CMS final rule requires Medicare Part D prescription drug plans to enable technology allowing providers to see whether a drug requires prior authorization

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  • 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



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