FDA Panel Revokes Avastin Breast Cancer Approval

An advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has voted 6-0 that approval of the drug Avastin as a breast cancer treatment should be revoked. The panel said two key studies on Avastin show it is not effective as a breast cancer treatment and concluded that the risks of the drug outweighed the benefits for this treatment. A final decision on Avastin will be made by Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, but the FDA usually follows the advice of its committees. Avastin is still approved as a treatment for other cancers and that status isn't affected by today's vote.

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Health Policy Report - June 15, 2016
  • • Opposition to Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model Continues to Mount
  • • CMS Responds to Lawmaker Concerns with Part B Drug Payment Model
  • • U.S. House Passes Bill Amending Site Neutral Payment Provision
  • • House Ways & Means Committee Holds Hearing on Medicare Legislation
  • • Health Affairs Blog Highlights Need for Site Neutral Reforms
  • • American Medical Association Releases MACRA Toolkit


      Health Policy Report - June 1, 2016
      • • Contact Your Member of Congress Today: Don't Undermine Site Neutral Payments!
      • • House Ways and Means Committee Passes Bill with Hospital Site Neutral Exemptions
      • • In the News: The US Oncology Network Opposes Medicare Part B Drug Demo
      • • HRSA Delays Release of New 340B Guidance


          Health Policy Report - May 20, 2016
          • • Dr. Debra Patt Testifies at Energy & Commerce Committee Hearing on Part B Demo
          • • Take Action: Urge Your Lawmaker to Cosponsor H.R. 5122
          • • USON PAC Board Visits Capitol Hill
          • • The US Oncology Network Submits Comments to CMS on Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model
          • • More Bipartisan Lawmakers Express Concerns to CMS with Part B Drug Demo
          • • Slavitt Testifies at Ways & Means Hearing on MACRA


              Health Policy Report - May 5, 2016
              • • Bipartisan Lawmakers Warn Against Medicare Part B Drug Demonstration
              • • The US Oncology Network Joins Provider and Patient Groups in Opposing Part B Cuts
              • • CMS Releases Proposed Rule for New Medicare Physician Payment System
              • • Site Neutral Bill Introduced in Vermont Legislature
              • • Inside Sources: Medicare Policies Pushing Outpatient Costs Higher


                  Health Policy Report - April 21, 2016
                  • • REMINDER! Contact Your Member of Congress to Protect Cancer Patients!
                  • • GAO: Equalize Pay Across Settings to Reduce Medicare Costs
                  • • MedPAC Holds Public Meeting on Medicare Part B Drug and Oncology Payment Policy Issues
                  • • House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Holds Meeting to Discuss MACRA
                  • • CMS Announces New Primary Care Initiative


                      Health Policy Report - April 7, 2016
                      • • Contact Your Member of Congress: Protect Cancer Patients!
                      • • New Milliman Study: Cost Drivers of Cancer Care
                      • • Alliance for Site Neutral Payment Reform Urges CMS to Expand Payment Parity Provisions
                      • • Oncology Care Model Practices May Be Excluded from Part B Drug Payment Model


                          Health Policy Report - March 24, 2016
                          • • CMS Releases Proposed Rule for Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model
                          • • Lawmakers, Cancer Care Leaders and Patient Advocates Oppose CMS’s Part B Test
                          • • MedPAC Report Recommends Reduction in Medicare Part B Payments to 340B Hospitals
                          • • House Budget Committee Passes FY2017 Budget Resolution


                              Health Policy Report - March 8, 2016
                              • • U.S. Oncology Network and Coalition Partners Urge CMS to Abandon Proposed Part B Drug Payment Model
                              • • U.S. Oncology Network Comments on Breakthrough Drug Pricing
                              • • MedPAC Discusses Part B Drug Pricing and Efficiency of FFS Oncology Services
                              • • AJMC Publishes National Estimates of Price Variation by Site of Care
                              • • HCCI Study Examines Impact of Consolidation on Cancer Drug Spending


                                  Health Policy Report - February 24, 2016
                                  • • The US Oncology Network and Coalition Partners Urge Expansion of Site Neutral Payment Policies
                                  • • Avalere Study: Medicare Payments Three Times Higher in Outpatient Departments
                                  • • CMS Mistakenly Posts Notice of New Part B Drug Payment Model
                                  • • CMS & AHIP Release Clinical Quality Measures


