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ASCO Launches COME HOME Initiative to Give Oncology Practices Concrete Path Toward Alternative Payment System

On November 2, ASCO and Innovative Oncology Business Solutions, Inc, (IOBS) announced a new collaboration, ASCO COME HOME, an oncology medical home program designed to transition community oncology practices from volume-based to value-based care by structuring reimbursement around the full...

gynecologic cancers
health-care policy

CDC Recommends Only Two HPV Shots for Younger Adolescents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended that 11- to 12-year-olds receive 2 doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine at least 6 months apart rather than the previously recommended 3 doses to protect against cancers caused by HPV infections. Teens and young adults who ...

health-care policy

Vice President Biden Delivers Cancer Moonshot Report, Announces Public and Private Sector Actions to Advance Cancer Moonshot Goals

Today in the Oval Office, Vice President Joe Biden delivered the Cancer Moonshot report to the President and the American public. The report summarizes the work of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force since its creation in January and lays out the Vice President’s strategic plan for transforming...

health-care policy

HHS Finalizes MACRA Rule, ASCO Applauds Focus on High-Quality Patient-Centered Care

Today, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) finalized a landmark new payment system for Medicare clinicians that will continue the Administration’s progress in reforming how the health-care system pays for care. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of ...

health-care policy
issues in oncology

COA Releases 2016 Community Oncology Practice Impact Report

The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) released the 2016 Community Oncology Practice Impact Report today, which tracks the changing landscape of cancer care in the United States. It documents a 121% increase in community cancer clinic closings and a 172% increase in consolidation into hospitals...

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issues in oncology

Vice President Biden Announces New Steps to Improve Clinical Trials Essential to Advancing the Cancer Moonshot

Today, Vice President Joe Biden announced a series of new steps focused on increasing access to information about clinical trials and improving the efficiency of our clinical research system. These steps include making it easier for participants to find clinical trial opportunities as quickly as...

health-care policy

ASCO Applauds Bold Recommendations From Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel

ASCO commended the Cancer Moonshot Initiative Blue Ribbon Panel for its ambitious recommendations to accelerate progress against cancer. “We applaud the Blue Ribbon Panel for its work and the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) National Cancer Advisory Board for convening the panel,”...

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issues in oncology

Researchers Question Process for Reviewing Coverage of 'Off-Label' Cancer Drug Use

A group of University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers is calling for an overhaul of the process that determines which cancer drugs used off-label—or beyond their approved use—are reimbursed by federally funded health insurance in the United...

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Study Finds United States Ranks First in Health-Care Spending, but Cancer Outcomes Do Not Reflect the Investment

The U.S. health-care system is characterized—on a global level—by its unsustainable spending, which does not necessarily correlate to better outcomes in patients with cancer. With $2.9 trillion spent in 2013, the United States ranks first in health-care spending among the world’s...

health-care policy
issues in oncology

New American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Report Shows States Are Making Progress Implementing Policies to Reduce Toll of Cancer

Although a majority of states are still missing important opportunities to pass and implement legislative solutions proven to prevent and fight cancer, there is progress being made to move the nation closer to ending cancer as we know it, according to a report recently released by the American...

health-care policy

FDA Advances Precision Medicine Initiative by Issuing Draft Guidances on Next-Generation Sequencing–Based Tests

In support of the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative, on July 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two draft guidances that, when finalized, will provide a flexible and streamlined approach to the oversight of tests that detect medically important differences in a...

health-care policy

At Cancer Moonshot Summit, Vice President Biden Announces New Actions to Accelerate Progress Against Cancer

Today, the Cancer Moonshot hosted a summit at Howard University, in Washington, DC, as part of a national day of action that also included more than 270 events in communities across the United States. Vice President Joe Biden joined over 350 researchers, oncologists, care providers, data and...

health-care policy

Richard Pazdur, MD, Named Acting Director of the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf, MD, issued the following statement today regarding the appointment of the Acting Director of the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence. “The FDA is honored to be an integral part of the Vice President’s National Cancer...

