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The Maryland and District of Columbia Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (“MDCSCO”) is committed to improving the quality and delivery of care in medical oncology in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. We promote appropriate standards of care in oncology and cooperate with investigators conducting cancer research.

In addition, we assist in the continuing education of oncologists and educate the public, the government, insurance carriers, and other health care providers about appropriate prevention of cancer and other therapeutic options for patients with cancer.

We encourage you to join more than 400 current members in providing the leadership in our progressive future. Click here to find out more about our membership.

2022 Annual Report


2021 Annual Report

 Membership Benefits

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EVUSHELD FOR IMMUNOCOMPROMISED PATIENTS

The Maryland Department of Health is seeking out providers and community groups who may be interested in learning about referral or supply for Evusheld. Evusheld is a long-acting antibody for people who are immunocompromised.  Find more information here.


 

TELEMEDICINE UPDATE
MDCSCO is sharing this table containing telemedicine updates with the permission of the compiler. While this content is thought to be reliable, we suggest you verify the accuracy before taking action based on this information.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL PROVIDERS
FROM THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

As of January 1, 2021, there were significant changes to the office and outpatient Evaluation and Management (E&M) services (CPT ® codes 99202-99215) for both new and established patients.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ONCOLOGISTS

NO MORE DUES!

The Maryland and District of Columbia Society of Clinical Oncology now offers FREE professional memberships to physician oncologists. Click here for the flyer.

As a member, you get the following benefits:

  • Free attendance at ALL MDCSCO events.
  • A legislative voice on issues of high priority to the practice of oncology.
  • Being a member of one of the U.S.'s strongest ASCO state affiliates and representation at ASCO.
  • Representation at NCCN.
  • Opportunity to be considered for elected office and other leadership roles within MDCSCO.

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Member News

Arun Bhandari, MDCSCO board member, has just been named to serve on the Maryland Health Care Commission. He also serves on the Maryland State Council of Cancer Control. Dr. Bhandari is with Chesapeake Oncology Hematology Associates in Annapolis.


CDER Drug Safety Priorities 2021 Report

The CDER Drug Safety Priorities 2021 report details CDER's work to manage drug safety issues through modernized safety surveillance methods and innovative responses to safety concerns. The report highlights key safety-related milestones and accomplishments of 2021, as well as the many ways in which CDER has continued to be involved in promoting and protecting public health during the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The report focuses on the programs and initiatives at the core of CDER's drug safety operations, including the FDA Adverse Event Reporting Systems, the Sentinel System, and the Safe Use Initiative. It also features ongoing activities to address the national opioid crisis and misuse and abuse of other substances, work in addressing unexpected -- and potentially cancer-causing -- impurities in medicines, use of a broad range of communications tools and technologies such as Drug Safety Communications to transparently communicate drug safety to the public, and research being conducted CDER-wide to better understand drug safety risks.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

Industry Spotlight
Tuesdays, December 6 and 13, 2022

Allied Professionals Meeting

Pictured above: Sandra Bailey, Practice Administrator Representative to MDCSCO Board, and Nicholas Ferreyros,  Managing Director, Community Oncology Alliance (speaker) at the Allied Professionals Meeting held on May 11th at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, Hanover, MD.


Drug Safety Communication

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a possible increased risk of death with the cancer medicine Ukoniq (umbralisib) approved to treat two specific types of lymphomas, which are cancers that affect the body’s immune system. We determined that initial findings from a clinical trial evaluating Ukoniq to treat a related type of cancer found a possible increased risk of death in patients taking the medicine. Because of the seriousness of this safety concern and the similarities between the two types of cancer for which this drug is approved and the type of cancer that was studied in the clinical trial, we are alerting patients and health care professionals that we are re-evaluating this risk against the benefits of Ukoniq for its approved uses.

For more information, read the complete Drug Safety Communication.


Why the Patient Voice Matters

Recently Bristol Myers Squibb’s U.S. Policy & Government Affairs team held an interactive discussion with state & federal policymakers on the importance of the patient voice in the legislative process.

The forum provided an opportunity for attendees to hear directly from current legislators as they provided their insights on effective advocacy strategies and engagement with elected officials. During the discussion, the panelists shared what they seek to learn when meeting with advocates, first-hand examples of advocacy campaigns that have impacted their decision-making, tips for virtual advocacy engagement, and advice for any advocate looking to get involved in the legislative process.

To listen to this recent webinar please use the following link:

Why the Patient Voice Matters: Legislator Roundtable Forum (virtualpolicyforum.com)


Vaccines.gov Website and Text Service

Vaccines.gov, which compliments state and pharmacy websites connecting Americans to vaccines, is available in English and Spanish to help people find a vaccine location. A text message service is also available by texting your ZIP code to 438829 (GETVAX) and 822862 (VACUNA) to find three locations nearby that have vaccines available. The National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline is also available to help those who prefer to get information by phone on where to get a vaccine. Call 1-800-232-0233 to find a location near you.

Speaker Program On Demand Site

The Pfizer Oncology team has created a Speaker Program On Demand Site that now houses a program presented by Jennifer R. Klemp, PhD, MPH, entitled Addressing Cancer Health Disparities: Understanding Drivers and Looking Toward Change. This program is for healthcare professionals and illustrates the disparate health outcomes that exist across the cancer care continuum. The program provides an understanding of the factors contributing to healthcare disparities, the effect on health outcomes, and potential approaches to overcoming barriers that may negate optimal cancer care in vulnerable populations. Click here to review the program brochure.


State Cancer Fact Sheets Available

The 2021 State Cancer Fact Sheets for all fifty states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are now available on myAffiliates and ASCO’s webpage. The fact sheets contain key cancer and health care data from each state and highlight the impact of NIH funding in your state. These fact sheets are useful background materials for meetings with legislative staff and can aid your advocacy efforts. Contact [email protected] for help with coordinating your advocacy activities.