AB315 (Wood), a bill related to increased transparency for pharmacy benefit managers.

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Send letter to Gov. Brown to protect patients on oral chemotherapy (California News)
  • ICER report on non-mets castration-resistant prostate cancer (National News)
  • Submit your comments on ASCO’s Clinical Practice Guidelines (Affiliate Association News)

As AB 1860 (Limon): Health care coverage: cancer treatment bill sits on Governor Brown’s desk, you are encouraged to make multiple copies and share this letter with your patients who are on oral chemotherapy and ask that they send the letter to Governor Brown for his signature. To read more click here and go to California News.

AB315 (Wood), a bill related to increased transparency for pharmacy benefit managers.  This is a bill that the California Cancer PAC supported last year, but got pulled by the author at the end of session. To read more click here and go to California News.

MOASC has submitted their comments to CMS on Medicare Program: Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements Rulemaking. To read more click here and go  to MOASC News.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an evaluation report for the first performance year of the Innovation Center’s Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model showing promising early results. To read more click here and go  to CMS News.

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August 28, 2018

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • This Friday, August 17, is the deadline to respond to ACCC’s comprehensive survey (Affiliate Association News)
  • Application deadline August 21, 2018 to receive funding for the CDOC Cancer Plan Implementation Project (California News)
  • COA exposes inhumane pain, suffering, and anxiety inflicted by PBMs on patients with cancer (Affiliate Association News)

Application deadline is next Tuesday, August 21, 2018. The California Dialogue on Cancer (CDOC) Cancer Plan Implementation Project is looking to fund organizations in California to conduct interventions that align with the state’s cancer plan strategies on colorectal cancer, HPV vaccination and cancer survivorship. Funding will not be awarded in the form of a grant, selected organizations will receive funding upon completion of activities. To read more click here and go to California News.

The proposed revisions to USP 797 are now available for a second round of public comment. USP797 provides standards for compounding quality sterile preparations. To read more click here and go to National News.

Next Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 10:30am to 12:00pm PT, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar on the CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule. To read more click here and go to CMS News.

The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) continues to expose the inhumane pain, suffering, and anxiety inflicted by Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) on patients with cancer with the release of another paper documenting real-life PBM horror stories. To read more click here and go to Affiliate Association News.

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August 14, 2018

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • TOMORROW! ACCC will host a webinar on the proposed Medicare PFS and HOPPS rules (CMS News)
  • TOMORROW! Register for best available housing for ASH’s Annual Meeting (Affiliate Association News)
  • THIS SATURDAY! Join your colleagues for MOASC’s Spotlight on Oncology (MOASC News)

The California Medical Association, in collaboration with the California Department of Justice and Medical Board of California, will offer a webinar entitled CURES-Preparing for the New Duty to Consult Requirements on August 22.  To read more click here and go to California News.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) presents, “Outbreaks in Outpatient Oncology Settings: Lessons Learned and Key Considerations for Handling Sterile Medications,” Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 9:00am to 10:00am PDT.  To read more click here and go to National News.

The CMS issued a final rule last Thursday requiring hospitals to post a list of their standard charges on the internet as part of the administration’s broader efforts to reduce health care costs by improving price transparency. To read more click here and go to CMS News.

TOMORROW! Register for best available housing by August 8 for the 60th ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition in sunny San Diego, December 1-4, 2018.  This is the hematology event of the year that you can’t miss! Attend the 60th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition to access invaluable education, networking opportunities, and much more. To read more click here and go to Affiliate Association News.

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August 7, 2018