Policy Priorities

ONS strengthens oncology nurses and cancer care with policy efforts on both the legislative and regulatory levels. Read the ONS health policy agenda for the second session of the 114th Congress.

We also partner with likeminded organizations to publish letters of support for our priorities. 

Priority: Preserve and promote oncology nurses’ practice to the full scope of their ability.

To accomplish this top priority, ONS closely supports the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine in its landmark report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

  • Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
  • Nurses should achieve higher levels of education through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
  • Nurses should be full partners with physicians and other healthcare professionals in redesigning health care.
  • Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure.

Priority: Improve the quality of cancer care. 

  • Ensure that inpatient and outpatient quality measures used are meaningful, relevant, and promote quality cancer care.
  • Participate in the National Quality Forum (NQF) Measures Application Partnership (MAP) to promote the adoption of measures that are meaningful to cancer care and patients with cancer.
  • Identify opportunities related to medical homes, accountable care organizations, and other emerging healthcare delivery models.

Priority: Advocate for payment models that incorporate the work of oncology nurses and positively impact oncology practice.

  • Pass our signature legislation, the Improving Cancer Treatment Education Act of 2014, in the U.S. Congress.  
  • Monitor the adequate reimbursement of nursing care in CMS processes to develop chronic care management codes and payment schedules. 
  • Impact decisionmaking and rules for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) value-based purchasing initiatives.

Improving Cancer Treatment Education Act of 2014

ONS's signature legislation, the Improving Cancer Treatment Education Act of 2014 (HR 1661), requests one-hour reimbursement through Medicare for symptom management education provided by an oncology nurse. The bill recognizes that patients with cancer benefit from an educational session in advance of treatment, which teaches them how to manage the adverse effects of cancer treatment, reduce its risks, and maximize their well-being as survivors.

Comprehensive patient with cancer treatment education services are defined as the provision of a one-hour patient treatment education session, delivered by an RN, that

  • Educates the patient and the patient’s caregiver(s) about all aspects of the care to be provided
  • Informs the patient about any potential symptoms, side effects, or adverse events
  • Explains when the healthcare provider should be contacted
  • Reviews ways in which side effects and adverse events can be minimized and health and well-being maximized.

The legislation not only helps patients manage their side effects, but it reduces adverse events and the need for urgent or inpatient care. ONS will work with congressional champions in the 114th U.S. Congress  to further persuade lawmakers to pass H.R. 1661, emphasizing the role of oncology nurses in the workforce, research, and education funding at the federal level.

Letters

Read how we're persuading federal policy leaders to take action on cancer care issues and how they respond. 

ONS pledges to work with Eric Hargan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to thoughtfully assess where change is needed and preserve critical advancements made in recent years to improve our healthcare system.

2018

ONS Joins in Commenting on US-Japan Free Trade and Investment Agreement
November 26, 2018

ONS submits comments to the Chair of the Trade Policy Staff Committee in preparation of the negotiation of the free trade and investment agreement with Japan to ensure that the agreement provides the protections necessary to enable both countries to adopt public health measures to protect their citizens from the death and disease caused by tobacco products without facing the risk of litigation by the tobacco companies.

ONS Joins One Voice Against Cancer Coalition in Thanking Congress for Providing Increased Funding for Federal Cancer Research and Cancer Control Programs
October 5, 2018

ONS joins coalition partners in thanking the US Congress for providing increased funding for federal cancer research and cancer control programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within H.R. 6157 the Fiscal Year 2019 Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

ONS Joins Coalition in Asking Congress to Strengthen FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products
September 11, 2018

ONS joins coalition partners in urging Congress to strengthen FDA oversight of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars through the annual federal appropriations process.

ONS Provides Perspective to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s Proposed Policies under MPFS and QPP
ONS Joins Patient Quality of Life Coalition on Revisions to Payment Policies Under MPFS and QPP
September 10, 2018

ONS comments to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid on the proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program rule for 2019. Additionally, ONS signs onto support comments by the Patient Quality of Life Coalition.

ONS Joins Coalition in Support of the Senate’s Recommended Levels for Nursing Workforce Development Programs
September 7, 2018

ONS joins Nursing Community Coalition in a letter to the US Senate on recommended levels of $249.472 million for the Nursing Workforce Development programs for the National Institute of Nursing Research.

ONS Signs Letter in Supporting Opioid Legislation
September 4, 2018

ONS joins in signing a letter to support a Senate bill, the "Opioid Addiction Plan Act" to engage stakeholders on pain and addiction issues to address the opioid crisis.

ONS Joins Coalition Partner in Welcoming the New Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
August 30, 2018

ONS looks forward to working with the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and welcome the opportunity to meet and discuss shared goals.

ONS Thanks U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary on Bringing Attention to Scope of Practice Laws
August 29, 2018

ONS joins coalition partner in applauding Secretary Azar’s August 9, 2018 remarks underscoring the need to ensure that scope of practice laws do not act as barriers to healthcare competition and lower-cost market solutions.

ONS Joins Coalition Partner in Encouraging the Inclusion of Section 3003 of H.R. 6
August 24, 2018

ONS signs letter to urge the inclusion of Section 3003, Allowing for More Flexibility with Respect to Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, of the House-passed SUPPORT for Families and Communities Act (H.R. 6), in any final Senate opioid package.

ONS Joins Coalition Partner in Thanking US Senate on Amendment to Increase Funding for Nursing Workforce Development Programs
August 24, 2018

ONS signs onto letter thanking the US Senate for offering the amendment to increase funding for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs by $17 million in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS-ED) and Defense spending package (HR. 6157).

ONS Writes to Secretary Azar to support CMS Palliative Care Models
August 6, 2018

ONS encourages the support of two palliative care models and offers to serve as a resource in their development.

ONS Encourages Senate HELP Committee Leadership to Advance PCHETA Palliative Care Legislation in the Senate
July 26, 2018

ONS writes in support of S. 693, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Treatment Act (“PCHETA”), legislation to ensure a well-trained palliative care workforce to meet the needs of patients with serious illness, including cancer.

