Explore our ACCC 2020 Impact Report, the Oncology Issues, Vol.36, N.3, and our video podcast, CANCER BUZZ TV.


National Policy Resources—Local Advocacy Results

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


Federal Advocacy

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

The Minnesota Society of Clinical Oncology (MSCO) 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).

 

ACCCBuzz Blog Posts

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    New Louisiana Law Bans White Bagging
    By Kristin Marie Ferguson, DNP, RN, OCN
    June 17, 2021
    On June 1, 2021, the Governor of Louisiana signed legislation that banned “white bagging” in the state, ensuring that health insurers cannot refuse to pay for approved physician-administered drugs and related services to covered patients. It is the first such law in the United States.
  • Human Head Radiates Colors
    Cancer Survivors Share Their Stories
    June 15, 2021
    While cancer continues to be among the leading causes of death worldwide, an increasing number of patients are surviving the disease as medical advancements in treatment, testing, and screening improve their prognoses. June is National Cancer Survivor Month, so ACCC is celebrating the lives and stories of all cancer survivors within our membership and across the globe. Here, we share a few of their stories.
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    ACCC Raises Awareness for National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week
    June 14, 2021
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Oncology Center of Excellence, Project Community, has designated June 17 to June 23 as National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week. The week coincides with Juneteenth—an important date in our nation’s history that marks and celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. By participating in the #BlackFamCan social media effort, ACCC is building support and sharing knowledge with key stakeholders about the importance of including Black patients in cancer clinical trials and genetic databases for oncology research to improve access and effect change in cancer care delivery.

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