Tips, Events and Information Sources to Maximize Your ASCO Annual Meeting
This week in healthcare, the world of oncology gathers in Chicago, IL for ASCO’s Annual Meeting. The conference begins this Friday at the McCormick Place and runs through June 2nd. Check out our list of selected events, communication sources and insights to help make your ASCO experience meaningful and productive. See you in Chicago!
Throughout the conference, follow along with ASCO’s Twitter account for updates and news. You can also monitor updates about the conference (or share your own!) using #ASCO15, and there will be a “Tweet-up” meeting in case you want some face-to-face connection. For more tips on monitoring the conference via social media, check out this handy guide.
According to ASCO, we should all “be on the lookout for a big announcement from the Conquer Cancer Foundation at the 2015 Annual Meeting.”
Virtual Meeting On Demand
If you can’t attend the conference in person — or if you just see something memorable that you’d like to rewatch or share later — ASCO provides video highlights via their On Demand broadcasting page.
Visit the CancerLinQ™ Booth at ASCO’s Annual Meeting to View the System’s First-Ever Demonstration
As the title of this article suggests, ASCO will be publicly unveiling its CancerLinQ™ platform, designed to leverage patient data to “contribute to high-quality, personalized cancer care for every patient.” To view this demonstration, you can visit the CancerLinQ™ booth in the Oncology Professionals Hall.
After the recent passage of a bill repealing Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Formula, ASCO released the following statement: “With Congress passing this historic legislation to finally end the 13-year SGR roller coaster ride, Medicare beneficiaries and their physicians can breathe easier, knowing that they will no longer face the perennial threat of payment cuts that risk disruption of care and cause anxiety among patients.”
ASCO has produced a fleet of informative videos about various topics in cancer care; you can find them at Cancer.net or on their YouTube Channel.
Physician Payment Reform
One topic that is certain to come up at the conference is payment reform. Here are links to some official proposals and press releases from ASCO on the topic of payment reform, from their thoughts about the recent SGR repeal to their proposes Patient-Centered Oncology Payment program.
There will be multiple opportunities specifically for patient advocates to participate at the ASCO Annual Meeting, including ASCO’s patient advocacy booths and a dedicated Patient Advocate Lounge. Get all the details here.
Considering CMS’s recent forecast that “U.S. health-care spending will reach $4.3 trillion and account for 19.3% of the nation’s gross domestic product by 2019,” ASCO takes a look at cost versus value from the perspective of consumers, providers, payers, purchasers, and innovators.
ASCO and NCI have announced a collaboration to “work with interested authors to create writing teams of clinicians and researchers who apply the best concepts of team-based care to patient-centered care scenarios in clinical settings.” They are accepting proposals through June 15.
2015 ASCO Annual Meeting: New Data in 10 Different Cancers from Merck’s Rapidly Expanding Immuno-Oncology Research Program for KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) to be Presented
Recently Merck announced that “new investigational data in 10 different types of cancer from the company’s immuno-oncology development program evaluating its anti-PD-1 therapy, KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab), will be presented” at this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting. A schedule of these data presentations can be found in this article.
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