ONS Urges the Senate HELP Committee to Favorably Advance the Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act
July 26, 2018

ONS writes in support of S. 2006, the Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act, which would ensure that mammography patients are notified of breast tissue density and given opportunity to discuss with their provider whether additional screening is appropriate.

ONS Supports Coalition Work for Title VIII Funding
July 23, 2018

ONS joins coalition partner, The Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) in commending the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Act of 2017 (H.R. 959). This action shows direct support for the fundamental connection between building the nursing workforce capacity and our nation’s health.

ONS Submits Comments Regarding the Regulation by FDA of Flavored Tobacco Products
July 19, 2018

ONS signs letter to provide comments regarding docket no. FDA-2017-N-6565 on the regulation of flavors in tobacco products. When Congress enacted the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, it prohibited the use of characterizing flavors, other than menthol, in cigarettes because Congress concluded that flavors in cigarettes made the products appealing to adolescents.

ONS Joins HPNEC Coalition Letter on FY 2019 Appropriations
July 18, 2018

ONS signs HPNEC Coalition letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees seeking increased funding for TItle VIII nursing workforce development programs.

ONS Provides Perspective on FDA's Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM)
July 16, 2018

ONS submits comments to FDA's notice of proposed rulemaking on the Tobacco Standard for nicotine in combusted cigarettes.

ONS Comments on HHS Blueprint/ RFI to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out of Pocket Costs
July 16, 2018

ONS provides comments on issues and questions raised in “American Patients First,” the HHS Blueprint and RFI to lower drugs prices and reduce out of pocket costs for Americans.

ONS Comments to FDA on Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Premium Cigars
July 16, 2018

ONS provides perspective on the FDA’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to obtain information about patterns of use as well as the public health impacts of premium cigars to inform FDA regulation.

ONS Signs Coalition Letter on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products After Implementation of FDA Product Standard
July 16, 2018

ONS joins in submitting comments regarding docket 83 Fed. Reg. 11754 (March 16, 2018). The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has published and sought comments on a draft paper entitled Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products after Implementation of an FDA Product Standard.

ONS Comments on Tobacco Product Standard for Nicotine Level of Combusted Cigarettes
July 16, 2018

ONS submits comments to Docket No. FDA-2017-N-6189 regarding the FDA’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on a Tobacco Product Standard for Nicotine Level of Combusted Cigarettes.

ONS Joins NCC in Letter to Honor Dr. Patricia A. Grady on Her Retirement
July 9, 2018

ONS, along with the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC), thanks Dr. Patricia A. Grady for her leadership of the National Institute of Nursing Research for the past 23 years. Her commitment to elevating nursing research has inspired the coalition and member organizations. The advancements in science funded by NINR, under her direction, has led to an explosion in nursing practice advancements.

ONS Joins NCC in Letter to Members of Congress in Support of H.R. 6
July 9, 2018

ONS, along with 45 other organizations representing the NCC, thanks Representatives Tonko and Luján for their efforts to successfully include Section 303, Allowing for More Flexibility with Respect to Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, in the SUPPORT for Families and Communities Act (H.R. 6).

ONS Signs onto letter to HHS Secretary to Implement RAISE Caregiver Act
June 28, 2018

ONS joined a number of organizations in supporting caregiver legislation, which the President enacted. This letter encourages its implementation by HHS.

ONS Signs onto Letter to HHS Secretary Azar Supporting Implementation of RAISE Caregiver Act
June 28, 2018

ONS joins with other organizations in encouraging the immediate and effective implementation of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (P.L. 115-119) to help better recognize and support our country’s family caregivers.

ONS Joins NCC to Request Immediate Action to Protect the Health of Immigrant Children
June 19, 2018

ONS, along with the Nursing Community Coalition, sends a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security requesting immediate action be taken to address the issue and healthcare concern of immigrant children being separated from their parent's at our nation's borders.

ONS Encourages the Consideration of Opioid Bills Impacting Oncology Nurses and Patients with Cancer
June 19, 2018

ONS urges the support of house committee health leaders on opioid bills as they continue deliberations on opioid legislation.

ONS Signs Letter to Support Funding for Nursing Workforce Development Programs in 2019
June 1, 2018

ONS joins coalition partner, NCC, commending the US Congress’ investment to nursing education and research in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act [P.L.115-141]. To continue the forward progress this will enact, the organizations request $266 million for the Nursing Workforce Development
Programs, administered by HRSA, and $170 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research in FY 2019.

ONS Urges Oversight of Tobacco Products
May 23, 2018

ONS along with the undersigned public health and medical organizations write in strong support of your initiative to move toward a product standard to reduce the nicotine level in cigarettes to non-addictive or minimally addictive levels.

ONS Signs Nicotine Product Standard Letter
May 21, 2018

ONS thanks Representative John Larson for his comments during the May 16th House Ways and Means Committee’s markup of the opioid legislation, HR 5773, Preventing Addiction for Susceptible Seniors (PASS) Act.

ONS President Writes to Vanila M Singh, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
May 10, 2018

ONS encourages Congress to enact legislation in 2018 to modernize the statutory oversight of clinical laboratory diagnostics.

ONS Signs Letter Encouraging Diagnostics Reform
May 9, 2018

ONS joins nursing coalition partners, on behalf of the 59 organizations comprising the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC), to express continued commitment to the health of the nation in honor of National Nurses Week.

NCC House FY 2019 Appropriations Request 1 of 2
NCC House FY 2019 Appropriations Request 2 of 2
April 12, 2018

ONS, along with the Nursing Community coalition, urges the Committee to use provider-neutral language and incorporate all APRN roles in The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 as a way to expand access to care for patients suffering from opioid addictions. Opioid use and dependence are growing public health threats, despite the many actions put in place to try to end this crisis. Every day, approximately 115 people die from opioid overdose; APRNs are critical agents in treating these patients and are sometimes the sole providers of this care in regions that struggle to recruit and retain providers.

ONS Joins NCC in Urging the Use of Provider-Neutral Language
April 11, 2018

On behalf of the 40 undersigned organizations, the Nursing Community Coalition offers the following comments in response to the draft legislation, The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018.

NCC Comments on Opioid Crisis Response Act
April 11, 2018

ONS and other organizations join together in support of coverage of genetic testing for susceptibility to breast and ovarian cancer.

