National Policy Resources—Local Advocacy Results

As cancer care professionals who experience the challenges of providing quality cancer care first-hand, IOS 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!

Indiana Oncology Caucus

Rep Steve Bartels 326x325On March 2, 2020, IOS once again hosted the Indiana Oncology Caucus in collaboration with Representative Steve Bartels of Indiana House District 74.  Rep. Bartels along with other Indiana legislators, IOS Board Members, Relations Director of the American Cancer Society and other invited guests had a great discussion about the wastefulness of unused drugs and how a drug repository program would benefit the cancer patients of Indiana.



Federal Advocacy

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

The Indiana Oncology Society (IOS) 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 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 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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