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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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On March 21, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck), as a single agent, for patients with advanced endometrial carcinoma that is microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR), as determined by an FDA-approved test, who have disease progression following prior systemic therapy in any setting and who are not candidates for curative surgery or radiation. Read more. 
On March 18, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration approved nivolumab and relatlimab-rmbw (Opdualag, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company) for adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age or older with unresectable or metastatic melanoma. Opdualag is a fixed-dose combination of the LAG-3-blocking antibody relatlimab and the programmed death receptor-1 blocking antibody nivolumab. Read more.
On March 11, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration approved olaparib (Lynparza, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP) for the adjuvant treatment of adult patients with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline BRCA-mutated (gBRCAm) human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative high-risk early breast cancer who have been treated with neoadjuvant or adjuvant chemotherapy. Patients must be selected for therapy based on an FDA-approved companion diagnostic for olaparib.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added new Quality Payment Program (QPP) performance information for doctors, clinicians, groups, and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to the Doctors and Clinicians section of Medicare Care Compare and in the Provider Data Catalog (PDC).
On March 4, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration approved nivolumab (Opdivo, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company) with platinum-doublet chemotherapy for adult patients with resectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in the neoadjuvant setting. Read more.   
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to offer flexibilities to provide relief to clinicians responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency. CMS applied the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances (EUC) policy to all individual MIPS eligible clinicians for the 2021 performance period. CMS has now reopened the MIPS EUC application. Be sure to apply by March 31, 2022. Learn more.
On February 28, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration approved ciltacabtagene autoleucel (CARVYKTI, Janssen Biotech, Inc.) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma after four or more prior lines of therapy, including a proteasome inhibitor (PI), an immunomodulatory agent (IMiD), and an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody. Read more.   
Over the past 5 years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has successfully implemented a technical assistance initiative for clinicians in small practices participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) known as the Small, Underserved, and Rural Support (SURS). This initiative provides free, customized technical assistance to practices with 15 or fewer MIPS eligible clinicians. CMS encourages small practices to take advantage of this initiative before it ends on February 15, 2022.