Health Policy Updates

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The US Oncology Network: Widening Payment Gap Between Independent Physicians and Hospitals Threatens Community-Based Cancer Care
July 22, 2024

The US Oncology Network: Widening Payment Gap Between Independent Physicians and Hospitals Threatens Community-Based Cancer Care

THE WOODLANDS, Texas— The US Oncology Network, a national network of independent physicians delivering value-based, integrated, cancer care in the community setting, today expressed deep concerns with the continued cuts to physician reimbursement in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Proposed Rule for Calendar Year (CY) 2025.

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CMS Releases 2025 Medicare Payment Proposed Rule
July 11, 2024

CMS Releases 2025 Medicare Payment Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule for the 2025 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP).

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The Federal Trade Commission Releases Interim Report on Pharmacy Benefit Managers
July 9, 2024

The Federal Trade Commission Releases Interim Report on Pharmacy Benefit Managers

The report is part of an ongoing inquiry launched by the FTC in 2022 on PBMs and their impact on access to and affordability of medicines. 

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The Network Responds to RFI on Factors Driving Hospital-Physician Practice Consolidation
June 7, 2024

The Network Responds to RFI on Factors Driving Hospital-Physician Practice Consolidation

The US Oncology Network recently submitted comments in response to a Request for Information (RFI) from the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Trade Commission on the drivers and effects of consolidation in healthcare markets.

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CMMI Announces Updates to EOM and New Cohort Opportunity
May 30, 2024

CMMI Announces Updates to EOM and New Cohort Opportunity

On May 30, the CMS Innovation Center announced several updates to the Enhancing Oncology Model (EOM), effective for current EOM participants on January 1, 2025.

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Dr. Allyson Harroff of Texas Oncology San Antonio Pens LTE in San Marcos Daily Record
May 28, 2024

Dr. Allyson Harroff of Texas Oncology San Antonio Pens LTE in San Marcos Daily Record

Dr. Allyson Harroff of Texas Oncology penned a letter to the editor (LTE) in the San Marcos Daily Record that ran on May 26, as a follow up to a recent site visit by Rep. Greg Casar (D-TX).

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House Budget Committee Holds Hearing on Consolidation in Healthcare, The US Oncology Network Submits Written Testimony
May 24, 2024

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

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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