Submit an abstract for the 56th ASH Annual Meeting. The deadline to submit abstracts is August 5, 2014, 11:59 p.m. (PDT).
Urge Congress to find a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not involve further cuts to biomedical research
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.
In July, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a draft spending bill that would provide nearly $31 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in fiscal year (FY) 2014, an amount that would replace funding lost due to sequestration and provide a small increase over the FY 2012 NIH budget.
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.
Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate that would ensure that patients enrolled in certain federally regulated health plans have access and insurance coverage for all anti-cancer regimens.
June, ASH joined an effort to advocate that Medicare change recent rules that required Medicare patients
who had entered hospice status to go through prior authorization for all
prescription drugs. ASH and the other
organizations that worked on this issue felt that this requirement was a
significant hurdle to be faced by patients whose disease had necessitated
On July 3, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2015 Medicare Proposed Rule on the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS). The HOPPS rule proposes payment rates and associated policies for services provided to patients within the hospital or hospital-owned facilities that are not admitted to the hospital.
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.
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.
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