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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August 30, 2018

In a new position statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) warns that some of the practices of pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) companies use could hinder patient access to timely, high-quality cancer care. ASCO describes a range of PBM practices that, while they may be intended to help control costs in cancer care, might compromise physicians’ ability to provide the right treatment at the right time for people with cancer.

August 29, 2018

Final scores and performance feedback are now available on the Quality Payment Program website for clinicians who participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017. Participants will see a payment adjustment in 2019 based on their final 2017 score. A positive, negative, or neutral payment adjustment will be applied to the Medicare paid amount for covered professional services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in 2019.

August 28, 2018

In a new ASCO in Action Podcast, Edward Balaban, DO, FACP, FASCO, an ASCO delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD); and Kristina Novick, MD, an ASCO alternate delegate to the AMA HOD join ASCO CEO Dr. Clifford A. Hudis to discuss the society’s role within and the importance of the AMA HOD.

August 28, 2018

CancerLinQ LLC announced today that Integra Connect’s EHR Solution for Oncology has been recognized as the first CancerLinQ® Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) System. CancerLinQ LLC is a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) that oversees the development and operation of CancerLinQ®, a health information technology platform working to improve quality and value of care for all patients by connecting cancer care team members, researchers, and sponsors with real-world cancer data. In addition, CancerLinQ and Integra Connect have entered into an agreement to collaborate on products and services geared toward improving the quality of cancer care and the access of the CancerLinQ® platform to oncology practices.

August 27, 2018

As of August 2018, 100 teams from oncology practices around the U.S. and the world have participated in ASCO’s Quality Training Program.

August 22, 2018

CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly-owned nonprofit subsidiary of the ASCO, has brought on technology collaborators Concerto HealthAI and Tempus to accelerate its joint research effort with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) aimed at understanding the real-world use, tolerability, and effectiveness of immune checkpoint inhibitors. Concerto HealthAI and Tempus have begun to assist in the analysis of a de-identified data set that CancerLinQ has provided to the FDA, representing more than 10,000 patients who have been treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors for both approved and unapproved indications.

August 22, 2018

Advanced practice providers (APPs) have increasingly become integral members of the oncology care delivery team, according to the first large-scale study of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in oncology published today in the Journal of Oncology Practice. The “Understanding the Role of Advanced Practice Providers in the U.S.” study was conducted as a collaboration of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology (APAO), the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO), and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

August 20, 2018

On August 20, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®, Merck & Co., Inc.) in combination with pemetrexed and platinum as first-line treatment of patients with metastatic, non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSqNSCLC), with no EGFR or ALK genomic tumor aberrations.

August 17, 2018

On August 16, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to nivolumab (Opdivo, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Inc.) for patients with metastatic small cell lung cancer (SCLC) with progression after platinum-based chemotherapy and at least one other line of therapy.

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.  

August 16, 2018

Citizens around the country have an open invitation to host their own events in their communities with support and resources offered by the Biden Cancer Initiative in conjunction with the National Biden Cancer Summit to be held on September 21 in Washington, D.C. 

August 16, 2018

On August 16, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved lenvatinib capsules (Lenvima®, Eisai Inc.) for first-line treatment of patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

August 16, 2018

On August 16, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration updated the prescribing information for Keytruda (pembrolizumab) and Tecentriq (atezolizumab) to require the use of an FDA-approved companion diagnostic test to determine PD-L1 levels in tumor tissue from patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer who are cisplatin-ineligible.

August 10, 2018

Cory Wiegert has been named Chief Executive Officer of CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned non-profit subsidiary of ASCO, and as an Executive Vice President for ASCO

August 9, 2018

ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research have submitted to the Food and Drug Administration recommended language for five guidance documents on ways to broaden eligibility criteria for cancer clinical trials by addressing five specific areas: minimum age requirements for trial enrollment, HIV/AIDS status, brain metastases, organ dysfunction, and prior and concurrent malignancies.

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