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Jan 2

2019

COA Submits Formal Comments on Medicare International Pricing Proposal

Opposes IPI as Proposed Because of Serious Concerns About Patient Impact and Legality but Working on Alternatives Releases Research Analysis on Myth of Physician Incentives in Part B System The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) recently submitted formal comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the Medicare Program International Pricing Index Model

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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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Dec 3

2018

Cancer Center of Middle Georgia Launches Local Chapter of National Advocacy Organization

New CPAN Chapter Gives Cancer Patients, Survivors A Forum to Speak Out for Access to Local Cancer Care The Cancer Center of Middle Georgia (CCMG) at the practice’s offices at 2400 Bellevue Road, Suite #26, in Dublin, launched a new local chapter of the Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN), which will advocate for

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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 2

2018

Community Oncology Alliance Largely Commends CMS on Final Physician Fee Schedule Rule

COA’s Concerns Reflected in Final Rule That Ensures Value of Cancer Care for Patients and Reduce Administrative Burdens for Physicians The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) commends the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for clearly hearing important concerns of the oncology community and reflecting those in the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. CMS Administrator

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Oct 29

2018

COA Hosts Ninth National Oncology Payment Reform Summit

Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Updates and Strategies for Reform of Cancer Care Delivery System The Ninth Payer Exchange Summit on Oncology Payment Reform, hosted by the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), convenes today. The COA Summit series is a unique gathering of more than 200 cancer stakeholders who come together to share ideas that will advance

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Oct 25

2018

COA Statement on Trump Administration’s Part B Payment Model Proposal

Oncologists Express Concerns About Patient Access to Cancer Treatment With Potential Introduction of Middlemen to Medicare Part B Today the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) released the following statement regarding the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) for an International Pricing Index (IPI) Model unveiled by President Trump and United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)

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Sep 25

2018

Community Oncology Alliance HOPPS Comments Support Additional 340B and Site Neutral Changes, Warns of Problems With Middlemen in CAP Proposal

Administration Must Focus on Strengthening the Part B Program, Tread Carefully With Changes That Might Have Unintended Consequences for Patients The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) submitted formal comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in support of proposed additional changes to the 340B Drug Discount Program and site-neutral payments that were put

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Sep 24

2018

COA Joins Cancer Care, Research and Advocacy Leaders at the Biden Cancer Summit

Cancer Leaders from Around the World Meet to Drive Cancer Urgency Leaders in cancer care, research, and advocacy gathered in Washington DC last week to attend the invitation-only Biden Cancer Summit, hosted by the Biden Cancer Initiative. The Summit bought together over 300 cancer leaders including patients, advocates, providers, and other industry leaders. Among those

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Sep 10

2018

COA Submits Formal Comments on 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

CMS Proposes Changes to Evaluation and Management, Infusion Services, and Same Day Visit Codes in 2019 MPFS Today the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) submitted formal comments to Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), regarding the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. COA’s formal comments focused on CMS proposals to cut

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