ASCO recently hosted a webinar offering an overview of the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule and its potential impact on individuals with cancer. ASCO strongly opposes aspects of the proposed rule that could significantly cut cancer care resources needed to provide high-quality care, and the society urges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to abandon the proposal. ASCO members can still watch this important webinar and view the slides from the presentation.
The society also submitted a detailed comment letter to CMS fully outlining its concerns and recommending specific steps to ensure the final rule does not endanger patient access to cancer care.
“For long-term success, Medicare must change course and develop payment policies to support rather than weaken the provision of cancer care in the United States,” said ASCO President Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, in the letter. “We urge CMS to refrain from finalizing any proposals that would result in any cuts in payments for cancer services and to work collaboratively with ASCO to implement global payment reforms, including the development and implementation of new APMs (Alternative Payment Models) that are widely available to all cancer professionals.”
Keep an eye on ASCO in Acton for updates on the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program final rule.