American Society of Hematology

ASH is the leader in representing the interests of scientists and clinicians working in the field of hematology on Capitol Hill and within federal agencies concerned with the study and treatment of blood-related diseases.

  • Take Action to Protect Medical and Public Health Research

    Although Congress reached an agreement to temporarily fund federal agencies and programs – including NIH – through the first several months of fiscal year (FY) 2015, another short-term or full-year funding bill must be passed prior to December 11 to keep the federal government operational and avoid a government shutdown.  Until a final deal is reached, additional cuts in funding for NIH remain a possibility.

  • Urge Congress to Pass the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act and Provide Stable Medicare Physician Payments

    On February 6, 2014 the leadership of the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees and the Senate Finance Committee released a bi-partisan and bicameral bill to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula that has driven annual reductions in Medicare payment for physician services. Your advocacy is needed to ensure that the legislation can be considered by the full House of Representatives and Senate before the short-term physician fee update expires on April 1, 2014.

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  • ODAC Recommends Approval of First Biosimilar Drug

    The Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended the approval of the first application for a biosimilar drug on January 7.  The panel recommended that FDA approve the application for a biologic agent similar to filgrastim.  This drug would be used for a number of applications in hematology.

  • Medicare Begins Paying for Chronic Care Management

    On January 1, 2015, the Medicare program took a significant step towards recognizing that the role of a physician goes well beyond time in the exam room.  For the first time, Medicare will begin paying physicians for chronic care management.  ASH is pleased that Medicare is finally paying for this service, but still has concerns over the coding and billing requirements.  Read more to learn how this could affect hematology.

  • Highlights from the 2014 APP Lunch

    The ASH Practice Partnership (APP) hosted its annual luncheon event at the 2014 ASH Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Sunday, December 7. This year's topic was "Whither the Practice of Hematology in an Era of Mergers?" Read more to hear about the speakers and presentation.

  • SGR – Where Do We Go from Here?

    As the 113 th Congress winds down, it has become clear that this group of legislators will not be remembered as the one that permanently addressed the issues associated with Medicare physician payment.  Read more to find out what may happen with the SGR in 2015.

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