DHCS releases two draft telehealth proposals for Medi-Cal patients.

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This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • DHCS releases two draft telehealth proposals for Medi-Cal patients (California News)
  • Oncology Health Care Trends webinar TOMORROW! (MOASC News)
  • Bipartisan group of S. House of Representatives signs letter to CMS to review and improve prior authorization practices under Medicare Advantage (National News)

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released two draft proposals impacting telehealth policy for Medi-Cal patients.  The Department is soliciting feedback from interested stakeholders on both proposals. To read more click here and go to California News.

TOMORROW! Genentech cordially invites MOASC and ANCO members to the LunchTimes Series presentation, Oncology Health Care TrendsWednesday, October 31, 2018 at 12:00pm Pacific time. Dawn Holcombe, President DGH Consulting, will present perspectives from managed care organizations, specialty pharmacies, oncologists, practice managers and employers.  To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

A bipartisan group of more than 100 members of the United States House of Representatives signed a letter to CMS urging the Agency to review and improve the prior authorization practices under Medicare Advantage (MA). The letter cites concerns that MA beneficiaries may be encountering barriers in care due to “onerous and often unnecessary prior authorization requirements.”  To read more click here and go to National News.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar vowed to push forward with the administration’s plan to align prices paid by Medicare for most physician-administered drugs with prices paid in other countries, despite opposition from the pharmaceutical industry. The plan also would change how doctors are paid for drugs under Part B. The International Pricing Index Model would create a system in which physicians and hospital outpatient departments would no longer buy and bill for drugs under Part B.  To read more click here and go to CMS News.

To read the complete California Oncology Weekly Newsletter, click on the date below.

October 30, 2018



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