TACOS

TACOS 2015 Year in Review

Thank you to our members and industry partners for making 2015 a great year for TACOS!


The TACOS board is pleased to share the accomplishments and successes of our state society in 2015. The achievements of TACOS would not have been possible without the dedication of our membership and the support of our corporate members who partnered with us throughout the year.

Please join us in expressing our appreciation for the generosity of the following 2015 corporate members:

Platinum Corporate Members

Gold Corporate Members

ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE PAST YEAR

  • Hosted two successful membership conferences featuring national experts presenting the latest developments in oncology treatment and economic trends.
  • Focused on the future of cancer care in Arizona by supporting professional development programs for the fellows to help support their transition to independent practices.
  • Offered webinars and other resources to members and their practices as a co-sponsor of the State Society Education Series.
  • Strengthened TACOS influence across the state by increasing the number of members.
  • Disseminated healthcare updates and oncology news through the TACOS website, tacos-oncology.com, and the TACOS e-newsletter.
  • Offered CMEs to physicians and CNEs to nurses and nurse practitioners.
  • Contributed to ASCO's Young Investigator Award to provide funding for promoting excellence in oncology research.
  • Board members volunteered for other state and national organizations: The ASCO State Affiliate Council Representatives are Jerry Olshan, MD, and Albert Wendt, MD.
  • Successfully advocated against proposed Medicaid provider rate cuts in Arizona.
  • Met with a number of Arizona's federal legislators to advocate for oral parity, repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), and elimination of the Medicare prompt pay discount.
  • Successfully mitigated cuts to radiation oncology payments and secured reimbursement for advance care planning and lung screening services through comments on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) rules.
  • Submitted comments on the 340B Program "mega-guidance" and the new Medicare reimbursement system required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
  • Provided members with resources and education on CMS' first oncology payment model, the Oncology Care Model (OCM), through webinars, calls, and a new OCM Resource Center.

Thank you for your continued support of TACOS through your membership and your participation in our varied activities.

Sincerely,

The Arizona Clinical Oncology Society

tacos-oncology.com

TACOS is a chapter member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers and an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Email: ossn@accc-cancer.org
Phone: 301.984.9496, ext. 218