Navigation Links
National Cancer Organizations Issue Joint Statement On Devastating Impact Of Sequestration
Date:4/3/2013

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA), in conjunction with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), International Oncology Network/AmerisourceBergen, and the US Oncology Network, issued a joint statement on the crippling effects of sequestration cuts to cancer drugs and services which began April 1, 2013.  The organizations also sent letters to Health and Human Services (HHS), the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives.  Sequestration cuts will apply not only to services physicians and others provide, but also to the fixed, pass-through costs of chemotherapy and related cancer-fighting drugs.  Community cancer care providers are struggling to survive in this unsustainable environment.

Unless the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) exercises its authority to modify implementation of sequestration to exclude Part B drugs, sequestration – a move intended to reduce federal spending – will actually jeopardize patient access to cancer care.  A recent survey indicates the sequester cut will force 72 percent of cancer clinics to deny new Medicare patients or send all Medicare patients to the hospital for treatment. Access problems will multiply and costs will increase for both seniors fighting cancer and Medicare.  This will result in higher overall costs for both seniors and the Medicare program by forcing patients into costlier, institutional treatment settings.   

"Never before have I been forced to consider financial concerns when deciding which patients to treat," commented Dr. Mark Thompson , president of COA and an oncologist with the Zangmeister Center in Columbus, Ohio.  "Oncologists should not be put in the untenable position of continuing to treat patients at a loss -- which will result in clinic closings -- or being unable to treat Medicare seniors fighting cancer in order to keep the clinic doors open."

"Most frustrating is that this did not have to happen. There are several ways that the Administration and Congress can act to avoid the most devastating of sequestration impacts," explained Ted Okon , COA's executive director.  "However the cuts are addressed, it must be done immediately.  In the absence of government action to stop sequestration cuts, practices will have no choice but to adopt emergency measures to deal with the sequester cuts to cancer drugs."

Since 2008, more than 1,200 community cancer care centers have closed, consolidated, or reported financial problems.  The result has been patient access problems, increased costs to seniors, Medicare, and taxpayers due to the migration of Medicare patients to costlier care settings, and new barriers to care for elderly patients in remote areas.  When community cancer clinics close their doors, access to cancer care is compromised for all cancer patients, but especially vulnerable seniors.  The full text of the joint statement and the letters to HHS, CMS, the Senate and the House are available at www.CommunityOncology.org

About Community Oncology Alliance (COA)
Celebrating its 10th anniversary during 2013, the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to community cancer care, where four out of five Americans with cancer are treated.  Since its formation, COA has helped community cancer clinics navigate an increasingly hostile environment by working together to become more efficient, advocating for their patients, and proactively providing solutions to the Congress and policy makers. COA members have testified before both chambers of Congress, authored cancer care demonstration projects, and been instrumental in the passage of oral cancer drug parity legislation, among many other initiatives. COA is leading a multi-stakeholder group that is developing and implementing an Oncology Medical Home cancer care model and is advancing payment reform for cancer care. More information can be found at www.CommunityOncology.org

The COA Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) was created in 2010 to advocate for access to local affordable care for all cancer patients. More information can be found at www.COAadvocacy.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Community Oncology Alliance
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Maroon 5 Lead Singer Adam Levine and Shire Announce "The Own It Project," Encouraging Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder to Tell Their Stories Through a National Contest
2. Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron Attracts Nationally Known Speakers For Conference on Value-driven Engineering, April 23-24
3. Pharmaceutical Industry Service Company Awarded The UKs Most Prestigious Business Accolade in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in International Trade
4. Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Encourages Investors Who Suffered Substantial Losses Investing in Chelsea Therapeutics International, Ltd. to Contact the Firm
5. Latest Findings in Breastfeeding Science Presented at Medelas 7th International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium
6. SurgLine International, Inc. Launches A Wholly Owned Operating Subsidiary To Pursue Cost Containment Strategies
7. Fuse Science Partners With GNC To Open National Distribution Of EnerJel™
8. Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy (FMCP) Presents Awards for 2012 National P&T Competition and Best Posters
9. Nearly 300 Medical Device, Healthcare Professionals Attend First National Conference on Value-driven Engineering
10. WAISMANN METHOD® Director Encourages Public to Participate in National Take-Back Day
11. International Drug & Explosives Detection Company IDenta Corp. Releases Information to OTC markets.
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/19/2016)... 19, 2016 A new report ... Market -Opportunities and Forecasts, 2015 -2022, projects that the ... 2022, registering a CAGR of 5.1% from 2015 to ... be the highest revenue-generating segment throughout the forecast period. ... one-third of the market share in 2015, and is ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... -- The equities market is never short of ... is without doubt the Healthcare space. ActiveWallSt.com has uncovered four ... Alkermes PLC (NASDAQ: ALKS ), AMAG Pharmaceuticals Inc. ... IDXX ), and Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ... http://www.activewallst.com/ On Wednesday, Alkermes PLC,s ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... 19, 2016 MGB Biopharma, ... of Anti-infectives, Welcomes the Final Instalment of Lord ... Today   Lord Jim O,Neill,s ... final recommendations, providing a comprehensive action plan for ... the rising threat of superbugs - something that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... The old expression “a ... problem. A common injury that’s often misunderstood, whiplash should be swiftly diagnosed and treated ... orthopedic spine surgeon at Atlantic Spine Center . , So named because ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Researchers from Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) ... bleeding complications from percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The data, presented at the annual ... document a 40% reduction in risk-adjusted bleeding event rates over a two-year period ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... web-based software module. The cutting-edge feature provides end users with an embedded, ... self-service business intelligence solution and its analytics engine. , This powerful ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... Akron, Ohio (PRWEB) , ... May 23, 2016 ... ... not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, dedicated its new $11.5 million, 64-room assisted living ... an invitation-only ceremony and ribbon cutting. , The new building provides the ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... ... May 23, 2016 , ... According to an article ... than 1% of United Kingdom residents who could benefit from bariatric surgery are actually ... increases the number of bariatric procedures it offers to obese patients from 6,000 to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):