                                      Health Policy Report - February 12, 2016
                                      • • Energy & Commerce Leaders Seek Comments on Site-Neutral Reform Provision
                                      • • President Obama Releases FY2017 Budget Proposal
                                      • • The US Oncology Network Submits Comments on Stark Law Improvements
                                      • • US Oncology’s Dr. Seiden Examines the Challenges, Benefits and Risks of Immuno-Oncology in the American Journal of Managed Care


                                          Health Policy Report - January 27, 2016
                                          • • The US Oncology Network Submits Comments to Chronic Care Working Group
                                          • • MedPAC Recommends Reducing Hospital Rates for 340B
                                          • • MedPAC Discusses Alternative Payment Models
                                          • • Senate HELP Committee Drafts New Health IT Legislation


                                              Health Policy Report - December 22, 2015
                                              • • Congress Averts Cuts to Radiation Therapy
                                              • • Congress Passes Omnibus Spending Bill
                                              • • GAO Recommends Payment Reform to Curb Hospital-Physician Consolidation


                                                  Health Policy Report - December 9, 2015
                                                  • • OIG Report Finds Hospitals Profit from 340B Cancer Drugs
                                                  • • Senate Passes Reconciliation Package
                                                  • • CMS Releases 2014 National Health Spending Report


                                                      Health Policy Report - November 20, 2015
                                                      • • Coalition Holds Congressional Briefing on Site-Neutral Payment Reform
                                                      • • Healthcare Stakeholders Submit Comments on MACRA
                                                      • • New ACS Report On Cancer Drug Coverage and Transparency


                                                          Health Policy Report - November 4, 2015
                                                          • • CMS Releases Final Rule for 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
                                                          • • President Obama Signs Budget Deal with Site-Neutral Payment Provision
                                                          • • Medicare Scales Back Claims Review Program
                                                          • • 340B Comments Submitted To HRSA On ‘Mega-Guidance’
                                                          • • Ways & Means Chairmanship Vacant After Ryan Elected Speaker


                                                              Health Policy Report - September 23, 2015
                                                              • • Site-Neutral Payment Reforms Cited as Possible Sequester Offset Solution
                                                              • • New Report Finds 340B Growth Larger than Previously Understood
                                                              • • Congressional Hearing Examines Healthcare Consolidations
                                                              • • New CMS Equity Plan Seeks to Reduce Health Disparities in Medicare


                                                                  Health Policy Report - September 10, 2015
                                                                  • • TAKE ACTION! Ask Congress to Help Stop Proposed Medicare Cuts to Cancer Care
                                                                  • • NHRSA Releases 340B Discount Drug Program Guidance
                                                                  • • New CBO Projections Predict Lower Long-Term Medicare Spending
                                                                  • • CMS Studies Shift Toward Hospital-Based Physician Practices

                                                                      Health Policy Report - August 13, 2015
                                                                      • • Dr. Barry Brooks: Equalize Payment Across Site of Service
                                                                      • • New Report Shows States Falling Behind in Efforts to Prevent Cancer
                                                                      • • Senate Finance Committee Posts 530 Submissions to Chronic Conditions Work Group
                                                                      • • Bipartisan Think Tank Recommends Near-Term Improvements to ACO Model

                                                                          Health Policy Report - July 29, 2015
                                                                          • • Ways & Means Committee Examines Hospital Site Neutral Payment Reforms
                                                                          • • More than 100 Oncologists Call for Lower Drug Prices in Letter to Policymakers
                                                                          • • Senator Grassley Calls for 340B Hearings for Unintended Consequences
                                                                          • • Medicare Depletion Date Expected at 2030

                                                                              Health Policy Report - July 15, 2015
                                                                              • • CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
                                                                              • • U.S. House Passes 21st Century Cures Legislation
                                                                              • • GAO Study: Eliminate Incentives for Expensive Drugs at 340B Hospitals
                                                                              • • CMS Helps Physicians Transition to ICD-10 with 12-Month Safe Harbor Period, Ombudsman, and Training

                                                                                  Health Policy Report - June 30, 2015
                                                                                  • • Bipartisan Bill to Equalize Medicare Payments for Cancer Care Introduced in the House
                                                                                  • • GOP Doctors Caucus Seeks to Preserve Medicare Self-Referral Exception
                                                                                  • • U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Insurance Subsidies in King v. Burwell

