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

letter from 160 Members of Congress to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma made recommendations regarding the coming update to Evaluation and Management (E&M) services Current Procedural Terminology (CPT ®) codes (99202-99215) in 2021.

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 9, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced updated terms for loans issued to Medicare providers and suppliers under the Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Program—a program that allows the agency to make such payments in emergency situations—during  the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). Loan repayment will now begin one year from the issuance date of each provider or supplier’s payment.

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 29, 2020

In a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) expressed significant concerns that provisions in the 2021 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) proposed rule have the potential to undermine access to cancer care for Medicare beneficiaries.

September 23, 2020

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) commented on provisions in the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule that would impact cancer care for Medicare beneficiaries.

September 22, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the Radiation Oncology (RO) model, a mandatory payment model that requires participation from radiotherapy (RT) providers and suppliers that furnish RT services within randomly selected core-based statistical areas (CBSAs)—which are linked to ZIP Codes.

September 4, 2020

On September 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released updates to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule for fiscal year 2021, including updates to Medicare payment policies and payment rates for most acute care hospitals. Notably, CMS finalized its proposal to establish a Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Group (MS-DRG) for  chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) services. 

August 26, 2020

On August 25, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its third COVID-19-related interim final rule with comment period (IFC). Provisions from the rule impact hospital and laboratory COVID-19 reporting, as well as testing for Medicare beneficiaries. Comments are due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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 14, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it is reopening the application portal for Provider Relief Funds (PRF) to two groups of Medicare providers: providers who missed the opportunity to apply for additional funding from the Phase 1 Medicare General Distribution and providers who had a change in ownership.

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 6, 2020

On August 20, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (the Society), and its affiliate organization the Association for Clinical Oncology (the Association), will host ASCO Practice Leadership: 2021 MPFS & OPPS Rules, a free webinar that will review the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rules.

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.

August 4, 2020

On August 3, President Trump signed an Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access aimed at increasing access to healthcare services in rural areas. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services also released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rules for 2021.  

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