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ASCO Outlines Opposition to Medicare Part B Demo for Senate Finance Hearing

ASCO voiced its strong opposition to the proposed Medicare Part B demonstration project in comments submitted on June 28 for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing, “Examining the Proposed Medicare Part B Drug Demonstration.” ASCO underscored the urgent need to advance a fairer...

health-care policy

Statement from FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, MD, on the Release of the Final Individual Patient Expanded Access Form

“Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized its efforts to streamline the process used by physicians to request expanded access, often called ‘compassionate use,’ to investigational drugs and biologics for their patients. As a physician, I understand the...

health-care policy
legislation

Vulnerable Hospitals, Cancer Surgery Readmissions, and Penalizing Payment Programs

Readmission rates after complex cancer operations tend to be higher in hospitals that are considered to be vulnerable because they serve as safety nets in their communities or have a high number of Medicaid patients. Reasons for higher readmission rates are highly complex and involve socioeconomic...

health-care policy

ASCO Urges CMS to Withdraw Medicare Part B Demo in Formal Comments

ASCO President Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, issued this statement on May 10. “In comments submitted yesterday to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), ASCO underscored the urgent need to advance a more fair and responsible payment system for oncology than what is proposed ...

health-care policy

AACR 2016: Report Identifies Considerations for Alternative Payment Models for Cancer Care

A roundtable convened by the Turning the Tide Against Cancer initiative, composed of a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders, put forth five policy considerations that are critical to ensuring the delivery of high-quality oncology care while supporting innovation. The report was published by...

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NCI Announces Blue Ribbon Panel to Help Guide Vice President Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative

On April 4, 2016, The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts, cancer leaders, and patient advocates that will inform the scientific direction and goals at NCI of Vice President Joe Biden’s National...

health-care policy
palliative care

Joseph Simone, MD: Highlights of the 21st Annual NCCN Conference

Joseph V. Simone, MD, of the Simone Consulting Company, gives his expert perspective on the important messages of this year’s meeting.

health-care policy

Robert Miller, MD: CancerLinQ Update

Robert Miller, MD, ASCO’S Vice President of Quality and Guidelines, discusses CancerLinQ, the “big data” technology platform, and implementation of a rapid learning system for oncology based on Institute of Medicine principles.

health-care policy

Many Americans Favor a Tax Increase to Support the 'Moonshot' Cancer Initiative

Vice President Joe Biden's “moonshot” initiative to defeat cancer earned support for a tax increase to fund cancer research among half of respondents (50%) in a new national public opinion survey commissioned by Research!America. Thirty-eight percent disagree and an additional 12% are...

health-care policy
issues in oncology

ASCO Calls for Improvements to Clinical Pathway Programs in Oncology

ASCO released a new policy statement with recommendations to ensure that clinical pathways in oncology promote—not hinder—the care of patients with cancer. Published by Zon et al in the Journal of Oncology Practice, the statement asserts that the way in which these treatment management...

health-care policy
cost of care

Medicine Turned Upside Down

BookmarkTitle: The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is in Your HandsAuthor: Eric Topol, MDPublisher: Basic BooksPublication date: January 2015Price: $28.99; hardcover, 384 pagesMost books about health care center on fixing broken parts of the massive $3 trillion system, as seen with ...

health-care policy
issues in oncology

Even Before Affordable Care Act, Cancer Survivors in Nonexpansion States Had Less Health-Care Access

An analysis published by Tarazi et al in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship found that even in the health-care landscape before the Affordable Care Act, cancer survivors in states that had already expanded Medicaid coverage prior to passage of the Act had more access to health care than cancer...

breast cancer
health-care policy
issues in oncology

RSNA 2015: Medicaid Expansion Improves Breast Cancer Screening for Low-Income Women

Low-income women in Medicaid expansion states in the United States are more likely to have a breast screening performed than those in nonexpansion states, according to a study (HP207-SD-MOA2) by Fazeli Dehkordy et al presented November 30, 2015, at the Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of...