ONS Joins NCC in Urging the Use of Provider-Neutral Language
April 11, 2018

On behalf of the 40 undersigned organizations, the Nursing Community Coalition offers the following comments in response to the draft legislation, The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018.

ONS Joins Together to Urge Coverage for Genetic Testing in High-Risk Individuals
March 23, 2018

ONS joins the Nursing Community Coalition in applauding the increased investments to nursing education and research proposed in the Consolidated Appropriations Act would finalize federal funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. This spending proposal takes great strides to invest in programs that drive the profession’s growth in workforce and science.

ONS Thanks Congress for Gun Violence Research Act
March 22, 2018

ONS sends a letter of support to the Honorable Mark DeSaulnier for his bill HR 5160 to improve communications between patients with cancer and their providers.

ONS Thanks Rep. DeSaulnier for His Support of the Cancer Care Planning and Communications Act
March 19, 2018

ONS President writes on behalf of the organization to thank the Honorable Debbie Dingell for introducing H.Res. 721, expressing support for the designation of February 4, 2018, as National Cancer Prevention Day.

ONS Supports the Designation of Nation Cancer Prevention Day
February 13, 2018

ONS joins the Nursing Community Coalition in opposing any reduction in funding for Title VIII programs, which provide vital resources to help meet the nation’s demand for nurses, especially in rural and underserved areas, by offering funding to further the education, practice, recruitment, and retention of our nursing workforce.

ONS Expresses Concern Over Proposed Cuts to Nursing in President’s Budget
February 13, 2018

ONS writes to express strong opposition to S.204, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017, as well as H.R.878, the Right to Try Act of 2017. ONS urges Senate leaders to discuss alternative legislative proposals that would improve the ability of patients to genuinely and safely access unapproved therapies.

ONS Seeks Technical Correction to Ensure Patient Access: Part 1
ONS Seeks Technical Correction to Ensure Patient Access: Part 2
January 18, 2018

ONS writes to strongly urge Congress to fund each of the Nursing Workforce Development programs, authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.). In addition, ONS requests at least $155.210 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), within the National Institutes of Health.

ONS Encourages Nursing Workforce Development Funding
January 3, 2018

ONS, as part of the Patient Quality of Life Coalition (PQLC), offers comments regarding questions relevant to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) new Opioid Policy
Steering Committee. The PQLC was established to advance the interests of patients and families facing serious illness.

2017

 

 

ONS Comments on Questions Regarding New Opioid Policy Steering Committee
December 28, 2017

ONS, as part of the Patient Quality of Life Coalition, expresses support for H.R. 3759, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act. This bipartisan legislation, which has already passed the Senate, will make a difference in the lives of millions of patients living with serious or life-threatening illness and their caregivers.

ONS President Writes to Express Thanks for Bipartisan Support
December 13, 2017

ONS encourages Congress to enact legislation to classify biosimilars as "applicable drugs" in the Coverage Gap Discount Program, requiring biosimilar manufacturers to pay the 50% discounts paid by the brand competitiors and creating a level playing field to compete for placement on Part D plan formularies.

ONS Supports a Sustainable Market for FDA-Approved Biosimilars
December 13, 2017

ONS comments on the new direction for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Innovation Center, or CMMI, and the proposed guiding principles for evaluating, developing, and testing new value-based models for payment and delivery of care.

ONS Responds to Senate Finance Committee's Call for Comments
May 23, 2017

ONS congratulates George Sigounas, PhD, MS on his appointment as Administrator for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). We look forward to working with Dr. Sigounas and his staff as he leads an agency that is vital to ensuring healthcare services reach those who live in America’s most rural and underserved areas.

ONS Congratulates HRSA Administrator on Appointment
May 23, 2017

ONS writes Representative Debbie Wasserman Shultz in support of H.R. 2307, the Protect Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act. This legislation would help eliminate barriers for patients seeking access to early intervention and life-saving mammography screenings.

ONS Supports PALS Act
May 23, 2017

ONS expresses concern that the administration appears to be taking steps to reconsider the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “deeming rule” extending the agency’s regulatory jurisdiction to electronic cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products not previously regulated and is delaying implementation of important provisions of the rule to the detriment of public health.

ONS Expresses Concern over FDA "Deeming Rule" 
May 17, 2017

ONS congratulates Scott Gottlieb, MD, on his recent confirmation as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His considerable experience as a medical policy expert and a public health advocate make him uniquely qualified to protect the FDA’s gold standard for safety while advancing innovative solutions for the healthcare challenges currently facing the nation.

ONS Congratulates FDA Commissioner on Confirmation
May 15, 2017

ONS congratulates Gopal Khanna, MBA, on his recent appointment to Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Under his leadership, the Agency is well positioned to use data-driven strategies and evidence to improve both organizational performance and the nation’s health and health care.

ONS Congratulates AHRQ Director on Appointment
May 12, 2017

ONS supports H.R. 1662, which would make facilities of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) smoke-free. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and exposure to secondhand smoke has a significant impact on Americans’ health.

ONS Supports Smoke-Free Measure for VHA Facilities
May 11, 2017

ONS and other organizations urge Congress to increase the fiscal year (FY) 2018 302(b) subcommittee allocation for healthcare programs and services. The activities administered by the departments and agencies under Labor-HHS’s jurisdiction serve a broad range of constituencies and needs, but they all share a common, fundamental goal of strengthening this nation by improving Americans’ lives. The federal government must invest sufficient funding to meet that goal.

ONS Supports Funding of 302(b) Labor-HHS Subcommittee
May 8, 2017

ONS and other members of the Nursing Community respectfully request $244 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Nursing Workforce Development programs (authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.]) and $160 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers within the National Institutes of Health as they work to complete their FY 2018 appropriations bill.

ONS Supports Request for Funds for Cancer Programs 
April 21, 2017

ONS thanks U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee for introducing H.R. 1984, the Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Research and Education Act. 

ONS Thanks U.S. Rep for Introducing Cancer Act
April 20, 2017

ONS thanks senators and representatives for introducing H.R. 930 and S. 497, the Lymphedema Treatment Act. This act will improve insurance coverage for the doctor-prescribed compression supplies that are the cornerstone of lymphedema treatment.

