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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October 13, 2020

The Association for Clinical Oncology recently submitted comments about improving racial health equity, noting that factors including race and ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, geographic location, and insurance access are known to impact cancer care outcomes.

October 13, 2020

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) joined more than 110 organizations representing patients, medical researchers, providers, cancer survivors and their families in signing an endorsement letter for S. 4742, the CLINICAL TREATMENT Act.

October 13, 2020

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) responded to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Request for Information (RFI) on electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS). ASCO supports safe and unburdened access to opioids for people with cancer and asserts that EPCS provides benefits that can improve the quality of cancer care.

October 1, 2020

The Continuing Resolution provides flat funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through December 11, 2020, and does not include any emergency or additional funding for the NIH to mitigate disruptions to trials/research due to COVID-19.

September 30, 2020

ASCO applauds Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) for introducing bipartisan legislation to expand access to clinical trials and improve the quality of cancer research. The CLINICAL TREATMENT Act (S. 4742) would require Medicaid to guarantee coverage of the routine care costs of clinical trial participation for Medicaid enrollees with a life-threatening condition.

September 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 a challenging year for everyone, including cancer care providers, many of whom have had difficulty obtaining Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for their patients and staff during the pandemic. To help ease this burden on its members, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) partnered with Project N95—a not-for-profit organization—to offer a discount on much-needed PPE for qualifying ASCO members in the United States.

September 9, 2020

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today presented Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) with the annual Congressional Champion for Cancer Care Award in recognition of her exceptional commitment to bipartisan support for cancer research and treatment. The award honors a Member of Congress who is a leading champion for patients and survivors of cancer, their families, and their cancer care teams.  

August 26, 2020

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recently submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2021 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; and Home Infusion Therapy Services Requirements (CMS-1730-P) proposed rule.

August 18, 2020

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) President Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) President Lisa A. Lacasse, MBA, contributed an editorial for Urban One’s Engaging Black America issue, where they discuss the need to prioritize policy solutions that address systemic health disparities.

August 12, 2020

One of the nation’s leading cancer organizations today called for new actions to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes affecting racial and ethnic minorities, rural populations, sexual and gender minorities, people without insurance, and other disadvantaged populations. In a policy statement published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) argues that while progress has been made in raising awareness of disparities and driving research, the cancer community needs to take bolder, more aggressive steps to achieve equity for all patients.

August 4, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rules. The administration also released an accompanying Executive Order focusing on telehealth and rural healthcare.

July 31, 2020

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recently submitted comments to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in response to its Request for Information (RFI): Seeking Stakeholder Input on Scientific Gaps and Research Needs Related to Delivery of Cancer-related Care via Telehealth. The RFI aims to elicit stakeholder feedback and allow NCI to assess the current state of telehealth in the United States and its role in oncology in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 24, 2020

Today President Trump signed four executive orders (EOs) aimed at addressing the high cost of prescription drugs. The EOs, as described by the White House, would: (1) address the price of insulin by requiring federally qualified health centers to pass along any available discounts to patients, (2) allow for importation of certain drugs from other countries, (3) pass manufacturer discounts on Part D drugs to patients at the pharmacy, bypassing pharmacy benefit managers, and finally (4) implement a “favored nations” policy to allow Medicare to purchase Part B drugs at the lower prices paid by foreign countries. The fourth EO will go into effect in 30 days unless drug companies lower their prices first.

June 29, 2020

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) sent a letter to congressional leadership urging more action to address current drug shortages exacerbated by COVID-19 and to prevent future drug shortages. 

June 23, 2020

On June 23, 2020, JCO: Oncology Practice published an article on rural cancer care as part of the State of Cancer Care in America series. "Closing the Rural Cancer Care Gap: Three Institutional Approaches," draws from the second event in the State of Cancer Care in America series and supporting literature to summarize the challenges to delivering high-quality care in rural communities, highlight institutional approaches to addressing these challenges, and update ASCO’s rural workforce data.