Apply today for funding for physician practices through the SBA Paycheck Protection Program

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Apply today for funding for physician practices through the SBA Paycheck Protection Program California News
  • This Thursday, January 21, 2021, CMS Physicians, Nurses & Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forum Medicare News/CMS News
  • January marks Cervical Cancer Awareness Month National News
  • CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider form National News

Seen on Facebook! MOASC is made up of some of the leading oncologists in Southern California. Meet MOASC member Dr. Daniela A. Bota, vice dean of clinical research and medical director of the UCI Center for Clinical Research. Dr. Bota says that this center’s emphasis on research was particularly timely with the breakout of COVID-19. To read more click here and and go to MOASC News.

MOASC’s LunchTime Series presents Bobbi Buell bringing an “Update on 2021 Medicare Regulations and E/M Coding,” scheduled for January 27 at 12:30pm. The new year brought many changes to the healthcare industry, specifically to Medicare and E/M policies. But what are these changes and how will your practice be impacted? These questions (along with several more) will be addressed in this webinar for MOASC members by Codemisstress Bobbi Buell. To read more click here and and go to MOASC News.

Physicians are reminded that on December 21, 2020, the 116th Congress adopted a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package. The legislation allocates an additional $284 billion in funding for small businesses—including physician practices—through the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program. Apply today! To read more click here and and go to California News.

CMS Physicians, Nurses & Allied Health Professionals Open Door Forums are scheduled for Thursday January 21, 2021 and Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 11:00am – 12:00 PM Pacific Time. Announcements will include: Documentation Requirements Reminder for Physicians Ordering Repetitive, Scheduled Non-Emergent Ambulance Services, Updates to 2021 PFS due to the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. To read more click here and and go to Medicare News/CMS News.

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January 19, 2021

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • California labor law changes that took effect on January 1, 2021. California News
  • CMS final rule requires Medicare Part D prescription drug plans to enable technology allowing providers to see whether a drug requires prior authorization Medicare News/CMS News
  • Support the Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act National News

MOASC’s LunchTime Series presents Bobbi Buell bringing an “Update on 2021 Medicare Regulations and E/M Coding,” scheduled for January 27 at 12:30pm. The new year brought many changes to the healthcare industry, specifically to Medicare and E/M policies. But what are these changes and how will your practice be impacted? These questions (along with several more) will be addressed in this webinar for MOASC members by Codemisstress Bobbi Buell.  To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

On January 8, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom released his state budget proposal for the fiscal year. Below is a link to a memo summarizing this budget as it pertains to healthcare. Please feel free to use the information contained within for any government/legislative updates you may wish to use. Please note this is the Governor’s initial budget proposal, as you will see in the “Next Steps” section of the memo, budget subcommittees in the State Senate and State Assembly will debate the proposed budget leading into the May Revise. To read more click here and go to California News.

A finalized CMS rule will require Medicare Part D prescription drug plans to enable technology that allows health care professionals to see at the point of care whether a drug they are prescribing is subject to prior authorization restrictions. Pharmacy benefit managers may begin implementing the new transaction standard now; compliance is required by Jan. 1, 2022. To read more click here and go to  Noridian News/CMS News.

There has been quite a bit of legislative activity over the past month in order to support access to multi-cancer early detection, MCED. As a result, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has created an letter to convey support for the Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act (S. 5051 and H.R. 8845). You and your organization are encouraged to sign on to the letter, thus adding your credible voice to this important matter. The letter discusses the many reasons why this is critical to cancer prevention and be able to quickly go on record in support of the legislation.  To read more click here and go to National News.

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January 12, 2021

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

 

  • Tomorrow, January 6, 12:30pm PST, 2021 Medicare Update webcast with Bobbi Buell Affiliate Association News/ANCO News
  • Friday, January 8, nominations due for the MOASC Excellence Awards. MOASC News
  • Saturday, January 9, Best of SABCS® USA Western Region MOASC News/MOASC Programs
  • Medicare FFS Claims: 2% payment adjustment suspended through March CMS News
  • President Trump signed into law the latest COVID-19 pandemic economic relief package which includes Telehealth Program funding. National News
  • California federal judge issued temporary injunction blocking MFN drug-pricing rule from taking effect January 1, 2021 National News

 

MOASC is pleased to participate in the #ReturnToCare campaign, helping patients understand the need to seek safe, timely tests and treatments amid the pandemic. The #ReturnToCare campaign is an initiative among medical organizations and patient advocacy groups encouraging patients to reschedule those canceled appointments and resume routine and preventative care, particularly in-person care. For patients, this may mean scheduling a child’s regular checkup that was bypassed, following up with the dermatologist about a growth you’ve been concerned about or making an appointment to get a mammogram. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

CalHealthCares administers loan repayment on educational debt for California physicians and dentists who provide care to Medi-Cal patients, which represent one-third of Californians and half of the state’s children. Eligible physicians can apply for up to $300,000 in loan repayment in exchange for a five-year service obligation. CalHealthCares commits voter-approved, state tobacco tax revenues from Proposition 56 (2016) to support and incentivize physicians and dentists to increase participation in the Medi-Cal program. To read more click here and go to California news.

On January 11, 2021 from 12 pm to 4 pm PT, Noridian Healthcare Solutions is hosting a Multi-Jurisdictional Contractor Advisory Committee (CAC) for Molecular Diagnostic Testing for Pathogens. In collaboration with other Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) the purpose of the CAC is to provide a formal mechanism for healthcare professionals to be informed of the evidence used in developing a Local Coverage Determination and promote communications between the MACs and the healthcare community. While only the panelists will be allowed to actively participate, Noridian wants you to have the opportunity to hear the evidence and as needed. To read more click here and go to  Medicare News/Noridian News.

Medicare FFS Claims: 2% Payment Adjustment (Sequestration) Suspended Through March. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act suspended the payment adjustment percentage of 2% applied to all Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) claims from May 1 through December 31. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, signed into law on December 27, extends the suspension period to March 31, 2021. To read more click here and go to  Medicare News/CMS News.

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January 5, 2021