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US Oncology Oct.19-Group
October 24, 2023

Network Physicians Advocate for Community Oncology on Capitol Hill

On October 19, Network physicians met with key lawmakers in Washington, D.C., including members of the House Energy & Commerce, Ways & Means, and Education & the Workforce Committees, to advocate on behalf of community oncology.

Network advocates explained how higher reimbursement for outpatient cancer services provided by hospital-owned physician practices compared to independent physician practices is incentivizing consolidation pressures and increasing costs for cancer patients and advocated for site neutral payment policies. Other topics of discussion included looming physician reimbursement cuts and PBM reform.

Network advocates included Drs. Les Busby (RMCC), Moshe Chasky (ACS), Andrew Cohen (CCCN), David Drosick (OHC), Kashif Firozvi (MOH), David Hakimian (ICS), Brian Heller (SCC), Rich Ingram (SO), Scott Kruger (VOA), Rupesh Parikh (CCCN), Sucharu Prakash (TxO), and Lisa Santwer (CCCN).

The Network extends a special thanks to the following lawmakers for taking the time to meet with our advocates: House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Reps. Jodey Arrington (R-TX), Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Buddy Carter (R-GA), Neal Dunn, MD (R-FL), John Joyce, MD (R-PA), Greg Murphy, MD (R-NC), Frank Mrvan (D-IN), and Brad Wenstrup, DPM (R-OH).