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Study: Medicare Covers Only Half the Cost of Administering Chemotherapy to Seniors with Cancer
Date:2/4/2010

Avalere study was conducted last year, before these year-over-year cuts to chemotherapy services payments," continued Dr. Cobb.  "This study calculated that only 56% of infusion-related services are reimbursed by Medicare, which is already unsustainable for most oncology practices.  But we are expecting even more cuts for chemotherapy services -- up to 20% in cuts by the year 2013.  The full effect of these cuts means that Medicare will only reimburse for an even lower 45% of infusion-related cancer care costs."  

Dr. Cobb concluded, "As a long-term solution, community oncologists have proposed specific solutions for addressing the insufficient Medicare payment system, and are working with Members of Congress in support of including these solutions in the current health care reform process."

About Community Oncology Alliance (COA)

COA is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to community oncology.  COA was founded by community oncology to advocate for patients and providers in the community oncology setting, where 84 percent of Americans with cancer are treated. In only six years of existence, COA has mobilized community oncology to become more politically active, and increased awareness on Capitol Hill about the community cancer care delivery system. Additionally, COA has brought together community oncology practices from across the country to share information in order to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the cancer care they provide to their patients.

Currently, COA is working with the Congress in providing proactive solutions designed to protect the viability of the nation's cancer care delivery system and patients' access to quality, affordable cancer care.  The cancer death rate in the U.S. has declined due to earlier detection, the quality of treatment, and the accessibility of cancer care. However, according to the American Cancer Society, men still have
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