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COA Files Lawsuit Against Federal Government to Stop Sequester Cut to Cancer Drug Reimbursement

(COA) May 31, 2018 - The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from applying the Medicare sequester cut to reimbursement for Part B drugs.

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Ted Okon (Posted: May 31, 2018)

quotesIt is very disappointing that this Administration would not undo the unconstitutional mistake of the previous Administration applying the sequester cut to Medicare Part B drug reimbursement. This legal action was the last resort of the COA Board.quotes

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Oncologists Disagree On Use Of Value To Guide Cancer Treatments

(Stanford Medicine/Scope blog) Apr 4, 2018 - A new study found that oncologists have divergent views on how to use “value” to guide cancer treatment recommendations.

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Ted Okon (Posted: April 05, 2018)

quotesA total of 31 oncologists and only from academic centers, medical centers, and the VA. No community oncologists. Not representative of anything but 31 random oncologists. Not really research.quotes

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Oncologists Disagree On Use Of Value To Guide Cancer Treatments

(Stanford Medicine/Scope blog) Apr 4, 2018 - A new study found that oncologists have divergent views on how to use “value” to guide cancer treatment recommendations.

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Ted Okon (Posted: April 05, 2018)

quotesTerrible research. Biased sample (not one community oncologist) and making judgements about where oncologists stand on "value" is completely meaningless. Surprised it was published anywhere. quotes

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