Health Policy Updates

Alerts and links on late-breaking news impacting community cancer care
Dr. Marcus Neubauer Pens Op-Ed on Hospital Anti-Competitive Behavior
February 21, 2024

Dr. Marcus Neubauer Pens Op-Ed on Hospital Anti-Competitive Behavior

Dr. Marcus Neubauer, Chief Medical Officer of The US Oncology Network, authored an op-ed published in MedPage Today, on the increasingly aggressive tactics used by hospitals to enhance their market domination.

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Dr. Joseph Buscema Pens Op-Ed on Site Neutral Payment Reform
February 5, 2024

Dr. Joseph Buscema Pens Op-Ed on Site Neutral Payment Reform

Dr. Joseph Buscema, a gynecologic oncologist at Arizona Oncology – Tuscon, published an op-ed in the Arizona Daily Star on the need for site neutral payment reform.

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Congress Passes Bill to Fund Federal Government into March
January 19, 2024

Congress Passes Bill to Fund Federal Government into March

On January 18, Congress passed another short-term spending bill, funding the federal government into early March. Negotiations on healthcare-related policies remain ongoing.

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CMS Releases Final Rule on Prior Authorization and Interoperability
January 17, 2024

CMS Releases Final Rule on Prior Authorization and Interoperability

On January 17, 2024, CMS released the Interoperability and Prior Authorization final rule which will require MA, MMC, ACA exchange plans to meet timeframes for PA requests and to provide reasons for denials.

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The Network Submits Comments to HHS/ONC on Proposal to Disincentivize Provider Information Blocking
January 5, 2024

The Network Submits Comments to HHS/ONC on Proposal to Disincentivize Provider Information Blocking

On January 2, 2024, The Network submitted formal comments to HHS/ ONC advocating for the agency to take a stronger stance against hospital systems who engage in information blocking-type behavior to control referrals.

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Stopgap Funding Bill Passes Congress, Headed to President’s Desk
November 17, 2023

Stopgap Funding Bill Passes Congress, Headed to President’s Desk

The Senate passed a stopgap bill averting a government shutdown ahead of November 17 deadline.

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Congressman Jodey Arrington Speaks at The US Oncology Network’s National Policy Board Meeting
November 16, 2023

Congressman Jodey Arrington Speaks at The US Oncology Network’s National Policy Board Meeting

House Budget Committee Chairman Jodey Arrington participated in a fireside chat at The Network’s Fall National Policy Board Leadership Meeting in Houston, TX.

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Network Physicians Advocate for Community Oncology on Capitol Hill
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.

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Our Commitment to High-Quality and Cost-Effective Cancer Care through EOM
October 3, 2023

Our Commitment to High-Quality and Cost-Effective Cancer Care through EOM

Starting July 1, 2023, 12 oncology practices across the U.S. with more than 1,000 physicians — including Texas Oncology — started implementing the Enhancing Oncology Model (EOM) developed by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Court Strikes Down HHS Copay Accumulator Rule
October 2, 2023

Court Strikes Down HHS Copay Accumulator Rule

Court sides with patient groups; copay accumulators now limited to branded drugs with generic equivalents.

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