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.

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



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