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300+ National & State Organizations Ask Congress: Stop the CMS Drug Payment Proposal!

Posted March 17, 2016

This morning an unprecedented 313 national and state health care organizations, including FLASCO sent a letter to Congress expressing strong concern with the proposed CMS Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model. The organizations request that Congress ask CMS to withdraw the proposed rule. Click here to read the latest letter. The letter notes that the organizations believe...

2016 FMA Legislative Report

Posted March 17, 2016

During the 2016 Florida Legislative Session, which ended on Friday, March 11, the FMA kept close watch on 211 bills and a host of amendments that would have affected you and your patients. Of the total 1,638 bills and proposed constitutional amendments filed for the 60-day session, the Legislature passed 272 and has sent them...

FDA approves Bristol Myers- Squibb’s Opdivo to treat Advanced Form of Kidney Cancer

Posted November 23, 2015

On November 23, 2015, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration approved nivolumab (Opdivo Injection, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company) for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma in patients who have received prior anti-angiogenic therapy. The approval was based on a randomized study in which patients with advanced renal cell cancer who had received prior anti-angiogenic...

Bipartisan Lawmakers Send Letters to CMS Opposing Proposed Cuts to Radiation Therapy

Posted October 1, 2015

Bipartisan Lawmakers Send Letters to CMS Opposing Proposed Cuts to Radiation Therapy (Source:  US Oncology) This week 228 bipartisan lawmakers in Congress sent three letters to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asking the agency to reconsider proposed cuts to radiation oncology recommended in its 2016 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Proposed Rule. In...

Medicare Part D

Part D Beneficiary Appeals Fairness Act!

Posted September 18, 2015

Medicare Part D is supposed to help seniors manage the cost of their prescriptions. But too many of the most vulnerable seniors on Medicare – those with life-threatening conditions like cancer, HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis – are facing extreme co-pays because their medication falls onto a “specialty tier.” The Part D Beneficiary Appeals...

Join the Effort to Stop Medicare Cuts to Radiation Oncology

Posted August 27, 2015

Join the Effort to Stop Medicare Cuts to Radiation Oncology  Contact Your Members of Congress Today! In its 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule, CMS is proposing overall Medicare cuts of three percent to radiation oncology services, and an even deeper six percent Medicare cut to freestanding radiation therapy centers.   The proposed rule most...

FLASCO Wants to Hear Your Step Therapy Story

Posted August 13, 2015

FLASCO Wants To Hear Your Step Therapy Story FLASCO is working with other health care organizations to encourage Florida lawmakers to address the negative impact of Step Therapy policies. We are currently looking for stories about barriers and challenges to navigating Step Therapy and fail-first policies to share with the media. If you have any...

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