View advocacy efforts by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) on coverage and payment issues here.
Hazardous Drug Safe Handling
In March 2014, the US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) proposed new USP General Chapter <800> “Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings.” In response to numerous stakeholder comments, a revised draft Chapter <800> was published in December 2014. While OPEN supports USP’s dedication to ensuring the highest standards for personnel safety, many guidelines set forth in Chapter <800> would be unduly burdensome and could cause some facilities to discontinue compounding drugs for their patients. Our comment letters encourage USP to reconsider these guidelines. For further details, read our ACCCBuzz blog post.
- Comment letter on revised USP Chapter 800 (May 29, 2015)
- Comment letter on proposed USP Chapter 800 (July 31, 2014)
340B Drug Pricing Program
- ACCC Comment Letter on proposed 340B Drug Pricing Omnibus Guidance (10/27/15)
- ACCC Position Statement on the 340B Drug Pricing Program
- Growing Momentum Around 340B (May 27, 2015, ACCCBuzz blog)
Off-Label Coverage Issues
The Medicare statute requires carriers to cover off-label uses of cancer therapies when such uses are supported by citations in certain compendia or by clinical evidence in peer-reviewed literature.
- ACCC comments on addition to Medicare compendia list (May 20, 2015)
- Impact of Payer Coverage and Reimbursement Policies on Off-label Use of Anticancer Therapies. In 2013, ACCC updated its joint survey on off-label utilization by cancer care providers to understand the utilization of off-label therapy in cancer care and to determine the impact of payer coverage policies on prescribing.
ACCC Position Statements
- Medicare Payment for Cancer Patient Treatment Education
- Chemotherapy Drug Shortages
- Medicare Average Sales Price
Access additional ACCC Position Statements, Advocacy Letters, and Comment Letters here.
ACCC Advocacy Issues
ACCC has identifed critical issues that may impact the delivery of quality care in 2015 and beyond:
Connect with the ACCC Legislative Action Center here.