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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May 10, 2018

On May 8, the White House submitted a rescission package to Congress, which proposes $15 billion in cuts to 38 government programs and agencies, including to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

April 26, 2018

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.

April 12, 2018

Clinicians can now use the updated Participation Lookup Tool from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to check their 2018 eligibility for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Within the online tool, clinicians can enter their National Provider Identifier (NPI) to find out whether or not they need to participate in MIPS during the 2018 performance year.

April 11, 2018

Nominated by ASCO, as part of its ongoing commitment to ensure the success of its members in Quality Payment Program implementation and participation, eight ASCO volunteers have been chosen to serve on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Oncology Clinical Subcommittee that will provide input on the development of episode-based cost measures for potential use in the Quality Payment Program. 

March 30, 2018

Eligible clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) will now be able to submit 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance data until Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET.  Clinicians can submit their 2017 performance data using the QPP website.

March 20, 2018

The second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), began on Jan. 1, 2018. This year, oncology practices face more robust quality reporting requirements to successfully participate in QPP and avoid a financial penalty in 2020.

February 20, 2018

Eligible clinicians who submitted 2017 Quality performance data for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) via claims can view performance scores through the MIPS data submission feature on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website. Note: claims data submission is only an option if you’re participating in MIPS as an individual, not as part of a group.

February 15, 2018

On February 12, the White House released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget proposal, which included several provisions and budget changes of interest to the cancer community. While the proposal is not binding, it does provide a view into some of the Administration’s goals and budget priorities for the year. 

February 14, 2018

As deadlines draw near for submitting data for the 2017 Merit-based Incentives Payment System (MIPS) performance period, CMS has created a Top Ten List of things to know and do before the March deadline, along with important dates to remember.

February 12, 2018

Congress passed the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018,” which funds the federal government through March 23, 2018, raises the federal budget caps for the next two years, and addresses several policies of importance to the cancer community.

February 1, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances policy for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) transition year to include counties affected by Hurricane Nate and the California wildfires.

January 23, 2018

ASCO submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the agency’s proposed rulemaking revisions to the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program (Part D) for 2019. ASCO applauds CMS for its efforts to advance the Part D program’s goal of promoting access to prescription drug therapies at an affordable cost to beneficiaries and urges the implementation of high-quality clinical pathways to promote access to the right drug, for the right patient, at the right time.

January 4, 2018

ASCO sent a letter to CMS to comment on the proposed notice, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Health and Human Services (HHS) Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019” and expressed concerns that it would fundamentally alter many of the consumer and patient protections in individual and small group markets and lead to the establishment of qualified health plans that would fail to address the comprehensive medical needs of patients with cancer.

January 2, 2018

ASCO submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the agency’s rule finalizing changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in 2018. ASCO commends CMS for providing relief to physicians impacted by hurricanes in 2017, but urges the agency to remove Part B reimbursement from payment adjustments under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and to reconsider the weighting of ASCO quality programs in the MIPS Improvement Activities (IA) category.