                                                                                      Health Policy Report - June 3, 2015
                                                                                      • • Federal Government Releases 2013 Medicare Billing Data
                                                                                      • • Senate Finance Leaders to Explore Improved Delivery of Chronic Care
                                                                                      • •NIH Announces Nationwide Precision Medicine Trial for Cancer Patients
                                                                                      • • Senate Finance Committee Examples Medicare Audit and Appeals Reforms

                                                                                          Health Policy Report - May 21, 2015
                                                                                          • • Energy & Commerce Committee Releases Updated 21st Century Cures Legislation; 340B Reform Measure Not Included
                                                                                          • • Connecticut Senate Bill Proposes Site-Neutral Payment Reforms
                                                                                          • • Petition Calls for Expanded Copay Assistance Programs, Patient Access to Cancer Care
                                                                                          • • IMS Institute Unveils Global Oncology Trend Report
                                                                                          • • CDC Report: Cancer Screening Rates on Decline

                                                                                              Health Policy Report - May 6, 2015
                                                                                              • • TAKE ACTION: Ask Lawmakers to Oppose Proposal to Extend Sequestration Cuts
                                                                                              • • President Obama Signs Historic SGR Reform Legislation
                                                                                              • • CMS: Small Volume of Medicare Claims will be Impacted by SGR, Processed at Reduced Rate
                                                                                              • • MedPAC Analyzes Bundling Oncology Services
                                                                                              • • CMS Proposes Changes to EHR Incentive Program
                                                                                              • • April Health Affairs Focuses on Cancer Care
                                                                                              • • USPSTF Issues New Draft Recommendations on Breast Cancer Screening

                                                                                                  Health Policy Report - April 23, 2015
                                                                                                  • • TAKE ACTION: Ask Lawmakers to Oppose Proposal to Extend Sequestration Cuts
                                                                                                  • • President Obama Signs Historic SGR Reform Legislation
                                                                                                  • • CMS: Small Volume of Medicare Claims will be Impacted by SGR, Processed at Reduced Rate
                                                                                                  • • MedPAC Analyzes Bundling Oncology Services
                                                                                                  • • CMS Proposes Changes to EHR Incentive Program
                                                                                                  • • April Health Affairs Focuses on Cancer Care
                                                                                                  • • USPSTF Issues New Draft Recommendations on Breast Cancer Screening

                                                                                                      Health Policy Report - April 1, 2015
                                                                                                      • • US House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Repeal SGR
                                                                                                      • • Senate, House Pass Budget Resolutions
                                                                                                      • • House Energy and Commerce Committee Examines 340B Program
                                                                                                      • • New Study Refutes Claims that Self-Referral Encourages Inappropriate Utilization or Increased Medicare Spending
                                                                                                      • • GAO Analyzes Medicare Payments to Certain Cancer Hospitals

                                                                                                          Health Policy Report - March 20, 2015
                                                                                                          • • Congress Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Repeal SGR
                                                                                                          • • MedPAC Once Again Recommends Site-Neutral Payment Reform
                                                                                                          • • Medicare to Publish Physician-Payment Data Next Month
                                                                                                          • • U.S. Supreme Court Examines Health Insurance Subsidies in King v. Burwell
                                                                                                          • • HHS Unveils Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model
                                                                                                          • • CDC Unveils Report on Invasive Cancer Incidence and Survival
                                                                                                          • • Maryland Legislature Considers Law Allowing Integrated Cancer Care
                                                                                                          • • CMS Considers Expansion of Coverage for PET Cancer Scans

                                                                                                              Health Policy Report - February 26, 2015
                                                                                                              • • The US Oncology Network’s Dr. Barry Brooks Pens Op-Ed Highlighting Need for Site-Neutral Medicare Payment Reform
                                                                                                              • • HHS Unveils New Payment Model for Cancer Care
                                                                                                              • • Prompt Pay Discount Legislation Introduced in U.S. House
                                                                                                              • • CMS Approves Medicare Coverage for Lung Cancer Screening
                                                                                                              • • CBO Releases Higher SGR Replacement Cost Estimate
                                                                                                              • • Lawmakers Debate Preparedness for ICD-10 Transition

