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Effective May 2021, The Oncology Practice Insider newsletter consolidated with the ASCO Connection newsletter.

ASCO provides the latest news, information, and educational tools to assist with the successful management of oncology practice and the delivery of high-quality patient care, including updates on ASCO programs, services, and cancer-related health policy, Medicare news, and billing and coding best practices. The biweekly ASCO Connection newsletter features the latest information on ASCO programs and resources for every member of the oncology community, including information tailored for practice administrators and practice leaders. Subscribe to the ASCO Connection newsletter for Practice News updates.

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A new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that COVID-19 vaccinations may have helped prevent hundreds of thousands of new COVID-19 infections and tens of thousands of deaths among seniors. The study shows that COVID-19 vaccinations were linked to a reduction of approximately 265,000 COVID-19 infections, 107,000 hospitalizations, and 39,000 deaths among Medicare beneficiaries between January and May 2021. 
On October 1, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration approved brexucabtagene autoleucel (Tecartus, Kite Pharma, Inc.) for adult patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Read more. 
It’s flu season, and flu shots are the best way to protect your patients, yourself, and your loved ones. The CDC recommends annual flu shots for everyone 6 months and older. Reducing the spread of respiratory illness, like flu, this fall and winter is important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you were not able to attend the What Healthcare Providers Need to Know About Information Sharing & the Information Blocking Regulation webinar held on September 14, or would like to watch it again, both the slides and the webinar recording are now available on HealthIT.gov. View the Slides and Webinar.
In response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designation of Hurricane Ida as a major disaster, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined that the automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances (EUC) policy will apply to Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians in FEMA-designated disaster areas of Louisiana, Mississippi,
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all clinicians across the United States and territories, and we recognize that not everyone may have been able to submit an Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances (EUC) Exception Application for performance year (PY) 2020 before the March 31, 2021 deadline.
The following is a message from the Director of the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence, Dr. Richard Pazdur:
The following is a message from the Director of the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence, Dr. Richard Pazdur: