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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February 18, 2020

On February 18, 106 organizations representing patients, providers, medical researchers, survivors, and families joined together to urge Congress to include the bipartisan CLINICAL TREATMENT Act (H.R. 913) in the upcoming ‘must pass’ healthcare extenders package, which is expected to pass this spring. 

February 18, 2020
On February 11, members of the Association for Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Government Relations Committee met with several federal agencies and stakeholder groups to discuss top cancer policy priorities.

The meetings focused on drug pricing, access to clinical trials, Medicaid expansion and block grants, accelerated drug approval pathways, and other issues affecting people with cancer and their oncology care teams.

February 18, 2020

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is calling on Members of Congress to continue their support for federally funded research by providing $44.7 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including $6.9 billion for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. The $3 billion funding increase for NIH will help the agency continue to regain some of the ground it lost after years of effectively flat budgets so the U.S. biomedical research enterprise can continue its important work in support of new advances and cures for patients.

February 7, 2020

Thirty-three practices in three countries have committed to providing high quality care by receiving the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification in the fourth quarter of 2019. The Association for Clinical Oncology (Association) applauds the work of these practices to ensure a better and healthier future.

February 6, 2020

“The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) applauds the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for reflecting recommendations in the Society’s position statement on pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in the agency’s 2021 and 2022 Medicare Advantage and Part D proposed rule.  

February 4, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is expanding its coverage of next generation sequencing (NGS) for use as a diagnostic tool for certain patients with cancer.

February 4, 2020

On January 30, Jerome Seid, MD, FACP, testified during a hearing of the Michigan State Senate Committee on Health Policy and Human Services in support of SB 612, a bill that would make important reforms to prior authorization and step therapy protocols. Dr. Seid is a member of the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and past president of the Michigan Society of Hematology and Oncology (MSHO).

As a practicing hematologist and oncologist in Warren, Michigan, Dr. Seid provided first-hand experience to the Committee on how prior authorization impacts his patients.

February 4, 2020

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Research Community Forum (RCF) is holding a free, two-part webinar on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) audit readiness, which will take participants on a journey through the FDA inspection process. 

January 28, 2020

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a position statement, “Block Grants in Medicaid & Their Impact on Cancer Care,” summarizing the Society’s concerns about the potential negative impact that recent proposals to establish annual limits on federal funding for Medicaid—or block grants—could have on patients with cancer. The statement urges state and federal policymakers not to enact, apply for, or advance any proposals to establish block grants for Medicaid programs. 

January 28, 2020

The American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Round 1 of reporting is open for data abstraction. Round 1 will close on June 5, 2020, and final reports will be available approximately four weeks after the round closes. To get started, go to the registration portal and log in.

January 24, 2020

On January 23, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to tazemetostat (TAZVERIK™, Epizyme, Inc.) for adults and pediatric patients aged 16 years and older with metastatic or locally advanced epithelioid sarcoma not eligible for complete resection.

January 23, 2020

Statement By American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) President Howard A. "Skip" Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO

January 21, 2020

Price transparency is often highlighted in conversations about health care reform in the U.S. since prices vary for health care goods and services by location, provider choice, health insurance benefit design, and other factors. Such complexity within the health care delivery system makes it difficult to distill and share information that would be meaningful and useful to patients and providers.

January 21, 2020

As part of the Administration’s push to lower prescription drug prices, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule and draft guidance on drug importation into the Unites States (U.S.). The proposed rule would authorize states, wholesalers, or pharmacists to submit proposals to import prescription drugs from Canada into the U.S. The rule, however, would exclude the importation of biologics and infused drugs.

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