Effective January 1, 2021, ESI will exclude Calquence from their formulary

 

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

Effective January 1, 2021, ESI will exclude Calquence from their formulary. MOASC News
Multi-Cancer Early Detection Test legislation. National News
Distribution of COVID-19 vaccine to your cancer patients. National News

MOASC Member In The News! MOASC Board Member, Dr. Ravi Patel, Director of Medical Oncology and Hematology at the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC), joined KGET News to discuss Prostate Cancer. Dr. Patel shared that early screenings are important for catching the cancer diagnosis early. To read more, click here and go to MOASC News.

A live, online presentation outlining Governor Newsom’s 2021 budget priorities will be presented by California Finance Director Keely Martin Bosler on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. To read more, click here and go to California News.

CMS has released their annual updates to the Drug Spending Dashboards and the Medicare Part B Discarded Drug Units Report with data for 2019. The dashboards focus on average spending per dosage unit for prescription drugs in the Medicaid, Medicare Part B, and Medicare Part D programs, and track the change in average spending per dosage unit over time. To read more, click here and go to Medicare News/CMS News.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA), an emergency physician by training, recently co-sponsored H.R. 8845, the Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act which would ensure prompt access to FDA-approved multi-cancer screening tests and fuel innovation in cancer screening. This bipartisan legislation ensures that Medicare can cover groundbreaking multi-cancer early detection tests as soon as they receive FDA approval. To read more, click here and go to National News.

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

December 24, 2020

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • COA needs your information ASAP to respond effectively to the Most Favored Nation (MFN) “experiment.” Affiliate Association News/COA News
  • Deliver a message to Congress: STOP THE MOST FAVORED NATION (MFN) EXPERIMENT ON CANCER CARE! Medicare News/CMS News
  • Tomorrow, December 9, webinar on, “Upcoming Changes to Medi-Cal and Managed Medi-Cal for 2021 MOASC News/ Programs & Industry News

Last month this publication presented Medical Oncology Association of Southern California (MOASC) and National Oncology State Network (NOSN) communiques with Anthem Blue Cross representatives regarding white-bagging of drugs from CVS Specialty Pharmacy. Clarification was received from Anthem specifically for PPO/EPO plans. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

California Legislature had an interesting year, passing a number of new laws in the midst of a pandemic that affect health care, resulting in considerable operational challenges. While the number of new laws overall is significantly reduced as compared to other years, there was a strong focus on the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, allied health professionals, mental health, and workforce and labor issues. To read more click here and go to California News.

Help deliver a message to Congress: STOP THE MOST FAVORED NATION (MFN) EXPERIMENT ON CANCER CARE! As you know, the MFN experiment is dangerous for patients and will devastate practices if implemented. You must let Congress know, in no uncertain terms, that it is bad policy and should not be pursued. Please step up and take action today by contacting Congress. To read more click here and go to  Medicare News/CMS News.

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

December 8, 2020