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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July 25, 2018

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.

July 24, 2018

In a new ASCO in Action Podcast, ASCO CEO Dr. Clifford A. Hudis highlights the newly launched ASCO campaign, I Live to Conquer Cancerand discusses how ASCO members and the cancer care community can get involved. 

July 23, 2018

On July 20, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved ivosidenib (Tibsovo, Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) for adult patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with a susceptible IDH1 mutation as detected by an FDA-approved test.

July 18, 2018

On July 18, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration expanded the indication for ribociclib (Kisqali®, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation) in combination with an aromatase inhibitor for pre/perimenopausal women with HR-positive, HER2-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer, as initial endocrine-based therapy.

July 17, 2018

ASCO submitted a response to the Request for Information (RFI) that was included in the Trump Administration's “blueprint to lower drug prices and reduce out-of-pocket costs.” In a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar, ASCO recommends a value-based approach to address rising drug costs and makes specific recommendations regarding the 340B Drug Pricing Program, reviving the Competitive Acquisition Program (CAP), moving drugs from Medicare Part B to Part D, and site neutrality proposals. 

July 16, 2018

"I Live to Conquer Cancer" is a new national outreach and awareness initiative that builds on ASCO’s continued advocacy activities in support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and aims to underscore the critical importance of federally funded cancer research.

July 16, 2018

On July 13, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved enzalutamide (XTANDI®, Astellas Pharma US, Inc.), for patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC).

July 13, 2018

ASCO’s Policy Issue Briefs provide succinct overviews and relevant data on major policy issues impacting patients with cancer and the physicians who care for them. These briefs are designed to be especially helpful for journalists, offering background information on key issues across health policy today.

July 13, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule for 2019 Medicare physician reimbursement. CMS estimates that in 2019, the overall impact for the hematology/oncology specialty will be a 4 percent reduction in reimbursement and a 2 percent reimbursement reduction for radiation/oncology. These overall impacts reflect statutory adjustment factors, related to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act and Relative Value Units of CPT codes. It is important to note that the actual impact on individual physician practices will depend on the mix of services the practice provides.

July 13, 2018

ASCO strongly opposes provisions in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule that could significantly cut cancer care resources that are needed to provide high-quality care to individuals with cancer

July 13, 2018

A new study in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) used ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI)® to identify five determinants of successful implementation of Survivorship Care Plans (SCPs) to improve the care and outcomes for cancer survivors.

July 13, 2018

ASCO submitted comments to U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee leadership in conjunction with a subcommittee hearing on the 340B Drug Pricing Program, “Opportunities to Improve the 340B Drug Pricing Program.” In writing to Committee leadership, ASCO President Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, underscored ASCO’s appreciation for the committee’s continued efforts “to ensure the program addresses the needs of underserved patients—particularly their ability to access cancer care.”

July 11, 2018

On July 10, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to ipilimumab (YERVOY®, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Inc.) for use in combination with nivolumab for the treatment of patients 12 years of age and older with microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) that has progressed following treatment with a fluoropyrimidine, oxaliplatin, and irinotecan.

July 10, 2018

ASCO President Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO joined ASCO CEO Dr. Clifford A. Hudis in the most recent ASCO in Action Podcast to discuss her presidential theme and the vision she has for ASCO this coming year. 

July 10, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is advancing the Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration proposal to a public comment period and consideration for formal approval.  If approved, the demo would waive Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirements for clinicians who sufficiently participate in certain Medicare Advantage (MA) plans that involve assuming greater financial risk.

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