ONS Thanks Senators for Introducing Lymphedema Treatment Act
ONS Thanks Representatives for Introducing Lymphedema Treatment Act
April 13, 2017

ONS and other nursing organizations reiterate our request to the Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education, Appropriations Committee, to support $244 million for the Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.]) and $157 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR, National Institutes of Health) in 2017.

ONS Reiterates Request for Title VIII and NINR Funding
April 10, 2017

ONS thanks Cathy McMorris Rodgers, U.S. House of Representatives, for introducing H.R. 1834, the Cancer Care Payment Reform Act. This legislation would establish a national Oncology Medical Home Demonstration Project under the Medicare program for the purpose of changing the Medicare payment for cancer care in order to enhance the quality of care and to improve cost efficiency.

ONS Thanks U.S. Rep for Introducing Cancer Act
April 7, 2017

ONS and members of the Friends of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) respectfully request $364 million in budget authority from Congress as they draft the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations legislation for 2018. This will demonstrate Congress' continued commitment not just to produce discoveries, but to produce science that translates medical progress into better care for patients today.

ONS Submits Letter of Support for New ICD-10 CM Code
April 7, 2017

ONS and other healthcare organizations express concerns to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) chairman that changes to the way Medicare pays for Part B medicines could make it more challenging for physicians to offer medicines typically administered in their offices and affect seniors’ access to quality care. We stand with physicians, patients, and healthcare stakeholders, and urge the commission to oppose policies that would compromise access to care under Medicare Part B.

ONS Supports Funding of AHRQ (Letter to House of Representatives)
ONS Supports Funding of AHRQ (Letter to Senate)
April 5, 2017

ONS supports the creation of a new ICD-10-CM code for breakthrough cancer pan (BTCP), introduced on March 7-8, 2017, at a ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting, convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. The new BTCP code will help reduce barriers to health economic outcomes and epidemiologic research that are currently constrained by the absence of a code.

ONS Expresses Concern About Proposed Medicare Changes
April 3, 2017

ONS and Friends of the Health Resources and Services Administration recommend providing $7.48 billion for discretionary Health Resources and Services Administration programs in the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill

ONS Asks Congress to Provide Funds for Health Bills
March 30, 2017

ONS thanks Senator Patty Murray, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Senator Tammy Baldwin for introducing S. 689, the Invest in Women’s Health Act. S. 689, which will increase the availability of life-saving cancer screenings, placing an emphasis on those populations most at risk through the creation of new grants to expand access to preventive screenings, ensuring the availability of up to date research, and training for new providers and for the treatment of low-income and women of color.

ONS Thanks Senators for Introducing Invest in Women's Health Act
March 27, 2017

ONS, others strongly oppose H.R. 1136, the FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2017, which would exempt e-cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products from an important product review designed to protect public health.

ONS Opposes FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2017
March 27, 2017

ONS and other organizations dedicated to harnessing every resource – scientific, medical, financial and educational – to fight against the scourge of cancer that threatens the lives and health of Americans, write Congress to oppose the repeal of the indoor tanning tax in the American Health Care Act (AHCA)

ONS Opposes Repeal of Indoor Tanning Tax in AHCA
March 23, 2017

ONS, along with other organizations, expressed their support to Congress for H.R. 1676, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA). This bipartisan legislation will make a difference in the lives of millions of patients living with serious or life threatening illness and their caregivers.

ONS Expresses Support of PCHETA to the Senate
ONS Expresses Support of PCHETA to the House of Representatives
March 23, 2017

ONS asks Representative Virginia Foxx (VA) to provide better clarity regarding the intent and purpose of H.R. 1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act. It is our understanding that this legislation would allow employers to offer a substantial health insurance premium discount to workers who take part in company wellness programs that may include submitting to health risk assessments. Further, it is our understanding that those health risk assessments may also include genetic testing. ONS opposes employer coercion of employees to share genetic information and use of that information to discriminate against employees.

ONS Requests Clarification of Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act
March 23, 2017

ONS and other nursing organizations, collectively the Nursing Community, respectfully request $244 million from the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies for the HRSA Nursing Workforce Development programs (authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.]) and $160 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), one of the 27 Institutes and Centers within the NIH.

ONS and Other Nursing Organizations Request Funding for Healthcare Programs
March 17, 2017

ONS and other nursing organizations, collectively the Nursing Community coalition, would like to congratulate Seema Verma on confirmation as Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). We look forward to working with you and your staff as you take the helm of an agency so vital to millions of Americans.

ONS and Other Nursing Organizations Congratulate New CMS Administrator
March 17, 2017

ONS and other nursing organizations, collectively the Nursing Community, respectfully request $244 million from the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies for the HRSA Nursing Workforce Development programs (authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.]) and $160 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), one of the 27 Institutes and Centers within the NIH.

ONS and Other Nursing Organizations Request Funding for Healthcare Programs
March 16, 2017

ONS encourages congressional leaders to maintain key principles as they work to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including ensuring access to high-quality and low-cost insurance options, maintaining protections for pre-existing conditions, and accelerating the development of innovative cancer care delivery and payment models that improve access to and the provision of quality cancer care and treatment. 

ONS Asks Congress to Retain Specific Measures of ACA
March 10, 2017

ONS thanks U.S. Representative Leonard Lance for introducing H.R. 1409, the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act. H.R. 1409 would require health insurance plans that cover traditional chemotherapy provide equally favorable coverage for orally administered anticancer medications.

ONS Supports Legislation for Oral Chemotherapy Insurace Coverage
March 10, 2017

For fiscal year (FY) 2018, ONS and other nursing organizations, collectively the Nursing Community, respectfully request $244 million for the HRSA Nursing Workforce Development programs (authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.]) and $160 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), one of the 27 Institutes and Centers within the NIH.

ONS and Other Nursing Organizations Ask Congress for Funding
March 8, 2017

ONS and the Nursing Community coalition look forward to work with Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) David Shulkin to improve veterans’ health by collaborating to support the education, practice, research, and regulation of registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

ONS to Work With VA Secretary to Improve VA Health
March 6, 2017

ONS writes members of Congress to express support of H.R. 1231 and S. 456, the Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity (RACE) for Children Act. This legislation would establish a program to increase the development of new drugs to treat pediatric cancers.

