CalHIPSO and Integrated Healthcare Association (“IHA”) are excited to partner to provide an update on the Symphony Provider Directory roll-out

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • This Thursday, rollout of California’s centralized platform for provider data. California News
  • FDA launches call center to field doctors’ experimental cancer drugs requests. National News
  • CMS issues proposed rule that would update Part D e-prescribing. CMS News

CalHIPSO and Integrated Healthcare Association (“IHA”) are excited to partner to provide an update on the Symphony Provider Directory roll-out on Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT. The Symphony Provider Directory is California’s centralized platform for provider data, which streamlines the way health plans and providers share, validate and reconcile provider information in compliance with state and federal requirements such as SB 137, Medicare Advantage and Medi-Cal. To read more click here and go to California News.

MOASC IS INTERESTED TO KNOW IF YOUR PRACTICE HAS BEEN ABLE TO ACQUIRE IVIG. Please tell us of your accessibility to IVIG, the machinations and recommendations you use to access IVIG at [email protected]. The FDA is rolling out a pilot program, authorized under the US Drug Supply Chain Security Act, to explore bolstering prescription drug supply and distribution security with the use of blockchain technology. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

The United States Food and Drug Administration has launched a call center to field doctors’ requests for access to experimental cancer drugs for individual patients who have run out of treatment options. The project, called Project Facilitate, was unveiled at the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting. To read more click here and go to National News.

Many providers are using the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) for Medicare transactions. For the week ending June 14, providers submitted 75% of fee-for-service claims with the MBI. Help protect your patient’s personal identity by using their MBI for Medicare business, including claims submission and eligibility transactions. To read more click here and go to CMS News.

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June 25, 2019 

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • TODAY at noon, Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncologywill host a webinar entitled Pursuing Precision Medicine through Oncology Biomarkers. Industry News
  • Please tell us of your accessibility to IVIG. MOASC News
  • Sign onto a letter led by the AMA regarding MACRA. National  News

CalHIPSO and Integrated Healthcare Association (“IHA”) are excited to partner to provide an update on the Symphony Provider Directory roll-out on Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT. The Symphony Provider Directory is California’s centralized platform for provider data, which streamlines the way health plans and providers share, validate and reconcile provider information in compliance with state and federal requirements such as SB 137, Medicare Advantage and Medi-Cal. To read more click here and go to California News.

MOASC IS INTERESTED TO KNOW IF YOUR PRACTICE HAS BEEN ABLE TO ACQUIRE IVIG. Please tell us of your accessibility to IVIG, the machinations and recommendations you use to access IVIG at [email protected]. The FDA is rolling out a pilot program, authorized under the US Drug Supply Chain Security Act, to explore bolstering prescription drug supply and distribution security with the use of blockchain technology. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

ASH signed onto a letter led by the American Medical Association (AMA) regarding MACRA. The letter urges Congress to make further refinements to improve MACRA, including calling on Congress to replace the 2020-2025 physician payment update freeze with positive payment adjustments for physicians. To read more click here and go to National News.

ASH submitted comments to CMS on the development and reevaluation on an outpatient outcome measure for MIPS. The specific measure up for comment is on acute admissions for patients with multiple chronic conditions (MCCs). The measure will assess each eligible clinician or clinician group admission rate relative to that of other MIPS participating clinicians or clinician groups with similar patients. To read more click here and go to CMS News.

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June 18, 2019

 

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • The state Budget Conference Committee completed their job. California News
  • GET YOUR ENTRY IN TODAY! Support Teen Cancer America and IfOnly to see The Who at Wembly Stadium. National News
  • CMS amplifies the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids. CMS News

Last Sunday night The Budget Conference Committee completed their job and held a vote only, rapid-fire session that ended around 9:30pm. There were many health care items that needed to be resolved in Conference. Outlined below are some of the key ones.  The Legislature has until this Saturday, June 15, to finalize their budget bills and send them to the Governor’s desk.  The Governor has until July 1st to sign the legislation. To read more click here and go to California News.

ASCO submitted comments to a House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee focused on several bills aimed at increasing transparency around drug prices and lowering out-of-pocket costs for patients. ASCO’s comments offer the oncology community’s perspective on several of the bills discussed during the hearing and focus on improving access to affordable cancer care. To read more click here and go to National News.

CMS has been asked to help amplify the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids and related social media messaging.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids. The CDC is raising awareness of the risk to patient health and safety due to misapplication of the Opioid Guideline for chronic pain.  Please read the recent commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine, where authors of the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain advise against misapplication of the Guideline that can put patients’ health and safety at risk. To read more click here and go to CMS News.

ABIM and ASCO have created a new assessment option for oncologists entitled the ABIM/ASCO Medical Oncology: Learning & Assessment. The new option will become available in 2020 as an alternate to the traditional long-form MOC exam and includes shorter assessments that are reflective of physician practice with topic-focused exam modules and related educational materials provided before, during, and after exams. To read more click here and go to Affiliate Association News.

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June 11, 2019.