Telemedicine in the COVID-19 Era webinar.

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • WEDNESDAY! “Telemedicine in the COVID-19 Era” webinar
  • CMA webinars TODAY & TOMORROW on the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • CARES Act passed by Congress 
  • Preparing Your Oncology Clinic for COVID-19 Infections 

State resources are available for employees and businesses impacted by COVID-19. It is vital that everyone follow the directives of our public health agencies in order to protect our families, friends and neighbors. When everybody takes the proper action, resources will be available to those who need it. We will slow the virus, and together, we will overcome this hardship. To read more click here and go to California News.

Instructions and the form for Noridian’s COVID-19: Accelerated and Advance Payment process may be found on Noridian’s website. Special considerations will be given for COVID-19 circumstances. COVID-19 Telephone Hotline: The telephone hotline has been created to address accelerated payment questions as a result of the COVID-19 response. To read more click here and go to Noridian News.

This Wednesday! April 1, 2020, 12:30pm PDT, MOASC LunchTime Series presents, “Telemedicine in the COVID-19 Era” webinar. Bobbi Buell from onPoint Oncology will discuss: Dealing with COVID -19 and practice changes; How to bill for telehealth services; Explanation of virtual services; Medicare Telehealth visits; Virtual check-ins, and E-visits. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

Healthcare providers in need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can request supplies by filling out a form on the website of Project N95 — a new national clearinghouse for medical equipment. Medical equipment suppliers and government agencies can also visit the website to provide equipment and organize bulk purchase orders. To read more click here and go to National News.

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March 30, 2020 

This Weekly’s Hot Topic

  • Emergency Warning Signs for COVID-19 in adults
    Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    New confusion or inability to arouse
    Bluish lips or face
  • If you are experiencing any of these symptoms
    Self-isolate until 72 hours after freedom of symptoms.
    CALL AHEAD to talk to a doctor.
    Follow doctor’s instructions

Governor Newsom issued an executive order for all Californians to stay at home. The order states that individuals working in “Critical Infrastructure Sectors” as defined by the federal government may continue work. Further, all dine-in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues, gyms and fitness studios, public events and gatherings, and convention centers shall be closed.  To read more click here and go to California News.

Recent Announcements Published to “Latest Updates” of Medicare Jurisdiction E Part B. A message from Noridian on COVID-19 and business continuity shares Noridian’s process as organized, controlled, and phased to provide for continuity of business operations and the safety of Noridian employees. To read more click here and go to Noridian News.

MOASC wants to thank you for all that you do every day to keep us, our families, our friends, and our communities healthy and safe. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, MOASC is in receipt of a compilation of inquiries from medical practice community about updating and communicating protocols for life science reps and vendors. The protocol changes that different practices have made, as well as their plans to continue receiving critical education and resources from their local reps and life science companies, are many. The following insights and resources may be helpful to your practice at this time. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

Tomorrow & Friday! The CDC Clinician Outreach & Communication Activity (COCA) is presenting two upcoming calls – Updates on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The first is, COVID-19 Update: Optimization Strategies for Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). To read more click here and go to National News.

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March 24, 2020

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Newsom orders patient cost-sharing for COVID-19 test waived. California News
  • CDC issued revised guidance to contain the spread of the coronavirus National News
  • Medicare telehealth coverage expanded CMS News

IT specialists are working with the California Health and Human Services Agency on a website to answer the public’s questions about COVID-19 and “make sense of all the complex information that’s been presented to the public and turn it into an easier-to-consume [format],” says Angie Quirarte, California assistant secretary for digital engagement. California, Colorado and New Jersey are among the states that have established digital services often modeled on the US Digital Service, which recruited tech talent into the federal government during the launch of HealthCare.gov. To read more click here and go to California News.

On Sunday, The CDC issued revised guidance urging individuals and organizations to postpone or cancel events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks across the US in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Meanwhile, states began imposing restrictions on businesses and activities, and in California, people older than 65 or with chronic conditions were advised to remain at home. To read more click here and go to National News.

Today, the Trump Administration announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Beginning on March 6, 2020, Medicare—administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the entire country. To read more click here and go to CMS News.

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March 17, 2017 

 

As of this publication, Los Angeles County announced its first coronavirus case of community spread, with the total number of cases rising by five to 19, out of 10.16 million (2017) persons in L.A. county. To read more click here and go to California News.

Would you like to know more about how AB 5 will affect your business or industry? Starting April 7 through June 6; from El Cajon to Los Angeles to Ventura to San Francisco and points in between, California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) will be hosting a series of seminars discussing Assembly Bill 5 and the impacts it has throughout the year. To read more click here and go to California News.

Do you know how to process patients that may present in your office with Coronavirus symptoms? MOASC has been in communication with the Department of Health who has provided the following CDC flow chart. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

Yesterday, President Trump introduced a new rule requiring all healthcare systems to provide Americans secure access and control of their own health records. Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham released a statement, which reads in part” Patients will be empowered to share their record with family members and care providers and more easily choose the doctor and treatment that is right for them. No longer will Americans spend hundreds of dollars on redundant medical tests or countless hours collecting copies of their medical record, which are often still transferred using a fax machine or CD-ROM. To read more click here and go to National News.

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March 10, 2020

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the state is monitoring 8,400 people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus and has only 200 kits for diagnosing it, even as California is addressing the problem with urgency. “People should go about their day to day lives with some common sense. I don’t want to instill any sense of new anxiety.” To read more click here and go to California News.

Congratulations to Margaret Tempero, MD, a recipient of Practical Recommendations in Immuno and Molecular Oncology (PRIMO) Women in Oncology Awards. The awards are given to remarkable women who have made outstanding contributions to the lives of those fighting cancer Dr. Tempero is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. To read more click here and go to ANCO News.

The Strengthening Innovation in Medicare and Medicaid Act” (H.R. 5741), is an important bill to ensure health care demonstration projects and models from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) protect patient care and physician decision-making. Though community oncology has been a strong and long-standing supporter of CMMI; over the years, policymakers from both sides of the aisle have proposed forcing mandatory widescale models on providers and patients across the country, thus overstepping CMMI’s authority. To read more click here and go to National News.

There is a widespread implementation of Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) audits investigating the use of modifier 25 codes for evaluation and management (E&M) visits on the same day as drug administration, particularly Part B chemotherapy and immunotherapy drugs.  While COA strongly supports appropriate checks and balances in providing cancer care to seniors and others covered under Medicare, these audits are having a very serious negative impact on community oncology practices because the entire claim is being held up for payment while a single line item is being audited. To read more click here and go to CMS News.

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March 3, 2020