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For Immediate Release: October 8, 2012
Association of Community Cancer Centers Publishes New Guide to Help Cancer Care Team Navigate Oncology Drugs Paid Under Medicare Part B
ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has published its Oncology Drug Reference Guide, a practical tool to help oncologists, nurses, pharmacists, financial counselors, and other oncology support and administrative staff navigate the increasingly complex area of drug information. ACCC’s Oncology Drug Reference Guide is a convenient source of information on the drugs commonly used to treat cancer.
"The Oncology Drug Reference Guide is the latest example of ACCC's many excellent educational resources and publications for the oncology community," said ACCC President George Kovach, MD. “The Oncology Drug Reference Guide also reflects ACCC’s long-standing commitment to ensuring access to quality care for all cancer patients.”
The Oncology Drug Reference Guide focuses on drugs paid under Part B of the Medicare program. It includes all such drugs that have Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes in the oncology range (J8500 through J9600), as well as any drug newly approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating cancer that has yet to have been assigned a HCPCS code. The Oncology Drug Reference Guide presents each drug by HCPCS code, generic name, brand name, billing unit, and manufacturer contact information. The Oncology Drug Reference Guide lists average sales prices for all currently marketed drugs that have HCPCS billing codes in the oncology range, or that have been approved by the FDA for treating cancer. Manufacturers are identified for each brand name drug for which there is no generic equivalent. Contact information is included for both the reimbursement and medical affairs departments, for easy reference if users want to request copies of the latest evidence as well as compendia and journal reprints.
ACCC members will receive a copy of the Oncology Drug Reference Guide in the mail. Quarterly updates will be available ACCC’s website at www.accc-cancer.org/Drug Reference Guide.