California Oncology Weekly Newsletter 2.23.16

Forthcoming CMA webinars: HIPAA Compliance: Key Risks All Physicians Should Know (February 24), CMS Physician Compare Website (February 24, 25), Closing a Medical Practice (March 9). For more information click here.

Noridian/JEMAC has posted the following updates to its website: MLN Connects Provider eNews, Claims, Prices, and Codes–Qualifiers for ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes on Electronic Claims, New Waived Tests CR9515, HCPCS Codes Subject to and Excluded from CLIA Edits CR9502, Bladder Tumor Markers LCD Retirement-Effective February 29, 2016. For more information click here.

On February 24, EWC (Every Woman Counts) will conduct a meeting with stakeholders in Sacramento. EWC meets with stakeholders twice per year. Staff will provide an update on EWC activities. Meeting materials will be emailed to stakeholders prior to the meeting and will be posted on the DHCS website. For more information click here.

CMS has announced the development of seven sets of clinical quality measures developed by the Core Quality Measure Collaborative. The core measures include a set for medical oncology. Payors have committed to using these core sets of quality measures for reporting as soon as feasible. For more information click here.

The Office for Civil Rights has released two HIPAA fact sheets entitled Permitted Uses and Disclosures: Exchange for Health Care Operations and Permitted Uses and Disclosures: Exchange for Treatment at https://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/exchange_health_care_ops.pdf and https://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/exchange_treatment.pdf, respectively. For more information click here.

 

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February 23, 2016

Members of the Save Lives California coalition have recently surpassed 175,000 signatures to qualify for the tobacco tax initiative for the November 2016 ballot. The coalition still has a long way to go, which is why CMA is asking for everyone to continue sending their petitions in. For more information click here.

Noridian/JEMAC has posted the following updates to its website: Announcements–EHR Incentive Programs: Clinical Decision Support Interventions; EHR Incentive Programs: New Tipsiest on Eligibility for Broadband Access Exclusions. For more information click here.

On February 24, EWC (Every Woman Counts) will conduct a meeting with stakeholders in Sacramento. EWC meets with stakeholders twice per year. Staff will provide an update on EWC activities. For more information click here.

On February 12, 2016 the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a HIPAA concern and has responded with Fact Sheets to address confusion. The Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) were intended to support information sharing by providing assurance to the public that sensitive health data would be maintained securely and shared only for appropriate purposes or with express authorization of the individual. For more information click here.

CMS has finalized a rule that will require provides to return Medicare overpayments going back six years. For more information click here.

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February 16, 2016

The California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 is a ballot initiative to increase California’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack, with an equivalent increase in the tax on other tobacco products like chew and e-cigarettes. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, and American Lung Association in California are standing up to Big Tobacco to save lives and help smokers quit. For more information click here.

Noridian/JEMAC has posted the following updates to its website: MLN Connects Provider eNews
Announcements–PQRS Submission Time Frames for 2015 Data; Changes to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program Hardship Exemption Process; Applying for an EHR Hardship Exception. For more information click here

On February 24, EWC (Every Woman Counts) will conduct a meeting with stakeholders in Sacramento. EWC meets with stakeholders twice per year. Staff will provide an update on EWC activities. Meeting materials will be emailed to stakeholders prior to the meeting and will be posted on the DHCS website. For more information click here.

The Senate is considering the House’s 21st Century Cures Act, to enable health data sharing across platforms, which includes funding for the NIH to create a set of national health IT standards; and the precision medicine initiative is helping accelerate the push toward interoperability. For more information click here.

Because of a delay in the publication of regulations governing the Medicare meaningful use program, CMS is allowing eligible physicians to apply for an exemption under the “extreme and uncontrollable circumstances” category. Physicians are urged to preemptively file for a 2015 hardship exemption to avoid penalties in 2016. The deadline for applying for the exemption is March 15. For more information click here.

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February 9, 2016

As the California Senate advances a bill to fix a flaw in new laws establishing statewide medical marijuana regulations, the California Medical Association (CMA) announced yesterday, 2/1/16, support for a “responsible marijuana” ballot initiative. For more information click here.

Noridian/JEMAC has posted the following updates to its website:

*Implementation of Fingerprint-Based Background Checks – Revised SE1417
*Medicare Participating Physician Directory Information
*Medicare B News JE January 2016 Bulletin – Now Available
*MLN Connects Provider eNews – January 28, 2016. For more information click here.

On February 3, DHCS’ Every Woman Counts (EWC) program will conduct a meeting with the Breast and Cervical Cancer Advisory Council in Sacramento.  EWC meets with the advisory council twice per year.  The meeting will include a guided discussion about EWC priorities, unit updates, and activities. For more information click here.

Did healthcare policy issues play a role in the Iowa presidential caucus results? It’s unclear whether healthcare policy issues played a role in the GOP caucus results, but some observers believe Sanders’ support for single-payer helped him energize his supporters in the Democratic race. For more information click here.

February 8, 2016 is the deadline to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI). More information on the LOI is available here: http://innovationgov.force.com/ahc . Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 10:00pm PST on March 31, 2016For more information click here.

 

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February 2, 2016.