Myeloma Minute: Healthy Food Choices for Summer!


| INSPIRATION | Healthy Summer

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Fresh—and Healthy—Food Choices for the Summer

The recipe for a sound diet contains plenty of seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and olive oil, popularly known as “the Mediterranean Diet.” Recommendations issued this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics reinforce the value of fresh, toxin-free fruits and vegetables that are good to eat at any age.


| EDUCATION | Teleconference


Myeloma Updates 2018: Best of ASCO/EHA/IMWG

Save the Date: On Thursday, August, 2, 2018, at 4 p.m. PST / 7 p.m. EST, Dr. Brian G.M. Durie will explain what’s new and exciting from these recent major medical meetings:

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2018
  • European Hematology Association (EHA) annual meeting
  • International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) Summit
Register now for this FREE IMF teleconference 60-minute teleconference followed by a Q&A session.


| INSPIRATION | Comedy Show


| INNOVATION | Research Grants


Laughs for Life
Research Grants' Deadline

On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, comedians Tig Notaro, Nate Bargatze, and others will perform at 7:30 p.m. EST at the Saenger Theater (201 Forest St.) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as part of Laughs for Life. Proceeds from this event will benefit the International Myeloma Foundation’s research initiatives.

The Brian D. Novis Research Grants honor the IMF’s founder Brian Novis, who succumbed to multiple myeloma in July of 1992. The grants are awarded to researchers working in the field of multiple myeloma and related disorders, including smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM), monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), and immunoglobulin-derived amyloidosis. The 2019 grants will support senior research projects with $80,000 each and junior research projects with $50,000 each. The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

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| ADVOCACY | Affordable Care Act

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Restores Payments for Risk Adjustment Program

On the evening of July 24, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would reinstate the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) risk adjustment program. This decision is a reversal of the July 7, 2018, announcement from CMS, which stated that payments owed to insurers would not be made. The previous July 7 decision cited a February 2018 New Mexico federal court ruling that questioned the legality of the risk adjustment formula used to calculate payments.

The ACA risk adjustment program subsidizes health insurers who cover individuals with pre-existing and chronic conditions. To offset the costs of covering less healthy populations, the subsidies are collected from insurers with relatively healthy enrollees.

Health insurers expressed concern about the July 7 decision, fearing the move would drive up premiums and create uncertainty in the marketplace. CMS recognized these concerns, stating in their press release, “CMS has determined that taking immediate action to allow for the continued operation of the risk adjustment program is imperative to maintain stability and predictability in the individual and small group health insurance markets.”


| Education | Event

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Register NOW for a Regional Community Workshop in Overland Park, Kansas

The IMF will conduct a Regional Community Workshop at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel (6100 College Blvd.) in Overland, Kansas, on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Registration is FREE, but seating is limited. Learn from and meet one-on-one with these myeloma experts:

  • Dr. Siddhartha Ganguly, MD (Professor of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center);
  • Brian McClune, MD (Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center);
  • Al-Ola Abdallah, MD (Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center); and
  • Leyla Shune, MD (Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center).
This workshop also features a special lunch panel discussion with:
  • Ajoy Dias, MD (Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center);
  • Christian Sinclair, MD (Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center);
  • Jordan Snyder, Pharm D (University of Kansas Medical Center); and
  • Renee Sol, MS, CCRP (Associate Project Director Clinical Trials, University of Kansas Medical Center).


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August 1, 2018
Laughs for Life
Hattiesburg, MS

August 24-25, 2018
IMF Patient & Family Seminar
Los Angeles, CA

September 22, 2018
6th Annual Miracles for Myeloma 5K Race/Walk
Oak Ridge Park Clark, NJ

September 22, 2018
A Mission for Matt
Mineola, NY

September 22, 2018
IMF Regional Community Workshop
Overland Park, KS

October 12-13, 2018
IMF Patient & Family Seminar
Philadelphia, PA

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