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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November 22, 2022

Prior authorization is harming individuals with cancer according to new survey results from the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The survey found that prior authorization delays necessary care, worsens cancer care outcomes, and diverts clinicians from caring for their patients.

November 1, 2022

On November 1, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule for the calendar year (CY) 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and updates to the Quality Payment Program. CMS also released its final rule for the CY 2023 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System the same day. The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is still assessing the rules, but based on a preliminary analysis, key provisions for the cancer care community are included here.

October 26, 2022

On October 13, 2022, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar extended the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration, on the day it was set to expire, for an additional 90 days. The PHE is now set to expire January 13, 2023.

September 27, 2022

On October 6, 2022, the definition of information blocking is expanding to include the entire scope of the definition of Electronic Health Information (EHI)—including, electronic protected health information (ePHI) that is or would be in a Designated Record Set (DSR). Practices may want to review and assess their information blocking compliance policies and procedures and contact their EHR vendors to find out how they are preparing to assist practices in meeting the deadline.

September 27, 2022

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a new frequently asked questions (FAQs) document on the safe handling of hazardous drugs, including those used to treat individuals with cancer, as a resource for its members. The FAQ document focuses on the current hazardous drug safe handling standards from the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The document also highlights ASCO’s work for the oncology community on the issue, including its own standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs, which were released in early 2019.

September 20, 2022

A new study, published today in JCO Oncology Practice, finds that oncologists have different perspectives on how to select starting doses for patients with metastatic cancer. The study shares findings from a 2021 international survey of 367 medical oncologists who treat patients with metastatic breast or gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.

August 16, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act extends Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax credit subsidies, allows Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, places inflationary caps on price increases for Medicare Part B and Part D drugs, and limits Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket spending on Part D prescription drugs.

August 16, 2022

In response to the recent Supreme Court decision, ASCO has developed and compiled resources related to reproductive health in patients with cancer to help members navigate changes and ensure patient access to high-quality cancer care.

August 15, 2022

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently released new guidelines for reporting Evaluation and Management (E/M) services, which are to go into effect on January 1, 2023. 

August 4, 2022

As of August 1, applications for ASCO’s 2023-2024 Leadership Development Program Asia Pacific (LDP-AP) are open through November 17. 

August 2, 2022

As of August, 1, ASCO is accepting applications for its 2023 International Development & Education Award (IDEA) program, which provides support for early-career oncologists in low- and middle-income countries and allows for knowledge sharing with more senior ASCO members. 

June 27, 2022

ASCO is committed to the delivery of medically appropriate, equitable, evidence-based cancer care. For patients of child-bearing age, a cancer diagnosis raises medical considerations around pregnancy and fertility preservation. Every patient should have the ability to pursue, in partnership with their oncologist, all treatment options that offer the best chance of a successful outcome for their cancer. 

June 15, 2022

From June 10-15, delegates from the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) participated in the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD). The AMA HOD is the principal policy-making body of AMA and meets twice a year to discuss pressing issues and establish association policies. This year, the meeting returned to an in-person format in Chicago.

The AMA HOD voted to approve two ASCO-backed resolutions during the meeting:

June 7, 2022

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has made new resources available through its refreshed Survivorship Compendium—an online library of practice tools designed and curated to help oncologists develop high-quality, equitable cancer survivorship care programs and improve existing programs for patients who have completed their initial cancer treatment or who have transitioned to maintenance or preventive therapies. 

May 23, 2022

Today, JCO Oncology Practice published a new ASCO study which found that among respondents participating in the survey, most oncology practices do not systematically collect data related to sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).