Members of ASCO's Leadership Development Program held a Hill Day to advocate for federal research funding, oral parity, step therapy, and other cancer policy priorities.
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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.
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.
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.
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.