ONS Asks US Rep to Support RACE for Children Act
ONS Asks US Senator to Support RACE for Children Act
March 3, 2017

ONS expressed strong opposition to H.R. 564 S. 294 and any appropriations policy riders that would exempt some cigars, including flavored cigars, from regulation under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should retain oversight authority over all tobacco products, including all cigars.

ONS Supports FDA Authority Over Tobacco Products in Coalition Letter 
February 16, 2017

ONS joins coalition in writing to express strong opposition to S. 294 and any appropriations policy riders that would exempt some cigars, including flavored cigars, from regulation under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA).

ONS Expresses Strong Opposition to H.R. 564
ONS Expresses Strong Opposition to S. 294
February 15, 2017

ONS pledges to work with Tom Price, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to thoughtfully assess where change is needed and preserve critical advancements made in recent years to improve our healthcare system.

ONS Asks to Work With HHS Secretary to Improve Healthcare System
February 15, 2017

ONS thanks US Representative Debbie Dingell for introducing H.Res. 84, expressing support for the designation of February 4, 2017, as National Cancer Prevention Day.

ONS Thanks US Rep for Support of National Cancer Prevention Day
February 13, 2017

ONS urges US Representative Dave Joyce to support H.R. 959, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act. This bill would reauthorize, update, and improve the Nursing Workforce Development Programs that help to grow and support the nation’s nursing workforce.

ONS Urges US Rep to Support Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act
February 13, 2017

ONS urges US Representative Michael McCaul and US Senator Jack Reed to support H.R. 820, the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act of 2017. This legislation would improve efforts to identify and track childhood cancer incidences, improve the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors, ensure pediatric expertise at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and identify opportunities to expand childhood cancer research in order to better treat the 10,380 children diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. every year.

ONS Urges US Rep to Support of STAR Act of 2017
ONS Urges US Senator to Support STAR Act of 2017
February 13, 2017

ONS and a coalition of organizations ask Congress to work with us to develop policies that will ensure individuals with pre-existing conditions and high-cost care needs have access to a robust health insurance market that provides affordable and comprehensive coverage options.

ONS Asks H of R to Develop Policies to Cover Patients With Pre-Existing Conditions
ONS Asks Senate to Develop Policies to Cover Patients With Pre-Existing Conditions
February 7, 2017

ONS thanks Representative Steve Knight for introducing H.Res. 69, expressing support for the designation of the May 17 as “DIPG Awareness Day.” H.Res. 69 raises awareness and encourages research into cures for diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG) and pediatric cancers in general.

ONS Thanks Representative for DIPG Awareness Day Legislation
February 1, 2017

In an effort to work closely with the leadership and committees of jurisdiction during this time of health reform, ONS, as part of the Nursing Community, shared priorities with Congress leaders that highlight areas of consensus regarding access, affordability, and quality.

ONS Shares Priorities With Congress Leaders
January 27, 2017

ONS urges Congress leaders to make updating the oversight framework for all molecular diagnostic tests, including laboratory developed tests (LDTs), a priority early in the 115th Congress. We also believe strongly that the Food and Drug Administration should play a critical role in a modernized framework that supports patient safety and access to valid tests.

ONS Requests US HR to Make Issues Top Priorities
ONS Requests Senete to Make Issues Top Priorities
January 24, 2017

ONS, along with The Nursing Community, urges Congress leaders to include our community in decision making. We are available to comment, shape, and evaluate proposals as they are drafted. As a bipartisan coalition, we will engage with all members of Congress to share our expertise. We strongly urge Congress leadership to continue to consider all viewpoints.

ONS Urges Congress for Inclusion in Decision Making
January 19, 2017

ONS thanks the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and urges continued action for the final rule published by the VA on December 14, 2016, (Federal Register Document Number 2016-12338, RIN 2900-AP44), regarding advanced practice registered nurses' clinical practice within the Veterans Health Administration.

ONS Thanks VA and Urges Continued Action Regarding APRNs
January 13, 2017

ONS and the entire Nursing Community Coalition congratulates U.S. Senators and Representatives on their successful election and look forward to collaborating with them in the 115th Congress.

ONS Congratulates U.S. Senators on Their Election
ONS Congratulates U.S. Representatives on Their Election
January 13, 2017

ONS asks governmental agencies to issue a new tri-agency frequently asked questions (FAQs) concerning a comprehensive tobacco cessation benefit to reflect a 2015 updated USPSTF recommendation.

2016

ONS Requests Updated FAQs Regarding Tobacco Cessation
December 12, 2016

Earlier this year, ONS urged the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to adopt a measure implementing the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on November 17, 2015 (Docket No. FR-5597-P-02) on instituting smoke-free public housing. Today, HUD released a final smoke-free public housing rule that requires all public housing to be smokefree in 18 months. 

ONS Urges HUD to Make Public Housing Smoke-Free
December 7, 2016

ONS thanks Representative Michael McCaul for his support of H.R. 3381, the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act of 2016. The legislation would improve efforts to identify and track childhood cancer incidences, improve the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors, ensure publicly accessible expanded access policies, and identify opportunities to expand the research of thereapeutics necessary to treat the 15,780 children diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. every year. 

ONS Thanks Rep McCaul for Support of the STAR Act
December 6, 2016

ONS thanks the US House of Representatives for their vote in support of the passage for the 21st Century Cures Act. This critical legislation has the potential to greatly improve the discovery, development, and delivery of cancer treatments in this country and will support continued innovation in our health care system.

ONS Thanks U.S HR for Passage of 21st Century Cures Act
December 1, 2016

ONS joins coalition partners urging lawmakers to oppose inclusion of two policy riders originally included in the House Appropriations Committee’s Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill that would weaken FDA’s authority to oversee tobacco products.

