To better understand the drivers of health care workforce shortages, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gain insight from stakeholders as well as explore strategies to address health care workforce shortages. The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recently submitted a response to this RFI, focusing on current oncology workforce demographics, drivers of oncology shortages across the care team, lack of workforce diversity, and the distribution of oncology professionals across rural America.
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The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) submitted comments in response to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposal is to streamline prior authorization by requiring Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid plans, and Qualified Health Plans (QHP) on Federally Facilitated Exchanges (FFEs) to establish an electronic prior authorization process that would be integrated into a provider’s workflow.
On March 7, Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) volunteers joined more than 85 representatives of One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) on Capitol Hill for a lobby day in support of federal funding for medical research.
Today President Biden released his proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 federal budget with an emphasis on increased funding for medical research and expanded access to health insurance.
On February 14, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) selected three models aiming to address high prescription drug costs for testing by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). This effort to identify ways to lower drug costs in United States comes in response to President Biden’s Executive Order, “Lowering Prescription Drug Costs for Americans,” which complements provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
Both chambers of the United States Congress are working on a top health care priority for the session—protecting patients from high out-of-pocket drug costs and pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) practices that could reduce access and adherence to treatments. The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will monitor the status of these bills and any future bills that address PBM practices and patient out-of-pocket costs, and it will work with Congress to ensure the oncology community is heard throughout the process.
The American Medical Association (AMA) released an updated Specialty Impact Table for Medicare physician reimbursement in calendar year 2023. The estimated impact on the hematology/oncology specialty is now -1% for 2023. Though, individual or practice level effects of these changes will vary based on geographic location, service location, and mix of services billed.
The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) submitted comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Contract Year 2024 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs proposed rule. ASCO’s comments focus heavily on the proposed changes to prior authorization in the MA program in addition to enhancing health equity and other updates to the Part D drug benefit program.
“ASCO applauds President Biden’s focus on ‘ending cancer as we know it’ during the State of the Union address. We continue to urge the president to keep cancer care and research as top national priorities and are pleased with his plans to advance efforts to strengthen the Cancer Moonshot, improve cancer clinical trials, and foster breakthroughs through the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H).”
In anticipation of President Biden’s State of the Union Address, the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is urging the president to keep cancer care and research as top national priorities.
Dedicated to making a world of difference in cancer care, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and its affiliated organization, the American Association of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), laud the goals, progress, and continued potential of the Cancer Moonshot initiative. Having the full support of the President and the resources of the federal government is essential to our shared goal of accelerating the pace of progress against a disease that will be diagnosed in more than 1.9 million people in the U.S. this year.
The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) submitted comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 2024 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters proposed rule. ASCO’s comments support proposals aimed at reducing or eliminating gaps in health care coverage, and the Association continues to advocate for beneficiary protections by opposing the use of copay accumulator programs.
On January 30, 2023, President Biden announced the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) will end on May 11, 2023. This announcement comes after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra extended the PHE earlier in January.
With 2023 state legislative sessions underway, the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and State Affiliates are continuing collaborations to advanced shared advocacy priorities at the state level. ASCO’s 2023 state advocacy priorities include prior authorization and step therapy reform, fertility preservation coverage, Medicaid expansion, drug repository programs, and copay accumulators.
the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), along with more than 100 other provider organizations, sent a letter to Members of Congress urging them to preserve access to high-quality care for beneficiaries by reforming the Medicare payment system. The letter urges Congress to hold hearings and work with stakeholders, such as ASCO, this year to identify long-term payment solutions.