May 19, 2023
The US Oncology Network Applauds Texas Lawmakers for Passing Legislation to Prohibit White Bagging Mandates
TX HB 1647 now goes to the Governor’s Desk for signature. WOODLANDS, Texas, May 17, 2023 —The US Oncology Network today commends Texas lawmakers for passing HB 1647 to prohibit pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) or insurers from requiring patients with life-threatening conditions to receive their clinician-administered drugs from a PBM mail-order specialty pharmacy. Prior to…
April 7, 2023
CMS Releases 2024 Policy and Technical Changes to MA and Part D Final Rule
CMS issued the Medicare Advantage and Part D Final Rule for Contract Year 2024.
March 15, 2023
HHS Releases Initial Guidance for Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program for Price Applicability Year 2026
The Negotiation program was created by the Inflation Reduction Act and authorizes CMS to negotiate Maximum Fair Prices for certain high expenditure, single source drugs and biological products.
March 7, 2023
White House Previews FY 2024 Budget, Includes Proposals to Expand IRA Drug Negotiation Program
On March 7, the White House released a fact sheet previewing proposals in the President’s forthcoming FY2024 budget aimed at extending the solvency of the Medicare program.
February 15, 2023
HHS Releases Report on CMMI Models to Lower Drug Costs, Announces Selection of Three Models
On Tuesday, February 15th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has selected three new models for testing by the CMS Innovation Center (CMMI).
February 13, 2023
The Network Submits Comments to CMS on Prior Authorization Reforms
The US Oncology Network applauded CMS for recognizing the barriers to timely access to care created by the increased use of prior authorization by Medicare Advantage plans and made several recommendations for further steps the agency could take to improve access for cancer patients.
January 31, 2023
The US Oncology Network Welcomes the 118th Congress
During the week of January 23, The US Oncology Network Federal Government Relations team returned to the fully re-opened House office buildings on Capitol Hill to meet with members of the 118th Congress.
December 29, 2022
Legislation Addressing 2023 Medicare Payment Cuts Signed into Law
The law will fund the federal government through September 30, 2023 and mitigate scheduled Medicare payment cuts.
December 14, 2022
CMS Issues MA and Part D Proposed Rule for 2024
Among other policy proposals, the rule includes several proposed changes to utilization management programs in MA and greater flexibility to make changes to approved Part D formularies.
November 11, 2022
CMS Releases 2023 Medicare Payment Final Rules
On November 11, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final rules for the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), Quality Payment Program (QPP), and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS).