CMS extending Affordable Care Act open-enrollment period

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Oncologist, Dr. Stephen Hahn, to lead the FDA. National News
  • CVS Health launching new precision medicine strategy for payers. National News
  • CMS extending Affordable Care Act open-enrollment period. CMS News

CancerCare has created the “California Wildfires Patient Assistance Program” for cancer patients impacted by the California wildfires.  The program offers:
– Financial assistance to people living with cancer in active treatment who have been affected by a wildfire;
– Resource referrals to help people coping with cancer, addressing needs resulting from a wildfire’s impact;
– Emotional support from CancerCare oncology social workers for people coping with cancer, their caregivers and their loved ones;
– Educational information to help patients and families manage the emotional and logistical challenges of living with cancer. To read more click here and go to California News.

Starting January 1, if you do not use the MBI (regardless of the date of service) for Medicare transactions Noridian will reject your claims with a few exceptions and Noridian will reject all eligibility transactions. To read more click here and go to Noridian News.

Group practices or individual eligible clinicians interested in applying for a hardship exception to the promoting interoperability category or an extreme and uncontrollable circumstances exception to other MIPS categories for the 2019 performance year must submit an application by Dec. 31. To read more click here and go to CMS News.

ASCO is pleased to announce the official launch of the ABIM/ASCO Medical Oncology: Learning & Assessment (MOLA), a flexible, lower stakes maintenance of certification (MOC) program that offers physicians a choice of medical oncology assessments–either a general medical oncology assessment or disease-specific  medical oncology assessments (e.g., breast cancer, hematologic malignancies). To read more click here and go to Affiliate Association News.

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December 17, 2019 

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Six days left to enroll in 2020 health coverage. National News
  • Effective December 1, new safety standards were set under USP General Chapter <800> National News
  • Republicans present a new proposal to lower the cost of prescription medicines. National News

 

A California law which took effect in July 2017, protects consumers who use an in-network hospital or other facility from surprise bills when cared for by an out-of-network doctor. However, physicians say the law has allowed insurers to shrink networks, limiting access to those doctors who have contracted with the patients’ insurance plans. More than half of states now provide some level of consumer protection against surprise bills, and the efforts vary. To read more click here and go to California News.

Starting January 1, if you do not use the MBI (regardless of the date of service) for Medicare transactions Noridian will reject your claims with a few exceptions and Noridian will reject all eligibility transactions. To read more click here and go to Noridian News.

There are six days left to enroll in 2020 health coverage. Visit HealthCare.gov today to enroll in a plan that meets your needs. The last day to enroll in a 2020 health plan is Sunday, December 15. To read more click here and go to National News.

A new CMS rule will require Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program to disclose relationships with other providers and suppliers who may have been sanctioned by the CMS or had other negative interactions with the agency. Practices will need to determine which entities would be considered an “affiliated relationship,” and “bad actors” may need to be avoided in order to protect the practice. To read more click here and go to CMS News.

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December 10, 2019

This Weekly’s Hot Topic

  • Today is #GivingTuesday, the day when millions of people come together to support the causes and issues that matter to them. Affiliate Association News
  • 61st ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition Dec. 7-10 MOASC News
  • One week left to take action for 2020 Tricare coverage National News

Anthem’s Provider News for December 2019 is now available and includes information about Contracted Provider Dispute Resolution, Practice Status-Open or Closed, Clinical Practice and Preventive Health Guidelines Available on the Web, Release of Medical Records, Pharmacy Information Available Online, Reminder: Changes to Timely Filing Requirements, Contracted Provider Claim Escalation Process, Provider Education Seminars, Webinars, Workshops and more. To read more click here and go to California News.

The Jurisdiction E Part B Local Coverage Determination (LCDs) and Local Coverage Articles (LCAs) have been created and published for notice under contract numbers: 01112 (NCA), 01182 (SCA), 01212 (AS, GU, HI, NMI), and 01312 (NV). To read more click here and go to Noridian News.

MOASC members can register for the 61st ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, December 7-10, 2019, using your ASH username [email protected] and password. If someone else is registering for you, please provide your credentials to avoid delays. If you have forgotten your credentials, you may reset them on the ASH website using the “Forgot your Username or Password” links. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

There is one week left to take action for 2020 Tricare coverage. Two open seasons are underway. Both will end next Monday, Dec. 9 to make changes to the TRICARE health plan, or enroll in a dental or vision plan with the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program. To read more click here and go to National News.

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December 3, 2019