ONS Urges Congress Leadership to Oppose Riders in Tobacco Bill
ONS Urges Appropriations Committee to Oppose Riders in Tobacco Bill
November 16, 2016

ONS joins the OVAC coalition urging the US Congress to support the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative by taking up and passing the 21st Century Cures Act. We believe the Moonshot Initiative objective of making a decade’s worth of life saving scientific progress in the next five years can most likely be achieved by Congress promptly assuring essential funding of it by enactment of the 21st Century Cures Act in 2016.

ONS Urges Congress to Pass the 21st Century Cures Act
November 3, 2016

ONS joins coalition members of the Friends of HRSA and other supporting organizations to urge the US Congress to support a request of $7.48 billion for discretionary Health Resources and Services Administration programs in the final FY 2017 spending agreement. We also urge the restoring of the funding cuts to the HRSA programs that were included in the bills passed by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Additionally, we ask you to reject the inclusion of any controversial policy riders that would threaten public health.

ONS Urges the Senate to Support Funds for Health Programs
ONS Urges the House of Representatives to Support Funds for Health Programs
October 18, 2016

ONS joins 55 organizations encouraging the House and Senate Appropriations leadership to provide the FY 2016 funding levels for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs, including the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), in the final FY 2017 Labor-H appropriations bill.

ONS Backs Request of Funds for Programs
October 14, 2016

ONS provides feedback to the proposed collection, National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) and support efforts to collect data that would promote early detection.

ONS Provides Feedback to the Proposed Collection, NBCCEDP
October 11, 2016

ONS writes US Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) to thank him for re-introducing the signature legislation, the “Improving Cancer Treatment Education Act” (H.R. 6084). This important legislation requests one-hour reimbursement through Medicare for symptom management education provided by an oncology nurse. The bill recognizes that patients with cancer benefit from an educational session in advance of treatment, which teaches them how to manage the adverse effects of cancer treatment, reduce its risks, and maximize their well-being as survivors.

ONS Thanks Congressman for Support of Legislation
September 22, 2016

ONS and ONCC appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback to SOCPC on recommendations regarding the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification. We urge the SOCPC to exclude the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) from the broad occupation group Registered Nurses (RN), and include the CNS as a broad occupation and detailed occupation in the 2018 SOC revisions currently under consideration.

ONS and OCC Urges SOCPC Recognize CNS as a Detailed Occupation
September 20, 2016

ONS is grateful for the leadership of US Representative Steve Israel in submitting legislation on the importance of oncology nurses in educating cancer patients on symptom management.

ONS Thanks US Rep for Support of Education Act
September 22, 2016

ONS joins coalition partners in urging the Standard Occupational Classification Policy Committee (SOCPC) of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to reconsider the request to (1) exclude the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) from the broad occupation group Registered Nurses (RNs), and (2) include the CNS as a broad occupation and detailed occupation in the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) revisions currently under consideration. Retaining CNSs in the RNs 2010 classifications is inconsistent with federal agencies, nursing practice in the states, and the larger nursing community, all of which distinguish CNSs as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

ONS Urges SOCPC to Differentiate Between CNSs and RNs
September 20, 2016

ONS submits testimony to the US Congress for a hearing titled “Examining Legislation to Improve Public Health,” with an emphasis on palliative care. Our written testimony discusses the need to improve palliative care for patients with cancer or other serious or life-threatening illnesses.

ONS Submits Testimony to Improve Palliative Care
September 8, 2016

ONS joins coalition partners in a letter to the US Congress, urging them to reject any effort to include policy riders that would weaken the FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products. We are grateful that the Senate Appropriations Committee’s bill did not include any tobacco-related riders, but unfortunately, the House Appropriations Committee’s bill included two riders we strongly oppose.

ONS Opposes Riders in the House Appropriations Committee's Tobacco Bill
September 7, 2016

ONS joins coalition partners in letters to the US Congress requesting they reject any attempts to include the two tobacco policy riders in a CR in September. The Committees are reviewing language that would (1) exempt so-called “large and premium cigars” from FDA oversight, and (2) change the “grandfather date” to exempt e-cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products from FDA review requirement.

ONS Submits Letter to House of Representatives Re: Tobacco Resolution
ONS Submits Letter to Senate Re: Tobacco Resolution
September 7, 2016

ONS submits letters to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), regarding the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative and the role of the oncology nurse in research and treatment—one letter as CMS finalizes payment and other policies for CY 2017 under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), and one letter as CMS finalizes payment and other policies for CY 2017 under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS).

ONS Submits Letter to CMS Re: Cancer Moonshot Initiative
ONS Submits Letter to CMS Re: MPFS
September 6, 2016

ONS supports S. 3245, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act. This bill would reauthorize, update, and improve the Nursing Workforce Development Programs that help grow and support the nation’s nursing workforce.

ONS Supports Legislation to Grow Nursing Workforce
August 19, 2016

ONS supports S. 3239, the Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity (RACE) for Children Act. This legislation would establish a program to provide additional incentives for the development of new drugs to treat pediatric cancers.

ONS Supports RACE Act to Better Treat Pediatric Cancers
August 19, 2016

ONS supports S. 3223, the Expanded Access to Treatment and Recovery Act. This bill would increase funding to reduce opioid use disorders and overdose.

ONS Supports an Increase in Funding to Fight Opioid Epidemic
August 19, 2016

ONS supports S. 3211, the Cancer Care Payment Reform Act of 2016. This legislation would establish a national Oncology Medical Home Demonstration Project under the Medicare program in order to enhance the quality of cancer care and to improve cost efficiency.

ONS Supports Cancer Care Payment Reform Legislation
August 19, 2016

OSN supports H.R. 5858, the Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity (RACE) for Children Act. This legislation would establish a program to provide additional incentives for the development of new drugs to treat pediatric cancers.

ONS Supports RACE Act to Better Treat Pediatric Cancers
August 19, 2016

ONS supports H.R. 5842, the Helping Our Veterans with Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction Act. This bill would carry out a pilot program to improve treatment for veterans suffering from opioid addiction and chronic pain.

ONS Supports Pilot Program to Help Veterans Suffering From Opioid Addiction
August 19, 2016

ONS joins coalition partners in a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), on behalf of patients with serious illnesses, to implement and evaluate the Oncology Care Model.

