ASCO in Action

ASCO in Action provides the latest news and analysis related to critical policy issues affecting the cancer community, updates on the Association for Clinical Oncology’s ongoing advocacy efforts, and opportunities for members and others in the cancer care community to take action.

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August 16, 2022

In response to the recent Supreme Court decision, ASCO has developed and compiled resources related to reproductive health in patients with cancer to help members navigate changes and ensure patient access to high-quality cancer care.

August 15, 2022

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently released new guidelines for reporting Evaluation and Management (E/M) services, which are to go into effect on January 1, 2023. 

August 10, 2022

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) applauds President Biden for his decision to appoint ASCO-Past President Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, as the new Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). An accomplished cancer surgeon and researcher with deep expertise in community-based cancer research, Dr. Bertagnolli has the knowledge, passion, and skillset to successfully lead the nation’s top federal cancer research agency and the wider U.S. cancer research enterprise. We enthusiastically endorse her selection, recognizing Dr. Bertagnolli’s distinguished leadership and experience in advancing evidence-based cancer care and research.

August 9, 2022

UPDATE: On August 7, 2022, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a broad climate, tax, and healthcare reconciliation bill, 51 to 50. Healthcare provisions in IRA will extend Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium tax credits, allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, place inflationary caps on Medicare Part B and Part D drugs, and cap out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries. The House of Representatives will reconvene on August 12 to consider and vote on the legislation--which is expected to pass--after which President Biden will sign the bill into law.

August 4, 2022

As of August 1, applications for ASCO’s 2023-2024 Leadership Development Program Asia Pacific (LDP-AP) are open through October 31. 

August 2, 2022

On July 27, 2022, the House of Representatives passed the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID–19 Act of 2021 (H.R.4040). The bill—which was introduced by Representatives Liz Cheney (R-WY-AL) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12)—would extend telehealth flexibilities for two years, through the end of 2024.

Specifically, the legislation would:

August 2, 2022

As of August, 1, ASCO is accepting applications for its 2023 International Development & Education Award (IDEA) program, which provides support for early-career oncologists in low- and middle-income countries and allows for knowledge sharing with more senior ASCO members. 

August 2, 2022

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is calling on Congress to continue their bipartisan support for cancer research. Robust, sustained, and predictable funding growth for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are vital in our nation’s efforts to combat and ultimately cure diseases like cancer.

August 2, 2022

On August 1, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the fiscal year (FY) 2023 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long‑Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rule. In addition to updating Medicare payment rates and policies for inpatient hospital services in FY 2023, the final rule aims to improve beneficiary access, improve the quality of maternity care, and advance health equity.

July 27, 2022

UPDATE: On July 27, 2022, the House Ways and Means committee passed the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act out of committee. The bill will be voted on by the entire House of Representatives in the days ahead. Upon passage in the House, it will move to the Senate. This is a critical moment when your lawmakers need to hear your support for this legislation. Please ask them to pass this bill—it only takes seconds using the ACT Network.  

July 25, 2022

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) today jointly released two resources to help research sites increase racial and ethnic equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in cancer clinical trials.

July 22, 2022

Today, the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) announced that nine outpatient oncology group practices have achieved certification through the new ASCO Patient-Centered Cancer Care Certification pilot based on their adherence to oncology medical home (OMH) standards, a single set of comprehensive, expert-backed standards for patient-centered care delivery, published by the American Societ

July 18, 2022

During the 2022 state legislative session, the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and state societies teamed up to advocate for policies aimed at improving access to equitable, high-quality cancer care. ASCO has tracked more than 500 state bills and has submitted 46 letters and counting to state legislators to address various policy developments, from access to care to utilization management.

July 15, 2022

On July 15, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule for the 2023 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is assessing the full proposal, but ASCO’s initial analysis is included here.

July 14, 2022

On July 14, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration approved crizotinib (Xalkori, Pfizer Inc.) for adult and pediatric patients 1 year of age and older with unresectable, recurrent, or refractory inflammatory anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive myofibroblastic tumors (IMT).