ASCO Launches Campaign Urging Congress to Pass Prior Authorization Reform

Watch Your Inbox June 27 for ASCO’s Prior Authorization Survey
June 21, 2022
ASCO ads on the Politico website

An example of ASCO's advertising on Politico's website.

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).

The Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act will help streamline prior authorization within Medicare Advantage (MA) by creating an electronic prior authorization process in MA, holding MA plans accountable for the timeliness of determinations, and requiring MA plans to report on the extent of their prior authorization use. A recent federal report found that 13% of prior authorization denials in MA met Medicare fee-for-service coverage rules. Eight cases in the report were related to cancer care, six of which were denied based on incorrect determinations, clerical errors, incorrect data review, etc.

Heads-Up: On June 27 Look for ASCO Email and Survey on Prior Authorization in Cancer Care

ASCO wants to hear from its members about the impact of prior authorization on cancer care. Check your email inbox on Monday, June 27 for ASCO’s brief survey on the impact of prior authorization on your practice and patients. If you are directly involved in processing prior authorizations, we urge you to take the survey. You may also forward the survey to any colleagues who might be interested in sharing their experiences with prior authorization in cancer care. Your responses will guide ASCO’s future efforts. Any questions or concerns may be sent to priorauth@asco.org.

Other ways you can advance prior authorization reform:

  • Urge your Members of Congress to  pass the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act through ASCO’s ACT Network. It takes only seconds to send your message!
  • Post on social media about prior authorization, the need for reform, or why you’re urging Congress to pass this legislation. Be sure to use #FixPriorAuth and #ASCOAdvocacy.
  • Tell ASCO how prior authorization has impacted your patients or your practice. We will use these stories to support our advocacy efforts. Email your stories to priorauth@asco.org.

Thank you for participating in these important efforts.

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