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ABSG Leaders Urge Trump Administration, Congress to Prioritize Saving Community-Based Care


On February 8th, 2017, Vicki Albrecht, Senior Vice President & General Manager of ION Solutions and Barry Fortner, PhD, President of Oncology Supply visited Capitol Hill to brief Trump Administration staff and bipartisan members of Congress on ABSG’s 2017 policy priorities.  In a conversation with senior White House Domestic Policy staff, Vicki and Barry reinforced ABSG’s commitment to the continued development of innovative, patient-centric value-based payment models; staff advised that indeed, these models are the future of care delivery and a priority for the Trump Administration.  Vicki and Barry agreed, and reminded staff that community-based specialists are well-equipped to continue providing high quality, cost-effective patient care, but stressed devastating reimbursement cuts like sequestration, ASP prompt pay discount inclusion, and retroactive DIR fees, continue to exacerbate the closure and consolidation of community-based sites of care. 

Vicki and Barry also met with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and John Cornyn (R-TX), as well as Reps. Pat Meehan (R-PA) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) to discuss preserving CMMI, which can serve as a critical mechanism to develop and test new patient-centric, value-based payment models, as long as models are developed appropriately with input from both stakeholders and Congress—a stark contrast to last year’s misguided Part B Demo, which ABSG helped kill.  Vicki and Barry also shared key practice experiences affecting MACRA implementation, OCM, and any new APM models currently being developed in Congress, in addition to the importance of developing a robust biosimilar market.  The members urged ABSG to keep them apprised of our perspectives on these issues and to continue to advance data-driven, analytical expertise going forward.

Vicki Albrecht, SVP & GM, ION Solutions; Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Barry Fortner, PhD, President, Oncology Supply


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