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Through the initiative of the National Oncology State Network (NOSN), MOASC, ANCO and various California cancer stakeholders had their first meeting in Sacramento to create the first California Cancer Caucus (CCC). The CCC is a collaborative effort to discuss research, treatment,education, funding streams and prevention methods in order to support public policies that reduce the number of cancer diagnoses and improve outcomes for cancer patients, survivors and families in California. To read more click here and go to California News.
A survey of doctors published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that among the 91% of EHR user respondents, 70% reported feeling health IT-related stress. The highest prevalence of HIT-related stress was among doctors in primary care specialties. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.
ASCO’s ACT Networkwith the Coalition to Improve Access to Cancer Care (CIACC) have initiated atwitter campaign regarding oral parity. Please tweet or email your member of Congress,however you would prefer, encouraging them to take action. Below you will find the link to the campaign that allows oncologists to tweet their lawmakers. To read more click here and go to National News.
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Does your practice dispense drugs? Administer chemotherapeutics? Mix, compound or reconstitute drugs? Do you have your Proposition 65 warnings displayed in your office?On November 16, 2018, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposed to amend Section 25600.2 in Article 6 of Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations. To read more click here and go to California News.
ANCO will host a webinar entitled Medicare Regulations 2019 on January 3 at 12:30PM. Roberta Buell, MBA, onPoint Oncology, will provide a comprehensive update of changes for Medicare reimbursement–including fee schedule, coding/billing, and incentive program updates. To read more click here and go to ANCO News.
CVS Health says it will offer a new prescription benefit option to its health plan clients, giving them the total amount of rebates and discounts paid by drug makers. For the term of each contract, CVS would take on the risk of drug price inflation and changes in drug use, and this “guaranteed net cost” option could help deflect the growing criticism of pharmacy benefit managers. To read more click here and go to National News.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) issued a draft Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs. The draft addresses concerns shared by clinicians and other stakeholders that EHR burden can negatively affect provider satisfaction and ultimately the care delivery experience. To read more click here and go to CMS News.
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This Weekly’s Hot Topics
The Anthem/Blue Cross Provider News (December 2019) is now available online and includes information about Case Management Program; Coordination of Care; Introducing the New Clinical Criteria Page for Injectable, Infused, or Implanted Drugs; Clinical Practice and Preventive Health Guidelines Available Online; An Overview of Our Medical Necessity Review Process; Restructure of AIM Advanced Imaging Clinical Appropriateness Guidelines; Update to AIM Clinical Appropriateness Guidelines; Anthem Works to Help Ensure Appropriate Billing of E&M Services. To read more click here and go to California News.
Have you received a letter from Anthem Blue Cross of California stating that effective 2/1/2019 oral prescription drugs dispensed in the physician office will be denied, and that these drugs must be provided by a licensed pharmacy? MOASC needs to hear from you! To read more click here and go to MOASC News.
Results from the ANCO/MOASC 2018 staff salary survey are now available online. Read the report, review the results, and download the data. To read more click here and go to ANCO News.
The United States Food and Drug Administration has announced new changes to expand and update the Expanded Access (EA) program, which allows very ill patients access to experimental treatments outside of clinical trials. To read more click here and go to National News.
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