make an array of cancer data available to the oncology community and provide consultation and support for research and analysis. To help guide the program, ASCO has appointed Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, PhD, to serve as ASCO's Director of Biostatistics and Data Management division.

May 25, 2017

On June 7 at noon (ET), ASCO will host a one-hour webinar for participants to learn more about the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program.

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