As cancer care professionals who experience the challenges of providing quality cancer care first-hand, WVOS 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!
WVOS Issues Letter of Concern on Drug Pricing Legislation
On February 23, 2022, the West Virginia Oncology Society (WVOS) issued a letter of concern, urging Senator Joe Manchin to withhold his support of any piece of drug pricing legislation unless providers are removed from the middle of drug pricing negotiations between the federal government and drug manufacturers.
WVOS supports the goal of reducing the cost of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries. However, WVOS is concerned that the maximum fair price standard proposed for achieving cost savings in the Build Back Better Act (BBBA) would negatively impact both cancer care providers who administer drugs covered under Medicare Part B and their patients.
WVOS Joins Coalition Letter Urging Addition of the Cures 2.0 Concept Paper Title IV Provisions in the Next COVID-19 Relief Package
The West Virginia Oncology Society (WVOS) 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).
On July 15, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Calendar Year (CY) 2023 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) proposed rule, including proposals that align with several key goals of the Biden Administration like advancing health equity in rural areas, promoting competition in the healthcare system, and promoting safe, effective, patient-centered care.
For more information, read the proposed rule and the CMS fact sheet.
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Oncology State Societies at ACCC: Snapshot from the 2022 ASCO Annual Meeting
In this clip, Stephanie Van Winkle, Executive Director of the Oncology State Societies at ACCC, gives an overview of the important work the Oncology State Societies does to empower its members around state and federal advocacy issues, and help them support cancer care delivery in their state. Join today!