California Oncology Weekly Newsletter 1.26.16

Calif. Senate Advances Bill To Fix Error in Medical Marijuana Rules. The California Senate has approved a bill that aims to correct a flaw in new laws establishing statewide medical marijuana regulations. The laws include language giving cities until March 1 to establish land-use regulations for medical marijuana cultivation or relinquish authority of cultivation to the state. For more information click here.

Noridian/JEMAC has posted the following updates:
* MLN Connects Provider eNews
Announcements–CMS Updates Open Payments Data and Improves Website; Read More about What is Next for the EHR Incentive Programs
Publications & Videos–PECOS FAQs Fact Sheet-Revised. For more information click here.

President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal, which is scheduled to be released Feb. 9, will call on Congress to extend the federal government’s 100% funding share of Medicaid (Medi-Cal) expansion costs for the first three years of a state’s expansion. For more information click here.

USP Compounding Committee has announced its intention to publish the Proposed Handling Hazardous Drugs on February 1, 2016. The official implementation will not be until July 1, 2018. For more information click here.

CMS has announced the 2015 PQRS data submission timeframes: EHR Direct or Data Submission Vendor (QRDA I or III) – 1/1/16 – 2/29/16. Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs) (QRDA III) – 1/1/16 – 2/29/16. Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) Web Interface – 1/18/16 – 3/11/16. Qualified Registries (Registry XML) – 1/1/16 – 3/31/16. QCDRs (QCDR XML) – 1/1/16 – 3/31/16. For more information click here.

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January 26, 2016.

SB282 took effect on January 1, 2016 and requires health plans and health insurers to respond to prescription drug prior authorization requests within 72 hours for non-urgent requests and 24 hours for urgent requests. The law deems such requests to be granted if the payor fails to respond within these timeframes. For more information click here.

The Noridian Provider Outreach and Education (POE) staff is hosting a Reopening Workshop on January 20 at 12 p.m. Pacific Time. For more information click here.

President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal, which is scheduled to be released Feb. 9, will call on Congress to extend the federal government’s 100% funding share of Medicaid (Medi-Cal) expansion costs for the first three years of a state’s expansion. The proposal aims to encourage more states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. For more information click here.

USP Compounding Committee has announced its intention to publish the Proposed Handling Hazardous Drugs on February 1, 2016. The official implementation will not be until July 1, 2018. You can read about it on USP.org. For more information click here.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces the first meeting of the new Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee on February 1, 2016. The Committee is required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). For more information click here.

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January 19, 2016

Thank you to all those members who responded to ANCO and MOASC’s request for feedback regarding experiences with Anthem Pathways. Responses were received from California, Ohio and Georgia, between November 16 and December 15, with a majority of respondents being in private practice, ranging in size from 1 to 25 physicians. For more information click here.

The Noridian Provider Outreach and Education (POE) staff is hosting a Reopening Workshop on January 20 at 12 p.m. Pacific Time. For more information click here.

Although federal law requires that Medi-Cal (Medicaid) payment rates be sufficient to enlist enough providers so that patients have meaningful access to care, there hasn’t been a process for states to demonstrate that they are meeting these requirements. Since 2011, CMS has been working on federal guidelines for states to demonstrate that they are in compliance with the federal access requirements. The result of this work is the recently published final rule. For more information click here.

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) has issued Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care (2016 Edition); these requirements are effective January 1, 2016 (with the exception of the 2017 phase-in standards) and determine compliance with CoC standards. For more information click here.

As part of efforts to support the data-driven decision making essential for health care transformation, CMS has just released new and updated information on chronic conditions among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. The public data are available from the CMS website. For more information click here.

 

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January 12, 2016.

On Monday, opponents of a new California law legalizing physician-assisted death in the state announced that they did not collect enough signatures for a referendum to overturn it. Opponents say they will consider other options to challenge the law, such as legal action. For more information click here.

The Noridian Provider Outreach and Education (POE) staff is hosting a Reopening Workshop on January 20 at 12 p.m. Pacific Time.  For more information click here.

Beginning January 5, 2016, and throughout the month of January, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Fiscal Intermediary, Xerox State Healthcare, LLC (Xerox) invites providers to participate in Medi-Cal provider training webinars. For more information click here.

USP Compounding Committee has announced its intention to publish the Proposed Handling Hazardous Drugs.  The official implementation will not be until July 1, 2018. For more information click here.

Physicians, hospitals, other eligible professionals, and the CMS were given more flexibility in filing and processing exemptions from the meaningful-use requirements of the federal EHR incentive payment program. For more information click here.

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January 5, 2016