ASCO in Action

ASCO in Action provides the latest news and analysis related to critical policy issues affecting the cancer community, updates on the Association for Clinical Oncology’s ongoing advocacy efforts, and opportunities for members and others in the cancer care community to take action.

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April 19, 2024

Change Healthcare, a healthcare technology company that is a business unit of Optum and owned by UnitedHealth Group, fell victim to a cyberattack on February 21, 2024. Regular updates on the situation are available for impacted customers on Optum’s website. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is assessing the oncology-specific impact of the attack and will keep its members up to date.

March 26, 2024

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) issued a new Clinical Practice Guideline, “Vaccination of Adults with Cancer,” which recommends several vaccinations (e.g., seasonal, herpes zoster, HPV, and others) for adult patients with solid or hematologic malignancies because of their heightened infection risks from vaccine-preventable illnesses. The guideline covers the essential questions of which vaccines to give, to whom, when, and which ones to avoid due to potential risks.

January 17, 2024

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its rule requiring federal health plans—including Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid plans, and Qualified Health Plans (QHP) on Federally Facilitated Exchanges (FFEs)— to establish an electronic prior authorization process that will be integrated into providers’ workflows.