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Mar 15

2019

COA Comments: CMS CAR-T Cell Therapy Proposed Coverage Determination

COA Submits Formal Comments to CMS on Proposed CAR-T Cell Therapy Coverage Determination Today the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) submitted a formal comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding a proposed national coverage determination memo for CAR-T cell therapy. While COA is pleased that CMS is moving in the direction

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Mar 6

2019

COA Statement on Departure of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD

“We are truly saddened by the departure of Scott Gottlieb, MD from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).  The diversity of issues Commissioner Gottlieb tackled – including drug approvals, opioids, e-cigarettes/vaping, and more – and the modernization of the FDA were amazing.  During his brief tenure at the FDA, Dr. Gottlieb had to also deal

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Feb 27

2019

COA Patient Advocacy Network Appoints Medical Co-Chairs

Celebrates 10 Years of Success Advocating for Community Oncology Patients, Professionals, and Practices  The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) announced the appointment of Lakshmi Aggarwal, MD of Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology as a new CPAN medical co-chair. She will join Miriam Atkins, MD of Augusta Oncology who will continue serving

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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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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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