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2011-05-18 17:05:00

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten percent of cancer patients failed to fill their initial prescriptions for oral anti-cancer drugs, according to a new study published jointly today in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) and American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). The study was based on an analysis conducted by Avalere Health LLC using pharmacy transaction data over a two-year period from 2007 to 2009. This study has also been accepted for presentation at the American...

2011-05-05 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) and lead co-sponsor U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have introduced S. 733, a bipartisan bill designed to address a Medicare reimbursement flaw. The bill proposes to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure more appropriate payment for drugs and biologicals under Part B of the Medicare Program by excluding customary prompt pay discounts extended to wholesalers from the manufacturer's Average Sales...

2011-03-03 17:01:00

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Representatives Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Gene Green (D-TX) today introduced H.R. 905. The bipartisan bill, which has 15 co-sponsors, proposes to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure more appropriate payment for drugs and biologicals under Part B of the Medicare Program by excluding customary prompt pay discounts extended to wholesalers from the manufacturer's Average Sales Price (ASP). Currently, the ASP methodology used...

2011-02-23 11:41:00

WASHINGTON and LAS VEGAS, Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) will attend and present at the sixth annual Community Oncology Conference, February 25-26, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nev. The conference attracts health care professionals from community oncology settings all across the U.S., ranging from private practice-based oncologists and oncology nurses to practice administrators. This year's meeting marks the first time patient advocates will attend....

2011-02-14 10:16:00

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Through the continuous and tremendous growth of its patient assistance support program, US Oncology, Inc., a division of McKesson Corp. and a leading integrated oncology company, is helping cancer patients access the high quality cancer care they need. By helping patients obtain financial assistance, thousands can now afford much needed treatment and cancer therapies. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100517/DA06089LOGO) "If...

2010-12-01 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) announced results of a national survey of oncology practices, in which 82% are likely to reduce or stop seeing Medicare patients and cut clinical or operational staff -- including oncologists in 4 out of 10 practices -- if Medicare cuts currently scheduled for January 1, 2011 go into effect. In addition, 67% of practices report they are likely to terminate private pay contracts tied to Medicare and 58% to...

2010-10-06 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) announced today that a letter, sponsored by Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) and signed by 85 members of the House of Representatives was delivered to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius and Chief of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Donald M. Berwick. The letter calls for forestalling additional cuts to cancer care called for in the Proposed 2011 Physician Fee Schedule for...

2010-09-23 09:52:00

Data Shows That 172 Medical Practices Serving Cancer Patients Have Closed Due to Inadequate Medicare Reimbursement WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF), a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of creating avenues of improved patient access to health care through public policy reform at the state and federal levels, delivered a letter to Members of the House and Senate last week urging Congress to oppose...

2010-07-14 14:23:00

U.S. Cancer Care Delivery System Crumbling WASHINGTON, July 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) today announced that due to severe year after year cuts to Medicare reimbursement for cancer care, community oncologists around the U.S. are closing offices at a rate rapidly increasing since January 2010. Reductions in staff, services and facilities are also on the rise.(1) Specifically, 39 community cancer clinics in 15 states across the U.S. have closed or...

2010-06-23 08:48:00

WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Today a group of cancer patients, oncologists, oncology nurses and practice administrators will meet with Members of Congress to speak out about the enormous burden placed by the massive Medicare cuts to U.S. cancer care, and to offer solutions. Community oncologists are warning that the failure of Congress to address 21.3% Medicare reimbursement cuts due to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula - which disproportionately affect cancer care -...


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