Bobbi Buell presentation Benchmarking and 2018 Updates, tomorrow 1.31.2018

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Noridian requires providers to use Enrollment Application Status Search. (Noridian News)
  • Bobbi Buell presentation Benchmarking and 2018 Updates, tomorrow! (MOASC News)
  • Participants in Quality Payment Program begin submitting 2017 data (CMS News)

 

California’s right-to-die law has been embraced by many around the state, from scores of patients and their families to individual doctors, some hospice caregivers and several health care systems. But as positive as the reception appears to be so far, plenty of challenges remain, according to testimony offered from experts and other stakeholders during an almost 3½ hour-long legislative hearing at the state capitol on Wednesday. Click here for more information and go to California News.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its information on the shortage of etoposide, and is now reporting that, per Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology (BMS)the shortage issue to increased demand. Availability is now estimated at the end of February. The FDA update, including an 800 number to contact BMS.  Click here for more information and go to National News.

To help you prepare for the transition to the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) on Medicare cards beginning April 1, 2018, review the new information about remittance advices. Beginning in October 2018, through the transition period, when providers submit a claim using a patient’s valid and active Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN), CMS will return both the HICN and the MBI on every remittance advice.  Click here for more information and go to CMS News.

ASCO has released a clinical practice guideline on the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), including recommendations on diagnosis, staging, and treatment with chemotherapy, surgical cytoreduction, and radiation therapy. The guideline was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  Click here for more information and go to Affiliate Association News.

 

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January 30, 2018

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Understanding Medicare Changes; An Impossible Dream?(California News)
  • Spotlight On® Hematology (MOASC News)
  • Health care provider organizations working to streamline prior authorizations to improve access (National News)

 

The California Medical Association (CMA) will host a webinar entitled Understanding Medicare Changes; An Impossible Dream? with Arthur Lurvey, M.D., Contractor Medical Director, Noridian Healthcare Solutions, on January 24 at 12:15pm. For more information click here and go to California News.

Effective February 5, Noridian/JEMAC will require providers to use the Enrollment Application Status Search self-service tool to access application related details. In addition, effective February 5,  Noridian/JEMAC will require providers to use the Noridian Medicare Portal (NMP) and/or the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) for all eligibility inquiries. For more information click here and go to Noridian News.

THIS Saturday, January 27, 2018 is MOASC’s Spotlight On® Hematology, in Huntington Beach. MOASC’s Spotlight On Series presentation brings highlights of the 2017 ASH annual meeting. MOASC awarded educational grants to 3 UCI Fellows who attended the ASH Annual in Atlanta, GA on December 9 – 12, 2017. They, and UCI faculty will present their discoveries through interactive discussions on ASH highlights. For more information contact the MOASC office at [email protected]

AHIP, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and four other health care provider organizations are working to streamline prior authorizations to improve access to timely and affordable care while reducing administrative burdens. The groups agreed to reduce the number of providers subject to prior authorization rules, improve communication, and regularly review services and medications that require prior authorization. For more information click here and go to National News.

 

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January 23, 2017

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • The California Medical Association (CMA) has published a summary of the most significant new health laws of interest to physicians. (California News)
  • Effective February 5, Noridian/JEMACwill require providers to use the Enrollment Application Status Search self-service tool to access application related details. (Noridian News)
  • On January 9, CMS announced the launch of a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). (CMS News)

 

The California Medical Association (CMA) has published a summary of the most significant new health laws of interest to physicians. For more information click here and go to California News.

As part of CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s “Patients over Paperwork” initiative, CMS established an internal process to evaluate and streamline regulations to: Reduce unnecessary burden; Increase efficiencies and Improve the beneficiary experience. CMS is committed to removing regulatory obstacles that reduce the time you spend with your patients. For more information click here and go to CMS News.

On January 9, CMS announced the launch of a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). Under traditional fee-for-service payment, Medicare pays providers for each individual service they perform. Under this bundled payment model, participants can earn additional payment if all expenditures for a beneficiary’s episode of care are under a spending target that factors in quality. For more information click here and go to CMS News.

ASCO submitted comments on CMS’s Quality Payment Program Rule for 2018 urging CMS to remove Part B drug reimbursement from payment adjustments under MIPS and to reconsider the weighting of ASCO quality programs in the MIPS Improvement Activities (IA) category. For more information click here and go to Affiliate News.

 

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January 16, 2018

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Invite a representative to your practice (California News)
  • 2018 Fee Schedules were posted (Noridian News)
  • Federal judge allows CMS to move forward with cut to 340B funding (CMS News)

 

MOASC Members in the 31st Congressional District (San Bernardino County) are invited and encouraged to take the following survey for Representative Pete Aguilar. Rep Aguilar created a program called his, Job for a Day Tour, which has always been about spending time with working people in his community and learning more about local businesses. For more information click here and go to California News.

On Saturday, January 27, 2018 join us at MOASC’s Spotlight On® Hematology, in Huntington Beach. MOASC’s Spotlight On series presentation brings highlights of the 2017 ASH annual meeting. MOASC awarded educational grants to 3 UCI Fellows who attended the ASH Annual in Atlanta, GA on December 9 – 12, 2017. They & UCI faculty will present their discoveries through interactive discussions on ASH highlights. For more information click here and go to MOASC News.

The Centers for Disease Control wants to know if improving health literacy is a high enough priority in your organization. It is important that health organizations take steps to ensure information, products and services are accessible and understandable. It is also important that those steps help improve your audience’s health literacy skills. For more information click here and go to National News.

The CMS issued initial advance notice of changes for Medicare Advantage capitation rates and Part D payment policies for 2019, and comments will be accepted for 60 days, with final rates to be released by April 2, 2019. Proposals include blending 25% of encounter data with 75% of the risk adjustment payment system risk scores for MA payment as well as making several changes to the CMS-HCC risk adjustment model, which is used in paying aged and disabled MA plan enrollees. For more information click here and go to CMS News.

Flagship Research is seeking for Oncologists and Hematologists for a paid research study! They will be conducting a phone/web interview with Doctors treating adult patient, Flagship Research is interested in learning more about your thoughts and opinions of TRK-related tumors (non-small cell lung, primary brain, sarcoma, advanced thyroid, salivary gland, pancreatic, and colorectal). For more information click here and go to Affiliate Association News.

 

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January 9, 2018