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June 26, 2018

The American Medical Association (AMA) Opioid Task Force issued a report documenting physician-driven initiatives to advance the fight against the opioid epidemic in the United States, progress to date, and recommendations to continue to help reverse the epidemic. ASCO has been an active member of the AMA Opioid Task Force since 2017.

June 13, 2018

During the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) annual meeting, delegates approved several ASCO-led resolutions and incorporated them into the AMA’s policy agenda.

June 9, 2018

From June 9 – 13, ASCO’s delegates will participate in the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates (HOD). The AMA HOD is the principal policy-making body of AMA, and meets twice a year to discuss pressing issues and establish association policies. ASCO currently sends three delegates to the AMA HOD: Edward P. Balaban, DO, FACP, FASCO; Thomas A. Marsland, MD, FASCO; and Ray D. Page, DO, PhD, FACOI.

May 22, 2018

On May 15, ASCO submitted comments to Congressional committees applauding their commitment to addressing the opioid crisis but urged them to ensure that such efforts do not prevent patients with cancer from receiving appropriate opioid therapy.

March 6, 2018

ASCO submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on proposed changes to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription plans for 2019. The comments included recommendations for updating prior authorization requirements as well as feedback on policies to address the national opioid epidemic.

February 22, 2018

ASCO submitted comments to the Senate Finance Committee on addressing the opioid epidemic in the United States. ASCO is concerned about the epidemic and its devastating impact on too many Americans and wants to ensure that any efforts to address the epidemic do not inadvertently limit access to appropriate medical therapy for patients with cancer. 

January 3, 2018

ASCO submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help guide its newly established Opioid Policy Steering Committee (OPSC). In the comments, ASCO responded to several FDA-posed questions to inform OPSC’s work of effectively addressing the nation-wide opioid crisis.