California Oncology Weekly Newsletter 5.9.2017

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This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Independent Physician Advisory Board repeal “Blitz Week”(MOASC News)
  • Clinicians can now determine their MIPS participation status (CMS News)
  • ASCO clinical practice guideline for Stages I-IIIA Resectable Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. (Affiliate Association News)

On July 1, a new law (AB72) takes effect that will change the billing practices of non-participating physicians providing non-emergent care at in-network facilities. The law is designed to reduce unexpected medical bills when patients go to an in-network facility and receive care from an out-of-network doctor. The California Medical Association (CMA) is hosting a webinar to educate physicians about the new law on May 17 at 12:15PM. For more information click here and go to California News.

This week is the first “Blitz Week” where the Healthcare Leadership Council will be focusing on California, Pennsylvania and Texas to garner cosponsors for IPAB Independent Payment Advisory Board repeal legislation. THIS WEEK ONLY! If you, or have patients who, live in the following districts please contact:  Rep. Susan Davis (D/CA-53); Rep. Mimi Walters (R/CA-45); Rep. Judy Chu (D/CA-27); Rep. Jeff Denham (R/CA-10) All others are asked to communicate with their house representative asking them to please support H.R. 849 and H.J. Res. 51. Both stop IPAB but in different ways. Communicate with Senator Feinstein and Senator Harris to please ask fellow DEMOCRATS to support S.251 and S.J. Res. 16. For more information click here and go to MOASC News.

Unsure of your participation status in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)? Clinicians can now use an interactive tool on the CMS Quality Payment Program website to determine if they should participate in the MIPS track of the Quality Payment Program in 2017. For more information click here and go to CMS News.

ASCO is releasing a series of webinars to guide oncology practices to successful quality reporting pursuant to MACRA/QPP. The webinars will take place on May 15 (Quality Payment Program: Scoring the Quality Measures), June 19 (Quality Payment Program: Scoring for Advancing Care Information and Improvement Activities), and July 10 (Quality Payment Program: Optimizing Your MIPS Score). For more information click here and go to Affiliate Association News.


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May 9, 2017 

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