Summary of 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
The 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule
proposes payment rates and related policies. The ASH summary focuses on
issues of interest to hematologists, including potential future payment changes
to chemotherapy, changes to the ASH performance measures used in PQRS, and
changes to way local coverage determinations are made for laboratory tests.
ASH Committee on Practice Visits Congress to Discuss Access to Specialty Tier Drugs and Medicare Payment
Following its May 19 meeting in Washington, DC, the ASH Committee on Practice visited more than thirty congressional offices to advocate for patient access to affordable drugs, as well as for repeal of the current Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and reform of Medicare payment for physician services.
NIH Announces Updated Policy for Application Submission
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) yesterday announced that its resubmission policy has changed. Effective immediately, researchers whose grant applications are unsuccessful may submit the same idea as a new and unassociated application for the next appropriate due date.
ASH Committee on Government Affairs Visits Congress to Discuss Research Funding and Oral Chemotherapy Parity
Following its April 8 meeting in Washington, DC, the ASH Committee on Government Affairs visited nearly 40 congressional offices on April 9 to explain to Members of Congress and their staff the impact that cuts in funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has on research to find cures and treatments for patients with serious hematologic diseases and the need to continue to support and invest in federal biomedical research funding.