ONS Provides Feedback on Oncology Care Model
August 5, 2016

ONS joins coalition partners in sending a letter to Congress in support of HR 3110, the bipartisan Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA). The bill will improve the care of millions of patients living with serious or life-threatening illnesses, as well as their families and caregivers by addressing key barriers that prevent access to palliative care.

ONS Supports Bipartisan Palliative Care and Hospice Education Bill
August 1, 2016

ONS appreciates the opportunity to provide input on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed rule regarding advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). ONS believes that patients should have a full choice of healthcare providers, including APRNs, and that oncology APRNs should be integrated fully into all aspects of cancer care. Research substantiates the positive impact of APRNs on patient care and outcomes.

ONS Comments on the VA Proposed Rule Regarding APRNs
July 25, 2016

ONS joins coalition partners in a letter to the Department of Verterans Affairs (VA) supporting nurses’ abilities to practice to the full extent of their education and training. We believe the VA has taken the necessary next step toward improving veterans’ access to safe, high-quality care by publishing this proposed rule, and we urge the VA to move forward with its full implementation.

ONS Supports VA Measures That Support Nurses Practicing to Full Extent of Education and Training
July 22, 2016

ONS sends letters of support to the US Congress for recognition of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

ONS Supports Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Letter 1
ONS Supports Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Letter 2
July 14, 2016

ONS joins coalition partners in expressing strong opposition to the $110 million funding cut in the House FY 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health (OSH). As the committee moves forward with the bill, we urge restoration of this funding and allocate at least $210 million to OSH. The work that OSH does is critical to ending the tobacco epidemic that takes far too many lives and exacts an enormous financial toll on the nation’s economy.

ONS Opposes Funding Cut to OSH
July 12, 2016

ONS appreciates the opportunity to provide input into this Request for Information (RFI) for developing the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Oncology nurses are on the front lines, implementing prevention, early detection, treatment, and symptom management strategies throughout the cancer continuum.

ONS Provides Input Into RFI for the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative
July 1, 2016

ONS expesses support of the new payment systems for physicians under the implementation of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. However, there were points that required clarification, as well as instances where ONS offered recommendations that differed from the proposed plan. 

ONS Offers Comments on MIPS, APM
June 27, 2016

ONS expresses concern with the revision to The Joint Commission’s (TJC) position on the transmission of patient care orders via texting platforms. Despite the acknowledged advances in the security of texting platforms addressing the concerns of provider anonymity, use of personal cellular devices, and the process for including orders into the medical record, severe safety concerns remain with the use of even the most advanced texting platforms.

ONS Expresses Concern of TJC's Position on the Transmission of Patient Care Orders Via Texting Platforms
June 13, 2016

ONS joins coalition partners in sending a letter to the US Senate urging it to support continued efforts to strengthen the FDA’s authority over tobacco production and distribution.

ONS Urges Senate to Strengthen FDA's Authority Over Tobacco Production and Distribution
June 8, 2016

ONS joins a coalition thanking the US Senate for its efforts in support of tobacco control at the FDA. We urge the full Senate to reject any amendments that would make it more difficult for the FDA to address the public health problems that these products cause.

ONS Thanks Senator for Support of Tobacco Control at the FDA
June 8, 2016

ONS thanks the Honorable Robert M. Calif, FDA commissioner, for exploring opportunities to enhance the development and regulatory review of oncology products across all of the medical product Centers at the FDA.

ONS Thanks FDA Commissioner for Work With the Regulatory Review of Oncology Products
June 6, 2016

ONS is pleased to provide input on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance, Labeling for Biosimilar Products. This is an important issue for oncology nurses as key members of the cancer care delivery and treatment team.

ONS Provides Input on Labeling of Biosimilar Products
June 3, 2016

ONS thanks Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the opportunity to comment on how ONC and CMS can bring EHR systems closer towards seamless interoperability.

ONS Provides Comments on Recent CMS Measures
June 3, 2016

ONS thanks the Honorable Kelly Ayotte and the Honorable Richard Nolan for introducing S. 2941 and H.R. 5263, respectively, the Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act of 2016. These acts recognize the disparate impact of lung cancer on women and would help address the need for additional lung cancer research and preventive services.

ONS Thanks the Honorable Key Ayotte for Introduction of Women and Lung Cancer Act

ONS Thanks the Honorable Richard Nolan for Introduction of Women and Lung Cancer Act
May 27, 2016

In recent comments to its draft review process for patient-focused payment model proposals (PFPMs), ONS urges Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) to encourage developers to highlight the role of nurses in their PFPM proposals. In addition, we urge PTAC to closely assess whether nursing has been incorporated in proposals in an effort to meet the secretary’s criteria for PFPMs.

ONS Provides Feedback to PTAC on its Draft Review Process for PFPM Proposals
May 13, 2016

ONS is deeply concerned with the proposed Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Part B Dug Model and its access to quality cancer care. This is an important issue for oncology nurses as key members of the cancer care delivery and treatment team, as well as the patients we serve.

ONS Submits Concerns to CMS Regarding Proposed Part B Drug Model
May 9, 2016

ONS joins coalition partners in sending a letter to the US Congress, expressing strong opposition to two provisions in the House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017 that would significantly weaken the Food and Drug Administration’s authority over several tobacco products including e-cigarettes and cigars.

ONS Strongly Opposes Two Bill Provisions That Weaken the FDA's Authority Over Tobacco Products
May 4, 2016

ONS recently provided input on the White Paper released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 24, 2016 related to the Department of Health and Human Services-operated risk adjustment methodology used in the individual and small group markets, including the marketplace plans under the Affordable Care Act.

ONS Comments on CMS White Paper Related to Risk Adjustment Methodology and More
April 22, 2016

ONS joins tobacco cessation coalition partners in reaching out to Major League Baseball. It is our belief that the country's national pastime should be about promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, not a deadly and addictive product. For the millions of children and families who love baseball and revere their favorite players and for the health of the players themselves, we urge MLB and the MLBPA to remove all tobacco use from baseball.

ONS Urges MLB and MLBPA to Remove All Tobacco Use From Baseball
March 31, 2016

ONS provides comments in connection wth the FDA's public workshop that discussed the development of appropriate regulatory standards for evaluation of next-generation, sequencing-based (NGS-based) oncology panels in cancer patient management. 

