Oncology News

Astellas Announces New XTANDI Data from the TERRAIN Trial

Astellas Pharma US, Inc. is pleased to announce new XTANDI data from the TERRAIN trial. The XTANDI Prescribing Information has been updated to reflect results from the TERRAIN trial, a phase 2, randomized, double-blind trial vs bicalutamide in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Please see the documents below for more information.

New trial data added toXTANDI Prescribing Information
Established efficacy from PREVAIL and new data from TERRAIN

November 14, 2016

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Hosting Multidisciplinary Cancer Symposium: August 26-27

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center of MU Health Care is hosting a symposium August 26-27 at The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO. CME credit for this event is available to providers. Click here to register.

The symposium will feature case-based presentations on current perspectives in multi-disciplinary cancer care, including skin/soft tissue, GI, thoracic, GU, neuro, head and neck, GYN, breast and hematologic malignancies.

Click here to download the event brochure for more information.

August 1, 2016

Attend a Financial Advocacy Network Case-Based Workshop

The ACCC Financial Advocacy Network (FAN) is a resource designed for professionals who work directly with patients on complex financial issues surrounding their cancer diagnosis and treatment.

FAN is coming to Dallas! Join FAN on August 17 in Dallas, TX for a FREE, one-day, case-based workshop led by professionals in the field. Financial advocacy experts will examine real-world scenarios through peer-to-peer discussion, analysis, and collaborative problem solving.

Click here to view the full agenda or to register. For a full list of resources that support the effective delivery of financial advocacy services in your cancer center, please check out the ACCC FAN Toolkit.

July 12, 2016

Important Coding Information for Tecentriq

MOS has been advised by WPS that providers should use code J3590/C9399 when using Tecentriq (atezolizumab) for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma who have disease progression following platinum-containing chemotherapy or who have disease progression within 12 months of neoadjuvant or adjuvant treatment with platinum-containing chemotherapy (c65.1-C65.9, C66.1-C66.9, C67.0-C67.9, C68.0).

Please refer to the WPS website, http://www.wpsmedicare.com/j5macpartb/policy/updates/revised/, as of July 1, 2016, for more information on policy revisions. Policy revisions are posted on the WPS website on a monthly basis.  

June 27, 2016

MOS Urges CMS to Withdraw Part B Drug Payment Model From Consideration

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.

April 28, 2016

MOS Congratulates Fellows Award Winners

During the MOS Spring Conference on April 26, 2016, three fellows gave presentations and were presented with an MOS Fellows Awards.

fellows

From left to right, Andrea Teague, MD, Washington University, Asim Ahmad, MD, University of Missouri, Brandon Blue, MD, St. Louis University, and Mary Klix, MD, President, Missouri Oncology Society.

April 27, 2016

FDA Approves Imbruvica for the First-line Treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

On March 4, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Imbruvica (ibrutinib) as a first-line treatment for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

Learn more here.

April 1, 2016

ACCC Expresses Strong Opposition to CMS Proposed Medicare Part B Payment Model Rule

Last week, MOS 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.

Read letter here. Read the ACCC press release here.

Read the CMS proposed rule here. Read CMS fact sheet here.

March 9, 2016

New Clinical Trials Resource

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.

August 25, 2015

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
-Compendia review
-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.

August 14, 2015

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.

Topics include:

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.

May 20, 2015

MOS Joins Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), on behalf of MOS, 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.

April 3, 2015

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.

March 2015

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 llucas@accc-cancer.org.

February 2015


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