On December 10, 2021, President Biden signed the “Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act,” which phased in the Medicare sequester cuts that had been paused during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), starting April 1, 2022. From April 1, through June 30, 2022, the cut is 1%. The cut will return to 2% on July 1, 2022.
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On June 27, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), through its Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), announced a new, voluntary oncology payment model, the Enhancing Oncology Model (EOM).
ASCO is committed to the delivery of medically appropriate, equitable, evidence-based cancer care. For patients of child-bearing age, a cancer diagnosis raises medical considerations around pregnancy and fertility preservation. Every patient should have the ability to pursue, in partnership with their oncologist, all treatment options that offer the best chance of a successful outcome for their cancer.
“The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) applauds the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to remove Juul products from the market in the United States (U.S.). This is an important step in preventing another generation from becoming addicted to nicotine—regardless of how it is delivered.”
The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the fiscal year (FY) 2023 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long‑Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule. ASCO’s Comments address CAR-T reimbursement and respond to several Requests for Information (RFI) on social determinants of health data collection, measuring healthcare disparities across CMS’s quality programs, climate change, and advancing digital quality.
The Supreme Court released a unanimous decision in American Hospital Association et al. v. Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al. in favor of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and its objection to reduced reimbursement rates for Medicare Part B drugs purchased through the 340B drug pricing program.
This week, the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) launched an advertising campaign in Politico—a leading political publication that is widely read on Capitol Hill—urging lawmakers to pass a prior authorization reform bill to help protect patient access to timely cancer treatment. The Association and its members are also reaching out to lawmakers on social media and using the ACT Network to urge swift passage of the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173/S. 3018).
ASCO is continuing to collaborate with State Affiliates and outside stakeholders to raise awareness and facilitate implementation of the CLINICAL TREATMENT Act, which requires all states and territories to cover and reimburse routine costs of care for treating a Medicaid enrollee who is participating in a qualifying clinical trial.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed its comprehensive legislation to reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee agreements, including the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), the Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA), the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA), and the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA). ASCO is pleased that several of the Association’s priorities were included in the final House-passed bill.
From June 10-15, delegates from the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) participated in the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD). The AMA HOD is the principal policy-making body of AMA and meets twice a year to discuss pressing issues and establish association policies. This year, the meeting returned to an in-person format in Chicago.
The AMA HOD voted to approve two ASCO-backed resolutions during the meeting:
Prior authorization requires patients or their providers to secure pre-approval as a condition of payment or insurance coverage of services. In a recent ASCO survey, 75% of oncology practices cited prior authorization as a significant practice pressure. In a 2021 survey led by the American Medical Association (AMA), practices reported an average of 41 prior authorization requests per week, accounting for approximately 13 hours of practice time—or nearly two business days. Learn more.
On June 8, CancerLinQ® LLC and HealthVerity, Inc. announced a collaboration that will create the nation’s premier real-world oncology data ecosystem to advance cancer care and research for government and public health agencies.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has made new resources available through its refreshed Survivorship Compendium—an online library of practice tools designed and curated to help oncologists develop high-quality, equitable cancer survivorship care programs and improve existing programs for patients who have completed their initial cancer treatment or who have transitio
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health’s Minority Research Grant Program recently released a notice of funding opportunity for three grants totaling up to $1 million for researchers at minority-serving institutions. Eligible institutions include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, and Tribal colleges and Universities.
In a collaboration announced June 4, ASCO will work with the World Health Organization (WHO) to measure and improve the quality of cancer care internationally. The goal is to achieve health-related targets of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and WHO Global Action Plan on Non-Communicable Diseases and help cancer professionals provide the best possible care to their patients.