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National Oncologist Group Warns: Current Health Care Reform Legislation Woefully Short In Addressing Cancer Care Crisis
Date:12/11/2009

the 2010 21.2% Medicare reimbursement payment cut affecting all physician-related services and fix the broken Medicare payment system based on the SGR formula.
4. Stop cutting cancer care reimbursement further by using cuts to pay for primary care bonuses.
5. Fix the problem of artificially low Medicare drug reimbursement by including the “prompt pay” solution in health care reform legislation.
6. Eliminate the 20% Medicare patient co-payment requirement for cancer drugs.

A full statement is listed the organization’s web site (www.communityoncology.org).

“The War on Cancer, declared almost 40 years ago, has resulted in increased survival for Americans with cancer and has transformed many cancers from a death sentence to a chronic disease,” continued Dr. Cobb. “However, the cost of cancer is still in excess of $220 billion annually and it claims the life of one American every minute. Congress must act now as health care reform legislation is being debated because the risk of getting this wrong is too great, both as measured in medical costs and the lives of Americans.”

About Community Oncology Alliance (COA)
COA is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to community oncology. COA was founded by community oncology to advocate for patients and providers in the community oncology setting, where 84 percent of Americans with cancer are treated. In only six years of existence, COA has mobilized community oncology to become more politically active, and increased awareness on Capitol Hill about the community cancer care delivery system. Additionally, COA has brought together community oncology practices from across the country to share information in order to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the cancer care they provide to their patients.

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