This post has a summary of press coverage about results from a research study from Flatiron Health and Yale, following the Plenary Session presentation at ASCO 2019.
We learned that Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion was associated with reduction in racial disparity in timely treatment of advanced cancer.
Results were reported in the The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Associated Press, CNN, US News and World Report, Newsweek, Financial Times, Essence Magazine, Agence France-Presse, The Post and Courier, Journalists Resource, The Root, Yale News, Washington Post PowerPost, The Skimm, The Week, and NPR News.
Health and oncology-specific press coverage included STAT, The Cancer Letter, Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, news@JAMA, MedPage Today, Medscape, OncLive, AJMC Newsroom, Kaiser Health Network, Becker’s Hospital Review, The ASCO Post, ASCO News Release, Pink Sheet, SurvivorNet, Cancer.Net, Targeted Oncology, Healio, Cancer Therapy Advisor, Cancer Health, California Health Care Foundation, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, FierceHealthcare, AXIOS Vitals, GenomeWeb, Health Payer Intelligence, and Physicians Weekly.
The Plenary Session
Of more than 7,000 abstracts submitted to the ASCO 2019 Annual Meeting, our study was selected for the number one podium presentation in the largest and most influential session, called the Plenary. Tens of thousands of oncologists and cancer researchers attended the Plenary session and watched the live stream from overflow rooms.
Our team of investigators sat in the center of the front row before the Plenary session began. Dr. Amy Davidoff from Yale presented the results on behalf of our team.
#ASCO19 audience members live tweeted reactions to each slide.
Tanya Elshahawi designed beautiful visualizations to tell a story with the data.
After a press briefing, Dr. Davidoff and I recorded this video with Medscape describing a few elements of the study.
News reached government leaders who can use the evidence to design healthcare policy
The news blew up on Twitter. It started with a Washington Post tweet to 13 million followers.
Andy Slavitt, who ran the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2015-2017, tweeted the Washington Post article. Then Senator Dianne Feinstein tweeted the STAT article. Former FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said “Not surprising. Hopefully, more states will catch on & act on behalf of their people.”
The news soon reached government leaders, who tweeted it to their constituents.
This study was only possible because of a strong and dedicated research team. The abstract was coauthored with investigators from Flatiron Health Aaron Cohen, Melissa Estevez, Kelly Magee, Erin Williams, and Neal Meropol. Our team also included investigators Cary Gross and Amy Davidoff from the Yale COPPER Center.
Adamson BJS, Cohen A, Estevez M, Magee K, Williams E, Gross C, Meropol N, Davidoff A. ACA and Medicaid Expansion Impact on Racial Disparity in Time to Cancer Treatment. Journal of Clinical Oncology 37, 2019 (suppl; abstr LBA1).
I must thank David Cirilli, Tanya Elshahawi, Samantha Azaria, Julia Saiz-Shimosato, Pooja Shaw, Sharon Moon, Mariana Hernandez, Laini Talcott, Lesley Plotkin, Somnath Sarkar, Carrie Bennette, Melisa Tucker, Aracelis Torres, Brian Segal, Ken Carson, Jenny Edelson, and Kara Kubarych for help preparing for this ASCO 2019 Plenary Session.
Header image credit: Tanya Elshahawi, Flatiron Health