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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February 12, 2018

Robin Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO, a medical oncologist at Michiana Hematology Oncology and last year’s ASCO Advocate of the Year, joined ASCO CEO Dr. Clifford Hudis this month to discuss Congressional advocacy and the role it plays in shaping cancer-related policies.

February 12, 2018

ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Round 1 of reporting opened for registration on Feb. 5; data abstraction will open on Tuesday, Feb. 27 and close on Friday, June 1.

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 9, 2018

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) commends Congress for passing a continuing resolution that includes an important correction to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. We are also pleased to see a budget deal that commits to at least a $2 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to reclaim America’s leadership in cancer research and continue building on our tremendous progress towards understanding, preventing, and treating cancer.

February 8, 2018

On February 7, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved abiraterone acetate (Zytiga®, Janssen Biotech Inc.) tablets in combination with prednisone for metastatic high-risk castration-sensitive prostate cancer (CSPC). 

February 7, 2018

ASCO applauds a provision in the continuing resolution (CR) passed by the House of Representatives yesterday that will ensure that payment adjustments under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) are not applied to Medicare Part B drug reimbursement. ASCO has strongly advocated for this change since the release of a proposed Quality Payment Program rule by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in June of 2017

February 7, 2018

ASCO today released its review of leading oncology pathway vendors in the United States. "Oncology Clinical Pathways: Charting the Landscape of Pathway Providers," published in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP), examines the clinical pathways offered by six commercial vendors using the society's criteria for high-quality clinical pathways.

February 7, 2018

ASCO is one of nearly 40 organizations—collectively representing millions of patients with serious and life-threatening diseases—urging Members of Congress to oppose two “right-to-try” (RTT) bills currently under consideration. In a letter to House leadership, the organizations expressed their support for patient access to promising unapproved therapies, but stated that the legislation under consideration would fail to actually expand such access, and more importantly, could do more harm than good to seriously ill patients.

February 7, 2018

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February 7, 2018

ASCO provided comments to the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) on a proposed position statement entitled “Compounding of Medications by Physicians.” The society appreciates FSMB’s efforts to ensure the safety of compounded medications, but believes that if finalized in its current form, the FSMB’s position statement would lead to confusion among cancer care providers and create barriers to providing chemotherapy to patients with cancer. ASCO urges FSMB to make clarifications and specific edits to the proposal, or to delay final approval of the position statement to allow time for refinements.

February 7, 2018

ASCO submitted comments to House Energy and Commerce Committee leadership in response to a committee report entitled, “Review of the 340B Drug Pricing Program,” which examines the program and outlines recommendations to address existing challenges. ASCO appreciates the Committee’s efforts to ensure 340B honors its original intent to address the needs of low-income, underserved, and underinsured patients.  

February 5, 2018

ASCO Chief Medical Officer Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FASCO, will participate in the second annual Pediatric Precision Oncology Conference, which has extended the deadline for abstract submissions until Wednesday, February 7, 2018. 

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 30, 2018

ASCO is inviting all oncology practices to participate in the annual Survey of Oncology Practice Operations, which looks at the current state of business and operational issues in oncology.

January 30, 2018

On Jan. 26, the CancerLinQ Oncology Leadership Council convened leaders from its full coalition of public, private, and not-for-profit partners in an all-day summit to discuss CancerLinQ®—its inception, current status, and its strategic plans for the next year and beyond.

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