If you don’t want to lose patient assistance programs, send YOUR DATA BEFORE September 15th

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Legislature refuses to pass coverage of IVF for diseases such as cancer. California News
  • Most cancer survivors not getting the support they need. National News
  • If you don’t want to lose patient assistance programs, send YOUR DATA BEFORE September 15th. Affiliate Association News

The so-called Death Certificate Project initiated by the Medical Board of California that began in 2015 has now resulted in formal accusals of wrongdoing filed against 64 physicians related to their drug prescribing, primarily involving opioids, newly updated records show. To read more click here and go to California News.

CMS is now accepting hardship exceptions from the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) for the 2019 reporting year.  To read more click here and go to CMS News.

If you don’t want to lose patient assistance programs, send YOUR DATA BEFORE September 15th. Go to the link at the end of this article to fill out the survey to help COA collect this data from practices.  This is SERIOUS and URGENT. The Senate Finance Committee has actually passed a bill that would require drug manufacturers to include the value of “coupon” programs in their ASP calculations, which as of now, would include patient assistance programs (even possibly drug assistance).  Patient Assistance & Drugs Survey . To read more click here and go to Affiliate Association News.

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

September 10, 2019 

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • TODAY at 10:30am, ACCC webinar CMS Proposed CY2020 Affiliate Association News
  • California Cancer Caucus partners with the California Legislative Black Caucus. California News
  • Read about the Medicine Assistance Tool, or MAT, to help with prices for medicines. National News

 

Last Wednesday, MOASC President, Warren Fong, M.D. and NOSN President, Mariana Lamb represented the California Cancer Caucus at the invitation of Assemblymember 79th District, Shirley Weber, Ph.D, Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC). A very special luncheon briefing was held addressing one of our state’s greatest health challenge – Cancer. The CLBC, in partnership with the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), the California Cancer Caucus, the National Oncology State Network (NOSN), and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACSCAN) hosted Cancer and the Most Underserved Community: Research and Solutions, in the Eureka Room at the State Capitol.  To read more click here and go to California News.

Blue Shield Of California Partners With California Medical Association To Help Doctors Offer Value Based Care: Blue Shield of California unveiled new details about the technology and services company it is launching to help physician practices remain independent while giving them tools needed to succeed in value-based care arrangements. To read more click here and go to California News.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the government’s HIPAA enforcement agency. The topic of their summer 2019 newsletter is “Managing Malicious Insider Threats.” The 2019 edition of Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report found trusted insiders were responsible for 59% of all security incidents and breaches (both malicious and inadvertent) analyzed in the report. The report also indicated that the primary motivation for incidents and breaches perpetrated by insiders was financial gain. To read more click here and go to National News.

CMS has announced that clinicians who participated in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2018 can access their 2018 performance feedback by logging in to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website. The information should confirm whether you or your practice will receive a positive, negative, or neutral Medicare fee schedule adjustment in 2020 based on the 2018 results. To read more click here and go to CMS News.

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

September 3, 2019