                                                                                                                  Health Policy Report - February 5, 2015
                                                                                                                  • • President Obama Endorses Site-Neutral Payment Policies in FY2016 Budget Proposal
                                                                                                                  • • Obama Administration Releases Details of Precision Medicine Initiative
                                                                                                                  • • 21st Century Cures Initiative Enters Legislative Phase
                                                                                                                  • • HHS Unveils Plan to Revamp Medicare Payments
                                                                                                                  • • HHS Asks DC Court To Drop 340B Orphan Drug Lawsuit

                                                                                                                      Health Policy Report - January 23, 2015
                                                                                                                      • • The US Oncology Network Joins New Alliance for Site-Neutral Payment Reform
                                                                                                                      • • Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing Focuses on Future of SGR
                                                                                                                      • • Obama Sets an Ambitious Agenda In State of the Union, Healthcare Not A Focus
                                                                                                                      • • MedPAC Discusses Site-Neutral Payments, Hospital Reimbursement, and Physician Payment Rates

                                                                                                                          Health Policy Report - January 7, 2015
                                                                                                                          • • 114th Congress Convenes, Republicans Control Both Chambers of Congress
                                                                                                                          • • 2014 Healthcare Policy Milestones & Trends
                                                                                                                          • • Congress Raises Concerns about 340B
                                                                                                                          • • MedPAC Shows Continued Support for Payment Parity
                                                                                                                          • • Cancer Death Rates in U.S. Continue to Decline

                                                                                                                              Health Policy Report - December 10, 2014
                                                                                                                              • • Report: 340B Sales to Rise
                                                                                                                              • • National Media Outlets Examine Impact of Higher Hospital Costs on Cancer Care
                                                                                                                              • • Healthcare Spending Growth Slowed in 2013
                                                                                                                              • •U.S. House of Representatives Passes ABLE Act
                                                                                                                              • • CMS Proposes New ACO Regulation

                                                                                                                                  Health Policy Report - November 20, 2014
                                                                                                                                  • • MedPAC Examines Part B Drug Payment Policy
                                                                                                                                  • • HRSA Pulls Back 340B 'Mega Rule’
                                                                                                                                  • • Supreme Court to Hear Affordable Care Act Subsidies Case
                                                                                                                                  • • Lawmakers, Physician Groups Seek SGR Reform in Lame Duck Session
                                                                                                                                  • • CMS Proposed Lung Cancer Screening Coverage for High-Risk Beneficiaries
                                                                                                                                  • • VA Reimbursement Rule Has Providers Fearing Slow Payment

                                                                                                                                      Health Policy Report - November 4, 2014
                                                                                                                                      • • CMS Releases Final Rule for 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
                                                                                                                                      • • HRSA Asks Drug Manufacturers to Refund 340B Overcharges
                                                                                                                                      • • Medical Costs Up to 20% Higher at Hospital-Owned Physician Groups, Study Finds
                                                                                                                                      • • Supreme Court Not Taking Up Insurance Subsidies Lawsuit Yet
                                                                                                                                      • • Simpler Home Test for Colon Cancer Offered

                                                                                                                                          Health Policy Report - October 22, 2014
                                                                                                                                          • • New COA Report Finds 82% Increase in Cancer Clinic Closings Since 2010
                                                                                                                                          • • PhRMA Files Suit Challenging HHS Orphan Drug Regulation
                                                                                                                                          • • Aunt Minnie Op-Ed: Payment parity in radiation therapy best serves cancer patients
                                                                                                                                          • • JAMA Articles Illustrate Division Over Lung Cancer Screening
                                                                                                                                          • • AMA Sends Blueprint to Strengthen the Meaningful Use Program to CMS

                                                                                                                                              Health Policy Report - October 8, 2014
                                                                                                                                              • • More than 160 Members of Congress Weigh in with CMS on Radiation Oncology Cuts
                                                                                                                                              • • Congress Breaks for Mid-Term Election Campaigning; Lame-Duck Session Approaching
                                                                                                                                              • • Health Affairs Report Findings Reinforce 340B Program Abuse Concerns
                                                                                                                                              • • Physician Groups Warn New Open Payments Site Contains Errors, Lack Accuracy
                                                                                                                                              • • Role of RUC in Assigning Medicare Payments Called into Question

