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Do Not Forget: Submit Comments to CMS on the Medicare Experiment by May 9th!

Created on: Friday, April 29, 2016

COA and others are putting the pressure on policymakers, but CMS needs to hear from you! The comment period on the experiment is only open for twelve more days. Be sure to make your voice heard. It is important that CMS receives a lot of letters from oncology practices.

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Statement on Senate Finance Medicare Part B Experiment Letters

Created on: Thursday, April 28, 2016

It is encouraging to see that Congress is beginning to see what a disaster the Medicare Part B experiment will be for seniors and their providers. The recent letters from both the Republican and Democrat members of the United States Senate Committee on Finance leave us hopeful that this misguided proposal will be rejected outright.

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Ask your Representative: Sign the letter to CMS!

Created on: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Three top members of Congress are circulating a letter to their colleagues to join them in signing asking CMS to withdraw the Medicare experiment on cancer care and other medical conditions. Tom Price (GA-R), Charles Boustany (LA-R), and John Shimkus (IL-R) are keeping the letter open until Friday close of business day. Please reach out to the House offices ASAP to ask your Representatives to sign the letter.

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Highlights from the 2016 Community Oncology Conference

Created on: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The most successful Community Oncology Conference ever wrapped up on Friday featuring a record-breaking 926 attendees, a more than fifty-percent increase from last year. In addition to presentations during the clinical, business, and advocacy sessions, attendees saw the launch of the “I Am Community Oncology” campaign and heard from our keynote speaker Joan Lunden who described her breast cancer treatment at a community oncology practice. Be sure to check out the COA Conference website for all presentations, photos, and videos at And don’t forget to save the date for the 2017 Community Oncology Conference, April 27-28 in Washington, DC. We hope to see you there!

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Landmark Study Takes In-Depth Look at Cost Drivers of Cancer Care

Created on: Monday, April 04, 2016

A new Milliman study commissioned by COA shows that over the last decade the total costs of treating patients with cancer in the United States have risen no faster than overall costs for Medicare and commercially insured populations. Contrary to a commonly held misbelief that cancer care costs have rapidly outpaced other health care spending trends, the study actually found that total costs of treating patients with cancer have increased at essentially the same rate as all health care spending since 2004.

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Announcing Stop the Medicare Experiment on Cancer Care!

Created on: Thursday, March 24, 2016

Patients, advocates, & practices spoke, COA listened. Today we launched with a huge array of easy-to-use resources for asking Congress to help us ‪#‎StopCMSCuts‬ and stop the proposed Medicare experiment on cancer care. Check it out, share the news, and get involved!

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300+ National & State Organizations Ask Congress: Stop the CMS Drug Payment Proposal!

Created on: Thursday, March 17, 2016

This morning an unprecedented 316 national and state healthcare and related organizations sent a letter to Congress expressing strong concern with the proposed CMS Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model. The organizations request that Congress ask CMS to withdraw the proposed rule. Click here ...

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Sign the letter to Congress: Stop CMS from implementing the ASP experiment!

Created on: Monday, March 14, 2016

Health care organizations at the state and national level are welcome to sign this letter by Wednesday, March 16, 2016 to Congress asking them to stop the recently announced Medicare Part B Drug Pricing experiment.

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COA Letter on Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model

Created on: Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Today, the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) sent a letter to HHS Secretary Burwell and CMS Acting Director Slavitt regarding the recently released CMS Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model.

“The CMS Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model is an inappropriate, potentially dangerous, and perverse experiment on the cancer care of seniors who are covered by Medicare,” says the letter, signed on behalf of the COA Board of Directors by Bruce B. Gould, MD, president of COA and a practicing community oncologist with Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers in Marietta, Ga.

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CMS Releases Full Medicare Part B Payment Proposal

Created on: Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposal to change the way it pays for drugs under the Medicare Part B program. These are drugs purchased in the outpatient setting which include chemotherapy medications critical to patient care.

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CMS ASP Proposal Press Release (PDF FILE)

CMS ASP Proposal Fact Sheet (PDF FILE)

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