Health Policy Reports

Biweekly newsletter of stories impacting community cancer care.

Health Policy Report – July 10, 2024

The US Oncology Network PAC Hosts Dinner with RMCC and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) On Tuesday, June 18, The US Oncology Network and Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC) hosted a dinner discussion with Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) in downtown Denver. The discussion focused on cancer care delivered in Denver, research and clinical trials at RMCC, and…

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Health Policy Report – June 25, 2024

Texas Oncology Hosts Congressman Nathaniel Moran (TX-01) On Monday, June 17, Texas Oncology – Tyler hosted Congressman Nathaniel Moran (TX-01) for a tour of their Northeast Texas Cancer & Research Institute in Tyler, Texas. In attendance were Dr. Mark Saunders, Dr. Thomas Gregory, Dr. Donald Richards, Dr. Jordan Toulouse Buess, Doug Barnard, Neal Dave, PharmD,…

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Health Policy Report – June 11, 2024

CMS Extends Enhancing Oncology Model On May 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center (CMMI) announced that it is seeking applications for a second cohort of participants in its Enhanced Oncology Model (EOM). The new cohort will start its 5-year model performance period on July 1, 2025, and expire at the same…

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Health Policy Report – May 29, 2024

Texas Oncology Hosts Congresswoman Jasmine Crockett in Dallas On Tuesday, May 28, Texas Oncology-Methodist Dallas Cancer Center hosted Congresswoman Jasmine Crockett (D-TX) for a site visit to learn more about community cancer care. Rep. Crockett was joined by Dr. Darshan Gandi, Dr. Atisha Manhas, Practice Director Angie Grappe, and several support staff to provide Congresswoman…

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Health Policy Report – May 14, 2024

UnitedHealth Group CEO Appears Before Congress to Discuss Change Healthcare Cyberattack On May 1, UnitedHealth Group (UHG) CEO Andrew Witty faced bipartisan criticism of his handling of the ransomware attack on Change Healthcare during his testimony before the Senate Finance Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. During the Senate…

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Health Policy Report – April 30, 2024

Dr. Mark T. Fleming Pens LTE In Response to Op-Ed by Former HHS Secretaries on Site Neutral Payment ReformDr. Mark T. Fleming, Chair of The Network’s National Policy Board, recently penned a letter to the editor (LTE) in STAT News on the need for Congress to finish the job on site neutral payment reform. The…

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Health Policy Report – April 16, 2024

Texas Oncology – San Antonio Hosts Site Visit with Representative Greg Casar  On Wednesday, April 3, Texas Oncology – San Antonio, hosted Representative Greg Casar (D-TX) for a site visit at their downtown practice. During the one-hour tour led by Dr. Allyson Harroff, Regional Medical Director, Brenda Elmendorf, Practice Administrator, Natasha Pacilio-Kidder, Nurse Manager, Becky…

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Health Policy Report – April 2, 2024

Dr. Timothy Murphy of RMCC Publishes Letter to the Editor as Colorado House Passes Bill to Restrict White Bagging Mandates On March 25, the Colorado House of Representatives passed HB 24-1010, which would prohibit white bagging mandates for patients with chronic, complex, rare, or life-threatening medical conditions. “Health care decisions should be based on the…

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Health Policy Report – March 19, 2024

Texas Oncology Hosts State Senator Brandon Creighton for Site Visit Texas Oncology recently welcomed Texas State Senator Brandon Creighton for a site visit at The Woodlands location near Houston. This event, held on February 28th, was led by Texas Oncology’s medical and administrative personnel, including Dr. Christine Lee, Dr. Paula Ryan, Dr. Kruti Nair, Dr….

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Health Policy Report – March 5, 2024

Dr. Marcus Neubauer Pens Op-Ed Urging Action on Hospital Consolidation In a recent op-ed in MedPage Today, Dr. Marcus Neubauer, Chief Medical Officer of The US Oncology Network, outlined the negative impact that hospital consolidation has on independent medicine and patient access to care. Dr. Neubauer notes that over the last 25 years, hospital mergers…

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