On July 13, Brianna Hoffner, MSN, NP, RN, University of Colorado, School of Medicine, presented on effective strategies for managing irAEs at the RMOS Symposium. Click below to access a recording of Ms. Hoffner's presenation:
As the spectrum of immune-related adverse events (irAEs) expands to include less common, albeit more severe manifestations, early detection becomes increasingly vital for patient safety and treatment tolerability. If diagnosed quickly and managed properly, most irAEs are reversible. Watch this webinar to gain a deeper understanding of this growing spectrum and learn how to effectively manage your patients’ irAEs using a multidisciplinary approach.
Access the webinar recording here.
Boehringer Ingelheim announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Gilotrif® (afatinib) tablets for the treatment of patients with advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the lung whose disease has progressed after treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy.
The U.S. approval follows the recent marketing authorization of Gilotrif in this patientpopulation by the European Commission. Gilotrif, an oral, once-daily EGFR-directed therapy, is currently approved in the U.S. for the first-line treatment of specific types of EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC.
Read the corporate press release here.
As many of you know, in early March, CMS proposed a program that would have a detrimental impact on our ability to provide high quality cancer care to our patients. The Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model proposes a sweeping change to Part B reimbursement, and may be implemented as early as this fall.
The state society recently sent a letter on behalf of members to our elected officials to oppose CMS’ ill-conceived proposal.
Last week, RMOS joined with the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), and approximately 100 other organizations in a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt expressing “strong concern” about the agency’s plans to put forward a proposed rule for the Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model and asking the agency not to proceed with the initiative.
The rule is scheduled to be published in the March 11 Federal Register. Comments on the proposed rule are due by May 9.
To raise awareness and advance cancer treatment and science, the American Cancer Society and Genentech have teamed up to provide About Clinical Trials (ACT).
ACT is a series of unbiased videos and patient resources. Study participants, clinicians, thought leaders, nurses, and others share their experience in order to educate and inspire patients, caregivers, and physicians to act by considering enrollment in cancer clinical trials. Society Chief Medical Officer Otis W. Brawley, MD, is featured.
Go to LearnAboutClincialTrials.org to learn more about clinical trials and access resources to help patients make educated decisions about their treatment, including the American Cancer Society's Clinical Trials Matching Service. Constituents may also call the American Cancer Society National Call Information Center (NCIC) at 800.227.2345 to receive a free patient kit, which contains an educational brochure with a DVD and USB drive, and also directs inquiries to the Clinical Trials Matching Service.
Immuno-Oncology Coverage & Reimbursement Webinar
August 27 at Noon, EST, join Niesha Griffith, RPh, MS, FASHP, Administrator of Oncology Pharmacy and Infusion Services at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University and Bill McGivney, PhD, Principal of McGivney Global Advisers for a complimentary webinar to discuss the intricate coverage and reimbursement issues related to immuno-oncology agents. Brought to you by the Institute for Clinical Immuno-Oncology (ICLIO) An Institute of ACCC.
Discussion will include:
-Determination of coverage and reimbursement for I-O agents
-Present coverage for I-O agents
-Impact of new Oncology Value Metrics
-Institutional considerations and needs
-Assurance of explicit, timely, and clear coverage policies
-Reimbursement issues in contracting, pilot projects etc.
Click here to register.
Webinar on Immunotherapy and Advanced Melanoma
ACCC members are invited to join Dr. Michael Postow for an interactive webinar on the role of immunotherapy in treating patients with advanced melanoma. As part of the Principles and Application of Immunotherapy of Cancer series, this free, CME/ANCC/APCE-certified webinar will be held this Friday, May 22, from 7:30 am - 8:30 am ET.
View the agenda and register for the May 22 webcast today! Please share this webinar with all members of your team who provide care for patients with melanoma.
Your cancer program can host a private webinar on integrating immunotherapy into the treatment of melanoma or lung cancer, at no charge. Email Lorna Lucas or call 866.690.9902 for more information.
RMOS Joins Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network
The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), on behalf of RMOS, has joined HHS' Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a collaborative network of payers, employers, providers, patients, states, and consumer groups, who will work together to generate knowledge, capture best practices, disseminate information, and apply lessons learned that support the increased adoption of value-based payments in Medicare.
The network was created in tandem with HHS Secretary Burwell's January announcement that set tangible goals to shift Medicare payments towards value-based payments.
FDA Expands Indication for Revlimid Plus Dexamethasone to Include Patients Newly Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma
On Feb. 18, 2015, Celgene Corporation announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the existing indication for Revlimid (lenalidomide) in combination with dexamethasone to include patients newly diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
Read company press release here.
Opportunity to Host Immunotherapy Webinars
Principles and Application in Immunotherapy of Cancer is a CME/ANCC/ACPE certified education series designed for multidisciplinary oncology care teams. Presented in an interactive webinar format, the series will provide a full overview of the core principles of immunotherapy and a review of issues related to the clinical application of these therapies in Melanoma and Lung Cancer from the convenience of your own office. Cancer practices can choose to participate in one or both of these 60-minute tumor-specific tracks. The series has been developed by a faculty committee composed of 1 physician expert and 1 nurse practitioner along with input from 10 additional presenting faculty.
This private webcast provides your practice with exclusive access. The format is designed so that your team members can learn and connect directly with expert faculty well versed in immunotherapy principles and clinical application. The opportunity is available at no cost to participating practices.
This series is jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Clinical Care Options, LLC, in partnership with ACCC.
If your cancer practice is interested in participating, or if you would like more information, please contact me at directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FDA Approval of Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Treatment of Unresectable or Metastatic Melanoma
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) for the treatment of patients with unresectable melanoma or metastatic melanoma and disease progression following ipilimumab and, if BRAF V600 mutation positive, a BRAF inhibitor.
Novitas Solutions, Inc. – Coding New Drugs
Novitas addresses coding new drugs in its Medicare JH Local Coverage Article A52018. Not Otherwise Classified (NOC) codes should only be reported for those drugs that do not have a valid HCPCS code. The NOC code is selected based upon the therapeutic value of the drug (e.g., J9999 Prescription drug, oral, chemotherapeutic, NOS; J3490 Unclassified drugs, etc.). The billing requirements for Keytruda are included here. Please also note the Medicare JH New Drug Code Pricing section of the Novitas website.