The agenda for the 2018 ASCO Oncology Practice Conference has been finalized. The conference will take place September 27, 2018, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Ariz., and registration is open. The hotel reservation and early registration deadline is August 22 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).
ASCO 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.
To sign up for advocacy alerts, log in to ASCO.org with your ASCO member or guest account, and visit the subscription center available under your account profile.
A new “frailty index” predicts overall survival for patients newly diagnosed with multiple myeloma, according to a study published on July 25 in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics.
ASCO and the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), are calling on leaders and health ministers of the 193 United Nations (UN) member countries to reduce the burden of all non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cancer. The two organizations issued a joint statement in advance of the third High-level Meeting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, taking place on September 27, 2018, in New York.
ASCO Practice Consulting Services & Support is expanding its offerings to include new clinical consulting services designed to help oncology practices standardize patient care, use their workforce efficiently, and transition patient care to a value-based care delivery model.
ASCO has officially endorsed a statement by the 70 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers calling for increased HPV vaccination and screening to eliminate human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers. The full uptake of the vaccine and screening could prevent 12,000 cervical cancers and nearly 40,000 other HPV-related cancers (oropharyngeal, anal, penile, vulvar, and vaginal cancers) among men and women annually in the United States.
On June 7, a new article published in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics, “Applied Informatics Decision Support Tool for Mortality Predictions in Patients With Cancer,” reports on a prediction model the authors developed to identify patients with high mortality risk prior to the start of treatment regimens.
ASCO is surveying oncology providers on how and when they initiate conversations about weight management, as well as help their patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight after a cancer diagnosis.
A team of oncology professionals from the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance and University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center who are currently participating in ASCO’s Quality Training Program turned their program project into a poster that was showcased at the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology’s Spring Group Meeting held May 10–11.
The agenda has been set for the June 22 ASCO/Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “Core Outcome Assessments in Cancer Clinical Trials” workshop.
ASCO joined nearly 50 medical organizations in urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the quality performance period under the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to 90 days instead of a full calendar year.
Last week, members of PracticeNET came together for their biannual networking meeting, where participants reviewed benchmarking data and preliminary results from the 2018 Survey of Oncology Practice Operations, and received updates on new initiatives, including ASCO’s new practice website, ASCO Practice Central.
Applications for the Alexandria, Va. session of ASCO’s Quality Training Program, being held at ASCO headquarters, are being accepted now through June 4.
Linda D. Bosserman, MD, FACP, FASCO, has been named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP), a publication of ASCO. Dr. Bosserman is a recognized leader in cancer care delivery with a deep understanding of the issues impacting all types of oncology practices.
ASCO is launching ASCO Practice Central, a new website that serves as an online information hub to help oncology professionals navigate a complicated and ever-changing practice environment—while providing high-quality patient care. The first ASCO website dedicated to the business of oncology, ASCO Practice Central provides a one-stop, centralized resource that oncology practices can use to address a wide range of practical issues, including changes to physician reimbursement, quality reporting requirements, and business management practices.
March 4, 2018, is International HPV Awareness Day, which aims to promote education about human papillomavirus (HPV), raise awareness about prevention methods, and encourage governments and individuals to take advantage of the HPV vaccine and screening for cancer.