The Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers (ADCC) has released the following policy statements:

ADCC Criticizes GAO Medicare Payment Report

Says report paints a highly distorted picture based on incomplete data; ignores patient outcomes...

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Network Adequacy and Narrow Networks

Our member institutions, which have a singular focus on cancer, play a pivotal role in the nation’s cancer program to improve the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. We believe that only National Cancer Institute (NCI)–designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers have the expertise and capacity to treat the full spectrum of diseases that constitute cancer and that each Qualified Health Plan (QHP) be required to have at least one such Center in its network.

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Site Neutrality

The ADCC strongly opposes legislation that would equalize Medicare payment rates for cancer services between hospital outpatient departments and physician office settings in a budget neutral manner. Cancer hospitals provide 24/7 access to care for all types of cancer patients and are subject to more comprehensive licensing, accreditation, and regulatory requirements than other settings. Cancer hospitals should not be unfairly penalized for advancing cancer care and creating efficiencies by caring for patients in outpatient settings. We are not opposed to an increase in payments if it is based on real data. We encourage CMS to conduct such a study.

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Indoor Tanning

There is clear and compelling scientific evidence that use of tanning devices is associated with an increased incidence of skin cancer including melanoma, basal cell cancer, and squamous cell cancer. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified UV radiation from tanning devices as carcinogenic to humans, in the same category as asbestos, tobacco, and plutonium.

We strongly support state and federal legislation to prohibit the use of indoor tanning by minors under 18.

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