NHS will not support modem functionality after October 1st, 2018

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • NHS will not support modem functionality after October 1st, 2018.(Noridian News)
  • Return your completed survey no later than September 30!(MOASC & ANCO  News)
  • October 15 is final day to request targeted review of your MIPS performance score.(CMS News)

On October 2, 2018, the California Department of Justice (CDoJ) will begin enforcing mandatory use of the Controlled Substance Utilization and Review System (CURES 2.0) Database. In general, mandatory use will require prescribers to consult with CURES the first time that a patient is prescribed a controlled substance. To read more click here and go to California News.

NHS will no longer support modem functionality after October 1st, 2018. Any provider or vendor who utilizes modems for connectivity and data exchange with Noridian will need to find alternative methods for their connectivity. Many submitters who still utilize modems may not be aware of the alternative connectivity options available to them. Network Service Vendors (NSVs) offer many affordable, user-friendly connectivity options which allow submitters to utilize a secure SFTP internet connection for file transfers. To read more click here and go to Noridian News.

ANCO is organizing a series of Hematologic Malignancies Updates in 2018. These updates are supported by AMGEN, Janssen Oncology, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Oncology, and Seattle Genetics. To read more click here and go to ANCO News.

A bipartisan group of senators is unveiling a draft measure to crack down on surprise medical bills, which they say have plagued patients with massive unexpected charges for care. The measure would prevent a health care provider that is outside of a patient’s insurance network from charging additional costs for emergency services to patients beyond the amount usually allowed under their insurance plan. To read more click here and go to National News.

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September 25, 2018

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • THIS THURSDAY! Sept. 20, don’t miss MOASC’s Educational Series Program (MOASC News)
  • NEXT TUESDAY! Sept. 25 is the last day to submit your application for Conquer Cancer Foundation’s 2019Young Investigator Award, including an award for a northern California Fellow. (ANCO News)
  • 2 California DoJ will begin enforcing mandatory use of the Controlled Substance Utilization and Review System (CURES 2.0) Database. (California New)

On October 2, 2018, the California Department of Justice (CDoJ) will begin enforcing mandatory use of the Controlled Substance Utilization and Review System (CURES 2.0) Database. In general, mandatory use will require prescribers to consult with CURES the first time that a patient is prescribed a controlled substance (Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV). For more information on mandatory use. To read more click here and go to California News.

NHS will no longer support modem functionality after October 1st, 2018. Any provider or vendor who utilizes modems for connectivity and data exchange with Noridian will need to find alternative methods for their connectivity. Many submitters who still utilize modems may not be aware of the alternative connectivity options available to them.  To read more click here and go to Noridian News.

THIS THURSDAY! Don’t miss MOASC’s Educational Series Program Thursday, September 20, 8:00am to 12:30pm at the Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach. For practice administrators & managers, topics include: utility and value of COA Analyzer Tool, Pharmacy Standards Update and Value Based Care and bundled payment negotiation. Billers’ topics will address: Navigating Denials; Billing Updates; Telemedicine in Oncology, Care Management reimbursement opportunities; proposed changes for 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule and much more. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

ANCO is organizing a series of Hematologic Malignancies Updates in 2018. The next Update takes place on November 15 in San Francisco; watch for a meeting announcement/registration form in October. These updates are supported by AMGEN, Janssen Oncology, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Oncology, and Seattle Genetics. To read more click here and go to ANCO News.

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September 18, 2018

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • MOASC’s Educational Series Program Thursday, September 20 (MOASC News)
  • ANCO’s Hematologic Malignancies Updates, Saturday, September 15 (ANCO News)
  • 2018 ASCO Practice Census deadline is September 14 (Affiliate Association News)

Gov. Brown has signed into law a bill that gives state officials more authority over proposed mergers of health plan offerings in the state. To read more click here and go to California News.

NHS will no longer support modem functionality after October 1st, 2018. Any provider or vendor who utilizes modems for connectivity and data exchange with Noridian will need to find alternative methods for their connectivity. Many submitters who still utilize modems may not be aware of the alternative connectivity options available to them. and go to Noridian News.

Don’t miss MOASC’s Educational Series Program Thursday, September 20, 8:00am to 12:30pm at the Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach. For practice administrators & managers, topics include: utility and value of COA Analyzer Tool, Pharmacy Standards Update and Value Based Care and bundled payment negotiation. Billers’ topics will address: Navigating Denials; Billing Updates; Telemedicine in Oncology, Care Management reimbursement opportunities; proposed changes for 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule and much more. and go to MOASC News.

ANCO is organizing a series of Hematologic Malignancies Updates in 2018. These updates are supported by AMGEN, Janssen Oncology, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Oncology, and Seattle Genetics. and go to ANCO News.

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September 11, 2018.

 

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • BY SEPTEMBER 10th!!! YOUR VOICE MUST BE IN THIS FIGHT! (CMS News)
  • Urge Governor to sign AB 1860 – access to oral anti-cancer drugs (California News)
  • Revenue for physicians through Medi-Cal program (DHCS/Medi-Cal News)

The 2017-2018 California Legislative session came to a close midnight last Friday, August 31, 2018.  A great deal of health policy work was finalized by the Legislature. Last week’s California Oncology Weekly urged California physicians to make multiple copies and share this letter with your patients who are on oral chemotherapy and ask that they send the letter to Gov. Brown for his signature. To read more click here and go to California News.

NHS will no longer support modem functionality after October 1st, 2018.  Any provider or vendor who utilizes modems for connectivity and data exchange with Noridian will need to find alternative methods for their connectivity. Many submitters who still utilize modems may not be aware of the alternative connectivity options available to them. To read more click here and go to Noridian News.

DON’T MISS THIS REVENUE OPPORTUNITY! The California Health Care, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 (Prop 56) created new revenues dedicated to the Medi-Cal program. Physicians receive supplemental payments in both fee-for-service and Medi-Cal managed care when providing Medi-Cal services under certain CPT codes. A total of $325 million was allocated for physician payments in the budget for 2017-18, with $488 million proposed for 2018-19. To read more click here and go to DHCS/Medi-Cal News.

BY SEPTEMBER 10th!!! YOUR VOICE MUST BE IN THIS FIGHT! Community oncology practices and professionals need to do their part and submit comment letters! Specifically, more comment letters must be sent to CMS on the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule, informing them of how your patients and practice will be adversely impacted. Run your numbers and report the severe impact that this will have on the care you deliver. To read more click here and go to CMS News.

As has been extensively reported, ASCO has serious concerns about the CY2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, and is outlining concerns for CMS in comments that will be submitted before the open comment period ends on September 10. To read more click here and go to Affiliate Association News.

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September 4, 2018