The “CAR T-Cell” House letter will be held open for signatures until May 3rd!

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  • The “CAR T-Cell” House letter will be held open for signatures until May 3rd! National News
  • 33% of health centers surveyed used telehealth to provide specialty care services. National News
  • The site opens May 1 to submit electronic posters for the ASH Global Capacity-Building Showcase Affiliate Association News

In a speech, last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom claimed that his state is “leading the nation in holding drug companies accountable and fighting prescription drug prices.” Earlier this year, Gov. Newsom signed an executive order directing the state to negotiate drug prices for the roughly 13 million enrollees of Medi-Cal by 2021, and ordered his administration to study how state agencies could band together and buy prescription drugs in bulk. To read more click here and go to California News.

ANCO is organizing a series of Hematologic Malignancies Updates in 2019 on May 18 in Menlo Park, September 14 in Sacramento, and November 16 in San Francisco. To read more click here and go to ANCO News

The House letter will be held open for signatures until May 3rd!  Oncologists in the following states: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, IN, KY, MA, MI, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH OR, PA, TN TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY, are asked to reach out to their Members of Congressand ask them to join their bipartisan colleagues and sign the letter to Administrator Verma regarding CMS’ proposed decision memo for coverage of (CAR) T-Cell Therapies. With the upcoming Congressional recess starting, time is of the essence. To read more click here and go to National News.

CMS has released the FY2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule. Included in the proposed rule is an increase new technology add-on payments (NTAP) from 50% of the technology to 65%. For the CAR-T NTAP, that would mean an increase from $186,500 for the cost of the product to $242,450. To read more click here and go to CMS News.

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April 30,2019

 



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