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February 10: COA Applauds Confirmation of Dr. Tom Price as HHS Secretary

COA Looks Forward to Working with HHS Secretary Dr. Price on Strengthening Our Nation’s Cancer Care System On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), I want to express our support for Dr. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). As stated [...]

February 8: COA State of Community Oncology and 2017 Priorities

COA Hosts “State of the Union” Luncheon for Advocates, Stakeholders, and Industry Leaders Today, the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) hosted a “State of the Union” briefing on the state of community oncology at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. More than 100 representatives of national cancer care, patient advocacy, [...]

February 1: Murky PBM “DIR Fees” Are Increasing the Cost of Medicare Drugs for Patients and Taxpayers

New White Paper Reveals How Pharmacy Benefits Managers Use DIR Fees for Corporate Profit at the Expense of Patient Care A new White Paper by the law firm of Frier Levitt, LLC examines the ongoing practice by Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to increase corporate profits through murky “direct and indirect [...]

January 11: COA at White House “Moonshot” Event and Capitol Hill Briefing

On Wednesday representatives from the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) joined other oncology leaders for an event at the White House as part of Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot initiative. The event was the final “Making Health Care Better” series of the Obama administration and was focused on cancer challenges faced [...]

December 22: Community Oncology Alliance Elects New Officers and Board Members

Jeffrey Vacirca, MD, FACP of New York Cancer Specialists Elected President of COA for 2017-2018 Term Washington, DC – December 22, 2016 – The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) announced today that Jeffrey Vacirca, MD, FACP, CEO and managing partner/director of clinical research at New York Cancer Specialists in Long Island, [...]

December 16: COA Statement on CMS Formally Dropping Part B Experiment

“Cancer patients and their providers across the country can breathe a sigh of relief now that the Part B experiment on cancer care is finally dead. It was encouraging to have such strong support from Congress to end this proposed model that was, at best, an overreach by CMS, created [...]

December 6: COA Statement on Dr. Price for HHS Secretary

COA Looks Forward to Working with HHS Secretary Nominee Dr. Tom Price on Strengthening Our Nation’s Cancer Care Delivery System On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), I want to express our support for my fellow Georgian and physician Dr. Tom Price as he [...]

November 22: Breaking News: Medicare Part B Experiment Dead

The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) believes that, for all intents and purposes, the Medicare Part B experiment (demo) on cancer care is dead. Late last week, top Democrats, including incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, requested that the Obama administration not release the final [...]

October 26: Community Oncology Alliance Hosts Fifth Payer Exchange Summit

Focus on Oncology Care Model and Engaging Employers in Payment Reform More than 200 oncology care providers, payers, patient advocates, and industry leaders came together this week to discuss payment reform at the Community Oncology Alliance’s (COA) Payer Exchange Summit V. This marks COA’s fifth payment reform summit and represents [...]

October 5: COA Releases 2016 Community Oncology Practice Impact Report

The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) released the 2016 Community Oncology Practice Impact Report today, which tracks the changing landscape of cancer care in the United States. It documents a 121% increase in community cancer clinic closings and a 172% increase in consolidation into hospitals since 2008. Read Full Article Here>>

September 8: Hematology-Oncology Associates of Central New York Launches CPAN Chapter

Patients and Physicians at Hematology-Oncology Associates of Central New York launch National Cancer Advocacy Group Chapter COA Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) Chapter to Advocate for Local, Accessible, and Affordable Cancer Care for All in New York East Syracuse residents have a new group dedicated to advocating for local, accessible, and affordable cancer care in their [...]

August 30: New White Paper: PBMs Attack on Physician Dispensing and Impact on Patient Care

PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS IMPROPERLY REINTERPRET MEDICARE RULES FOR FINANCIAL GAIN PBM Actions, Including Pending Move by CVS Caremark, Will Disrupt Care for Millions of Cancer Patients and Others A new White Paper from the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) looks at recent moves by Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to increase corporate [...]

August 2: COA Announces Major Support Initiative for CMS Oncology Care Model

COA Fully Committed to Success of OCM, Oncology Payment and Delivery Reform COA Providing Expert Support to OCM Practices, Launches Peer-to-Peer Learning Network, and Gathering Stakeholder Guidance for Future Support Washington, DC – August 2, 2016 – The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) has launched a major support initiative effort behind [...]

July 28: COA Launches Advanced Practice Provider Network

Learning Network for Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Other Advanced Practice Providers in Oncology COA has launched a new initiative to support advanced practice providers in oncology. Called the Advanced Practice Provider Network or “CAPP Network,” the initiative will support oncology nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other advanced practice providers who [...]

July 14: COA Supports New Oncology Payment Reform Bill By Senators Cornyn and Carper

Community Oncology Alliance Supports New Oncology Payment Reform Bill By Senators Cornyn and Carper Legislation Based on the Oncology Medical Home Model Focuses on Quality, Efficient Cancer Care   WASHINGTON, DC – July 14, 2016 – The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) commends Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Tom Carper (D-DE) [...]

COA Submits Formal Comments on CMS Medicare Part B “Model”

COA Submits Formal Comments on CMS Medicare Part B “Model” It is an Experiment that is Bad Medicine, Flawed Economics, Destructive Policy, and Legally Invalid The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) today submitted formal comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the proposed Medicare Part B Drug [...]

