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Apr 9

2019

PBM Middlemen Continue to Dodge Responsibility for Patient Suffering and Rising Drug Prices

COA Applauds the Senate Finance Committee for PBM Hearing as Part of National Efforts to Shed Light on PBM Abuses and Lower Drug Prices More Investigation and Oversight Needed to Examine Adverse Impact of PBM Abuses on Patient Care Statement from Ted Okon, Executive Director, Community Oncology Alliance (COA): Today’s Senate Finance Committee hearing

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Apr 5

2019

COA Hosts Cancer Care Teams, Advocates, and Stakeholders for Largest Community Oncology Conference Ever

Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Abuses and Patient Horror Stories Take Center Stage at Annual COA Conference Physicians, Administrators, Nurses, Pharmacists, Advocates, and Stakeholders Come Together to Share Latest Innovations in Cancer Care The most successful Community Oncology Alliance (COA) Community Oncology Conference ever, wrapped up today featuring a record-breaking nearly 1,600 community oncology physicians,

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Feb 6

2019

Community Oncology Alliance: 2018 Year in Review

Introduction In 2018, the assault on patient access to local and affordable cancer care provided by community oncologists, upon which over half of all Americans rely, continued. The work of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) repelled, repealed, or slowed down a record number of significant challenges to patients and practices, including proposed cuts to

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Feb 1

2019

COA Applauds HHS for Taking Strong Step Towards Ending Secretive Rebate System

COA Commends Trump Administration for Plan to Lower Drug Costs for Patients The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) applauds President Donald Trump, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Inspector General Daniel Levinson, and HHS staff for the just released, ambitious proposal to overhaul the nation’s secretive drug rebate system. This move will lower drug prices

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Dec 31

2018

COA Comments on IPI for Medicare Part B Drugs

The Honorable Seema Verma, Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-5528-ANPRM P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8013 Re: Medicare Program; International Pricing Index Model for Medicare Part B Drugs; CMS-5528- ANPRM Dear Administrator Verma: On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Community Oncology Alliance

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Dec 18

2018

Community Oncology Alliance Elects New Officers and Board Members

Michael Diaz, MD of Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Elected President of COA Announces Formation of Standing Biosimilars Committee The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) announced today that long-time board member and volunteer Michael Diaz, MD, a practicing medical oncologist at Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), has been elected president of COA. He will

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Nov 29

2018

COA needs your support for 2019!

We are about to enter a critical period for community oncology. Far-reaching Medicare policies are under consideration in Washington that have the potential to completely transform your practice and, quite possibly, ability to survive. From the way you and your practice are reimbursed; to how you acquire and deliver complex cancer drugs; to your ability

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Nov 27

2018

CMS Proposal Effectively Unprotects Six Protected Classes

CMS Proposal a Potential Nightmare for Vulnerable Medicare Patients with Cancer and Other Serious Diseases The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposal to allow Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans to dictate access to drugs in the “six protected classes” is a potential nightmare for vulnerable patients with cancer. For the first

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Nov 7

2018

Welcome to MyCOA!

Welcome to MyCOA, your membership portal to everything that COA offers. Get started by loading a profile photo, updating your profile information, and checking out some of the great resources we have available for you.  Thanks for your ongoing support of COA and community oncology. If you have any suggestions for how we can better

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Nov 7

2018

Fellow for Hire

As part of our COA Fellows’ Educational Initiative, we help to place 3rdyear Fellows in community practices.  One such fellow is looking for an excellent practice in a mid-sized city, ideally in the southeast.  If you have an opening,  please contact Mary Kruczynski at maryk@coacancer.org.

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