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ASCO's chief medical officer Dr. Richard L. Schilsky and I discuss the refinement of cancer surgery, the critical importance of federally funded research, and ASCO's research priorities for the oncology community.
"Quality improvement happens slowly if you're in a silo": Dr. Jeffery Ward and I discuss the important updates to ASCO's alternative payment model for high-quality oncology care.
As we begin our work in 2020, I am excited that we are building on the remarkable successes of 2019, and the years before, with growing collaboration and sharpening focus. 
Wherever we live, whatever we do for our day jobs, we have a responsibility to be politically aware and politically engaged.
ASCO's delegation to the AMA HOD invites all ASCO members to share their thoughts and concerns concerning issues affecting the practice of oncology, as your input directly impacts the delegation's work.
Participants in ASCO's Advocacy Summit discuss the importance of being engaged with health policy to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
About 42 million Medicaid patients do not have the guaranteed ability to participate in clinical trials.
As physicians, we have a responsibility to our patients in the clinic and in the ballot box. Ms. Talya Laufer and I advocate for a politically engaged and informed medical workforce. 
Key cancer-related topics discussed at the AMA-HOD meeting included alcohol ingestion as a causation risk factor, appropriate guidelines for opioids in the cancer setting, and the use of de-identified patient information.
Health Equity Committee chair Dr. William D. Tap highlights the recent work and forward momentum of ASCO's efforts to achieve health care equity for all through improved access to and quality of care.
Dr. Ward and I discuss the policies that public and private insurers use to control the use of anticancer drug therapies, such as prior authorization requirements, restrictive formularies, step therapy, or fail first requirements, and specialty specific tiers.
Dr. Sharpless joined me to talk about pediatric cancer research, clinical trial methodology, eligibility criteria, and more.
Dr. Gottlieb discusses the FDA's efforts to increase overall efficiency by updating or modernizing aspects of our clinical trials conduct and expediting the end-to-end drug development process, as well as controlling the next generation of tobacco products.
Editor’s note: Dr. Hudis hosts the ASCO in Action Podcast, which focuses on policy and practice issues affecting providers and patients. An excerpt of a recent episode is shared below; it has been edited for length and clarity.
Dr. Elizabeth M. Blanchard outlines hot-button health policy issues that are likely to be legislative priorities in U.S. states during 2019-2020. Your voice can make an impact on these issues at the state level.
Social injustice is perpetuated when patients can't afford to participate in essential clinical research.
At a recent meeting, the ASCO delegation to the AMA House of Delegates presented concerns focused on the Competitive Acquisition Program (CAP), among a variety of other issues.
Each year, we call upon the ASCO members to place your votes to select our Society’s future leaders. This year, we are asking that you not only vote for the open leadership positions, but also for a proposed bylaw change.

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