California Oncology Weekly Newsletter 8.8.2017

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This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • TODAY, tips to improve and enhance patients’ communications. (California News)
  • TOMORROW, Grand Opening of the UCI’s new digestive disease center. (MOASC News)
  • TOMORROW, What You Need to Know about CMS’ Proposed 2018 OPPS and PFS Rules(Affiliate Assoc. News)


TODAY, Tuesday, August 8th, at 5pm PT, Noam Z. Drazin, MD, Cedars Sinai Medical Group, will share helpful tips to improve and enhance patients’ communications with their health care team and empower participants to advocate for themselves when discussing individual concerns including screening, fertility, fear of recurrence, new research, clinical trials, and immunotherapy. A peer supporter will share their personal story and a live question and answer session will follow the presentation. For more information click here and go to California News.

In the June 27, 2017 edition of the California Oncology Weekly, MOASC asked for reader feedback on Blue Shield’s pilot cancer care program (Blue Shield Letter) with an update in the July 11, 2017 publication, where we shared the California Department of Managed Health Care response to MOASC. MOASC is now in receipt of Blue Shield’s response to the CMA’s persistence. For more information click here and go to MOASC News.

The annual Medicare open enrollment period begins on October 15, 2017, and ends on December 7, 2017. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries can choose health and drug plans for 2018 by comparing their current coverage and plan quality ratings to other plan offerings or choose to remain in traditional Medicare. CMS anticipates releasing the premiums and costs for Medicare health and drug plans for the 2018 calendar year in mid-September. For more information click here and go to CMS News.

ACCC and the Advisory Board Oncology Roundtable are collaborating on a comprehensive survey to capture the challenges and successes of cancer programs across the countryThe Trending Now in Cancer Care survey examines the hottest topics in oncology today, including hospital and physician alignment strategies, value-based care models, EHR use and interoperability, clinical staffing challenges, and more!. For more information click here and go to Affiliate Association News.

The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) announces the launch of the COA Fellows Initiative that seeks to engage and educate oncology fellows on the value of practicing in the community setting. The initiative is designed to inform and assist oncology fellows as they prepare for their career in the practice of medicine. For more information click here and go to Affiliate Association News.


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August 8, 2017

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