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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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 21, 2022

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.

June 21, 2022

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. 

June 15, 2022

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:

May 19, 2022

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) today jointly released recommendations that address the lack of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in cancer clinical trials. Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, “Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Cancer Clinical Trials: An American Society of Clinical Oncology and Association of Community Cancer Centers Joint Research Statement” details specific actions to engage the entire cancer clinical trial ecosystem in expanding the participation of underrepresented individuals in research that advances progress against cancer.

May 16, 2022

Last week, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) CEO Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, participated in Health Equity: Advocacy and Access, an online panel hosted by The Cancer Letter which focused on role of policy in ensuring equitable access to care.

May 10, 2022

A new report found that 13% of prior authorization denials in the Medicare Advantage (MA) program were for service requests that met Medicare fee-for-service coverage rules, likely delaying or preventing patient care. The report, conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), on the impact of prior authorization within MA found that imaging services, stays in post-acute facilities, and injections were three prominent service types among the denials that met Medicare coverage rules.

May 10, 2022

Proposals to reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee agreements include several ASCO priorities, including those that would increase diversity of clinical trials and strengthen the accelerated approval process.

May 9, 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Contract Year 2023 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs final rule. The rule finalizes the administration’s efforts to improve consumer protections, reduce disparities, and improve equity in the MA and Medicare Part D programs in 2023 and beyond.

April 29, 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 2023 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters final rule. The rule finalizes regulatory changes in the individual and small group health insurance markets and establishes parameters and requirements issuers need to design plans and set rates for the 2023 plan year. The rule also aims to improve enrollment policies for qualified health plans offered on the federal Marketplace to ensure consumer access to quality and affordable coverage and to advance health equity.

April 21, 2022

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) responded to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-issued Request for Information on the barriers that people face when trying to enroll and maintain health care coverage in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. ASCO is committed to advocating for coverage and reimbursement, access and quality, and cancer research and prevention policies that promote high-quality, equitable cancer care throughout the health care system.

April 19, 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the fiscal year 2023 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long‑Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule. In addition to updating Medicare payment rates and policies for inpatient hospitals in FY 2023, the proposed rule aims to measure health care quality disparities, improve the quality of maternity care, and obtain stakeholder feedback to advance health equity.

April 12, 2022

From April 4-8, U.S. members of the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) participated in the 2022 ASCO Week of Action, which was held in conjunction with the Association’s annual Advocacy Summit. During the Week of Action, advocates from across the country sent a record 920 letters to Members of Congress through ASCO’s ACT Network urging them to take action on important policies to improve access to high-quality, equitable care for people with cancer.

March 29, 2022

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in response to the agency’s Request for Information (RFI) on electronic prior authorization (ePA).

March 17, 2022

Congress is considering several cancer policy priorities this week, including the PREVENT Pandemics Act, Cures 2.0, and legislation to authorize ARPA-H.

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