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ACCC Media Advisory

CONTACT: Lori Gardner, Senior Director
Communications & Marketing
301.984.9496 ext. 226

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 9, 2016

Association of Community Cancer Centers Voices Strong Opposition to CMS Part B Drug Payment Model

ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its much anticipated Part B Drug Payment Model yesterday, which proposes to change the way Medicare pays for Part B drugs through a national mandatory program.

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is deeply concerned this experiment will have a detrimental impact on patients and their access to high quality, high value cancer care. The agency has put forward a convoluted plan that will place undue burden on both patients and providers, and significantly hamper providers’ ability to provide critical cancer care services in their communities.

On both policy and process, CMS missed the mark with this proposal. The agency sought no stakeholder input and is providing little turnaround time before implementation of such a sweeping, misguided change in Medicare reimbursement.

ACCC calls on the agency to withdraw the proposal and begin significant stakeholder outreach on sustainable, comprehensive payment reform. We will be submitting detailed comments to CMS that reflect our profound disappointment in this narrow and potentially damaging approach to policymaking.

About the Association of Community Cancer Centers
The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is the leading advocacy and education organization for the multidisciplinary cancer care team. More than 23,000 cancer care professionals from over 2,000 hospitals and practices nationwide are affiliated with ACCC. It is estimated that 65 percent of the nation's cancer patients are treated by a member of ACCC. Providing a national forum for addressing issues that affect community cancer programs, ACCC is recognized as the premier provider of resources for the entire oncology care team. Our members include medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, cancer program administrators and medical directors, senior hospital executives, practice managers, pharmacists, oncology nurses, radiation therapists, social workers, and cancer program data managers. For more information, visit ACCC's website at www.accc-cancer.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and read our blog, ACCCBuzz.

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