issues in oncology
health-care policy
issues in oncology

ASCO Calls for Comprehensive Payment Reform to Address Issue of Site Neutrality

ASCO has called for comprehensive physician payment reform to support the full scope of services required by patients with cancer, rather than jeopardizing patient outcomes by reducing the available resources in a particular cancer care setting in an effort to achieve "site neutrality" in...

health-care policy
issues in oncology
issues in oncology

ECC 2015: Tackling the Global Shortfall in Radiotherapy

Millions of people are unable to receive necessary treatment worldwide because of a chronic underinvestment in radiotherapy resources, according to a major new Commission on access to radiotherapy, published in by Atun et al in The Lancet Oncology, and presented at the 2015 European Cancer Congress ...

health-care policy
survivorship
issues in oncology
issues in oncology
issues in oncology

ECC 2015: Childhood Cancers in Europe: Progress Has Been Made, but Much Still to Do

Each year in Europe, 6,000 young people die from cancer, and two-thirds of those who survive suffer from treatment-related side effects. Although there has been considerable progress in the treatment of childhood cancers over the past few decades, and cancer in childhood is rare, these are major...

health-care policy
hematologic malignancies
leukemia
issues in oncology
issues in oncology
cost of care

Study Finds Current Prices of Hematologic Cancer Drugs Are Not Justified

The costs associated with cancer drug prices have risen dramatically over the past 15 years, a trend concerning to many oncologists. In a new analysis, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center concluded that the majority of existing treatments for hematologic cancers are...

breast cancer
colorectal cancer
health-care policy
issues in oncology
issues in oncology
issues in oncology
cost of care

Colorectal Cancer Screening Increase May Reflect Affordable Care Act Provision

Screening for colorectal cancer increased in individuals with a lower socioeconomic status after 2008, perhaps reflecting the Affordable Care Act’s removal of financial barriers to screening, according to a new analysis. The study, by American Cancer Society investigators, was published by...

health-care policy
issues in oncology
issues in oncology

Analysis Shows Advantage for Picture-Based vs Text-Based Warnings on Cigarette Packs

Pictures illustrating the dangers of cigarette smoking were more effective at strengthening people’s intentions to quit smoking than text warnings, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analysis of multiple research studies has found. These findings were published by Noar et al in...

health-care policy
issues in oncology

ASCO Issues Statement Praising the Senate Repeal of SGR

In a statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology praised the U.S. Senate’s 92-to-8 approval of legislation to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula. ASCO President Peter Paul Yu, MD, FACP, FASCO, said, “Today's courageous vote by the U.S. Senate to finally end the...

health-care policy
issues in oncology
issues in oncology
cost of care

Study Finds Price of Cancer Drugs Varies Widely Based on Who’s Paying

Uninsured cancer patients are paying anywhere from 2 to 43 times what Medicare would pay for chemotherapy drugs, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. These findings were published by Dusetzina et al in Health Affairs. Major Discrepancies Researchers led...

health-care policy
issues in oncology
issues in oncology

Annual ASCO Report Shows Widespread Disturbance in Oncology Practice, Amid Growing Patient Demand and Administrative Burden

The U.S. cancer care system faces tremendous turbulence while dealing with growing numbers of cancer patients and survivors, mounting pressures to control rising health-care costs, and widespread oncology practice transformation, reports a new study by the American Society of Clinical Oncology...

health-care policy
lung cancer
issues in oncology

CMS Issues National Coverage Determination for Screening for Lung Cancer With Low-Dose Computed Tomography

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final national coverage determination that provides for Medicare coverage of screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (CT). The coverage is effective immediately. “This is the first time that Medicare...

health-care policy
issues in oncology

ASCO Calls for Major Medicaid Reform to Improve Quality Cancer Care for Low-Income Americans

ASCO issued its new Policy Statement on Medicaid Reform yesterday, which calls for major changes to the program to ensure access to high-quality cancer care for all low-income individuals. The Society’s recommendations call for Medicaid expansion in all 50 states to close coverage gaps,...

