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 8, 2021

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) issued a new position statement outlining the issues that telemedicine cross-state licensure presents for the cancer care community, in addition to ASCO’s recommendations to continue the practice during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

June 7, 2021

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) members who are practicing oncologists may have received emails inviting them to participate in the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Specialty Society Relative Value Scale (RVS) Update Committee (RUC) survey.

June 2, 2021

On Friday, May 28, President Biden released his full Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget request, which expands on the ‘skinny’ budget released in early April 2021. The full budget request includes an increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and would fully fund the 21st Century Cures Act and the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot Initiative. While the budget request is non-binding, it does signal the President’s priorities to Congress, stakeholders, and the general public.

June 1, 2021

On May 28, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to infigratinib (Truseltiq, QED Therapeutics, Inc.), a kinase inhibitor for adults with previously treated, unresectable locally advanced or metastatic cholangiocarcinoma with a fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2) fusion or other rearrangement as detected by an FDA-approved test.

May 28, 2021

On May 28, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to sotorasib (Lumakras™, Amgen, Inc.), a RAS GTPase family inhibitor, for adult patients with KRAS G12C‑mutated locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), as determined by an FDA‑approved test, who have received at least one prior systemic therapy.

May 26, 2021

A recording is now available of a virtual roundtable focused on achieving equity in precision cancer care. The event was hosted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

May 25, 2021

Administrator Brooks-LaSure is now in a key position to lead CMS during the agency’s continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the evolving implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under the new Administration.

May 25, 2021

ASCO has been notified of a recent safety notice relating to the drug BLINCYTO® (blinatumomab) under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program.

May 25, 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced updates to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The agency reweighted the 2020 MIPS cost performance category, opened applications for the 2021 MIPS promoting interoperability performance category hardship and extreme and uncontrollable circumstances exceptions, and released MIPS Cost measure benchmarks. 

May 21, 2021

The Improving Senior’s Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173) was recently re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA), Mike Kelly (PA), Dr. Ami Bera (CA), and Larry Bucshon (IN). The bill aims to streamline prior authorization practices and reduce care delays within the Medicare Advantage (MA) program.

May 21, 2021

On May 21, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to amivantamab-vmjw (Rybrevant, Janssen Biotech, Inc.), a bispecific antibody directed against epidermal growth factor (EGF) and MET receptors, for adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 20 insertion mutations, as detected by an FDA-approved test, whose disease has progressed on or after platinum-based chemotherapy.

May 20, 2021

On May 20, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration approved nivolumab (Opdivo, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company) for patients with completely resected esophageal or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancer with residual pathologic disease who have received neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy.

May 11, 2021

 A new special series in JCO Oncology Practice, a journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), explores the causes of disparities in cancer care and outcomes for Black people in the United States and examines potential solutions to begin to achieve health equity for this population. 

May 11, 2021

On May 10, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights announced that its ban on sex discrimination once again includes a ban on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The move will reverse a final rule from June 2020 that established a narrowed definition of sex that protected against discrimination only on the basis of "biological sex."

May 11, 2021

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) submitted comments to a House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing titled “Charting the Path Forward for Telehealth.” The comments convey ASCO’s views on how telehealth can better serve individuals with cancer and the oncology professionals who care for them.

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