                                                                                                                                                  Health Policy Report - September 26, 2014
                                                                                                                                                  • • Republican Lawmakers Call for Increased Transparency in Rule Making Process
                                                                                                                                                  • • MedPAC Weighs Least-Costly Alternative Approaches To Control Part B Drug Prices
                                                                                                                                                  • • CMS Releases Medicare ACO and Shared Savings Program Results
                                                                                                                                                  • • Stakeholders Concerned Sunshine Act Data Release Lacks Needed Context and Background Information
                                                                                                                                                  • • Bipartisan Bill Introduced in House to Extend Deadline to Show Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records

                                                                                                                                                      Health Policy Report - September 10, 2014
                                                                                                                                                      • • Take Action Today! Encourage Congress to Stand Up Against Proposed Radiation Oncology Cuts
                                                                                                                                                      • • The US Oncology Network Submits Formal Comments to CMS on Proposed Payment Policy Revisions
                                                                                                                                                      • • Bipartisan House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Leaders Ask CMS to Maintain Status Quo on Radiation Therapy Payments
                                                                                                                                                      • • Open Payments Site Experiences Delays; Physicians Concerned
                                                                                                                                                      • • District Court Upholds New Interpretive HRSA Rule on 340B Orphan Drug Exclusions
                                                                                                                                                      • • New CMS Report Predicts Positive Trends in Healthcare Spending

                                                                                                                                                          Health Policy Report - August 19, 2014
                                                                                                                                                          • • CMS Releases Potential Innovative Oncology Payment Model
                                                                                                                                                          • • New Veteran Affairs Bill Expands Private Practice Services to Veterans
                                                                                                                                                          • • Physician Groups Concerned Open Payments Dispute Process Flawed
                                                                                                                                                          • • RAND Analysis Recommends Review of 340B Program Processes
                                                                                                                                                          • • 310,000 Enrollees To Lose Healthcare Coverage If Citizenship Not Verified

                                                                                                                                                              Health Policy Report - August 5, 2014
                                                                                                                                                              • • New Medicare Report: Improved Financial Outlook for Medicare Trust Fund
                                                                                                                                                              • • Bipartisan Lawmakers Express Support For 340B Program
                                                                                                                                                              • • The US Oncology Network Joins Cancer Care Advocates in Submitting USP Chapter <800> Comments
                                                                                                                                                              • • E&C Health Subcommittee Convenes Markup on Important Healthcare Legislation

                                                                                                                                                                  Health Policy Report - July 23, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                  • • Two U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Contradictory ACA Subsidies Rulings
                                                                                                                                                                  • • HRSA Issues Interpretive Rule Maintaining 340B Orphan Drug Exclusion
                                                                                                                                                                  • • CMS Proposes Eliminating CME Exclusion from Open Payments Program
                                                                                                                                                                  • • Colon Cancer Care Advocates Urge Congress to Eliminate Colonoscopy Copay
                                                                                                                                                                  • • Health Affairs Examines Future of “Big Data” in US Healthcare System

                                                                                                                                                                      Health Policy Report - July 9, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                      • • CMS Releases Proposed Rule Setting 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Payment Rates
                                                                                                                                                                      • • HRSA Releases 340B Auditing Process Changes
                                                                                                                                                                      • • Study Finds Cost of Care for Common Patient Services Doubles in HOPD
                                                                                                                                                                      • • Open Payments System Registration for Physicians Begins Mid-Month

                                                                                                                                                                          Health Policy Report - June 18, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                          • • New Study Finds Shift To Hospital Setting Drives Up Cancer Costs
                                                                                                                                                                          • • Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B Hosts National Leadership Summit to Discuss 340B Reforms
                                                                                                                                                                          • • MedPAC Expands Support of Site Neutral Payments
                                                                                                                                                                          • • Large Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Urge Medicare Decision on Low-Dose CT Scans For Lung Cancer Screening

                                                                                                                                                                              Health Policy Report - June 4, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                              • • The US Oncology Network’s Barry Brooks Testifies Before House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee on Site-Neutral Medicare Payment Reform
                                                                                                                                                                              • • Court Decision Calls HRSA 340B Rule-Making Authority Into Question
                                                                                                                                                                              • • New Study Examines 340B Hospital Acquisitions of Physician-Based Oncology Practices
                                                                                                                                                                              • • CMS Issues Proposed Rule on “Meaningful Use” Requirements
                                                                                                                                                                              • • Senators Urge Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer Test
                                                                                                                                                                              • • Burwell Vote Likely this Week

