National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Educational Events & Programs

NCCN Oncology Policy Program

The NCCN Oncology Policy Program was initiated in 2009 to allow opportunities for discussion among oncology stakeholders to address relevant health policy concerns. The NCCN Oncology Policy Program has convened Policy Summits in areas such as comparative effectiveness research (CER), risk evaluation and mitigation strategies (REMS), patient advocacy, off-label drug use and compendia, biosimilars, molecular testing, clinical pathways, and data needs.

NCCN will continue these initiatives with summits focused on current policy topics. Details on NCCN's current policy programs, as well as past summits, can be found below.

Please send any comments or questions regarding the NCCN Oncology Policy Program to healthpolicy@nccn.org.

2018 Policy Summits

Save the Date! Policy Summit: Policy Strategies for the “New Normal” in Health care to Ensure Access to High Quality Cancer Care

June 25, 2018 • National Press Club, Washington, DC

 

Save the Date! Policy Summit: Policy Challenges and Opportunities to Address Changing Paradigms in Cancer Care Delivery

September 13, 2018 • National Press Club, Washington, DC

 

Save the Date! Patient Advocacy Summit: Advocating for Equity in Cancer Care

December 10, 2018 • National Press Club, Washington, DC

 

2017 Policy Summits, Summaries, and Articles

June 15, 2017 • National Press Club, Washington, DC

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September 25, 2017 • National Press Club, Washington, DC

 

December 1, 2017 • National Press Club, Washington, DC

 

Champions Rising to the Challenge of Ensuring High-Quality Cancer Care
(December 2017)

NCCN Comment Letter on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019 Proposed Rule
(November 2017)

NCCN Comment Letter on CMS 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Proposed Rule
(September 2017)

NCCN Comment Letter on CMS 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule
(September 2017)

NCCN Comment Letter on CMS 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Proposed Rule
(August 2017)

NCCN Comment Letter and Recommended Language for Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS) Proposed Draft for Local Coverage Determination
(June 2017)

Principles for Access for Unapproved Therapies
(June 2017)

NCCN Statement on FDA Leadership and Vision for the Future
(April 2017)

NCCN Letter Regarding the American Health Care Act (AHCA)
(March 2017)

NCCN Comment Letter on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Market Stabilization Proposed Rule
(March 2017)

NCCN Letter to GOP Doctors Caucus Re: MACRA, ACA, and 21st Century Cures
(January 2017)

2016 Policy Summits, Summaries, and Articles

Friday, September 16, 2016 • Washington, DC

Article


2016 NCCN Comment Letters Submitted

2015 Policy Summits, Summaries, and White Papers

December 1, 2015 • Washington, DC

Miss the event? Now Available! View videos below:

Patient Advocacy Summit: Value in Cancer Care - Patient Perspectives on Access to Cancer Care: Panel Video 1
Loyce Pace, MPH, LIVESTRONG Foundation, explores access to cancer care, followed by an expert panel discussion featuring Terry Langbaum, MAS, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins; Bonnie Miller, RN, BSN, OCN, FAAMA, Fox Chase Cancer Center; Caroline Pearson, Avalere Health; Ms. Pace; David Rubin, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and moderated by Clifford Goodman, PhD, The Lewin Group.

 

Patient Advocacy Summit: Value in Cancer Care - Defining Value for Patients with Cancer: Panel Video 2
Alan Balch, PhD, Patient Advocate Foundation, explores the definition of value for people with cancer, followed by an expert panel discussion featuring Dr. Balch; Bob Carlson, MD, National Comprehensive Cancer Network; Ms. Langbaum; Shelley Fuld Nasso, MPP, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship; Dan Ollendorf, PhD, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review; Dana Wollins, MS, American Society of Clinical Oncology; and moderated by Dr. Goodman.

 

Patient Advocacy Summit: Value in Cancer Care - Patient Perspectives on the Cost of Cancer Care: Panel Video 3
Veena Shankaran, MD, MS, University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, Center, explores the cost of cancer care and the patient impact, followed by an expert panel discussion featuring Dan Klein, Patient Access Network Foundation; Susan Pelletier, Cancer Survivor and Advocate, Lori Reilly, JD, PhRMA; Leonard Saltz, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Dr. Shankaran; and moderated by Dr. Goodman.

 

Now Available! Value in Cancer Care – Patient Perspectives Summary
On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) convened its sixth annual NCCN Patient Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, titled, Value in Cancer Care – Patient Perspectives. View summary here.

 

 

September 11, 2015 • Washington, DC

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2014 Policy Summits, Summaries, and White Papers

November 2014 • Washington, DC

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F. Marc Stewart, MD, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, discusses the physician perspective on the Physician Payments Sunshine Act at the NCCN Policy Summit: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Academic Oncology Practice that took place on July 10, 2014. View recording here.


July 2014 • Arlington, VA

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April 2014 • Bethesda, MD

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February 2014

2013 Policy Summits, Summaries, and White Papers

November 2013

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October 2013

July 2013

White Paper


July 2013

April 2013

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2012 Policy Summits, Summaries, and White Papers

November 2012

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October 2012

White Paper


May 2012

White Paper


2011 Policy Summits, Summaries, and White Papers

November 2011

Summary


July 2011

White Paper


April 2011

White Paper


2010 Policy Summits, Summaries, and White Papers

December 2010

September 2010

Summary


May 2010

White Paper


2009 Policy Summits, Summaries, and White Papers

December 2009

Preliminary Report