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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September 7, 2022

The first 10 participants in the new Leadership Programme for Women in Oncology have been announced. The program, a joint endeavour from ASCO and City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can), seeks to address the specific challenges and barriers faced by women leaders in oncology and strengthen the leadership mindsets and skills of women working to improve access to equitable, quality cancer care in C/Can cities.

September 1, 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Request for Information seeking public comment on various aspects of the Medicare Advantage (MA) program as CMS works toward establishing more equitable, high-quality care in MA. The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) submitted a response to the agency on a variety of issues including health equity, expanding access to coverage and care, promoting person-centered care, and supporting sustainability and affordability. Some of the issues addressed in ASCO’s comments are summarized here.

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 13, 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published 2022 Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive Payment details on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website. Clinicians can access the information by logging in to the QPP website using their HARP credentials. In an effort to ensure correct payments and information are available during the 2022 payment year, CMS verifies eligible clinicians’ APM participation and the APM Incentive Payment calculation.

July 5, 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) has opened the Final Score Preview period for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 2021 performance year. The preview period is a new phase of MIPS that provides clinicians the opportunity to preview their final score prior to the release of 2023 payment adjustment information.

June 27, 2022

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. 

June 7, 2022

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 transitioned to maintenance or preventive therapies. 

June 4, 2022

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.

May 11, 2022

Today, JCO Oncology Practice, a journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), published a special series that examines the causes of disparities in cancer care and outcomes in the U.S. Hispanic/Latinx population and offers potential solutions to increase equity among this group. "Disparities in Cancer Care and Scientific Knowledge in Hispanic/Latinx People in the United States” features 18 articles and editorials that present new data and opportunities on a wide variety of topics, including prevention and screening, genetic testing, clinical trial enrollment and participation, access to affordable health care, and workforce representation, among others. 

April 12, 2022

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today announced the establishment of the ASCO Center for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, which will advance the Society’s equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) goals across the organization and throughout the wider oncology community.

March 15, 2022

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) issued a new report recommending the National Institutes of Health (NIH) implement new guidelines to standardize the collection of data on sex, gender, and sexual orientation. 

March 15, 2022

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is currently accepting applications for its project to improve rates of recommended vaccinations for adults with cancer. The project is part of a five-year cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS). ASCO will select seven participants for the project in the Spring of 2022.

March 8, 2022

Marking International Women’s Day, ASCO and City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can) are announcing their Leadership Programme for Women in Oncology, which seeks to address the specific challenges and barriers faced by women leaders in oncology and aims to strengthen leadership mindsets and skills of women working to improve access to equitable, quality cancer care in C/Can cities.

February 1, 2022

World Cancer Day, held annually on February 4, is a global initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). This year’s event calls on the oncology community to “close the care gap,” with a focus on recognizing and understanding the inequities in cancer care and working to address them.