Health Policy Updates

Alerts and links on late-breaking news impacting community cancer care
House Budget Committee Holds on Hearing on Consolidation in Healthcare, The US Oncology Network Submits Written Comments for Hearing Record
May 24, 2024

House Budget Committee Holds on Hearing on Consolidation in Healthcare, The US Oncology Network Submits Written Comments for Hearing Record

On May 23, the House Budget Committee held a hearing entitled, “Breaking Up Health Care Monopolies: Examining the Budgetary Effects of Health Care Consolidation.”

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Radiation Oncology Case Rate (ROCR) Value-Based Program Act Introduced
May 16, 2024

Radiation Oncology Case Rate (ROCR) Value-Based Program Act Introduced

If signed into law, the bill would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue rulemaking establishing a ROCR program in Medicare for radiation oncology practices across the country.

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Dr. Mark Fleming Authors Letter to the Editor on Site Neutral Payments
April 27, 2024

Dr. Mark Fleming Authors Letter to the Editor on Site Neutral Payments

The LTE follows a recent op-ed by former HHS Secretaries Kathleen Sebelius (President Obama) and Alex Azar (President Trump) calling on Congress to pass site neutral payment reforms.

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FTC Issues Final Rule Banning Worker Non-Compete Clauses
April 24, 2024

FTC Issues Final Rule Banning Worker Non-Compete Clauses

On April 23, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a final rule to ban worker non-compete clauses.

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Dr. Moshe Chasky and Alliance Cancer Specialists Featured on Healthcare Strategies Podcast
April 12, 2024

Dr. Moshe Chasky and Alliance Cancer Specialists Featured on Healthcare Strategies Podcast

Dr. Moshe Chasky, hematologist-oncologist at Alliance Cancer Specialists, recently appeared as a guest on the Healthcare Strategies podcast to discuss his practice’s experience with healthcare consolidation and emphasize how independent physicians provide value to their communities. 

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Senate Passes Spending Bill for FY 2024, Heads to President’s Desk for Signature
March 13, 2024

Senate Passes Spending Bill for FY 2024, Heads to President’s Desk for Signature

On March 8, the Senate passed a $459 billion measure funding the first six of 12 annual appropriations bills. Of importance, the bill includes a 1.68% increase to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule effective March 9 through December 31, 2024.

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Undiagnosed Cancer Cases in the US During the First 10 Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic
February 28, 2024

Undiagnosed Cancer Cases in the US During the First 10 Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic

JAMA Oncology released a study on the undiagnosed cancer cases in the US during the first 10 months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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