PBMs have the authority to trump a doctor’s medical judgment. Protect your patients’ access to YOUR cancer care.

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This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • PBMs have the authority to trump a doctor’s medical judgment. Protect your patients’ access to YOUR cancer care. California News
  • This Sunday, August 12th, send YOUR ideas to reduce unnecessary administrative burdens! National News
  • NOW is the time to get your representative and senator to Sit in My Chair! Affiliate Association News

The California Medical Association asks all California practices to schedule appointments with their Members of Congress during the month-long August Congressional Recess, August 1 – September 9, to discuss CMA’s Congressional priorities which include the surprise medical billing legislation moving swiftly through Congress. To read more click here and go to California News.

THIS SUNDAY, August 11 comments are due for YOUR ideas to reduce unnecessary administrative burdens for regulatory, sub-regulatory, policy, practice and procedural changes for clinicians, providers, patients and their families! COA has been asked to participate in an RFI project as part of the “Reducing Administrative Burden to put Patients over Paperwork” that was initiated by the Administration through an Executive Order in 2017. Please provide specific areas of concern that might be included in the COA comments including any specific solutions that you may like to offer. To read more click here and go to National News.

CMS has released proposed rules for the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and other changes to Medicare Part B payment policies, including proposals related to the Quality Payment Program (QPP).  Cursorily, the conversion factor increased a bit, so depending on E&M billing practices physicians may see a slight bump. CMS estimates a 0% overall impact for both the hematology/oncology and radiation oncology specialties in 2020. Depending on how CMS implements the collapsing of 1-4 level codes, while retaining level 5. To read more click here and go to CMS News.

The time is NOW, during the August congressional recess (August 1 – September 9) to get your representative and senator to Sit in My Chair! COA continues to make organizing a policymaker visit easy with the new and improved Sit in My Chair toolkit. It offers everything your practice needs to curate a moving and memorable experience, from checking policymakers into your waiting room, walking them through diagnosis, having them sit in a chemotherapy chair for treatment, and more. To read more click here and go to Affiliate Association News.

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

August 6, 2019 



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