Updates from the Institute

New Effort Launched to Bridge Knowledge Gap on Biosimilars in Oncology

Biosimilars have rapidly proliferated in the cancer care landscape, leaving many providers unclear about the full impact these products will have on the care they deliver to patients. “American Society of Clinical Oncology Statement: Biosimilars in Oncology,” published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, examines a range of issues to help ASCO members better understand the impact of biosimilars on oncology care.

State Medical Boards Urged to Clarify Medication Compounding Proposal

ASCO provided comments to the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) on a proposed position statement entitled “Compounding of Medications by Physicians.” The society appreciates FSMB’s efforts to ensure the safety of compounded medications, but believes that if finalized in its current form, the FSMB’s position statement would lead to confusion among cancer care providers and create barriers to providing chemotherapy to patients with cancer. ASCO urges FSMB to make clarifications and specific edits to the proposal, or to delay final approval of the position statement to allow time for refinements.

ASCO Presents Quality Improvement Project at National Forum

On Dec. 12, ASCO presented a storyboard poster about a nearly completed quality improvement project funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care. 

New Video Highlights ASCO’s CENTRA Unit

On Dec. 12, ASCO released a new video that provides an overview of its recently established Center for Research and Analytics (CENTRA) unit, which is currently open for business and accepting data requests for research.

More than One-Third of Physician Assistants in Oncology Experience Burnout, Despite High Rate of Career Satisfaction, New Study Finds

A new Physician Assistant (PA)-based study finds that despite personal satisfaction in the oncology specialty, high rates of burnout –over one third of PAs (34.8%)—are common. These findings reveal important factors that could help to decrease burnout and improve the oncology workforce dynamics, including the relationship between PAs, collaborating physicians, and the care team. The study was published today in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP).

ASCO Urges Multiple Cancer-Focused Alternative Payment Models, Proposes Medicare Demonstration that Uses Evidence-based Oncology Clinical Pathways

ASCO submitted a proposal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) for a new voluntary cancer-focused APM that would provide resources to better support the full range of services needed for oncology care planning and management, reduce unwarranted variation and cost by promoting evidence-based care, and organize reimbursement so that it works for a variety of care settings.

Read Inaugural ASCO Connection: Cancer Policy Issue

The ASCO Connection has released ASCO Connection: Cancer Policy, a supplemental issue which provides the latest information and analysis related to cancer policy news and updates on ASCO’s ongoing advocacy efforts. This inaugural special edition serves as a “year in review” of ASCO’s legislative activities at both the federal and state levels, as well as coverage of several of its key policy and quality improvement initiatives.

Recommendations from ASCO Summit Promotes Multi-disciplinary Collaboration to Focus on Obesity Prevention and Treatment

Recommendations from an American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) “Summit on Addressing Obesity through Multidisciplinary Collaboration” have been published in a new article in Obesity. The recommendations cover four key areas in response to the current issues providers face in addressing obesity prevention and treatment and its impact on morbidity and mortality in the United States.

Policy Issue Brief: Obesity and Cancer

ASCO’s Policy Issue Briefs provide succinct overviews and relevant data on major policy issues impacting patients with cancer and the physicians who care for them. These briefs are designed to be especially helpful for journalists, offering background information on key issues across health policy today.