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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November 9, 2018

Update: ASCO’s resolutions on step therapy, Medicare Part B drugs, a Competitive Acquisition Program (CAP), and clinical trial access were adopted or reaffirmed by the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates, as well as an ASCO-backed resolution on Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs).

November 5, 2018

Leaders from the ASCO State Affiliate Council met to discuss pressing issues in oncology, including drug pricing, Medicaid work requirements, changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule, and the role of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

September 18, 2018

In the latest ASCO in Action Podcast, Manali Patel, MD, MPH, joined ASCO CEO Dr. Clifford A. Hudis to discuss ASCO’s position statement on Medicaid work requirements, which addresses state waivers submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that, if approved, would make Medicaid eligibility, continued coverage, cost-sharing, and other program benefits dependent on a beneficiary’s work status. 

September 18, 2018

More than 100 oncology care providers from across the United States are heading to Capitol Hill September 25 – 26 to participate in the 2018 ASCO Advocacy Summit. Advocates will meet with Members of Congress and their staff to educate them on critical issues affecting individuals with cancer and their providers, and to encourage lawmakers to support cancer policies that will ensure access to high-quality, high-value cancer care.

August 16, 2018

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) warns that Medicaid work requirements may hinder patients’ access to essential cancer care and reduce the already limited time physicians are able to spend with their patients. In a new position statement released today, ASCO also recommends that federal and state policymakers take specific steps to ensure that new Medicaid requirements will not harm patients with cancer.  

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.

May 29, 2018

ASCO submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to a proposed rule to revise the agency’s methods for assuring patient access to Medicaid services. In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, ASCO President Bruce Johnson, MD, FASCO, urged CMS to maintain its rule requiring states to monitor and report on beneficiary access to providers, and to ensure that final changes do not jeopardize access to care for patients with cancer. ASCO also encouraged CMS to explicitly require state assessment of access to oncologists. 

April 3, 2018

ASCO continues to partner with state societies on cancer policy priorities under consideration in states across the country.

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.