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Medicare Part B: Barriers to Cancer Treatment

June 28, 2013
The National Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) has seen a notable rise in calls for assistance from both Medicare beneficiaries and cancer doctors regarding difficulty accessing certain cancer drugs in the physician office setting, where most patients receive their care. As a result, patients are being forced to seek cancer treatment in the hospital setting to access their life-saving cancer medicines; this displacement disrupts their continuum of care, is inconvenient, and is more costly to the Medicare program.

Today, PAF Founder and CEO Nancy Davenport-Ennis and Dr. Barry Brooks of the U.S. Oncology Network submitted testimony regarding those barriers at a Congressional subcommittee hearing entitled: “Examining Reforms to Improve the Medicare Part B Drug Program for Seniors.”

Download Davenport-Ennis’s testimony
Download Brooks’s testimony