                                                                                                                                                                                  Health Policy Report - May 14, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                  • • IMS Institute: Higher Cancer Costs Due to Shift To Hospital Outpatient Facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                  • • Stanford University Study Finds Hospital Ownership of Physician Practices Leads to Higher Prices
                                                                                                                                                                                  • • CMS Confirms One-Year Delay of ICD-10 Code Transition
                                                                                                                                                                                  • • Senate Holds Confirmation Hearings for HHS Secretary Nominee Burwell
                                                                                                                                                                                  • • HHS: Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Exceeds 8 Million Americans

                                                                                                                                                                                      Health Policy Report - April 30, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                      • • MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Virtual Hill Days May 7 & 8
                                                                                                                                                                                      • • Jonathan Blum Announces CMS Departure
                                                                                                                                                                                      • • Burwell Hearing Set
                                                                                                                                                                                      • • Healthcare Coalition Urges CMS to Set Date for Implementation of ICD-10 Codes
                                                                                                                                                                                      • • New Online Tool Available to Search Physician Payment Data

                                                                                                                                                                                          Health Policy Report - April 16, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                          • • CMS Announces Release of Physician Payment Information
                                                                                                                                                                                          • • Narrow Insurance Networks Could Threaten Patient Access to Specialized Cancer Care Centers
                                                                                                                                                                                          • • HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Steps Down
                                                                                                                                                                                          • • House Passes Ryan Budget Resolution; Action Not Likely in Senate
                                                                                                                                                                                          • • CBO Releases Updated Budget Projections for SGR Patch

                                                                                                                                                                                              Health Policy Report - April 1, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                              • • The US Oncology Network Joins Community Oncology Alliance in Urging Congressional Leaders to Address Cancer Care Crisis
                                                                                                                                                                                              • • Congress Moves to Avert Medicare Physician Payment Cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                              • • New Analysis Shows Many 340B Hospitals Provide Minimal Charity Care
                                                                                                                                                                                              • • Obamacare Open Enrollment Period Closes

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Health Policy Report - March 20, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • • House Passes SGR Repeal with Delay of ACA Individual Mandate
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • • Coalition for Patient Centered Imaging Urges Congress to Preserve Patient Access to Integrated Care
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • • New Report Finds Overall Cancer Cases on the Rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • • HHS Updates HIPAA Regulations
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • • Colon Cancer Rates Drop by 30 Percent

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Health Policy Report - March 6, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • • Virginia Cancer Specialists Featured in Fox New Special Report
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • • Op-Ed Highlights Importance of Rational Payments for Cancer Care
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • • President Obama Releases 2015 Budget Proposal
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • • CBO Releases Score for SGR Bill
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • • Quality Data Added to CMS’ Physician Compare Website
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • • World Health Organization: Cancer Cases on the Rise

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Health Policy Report - February 20, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • • The US Oncology Network’s Dr. Barry Brooks Calls for Equalization of Medicare Payments in The Hill
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • • OIG Releases Report on 340B Drug Discount Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • • Congress Votes to Extend Sequestration
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • • Lancet Oncology Paper Calls on Oncology Community to Recognize Costs, Limitations of Cancer Treatments
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • • Insurance Exchange Enrollment Climbs to 3.3 Million
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • • CBO Report Finds Slower Medicare Spending Growth

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Health Policy Report - February 6, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • • Lawmakers Reach SGR Deal with Five Years of 0.5 Percent Payment Hikes
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • • President Obama Delivers State of the Union Address
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • • Congressman Henry Waxman Announces Retirement
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • • CMS Report Finds ACOs Are Lowering Spending Growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • • CMMI Technical Expert Panel for Oncology Examines Alternative Payment Models
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • • COA and ASCO Release Principles for Payment System Reform

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Health Policy Report - January 23, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • • MedPAC Recommends Aligning Payments Across Care Settings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • • CMS Announces Release of Physician Payment Data
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • • Congress Approves $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • • New Study: IMRT Improved Survival Rates in Head and Neck Cancer Patients

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Health Policy Report - January 7, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • • Congress Returns to Washington; Budget Deal Needed Before January 16 Deadline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • • Senate Finance and Ways and Means Committees Mark Up Permanent SGR Replacement Bill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • • Obamacare Enrollment Swells in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • • New Obama Administration Report Claims Slow Healthcare Spending Growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • • Final USPSTF Screening Recommendations for Lung Cancer Released





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