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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July 6, 2021

In addition to the Association for Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) advocacy at the federal level in Washington, DC, ASCO is also at work in state capitals advocating for improved patient access to high-quality, equitable cancer care at the state level. Cancer policy advancements at the state level have recently occured in Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Oregon. 

July 2, 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor, the Department of the Treasury, and the Office of Personnel Management released an interim final rule with comment period (IFR), Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I. This rule is the first of a series that will implement provisions of the No Surprises Act (NSA) signed into law as part of the 2021 COVID-19 relief bill.

June 17, 2021

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.

May 3, 2021

 In a continuation of their collaboration to increase clinical trial participation among patients from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) today announced plans to test a research site assessment tool and implicit bias training program, both of which are designed to address one of the barriers to clinical trial participation: trials not routinely being offered by clinicians to eligible patients.

April 13, 2021

On Friday, April 9, ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) co-hosted a live virtual event, which brought together experts from across the healthcare sector to discuss the recent release of the new ASCO-Friends recommendations for modernizing eligibility criteria to improve patient access and representation in cancer clinical trials. ASCO-Friends recommendations address five specific areas: treatment washout periods, concomitant medications, prior therapies, laboratory reference ranges and test intervals, and patient performance status.

March 15, 2021

The latest issue of JCO Oncology Practice features a new Special Series of articles examining the disparities and barriers faced in cancer care. The articles detail challenges experienced by people of different cultures, backgrounds, ages, and socioeconomic factors, and provides a framework for addressing disparities in underserved communities.

February 16, 2021

JCO Oncology Practice recently published an editorial that examines the intensified burnout oncology practitioners are experiencing due the COVID-19 pandemic and outlines critical interventions to support oncologists now and throughout a long-term recovery. The article was written by past, current, and select members of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Ethics Committee and Clinician Well-Being Task Force.

January 26, 2021

Eight oncology practices in eight different U.S. metropolitan areas with high rates of breast cancer disparities between Black and white Americans have been selected to participate in the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) quality programs, including the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) and Quality Training Program (QTP). Today ASCO and Susan G. Komen (Komen), with funding from the Fund II Foundation for each practice’s training and participation, announced the recipients. The three-year program, will be administered through Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation.

January 6, 2021

Feasibility assessments (FA) for clinical trials are conducted to establish that prospective trial sites can safely and effectively meet study goals and protocol requirements, however, a new research statement by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) asserts that current standards are “costly, inconsistent, inefficient, labor intensive, and of uncertain effectiveness.” These deficiencies ultimately result in fewer patients with timely access to clinical trials and delays in advancing novel safe and effective treatments.