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Fast Eddie’s Billiards Goes Blue this March

Posted on March 18, 2016

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If you’ve ever been to Fast Eddie’s Billiards, you know it’s a great place to have a good time, but did you know about the pool hall’s philanthropic history? After donating to organizations such as the American Red Cross, Fast Eddie’s decided to get involved in Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout March, 19 Fast Eddie’s locations in Texas and Louisiana will hold Pin Up fundraisers to support the Colon Cancer Alliance—and they’ve raised more than $10,000 so far!

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Medicare Part B… Ware

Posted on March 16, 2016

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Medicare seeks to ensure Americans over age 65, and younger people with certain disabilities, have affordable health care. This Federal health insurance program is particularly important for our community, as colon cancer disproportionately impacts older adults. Most people are familiar with Medicare Part D, which provides coverage for prescription drugs patients buy at the pharmacy; lesser known is Part B, which covers prescription drugs administered in a physician’s office or hospital outpatient department, such as most medications that treat colon cancer.

On March 8, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule to test changes to Part B coverage. Acting Administrator for CMS Andy Slavitt said, “These proposals would allow us to test different ways to help Medicare beneficiaries get the right medication and right care…this is consistent with our focus on testing value-based care models.” The CMS-proposed tests come in two phases: the first changes how physicians are reimbursed under Part B and will start later this year, while the second will test a variety of pricing strategies in 2017.

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Andy’s Army Named DC Scope It Out Team of the Week!

Posted on March 14, 2016

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Joan McCarty, team captain of Andy’s Army, is participating in this year’s DC Scope It Out 5K in honor of her late husband Andy Eury. Andy passed away in 2014 after being diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2010. He is remembered by his loved ones for his fighting spirit, which is how his brother thought of their team name.

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Top 5: Findings from the 2016 ASCO GI Cancers Symposium

Posted on March 7, 2016

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Our Conversations Webinar Series is an opportunity to link national experts in colorectal cancer and other related fields to you, right in the comfort of your own home. The programs are designed to empower you to play a leading role in you healthcare management.

Last month, we hosted Latest in CRC: Findings from the 2016 ASCO GI Cancers Symposium where Medical Advisor and Senior Patient Advocate Dr. Laura Porter gave us a recap of the latest trending information coming out of January’s 2016 symposium.                                                                                                                                    

Couldn’t make the webinar? Get our Top 5 Takeaways and watch the replay for updates on treatment, research, patient care and more!

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What is Charity Care?

Posted on March 7, 2016

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Medical debt is a growing problem in America. I see it every day in my work as a certified patient navigator and patient advocate here at the Colon Cancer Alliance. Almost 60% of calls to our Helpline have to do with financial need.

As treatments get more specialized and personalized, costs will continue to rise. This financial toxicity is just as dangerous to patients as chemotherapy side effects like neuropathy, rashes, etc. Medical debt is now the leading cause of bankruptcy in America.

One solution to this problem is charity care. Read more

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