The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. Updates include expanding the amount of time providers will have to report information, efforts to reduce burdens on smaller providers, and extending key deadlines for expending PRF payments for recipients who received payments after June 30, 2020.
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A new ASCO guideline update recommends offering 1 year of adjuvant olaparib to patients with high-risk early-stage human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative breast cancer and germline BRCA mutations after completion of (neo)adjuvant chemotherapy and local treatment, including radiation. The recommendations update the 2020 guideline from ASCO, the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), and the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) published on the management of hereditary breast cancer.
The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly interrupted delivery of key preventive services, resulting in many adolescents missing routine human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine doses. In response, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and nearly 80 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers and other organizations issued a joint statement urging the nation’s health care systems, physicians, parents and children, and young adults to get HPV vaccination back on track.
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.
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. This important survey will help ASCO, in collaboration with the RUC, recommend relative value units and direct practice expense values to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for certain services.
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.
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).
“The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) congratulates Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on her confirmation as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 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.
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. A REMS Letter for Professional Societies has been released to address the potential risks for (1) cytokine release syndrome (CRS), which may be life-threatening or fatal, (2) neurological toxicities, which may be severe, life-threatening, or fatal, and (3) preparation and administration errors associated with use of BLINCYTO®.
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.
The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is calling on Congress to continue their bipartisan support of federally funded research. Robust, sustained, and predictable funding growth for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) baseline budgets are critical in advancing our nation’s work towards combating, and ultimately curing, diseases like cancer.
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.
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.
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.
Anew 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.