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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February 6, 2020

“The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) applauds the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for reflecting recommendations in the Society’s position statement on pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in the agency’s 2021 and 2022 Medicare Advantage and Part D proposed rule.  

February 4, 2020

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Research Community Forum (RCF) is holding a free, two-part webinar on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) audit readiness, which will take participants on a journey through the FDA inspection process. 

February 4, 2020

On January 30, Jerome Seid, MD, FACP, testified during a hearing of the Michigan State Senate Committee on Health Policy and Human Services in support of SB 612, a bill that would make important reforms to prior authorization and step therapy protocols. Dr. Seid is a member of the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and past president of the Michigan Society of Hematology and Oncology (MSHO).

As a practicing hematologist and oncologist in Warren, Michigan, Dr. Seid provided first-hand experience to the Committee on how prior authorization impacts his patients.

February 4, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is expanding its coverage of next generation sequencing (NGS) for use as a diagnostic tool for certain patients with cancer.

January 28, 2020

The American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Round 1 of reporting is open for data abstraction. Round 1 will close on June 5, 2020, and final reports will be available approximately four weeks after the round closes. To get started, go to the registration portal and log in.

January 28, 2020

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a position statement, “Block Grants in Medicaid & Their Impact on Cancer Care,” summarizing the Society’s concerns about the potential negative impact that recent proposals to establish annual limits on federal funding for Medicaid—or block grants—could have on patients with cancer. The statement urges state and federal policymakers not to enact, apply for, or advance any proposals to establish block grants for Medicaid programs. 

January 24, 2020

On January 23, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to tazemetostat (TAZVERIK™, Epizyme, Inc.) for adults and pediatric patients aged 16 years and older with metastatic or locally advanced epithelioid sarcoma not eligible for complete resection.

January 23, 2020

Statement By American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) President Howard A. "Skip" Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO

January 21, 2020

The Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) sent a letter to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp with concerns about a proposal to partially expand Medicaid in the state. Known as an 1115 waiver, the proposal would extend Medicaid coverage to merely 89,000 of the 1.5 million uninsured Georgians, while imposing work requirements and other restrictions on the program.

January 21, 2020

The Tennessee Oncology Practice Society (TOPS) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, outlining concerns about Tennessee’s proposal to transition its current Medicaid program to a block grant approach.

January 21, 2020

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), submitted its Patient-Centered Oncology Payment (PCOP) model for consideration by the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). PTAC is an advisory group to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which sends recommendations to the Secretary of HHS on stakeholder proposals for a type of alternative payment model known as a physician-focused payment model (PFPM).

January 21, 2020

As part of the Administration’s push to lower prescription drug prices, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule and draft guidance on drug importation into the Unites States (U.S.). The proposed rule would authorize states, wholesalers, or pharmacists to submit proposals to import prescription drugs from Canada into the U.S. The rule, however, would exclude the importation of biologics and infused drugs.

January 21, 2020

Price transparency is often highlighted in conversations about health care reform in the U.S. since prices vary for health care goods and services by location, provider choice, health insurance benefit design, and other factors. Such complexity within the health care delivery system makes it difficult to distill and share information that would be meaningful and useful to patients and providers.

January 9, 2020

From the American Society of Clinical Oncology in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and as a service to our members, ASCO will periodically distribute information about newly approved therapies for cancer patients. This helps FDA inform oncologists and professionals in oncology-related fields about recent approvals in a timely manner. Included in the email from the FDA will be a link to the product label, which will provide the relevant clinical information on the indication, contraindications, dosing, and safety.

January 8, 2020

From the American Society of Clinical Oncology in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and as a service to our members, ASCO will periodically distribute information about newly approved therapies for cancer patients. This helps FDA inform oncologists and professionals in oncology-related fields about recent approvals in a timely manner. Included in the email from the FDA will be a link to the product label, which will provide the relevant clinical information on the indication, contraindications, dosing, and safety.

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