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

New Milliman Study Commissioned by Community Oncology Alliance Finds Costs for Treating Patients With Cancer Increased at Essentially Same Rate as Other Health Care Spending Findings Examine Impact of Drug Payments and Disparate Site of Service Costs A new Milliman study shows that over the last decade the total costs of [...]

316 of Nation’s Leading Health Care and Patient Advocacy Groups Implore Congress to Oppose Medicare’s Experiment

Groups warn proposed Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model will adversely affect the care and treatment of Medicare patients with complex conditions WASHINGTON, March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, 316 leading healthcare and patient advocacy organizations sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, [...]

Community Oncology Alliance Letter on Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model

Community Oncology Alliance Comments on Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model An Experiment on Patients; CMS Proposal Sets a Dangerous Precedent Today, the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) sent a letter to HHS Secretary Burwell and CMS Acting Director Slavitt regarding the recently released CMSMedicare Part B Drug Payment Model. “The CMS [...]

President’s Budget Grounds Cancer Moonshot; Fails Patients and Taxpayers

President's Budget Grounds Cancer Moonshot; Fails Patients and Taxpayers Will Drive Up Costs for Seniors with Cancer and Taxpayers Leaked Mandatory CMS Payment ‘Experiment’ Misguided Washington, DC – The federal budget just released by President Obama contains another harmful cut to Medicare payments for cancer drugs. If implemented, the cut [...]

Community Oncology Alliance Elects New Officers and Board Members for 2016

COA announces the election of a new Board of Directors and Executive Committee officers. "2016 is primed to be an important year for community oncology. We anticipate significant progress on payment reform initiatives such as the Oncology Medical Home (OMH) and ongoing examinations of the 340B drug program and more," [...]

New Study Reveals 340B Program Significantly Larger Than Previously Understood

The study finds that hospitals participating in the 340B program accounted for 58 percent of all Medicare Part B hospital outpatient drug reimbursements in 2013. For just oncology drugs, 340B hospitals accounted for over 60 percent of reimbursements. Both metrics saw double-digit growth during the study period of 2010-2013, increasing [...]

Community Oncology Alliance Patient Survey Reaches Landmark In Measuring Quality And Value In Cancer Care

Oncology Medical Home Initiative Reaches 50,000 Patient Surveys Completed as Criteria for Quality of Care Improvement and Payment Reform WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 27, 2015 – The Community Oncology Alliance (COA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving access to community cancer care, announced today that cancer patients have completed 50,000 [...]

COA Kicks Off Community Oncology Conferences; Announces Major White Paper

A Detailed Diagnosis of Integrated Community Oncology is a comprehensive study of the value provided and challenges faced by integrated community oncology practices, the foundation of the nation’s cancer care delivery system. The COA-sponsored study, the work of Berkeley Research Group (BRG) researchers Aaron Vandervelde and JoAnna Younts, included the [...]

Community Oncology Alliance Endorses New Bipartisan Oncology Payment Reform Bill, H.R.1934

Legislation Based on the Oncology Medical Home Model Focuses on Quality, Efficient Cancer Care WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) commends Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA5) and Steve Israel (D-NY3) for introducing the Cancer Care Payment Reform Act of 2015 (H.R.1934), which establishes a national [...]

COA Community Oncology Pharmacy Association Names Board Co-Chairs

COA and the Community Oncology Pharmacy Association (COPA) announced the appointment of COPA co-chairs, Joshua Cox, Pharm. D. and Thomas Harwood, CPT. Joshua Cox, Pharm. D., BCPS, director of pharmacy, Dayton Physicians Network, Dayton, Ohio, and Thomas Harwood, CPT, deputy director of clinical operations, NSHOA Cancer Center, East Setauket, N.Y., [...]

New Survey Reveals Community Oncology Practices Face Serious Challenges Affecting Nation’s Cancer Care

Mergers and Acquisitions by Hospital Systems on the Rise WASHINGTON, DC – March 26, 2015 – Community oncology practices, in which close to 70% of the nation’s cancer care is delivered, face serious challenges according to a recent survey by Berkeley Research Group (BRG) researchers Aaron Vandervelde and JoAnna Younts. [...]

Community Oncology Alliance Announces Support Of Bill To Help Stabilize The Nation’s Deteriorating Cancer Care Delivery System

Proposed Bill Will Correct CMS' Inappropriate Application of the Sequester Cut To Payments for Cancer Drugs WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving access to community cancer care, announced its vigorous support of the Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2015 [...]

Community Oncology Alliance Announces Launch Of National Organization Focused On Oral Cancer Drugs

Commercial Interests Threaten to Interfere with Critical Physician-Patient Bond Essential to Quality Cancer Care WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 17, 2015 – The Community Oncology Alliance (COA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving access to community cancer care, announced today the formation of the Community Oncology Pharmacy Association (COPA). COPA is [...]

Community Oncology Alliance Announces Oncology Medical Home Pilot Program Launch

Ten Oncology Practices Begin the Accreditation Process in 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 24, 2015 – The Community Oncology Alliance (COA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving access to community cancer care, announced the pilot of a national launch of an accreditation program for the Oncology Medical Home (OMH). This [...]

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