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The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) issued a new position statement on Medicare billing for split or shared (split/shared) evaluation and management (E/M) services. The statement summarizes ASCO’s concerns about changes to split/shared E/M services and makes recommendations to better align Medicare coding for E/M services with the care that beneficiaries with cancer need.
“President John F. Kennedy’s historic speech that inspired our nation and an entire generation of Americans to achieve manned space exploration underscored the courage and commitment it would take to accomplish this then-audacious goal: ‘We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.’
This September leadership and advocates from the Association of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) are set to participate in various events commemorating Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
The first 10 participants in the new Leadership Programme for Women in Oncology have been announced. The program, a joint endeavour from ASCO and City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can), seeks to address the specific challenges and barriers faced by women leaders in oncology and strengthen the leadership mindsets and skills of women working to improve access to equitable, quality cancer care in C/Can cities.
Medicare providers are facing significant reimbursement cuts starting January 1. The 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposal jeopardizes the financial stability of many oncology practices by proposing a cut to the Medicare conversion factor of approximately 4.5%. Urge Congress to pass important changes that will provide practices with short-term fiscal stability, while simultaneously laying the foundation for long-term payment reforms.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Request for Information seeking public comment on various aspects of the Medicare Advantage (MA) program as CMS works toward establishing more equitable, high-quality care in MA. The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) submitted a response to the agency on a variety of issues including health equity, expanding access to coverage and care, promoting person-centered care, and supporting sustainability and affordability. Some of the issues addressed in ASCO’s comments are summarized here.
On August 26, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration approved pemigatinib (Pemazyre, Incyte Corporation) for adults with relapsed or refractory myeloid/lymphoid neoplasms (MLNs) with fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 (FGFR1) rearrangement.
On August 25, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule indefinitely delaying the start of the Radiation Oncology Model. CMS will establish new start and end dates for the model through future rulemaking, which may also modify the model’s design. CMS will propose a new start date for the model at least six months prior to the proposed date.
On August 24, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration approved ibrutinib (Imbruvica, Pharmacyclics LLC) for pediatric patients ≥ 1 year of age with chronic graft versus host disease (cGVHD) after failure of 1 or more lines of systemic therapy. Formulations include capsules, tablets, and oral suspension.
In July 2022, ASCO and the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) signed a memorandum of understanding committing the two organizations to collaborate to advance cancer research in Africa.
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.
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.
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.