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Community Oncologists and Patients Stand Up for Cancer Care on Capitol Hill
Date:7/8/2009

ormation Survey," explained Dr. Cobb. "What is veritably anecdotal data must not be used as the justification for additional cuts in Medicare payments to community oncology."

Community oncologists, mid-level providers, nurses, practice administrators, accountants, and policy experts reviewed last year's AMA survey and concluded that it was fundamentally flawed for providing correct practice data for community oncology. In a formal letter to the AMA last year, COA past president Dr. Harry M. Barnes objected to the survey -- consisting of completed questionnaires from only 50 oncologists -- and summarized the reasons why the survey was incapable of capturing the complexity of cancer care delivery and oncology practice expenses.

Earlier this year, COA launched its Components of Care survey. Designed by community oncology, the Components of Care survey will accurately capture the clinical and operational components of delivering cancer care. Results are expected in the coming weeks, and will be invaluable in providing a more accurate and realistic picture of community cancer care, which is currently in crisis due to past Medicare cuts and other reimbursement issues.

"The increasing cost of drugs, declining Medicare reimbursement, and the current financial crisis have created a 'perfect storm' that jeopardizes community cancer care, which is relied on by 84% of Americans fighting the disease," explained Dr. Cobb.

COA Offers Aggressive Solutions

Recently, H.R. 2872, the "Medicare Quality Cancer Care Demonstration Act of 2009," was introduced into the House of Representatives by U.S. Representatives Artur Davis (D-AL), Steve Israel (D-NY) and Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH). H.R. 2872 is a bill that will authorize Congress to direct CMS to implement the Quality Cancer Care Demonstration (QCCD) project.

At the rally, Dr. Cobb will speak about the QCCD
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