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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April 9, 2020

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today released a set of recommendations to support the oncology community as health care institutions across the United States face potentially difficult decisions around the allocation of scarce health care resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. In some geographic areas, the ongoing crisis is expected to demand more resources—including ventilators, critical and intensive care beds, and medications—than the U.S. or local health care systems can supply, and institutions will need to develop allocation decision policies as they provide care for a growing number of patients.

April 9, 2020

The following is a message from the Director of the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence, Dr. Richard Pazdur:

On April 8, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration approved encorafenib (BRAFTOVI®, Array BioPharma Inc.) in combination with cetuximab for the treatment of adult patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) with a BRAF V600E mutation, detected by an FDA-approved test, after prior therapy.

April 8, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, April 14, from 8–9 a.m. (ET), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will host the first session in its “ASCO Global Webinar Series: Experiences and Lessons During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The seminars will be held weekly.

April 6, 2020

The following is a message from the Director of the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence, Dr. Richard Pazdur:

April 1, 2020

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) will host a weekly webinar series on caring for people with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 31, 2020

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) launched the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Forum on myConnection to facilitate discussion and peer-to-peer practice sharing among ASCO members as the oncology community works to continue to provide high-quality care to people with cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Initial discussions in the forum touch on social distancing in treatment suites, masks, and the prevention measures at a cancer center in Romania.

March 31, 2020

To help ensure that health care providers have the resources necessary to care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took action to provide direct financial support to providers who have been impacted by the emergency.

March 30, 2020

In testimony submitted to Congress about the federal budget for FY 2021, ASCO thanked lawmakers for increasing funding for cancer research in FY2020 and urged them  to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) in the year ahead.

March 30, 2020

JCO Oncology Practice recently published an article written by the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Ethics Committee focused on the causes of burnout in oncology as well as intervention methods. The article provides recommendations for individuals, organizations, and the Society to address burnout and ensure delivery of ethical and quality cancer care. 

March 30, 2020

On March 27, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration approved durvalumab (IMFINZI®, AstraZeneca) in combination with etoposide and either carboplatin or cisplatin as first-line treatment of patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC).

March 27, 2020

Congress recently passed a third legislative package focused on stabilizing the United States economy and shoring up the health care system to ensure it is prepared to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. The bill includes key provisions that will impact the cancer care community, as well as patients with and survivors of cancer.

March 25, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participants to report 2019 data within the Quality Payment Program (QPP) to April 30, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline had been March 31, 2020.  

March 24, 2020

A new study in JCO Oncology Practice (JCO OP) shows that using clinical pathways in an oncology-specific alternative payment model (APM) can help reduce the cost of cancer care.

March 23, 2020

On March 18, the President signed into law the second emergency supplemental package designed to respond to COVID-19, which requires private health plans, Medicare Advantage Plans, TRICARE, veterans’ plans, federal workers' health plans, and the Indian Health Service to cover the COVID-19 diagnostic test at no cost to the patient and without prior authorization, as long as the patient visits a health care provider, urgent care center, or emergency room before receiving the test.

March 23, 2020

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is urging the White House and leaders in Congress to swiftly work together to meet the needs of patients and health care professionals in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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