ONS Comments on FDA's Development of Standards for NGS-Based Oncology Panels
March 28, 2016

ONS joins 316 organizations to express strong concern with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) March 8, 2016 proposed rule that would implement a new “Medicare Part B Payment Model.” We believe that this type of initiative, implemented without sufficient stakeholder input, will adversely affect the care and treatment of Medicare patients with complex conditions, such as cancer, macular degeneration, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and primary immunodeficiency diseases. We previously sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell asking her not to move forward with this type of initiative, and we now respectfully request that you ask CMS to withdraw the proposed rule.

ONS Expresses Concern With CMS's Proposed Rule for a New Medicare Payment Model
March 17, 2016

ONS joins coalition partners who treat millions of patients to express both our gratitude for the Centers' for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recent recognition of the many challenges providers face in meeting the requirements of the Meaningful Use program. Additionally, as the center considers changes to the program, we respectfully request the CMS implement a shortened reporting period in 2016 to continue this positive momentum and enable providers to successfully transition to a reoriented 2017 program.

ONS Asks CMS to Shorten Reporting Period in 2016
March 15, 2016

We are writing in response to the Request for Comments on the pilot “Clinical Outcome Assessment Compendium” (COA Compendium). ONS applauds the FDA's focus on measures that capture outcomes that "are important to patients" in clinical trials and efforts to foster patient-focused drug development. ONS supports the benefits of a standardized approach to assessment of patient outcomes, for which the compendium would be an asset.

ONS Applauds FDA's Focus on Certain Measures 
March 14, 2016

ONS joins coalition partners to ask both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to fund the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). As Congress drafts the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2017, the undersigned members of the Friends of AHRQ respectfully request $364 million in budget authority—consistent with the president’s discretionary funding request and FY 2015 level.

ONS Requests Funding for the AHRQ from the U.S. House of Representatives
ONS Requests Funding for the AHRQ from the U.S. Senate
March 14, 2016

On behalf of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), ONS President Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN,  thanks the Honorable Donald M. Payne, Jr., for introducing H.Res. 630, supporting the designation of March 2016 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. H.Res. 630 would raise public awareness for and encourage educational efforts on colorectal cancer prevention, screening, and symptoms.

ONS President Thanks Congressman for Designation of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March 4, 2016

ONS join the Friends of HRSA in recommending $7.48 billion for discretionary Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) programs in the FY 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The Friends of HRSA is a coalition of 170 national organizations committed to supporting programs that are essential for a healthy nation. HRSA administers programs that focus on improving care for millions of Americans, who are medically underserved or face barriers to needed care, by strengthening the health workforce and increasing access to quality health services.

ONS Joins the Friends of HRSA in Recommending Funding for HRSA Programs
March 1, 2016

The undersigned organizations are increasingly concerned that major tobacco companies are introducing new tobacco products into the marketplace without the regulatory review required by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 (“Tobacco Control Act”). The FDA cites a number of examples of products marketed as “new” from 2012 to the present for which no new product, or substantial equivalence, order has been issued by FDA.

ONS Raises Concern of New Tobacco Products Released Into the Marketplace
February 28, 2016

ONS joins the more than 660 undersigned organizations—representing the full range of stakeholders supporting the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education, and related agencies—urge you to allocate as high a funding level as possible to these programs and services in the fiscal year (FY) 2017 302(b) subcommittee allocations. The activities administered by these departments and agencies serve a broad range of constituencies and needs, but they all share a common, fundamental goal of strengthening this nation by improving Americans’ lives.

ONS Urges Lawmakers to Commit to Improving the Lives of Americans by Increasing the Labor-HHS Appropriations Allocation in FY 2017
February 22, 2016

ONS joins 185 cancer partners in signing a coalition letter of support to thank Vice President Joe Biden for championing the “Cancer Moonshot” initiative. The federal investment in the NIH and NCI will make dramatic advances in finding a cure and better treatments for cancer.

ONS Applauds Vice President's Commitment to a National Initiative to End Cancer as We Know It
February 9, 2016

ONS writes to US Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) for introducing H.Res 606 that expresses support for the designation of February 4, 2016, as National Cancer Prevention Day.

ONS Thanks US Rep for Designation of National Cancer Prevention Day
February 4, 2016

ONS conveys strong support for the nomination of Dr. Mary Wakefield to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ONS Supports HHS Deputy Secretary Nomination
February 3, 2016

ONS writes to Maryland State Senator regarding bill to expand patients' access to clinical trials. ONS applauds the protections afforded to healthcare providers as outlined in the bill, to include freedom to recommend treatment options that are in alignment with the goals, needs, and values of patients. ONS strongly encourages development of contractual relationships between patients and investigational drug manufacturers to limit patient and state liabilities and encourages revision of the bill to state that provisions under this bill must include contractual agreements. 

ONS Supports Legislation for Expanded Access to Investigational Products
January 27, 2016

ONS joins tobacco cessation coalition partners in a letter to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) U.S. Secretary Julian Castro in strongly supporting a policy that will greatly improve the health of public housing residents. The publication of the proposed rule represents a major step forward in protecting the millions of Americans who currently live in federally owned public housing from the harms of tobacco. We urge HUD to adopt a final rule implementing this measure as soon as possible.

ONS Comments to HUD for Smoke-Free Public Housing
January 19, 2016

ONS writes US Representative Steve Knight, thanking him for introducting H.Res 586, expressing support for the annual May designation of “DIPG Awareness Week," which will raise awareness and encourage research into cures for diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG) and pediatric cancers in general.

ONS expresses support for DIPG Awareness Week
January 19, 2016

ONS joins coalition partners in advocating for access to prescription medication for cancer patients. Our members want to make sure public policies intended to reduce inappropriate use of opioids do not simultaneously create access barriers to pain management for patients for whom opioids are medically indicated and who are benefiting from such treatment.

ONS Advocates to Ensure Opioid Policies Do Not Create Access Barriers for Patients
January 13, 2016

ONS joins with our partners in recognition of the time and effort already invested in the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) final National Pain Strategy Report and the urgent need for a national strategy around pain. We urge the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to expedite the release of this report.