health-care policy
issues in oncology

Cancer Leaders Call for Congress to Act Quickly in 2015 to Reinvigorate Cancer Innovation in the United States

Even before the next Congress is formally elected, a national group of health-care stakeholders called the Cancer Innovation Coalition (CIC) went to Capitol Hill today to call for early legislative and regulatory action in 2015 that will reinvigorate cancer innovation in the United States. The...

health-care policy

ASCO Issues Statement in Response to American Cancer Society Report

Today the American Cancer Society issued a report showing a 20% decline in cancer death rates between 1991 and 2010, and estimating that 1.3 million deaths have been averted as a result of the decline. ASCO issued the following statement: “This is tremendous progress and a direct result ...

health-care policy

Statement by ASCO President Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, in Support of the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day

“With the unprecedented scientific opportunities now promising significant progress against cancer and other life-threatening diseases, it is a tragedy that we are even considering cuts to our nation's investment in biomedical research. Yet, such cuts are already happening because of the...

health-care policy

AACR Warns That Diminished NIH Funding Jeopardizes Ability to Eradicate Cancer Health Disparities

This afternoon, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) hosted a congressional briefing to highlight the significance of federally funded biomedical research in improving our understanding of cancer health disparities and developing targeted interventions to eliminate them. The...

breast cancer
health-care policy

Factors Influencing Delay in Breast Cancer Treatment Differ for African American and White Women

Different factors influence delay between diagnosis and first course of treatment for breast cancer for African American and white women, according to a recently published study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The study used data from the Carolina Breast Cancer Study (CBCS)...

health-care policy

ASCO and Other Cancer Groups Ask for Guidance on Protecting Patient Access to Clinical Trials

A jointly signed letter by ASCO and more than 50 other cancer and health-care organizations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius and Acting Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL) Seth D. Harris asks that they provide clear federal regulations and guidance on...

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legislation

CMS Says It Lacks Authority to Roll Back Sequestration Cuts to Medicare Payments for Part B Cancer Drugs

According to a June 3 letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), there will be no reprieve in the 2% ($11.08 billion) reduction to Medicare providers and hospitals mandated by the federal budget sequestration. The letter by CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner was in...

health-care policy

Congress Must Reverse Devastating Budget Cuts to Cancer Care

“Today, out of concern for public safety, Congress provided the Federal Aviation Administration enhanced flexibility in application of sequestration related cuts, including reversal of furlough requirements imposed on air traffic controllers. Individuals with cancer deserve no less....

health-care policy

Bipartisan Group of 124 Lawmakers Express Concern That Medicare Cuts to Life-sustaining Cancer Drugs Threaten Patient Care

The American Society of Clinical Oncology, Community Oncology Alliance, ION Solutions, and The US Oncology Network today commended a bipartisan group of 124 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives who sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing concern...

health-care policy
issues in oncology
legislation

The U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments Challenging Patents on Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genes

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case seeking to invalidate patents on two genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) was one of the first plaintiffs to sign onto this historic legal case. ACMG was also ...

health-care policy

Joint Statement on the President's Budget from ASCO, Community Oncology Alliance, ION Solutions, and the US Oncology Network

The President has released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2014, which proposes new reductions for cancer care services.  Taken in combination with existing strains imposed by sequestration, this proposal threatens access to care for some of America's most vulnerable: elderly patients with ...

health-care policy

Statement by ASCO President Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP, in Support of the Rally for Medical Research, April 8, 2013

A strong, stable federal investment in cancer research, prevention, and treatment is critical to continue the progress we are making for the more than 1.66 million Americans newly diagnosed with cancer every year. ASCO calls on Congress to renew its commitment to this life-sustaining research. As...

health-care policy

National Cancer Organizations Issue Joint Statement on Devastating Impact of Sequestration

The Community Oncology Alliance (COA), in conjunction with the American Society of Clinical Oncology, International Oncology Network/AmerisourceBergen, and the US Oncology Network, issued a joint statement on the crippling effects of sequestration cuts to cancer drugs and services which began April ...

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