National Policy Resources—Local Advocacy Results

As cancer care professionals who experience the challenges of providing quality cancer care first-hand, TACOS members are well positioned to educate decision-makers on how coverage and reimbursement issues affect community oncology. State and federal legislation can have a significant impact on the financial viability of local cancer programs, which is why it's so important that our members make their voices heard.

In an effort to provide resources needed to effectively advocate on the issues that are important to them, our redesigned advocacy webpage features activity from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), national healthcare coverage through the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), local news articles and webinars, and more.

We want to hear from you! If there is a specific piece of legislation you want to know more about, an important resource we're missing, or if you want to get more involved, please contact us!

State Advocacy

Arizonans for Step Therapy Reform: New Op-Ed Shines Light on Step Therapy's Harm

As conversations with bill sponsors and the Governor's office continue about the timing to bring SB 1270 to the floor of the full House, read this recent opinion piece, which shines light on the impact of step therapy on Arizona families.  

Posted 04/29/2021

 

Arizonans for Step Therapy Reform: An Update on SB 1270

Conversations are continuing with the Governor's office about whether or not SB 1270 must be tied to the state budget. In a recent op-ed, Jasleen Chhatwal, president of the Arizona Psychiatric Society, weighs in on how step therapy interferes in doctor-patient relationships. Read it here

Posted 04/16/2021

 

Arizonans for Step Therapy Reform: An Update on SB 1270

The Rules Committee has cleared Senate Bill 1270 by Senator Nancy Barto to head to the House floor. Please continue to reach out to House members and engage on social media. For a list of House members and their contact information, click here

Posted 04/02/2021

 

Arizonans for Step Therapy Reform: An Update on SB 1270

10-year-old Tucson advocate captures media attention after sharing her story about step therapy's impact on a child with juvenile arthritis. As we wait for the House to vote on Senate Bill 1270: Insurance; Prescription Drugs; Step Therapy, please be sure to follow @OSSatACCC and @AZStepReform on Twitter and thank @NancyBarto for sponsoring this bill, which would ensure patient access to quality and timely treatment.

Posted 03/30/2021

 

Guest Column: Arizona legislators should support bill to help improve patient care

In light of Senate Bill 1270: Insurance; Prescription Drugs; Step Therapy having been sent from the Senate to the House of Representatives, TACOS Board Member Raju Vaddepally, MD, Yuma Regional Medical Center Cancer Center, published an opinion piece on the importance of this bill in ensuring patient access to quality and timely treatment. Read it here

Posted 03/08/2021

 

Arizona Senate Health Committee Unanimously Approves S.B. 1270

The Arizona Clinical Oncology Society (TACOS) and fellow Arizonans are celebrating the unanimous approval of Senate Bill 1270: Insurance; Prescription Drugs; Step Therapy.

We appreciate and thank the oncology community and TACOS Board Member Raju Vaddepally, MD, Yuma Regional Medical Center Cancer Center, for testifying and supporting this critical piece of legislation.

Posted 02/04/2021

 

TACOS Signs Support Letter for S.B. 1270

Step therapy or fail first policies can be problematic for patients with cancer because they can severely delay a patient’s access to the best treatment available for their condition. While waiting to complete a “step,” a patient with cancer may experience disease progression and irreversible damage to their overall health. 

On behalf of healthcare professionals treating patients with cancer in Arizona, The Arizona Clinical Oncology Society (TACOS) together with the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) are pleased to strongly support Senate Bill 1270: Insurance; Prescription Drugs; Step Therapy.

The guardrails put forward in this bill to combat issues related to step therapy are crucial for the welfare of patients with cancer in Arizona. Read support letter.

Posted 02/02/2021

 

TACOS Joins Coalition Letter Urging Addition of the Cures 2.0 Concept Paper Title IV Provisions in the Next COVID-19 Relief Package

The Arizona Clinical Oncology Society (TACOS) joined in a coalition letter to congressional leadership urging that Congress include the 21st Century Cures 2.0 concept paper, recently released by Representatives Diana DeGette and Fred Upton in upcoming legislation to further address the COVID-19 public health crisis. Specifically the letter urges leadership to include policy to provide Medicaid coverage of the routine care costs of clinical trials participation for patients with life-threatening conditions in every state. This critical protection is championed by Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Gus Bilirakis in the Clinical Treatment Act (H.R. 913).

 

Webinars & Webcasts

Archived Webinar: CMS Final 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System & Physician Fee Schedule Rules: What You Need to Know

ACCC members were invited to join legal experts and their ACCC colleagues for a one-hour overview and discussion about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final CY 2020 OPPS and PFS rules. The webinar covered key proposals the agency has finalized under the OPPS that will affect next year’s payments for 340B hospitals, excepted off-campus provider-based departments (PBDs), as well as updates to the administration's pricing transparency and drug pricing reform efforts. A recording of this webinar, presentation slides, and rule summaries are available to ACCC members.  

ACCC members can access summaries of the final rules here. [Requires Login] Also available, a summary of selected provisions of the CY2020 Hospital Price Transparency Requirements for Hospitals to Make Standard Charges Public final rule. [Requires Login]

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ACCCBuzz Blog Posts

  • Care Team Illustration
    Bill to Improve Access to Genetic Counseling Introduced in House and Senate
    Kristin Marie Ferguson, DNP, RN, OCN, Senior Director, Cancer Care Delivery & Health Policy
    May 06, 2021
    In March 2021, ACCC joined other stakeholders in stating our support of the Access to Genetic Counselors Services Act "to update Medicare law and improve access to genetic counselors for Medicare beneficiaries." Now, ACCC is supporting S. 1450, a bill that would authorize CMS to recognize certified genetic counselors as healthcare providers.
  • Hill day presentation slide
    Telehealth Legislation at Forefront of ACCC Virtual Hill Day
    By Kristin Marie Ferguson, DNP, RN, OCN, Senior Director, Cancer Care Delivery & Health Policy
    April 21, 2021
    This year's ACCC 2021 Virtual Hill Day, which will take place May 12, will offer ACCC members a new way to experience advocacy trainings, legislative briefings, and Congressional meetings from the comfort of their home or office. This year, ACCC's legislative priorities will focus on the Telehealth Modernization Act and the Safe Step Act of 2021.
  • Blocks arranged to spell out policy
    ACCC Signs Statement on Medicare MCED Screening Coverage Act of 2021
    March 22, 2021
    Led by the Prevent Cancer Foundation, ACCC has joined more than 300 organizations in signing a letter urging the passage of the MCED Screening Coverage Act, which will help cancer care providers be able to use the latest testing technologies to improve quality of life and better patient outcomes.

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