Showing results for Policy News, 2017

July 14, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — As part of a collaborative program between CancerLinQ LLC and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) aimed at helping oncology practices successfully incorporate electronic health record (EHR) data into clinical operations, three ONS members completed training in June to serve in the CancerLinQ® Ambassadors Pilot Program. CancerLinQ, a health information technology platform that powerfully connects and analyzes real-world cancer care data from almost any electronic record source, provides oncologists, nurses, and other practice staff with near real-time, actionable data to improve patient care processes and outcomes.

July 14, 2017

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) remains opposed to the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Despite the changes to the legislation, released by the Senate yesterday, the bill runs counter to ASCO’s core mission, which is to ensure that patients with cancer have meaningful access to high-quality care. Moreover, it fails to meet with ASCO’s guiding principles for health reform by cutting Medicaid and eroding critical patient protections.

June 27, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO®), has announced that Ascension has signed an agreement to participate in the CancerLinQ® platform. Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the United States, includes oncology care facilities throughout the country that can benefit from CancerLinQ’s growing quality network.

June 22, 2017

ASCO opposes the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, the Senate healthcare bill released today, and urges lawmakers to reject the measure and work on an alternative that provides key protections for patients with cancer. We are disappointed that the legislation fails to meet our guiding principles for healthcare reform by halting Medicaid expansion, reinstating annual and lifetime coverage caps, and cutting coverage for essential health benefits including cancer screening.

June 13, 2017

“Today, the delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) voted for Barbara McAneny, MD, FASCO, MACP, as the organization’s President-elect, making her the first oncologist elected to serve in this important leadership position. In our national dialogue on access to health care, patients with cancer often highlight the broader challenges facing the entire system. The awareness Dr. McAneny brings, as an oncologist at the helm of the largest physician association, will benefit patients and providers broadly. On behalf of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), I offer my congratulations to my friend and colleague, Dr. McAneny."

June 12, 2017

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) congratulates Dr. Norman "Ned" Sharpless on his appointment as director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). ASCO is encouraged that NCI will have at its helm an accomplished researcher with experience leading a wide range of clinical and translational research endeavors focused on bringing new insights into cancer prevention and treatment.

June 8, 2017

IRVING, Texas– Caris Life Sciences®, a leading innovator in molecular science, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®), today announced that Caris is one of the first laboratories to have a test report optimized for ASCO’s Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR™) Study. The TAPUR Study is evaluating efficacy of treatments based on patients’ tumor genetic profiles. This designation indicates that the company’s proprietary Caris Molecular Intelligence® comprehensive genomic profiling plus (CGP+) tumor profiling platform report is optimized to molecularly identify and report genomic alterations specifically for the TAPUR Study.

June 8, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –The American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO) and Foundation Medicine today 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

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (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 (ASCO), the leading professional organization representing over 42,000 physicians and other healthcare providers who care for people with cancer, 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.

June 5, 2017

ALEXANDRIA Va. -- The American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (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

CHICAGO  – The American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO®) 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

CHICAGO, Il. – CancerLinQ LLC today 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.

June 1, 2017

CHICAGO, Il. – CancerLinQ LLC and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) today 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.

May 31, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, VA.—CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO®), and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) announced today 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.