California Oncology Weekly Newsletter 6.27.2017


In honor of our country’s independence, the California Oncology Weekly  is taking a holiday to celebrate 241 years of the best form of democracy in the world. There will be no edition published next week.



This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Send your letter of support for AB315, TODAY! (California News)
  • MOASC seeks your feedback. (MOASC News)
  • CMS MU hardship exceptions deadline is THIS Saturday, July 1 (CMS News)


ANCO & MOASC want to thank the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) for their letter of support for California Senate bill AB 315 (Wood, Dahle): Pharmacy benefit management. ANCO and MOASC are pleased to support AB 315, which would require pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC).  It also requires a PBM to periodically disclose to a purchaser key information such as drug acquisition cost, rebates received from pharmaceutical manufacturers, and rates negotiated with pharmacies.  AB 315 is a critical first step in bringing to light the role PBMs play in the drug supply chain and how those entities contribute to the cost of health care.  In recent years, the PBM marketplace has transformed considerably. For more information click here, and go to California News.


MOASC seeks your feedback. The MOASC Office is in receipt of a letter from one of our southern California members. Though a specific organization is mentioned, MOASC would like to know if you have received a similar notice from Blue Shield in your area, with, perhaps the name of your local organization? We believe this may affect other markets, as well. For more information click here, and go to MOASC News.


The hardship exceptions deadline is THIS Saturday, July 1. CMS has been accepting hardship exceptions from the meaningful use requirements of the EHR incentive payment program for the 2016 reporting year. Physicians who can show that demonstrating meaningful use would result in a significant hardship can apply for a one-year exception and avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2018. For more information click here, and go to CMS News.


What’s Next for Medicare? Millions of seniors and patients rely on Medicare for access to needed treatments. Proposed changes to Medicare could affect coverage for all beneficiaries. Join Medicare Rx Access Network (MRAN) CA/NV Partners, this Thursday, June 29th 10:00am – 10:30am Pacific time. For more information click here and go to Affiliate Association News.

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June 27, 2017 

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