Food insecurity mitigated by pop-up food pantries in L.A. County.

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  • Today! MJH Life Sciences California CBPP presents Ezra Cohen (UCSD Moores Cancer Center) MOASC News
  • Friday, February 26, is the deadline for nominations! MOASC News
  • Saturday, February 27, Pfizer webinar on Treatment of Relapsed/Refractory ALL Industry News
  • Food insecurity mitigated by pop-up food pantries in L.A. County. California News
  • President Biden selects Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as CMS administrator. Medicare News/CMS News
  • Biden administration removes CMS final rule for faster prior authorization decisions. Medicare News/CMS News
  • CDC – Individuals fully vaccinated against the coronavirus do not have to quarantine. National News

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Community Resource Centers, jointly-operated by L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, is rolling out a series of drive-thru and walk-up food pantry events across Los Angeles County in response to the growing food insecurity burdening nearly every community. The food distribution events are free and open to everyone. To maximize their food insecurity efforts, the Community Resource Centers will sponsor community based organizations that are already holding pop-up food pantries, and will also host their own drive-thru food distribution events in the neighborhoods they serve.  To read more click here and go to California News.

License and Certificate Renewals. Whether you are an individual, a group or a facility, it is a best practice to submit licenses and certifications upon their renewal to keep your enrollment up to date. This helps avoid potential claim denials, deactivations, or revocations. To read more click here and go to Medicare News/Noridian News

CMS Takes Further Steps to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Wide Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy, bamlanivimab and etesevimab, administered together, for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients with positive COVID-19 test results who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization. To read more click here and go to Medicare News/CMS News.

The CDC said individuals who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus do not have to quarantine following exposure to a person suspected of having or positive for COVID-19 if they meet specific criteria. Quarantine recommendations for vaccinated people will be revised and updated when more vaccines are authorized and as more data becomes available.  To read more click here and go to National News.

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February 23, 2021

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Nominate your Excellence award candidate MOASC News
Gov. Newsom’s surprising choice of Blue Shield to lead Covid vaccination effort California News
Tomorrow, UCSF Grand Round Series, Best of Year, Part 1 Affiliate Association News/ANCO News

 

MOASC board member, Ravi Patel, MD is a trusted voice in the Southern California oncology community. Dr. Patel regularly shares his knowledge on cancer treatment with KGET News. In this video, Dr. Patel shares the latest advancements in oncology. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

Consider applying for an appointed leadership position on the MOASC Board of Directors. Volunteers are integral to MOASC remaining a leading voice of oncology throughout California. We encourage volunteerism at all levels. The life cycle of a volunteer often starts with small tasks and virtual participation and leads to serving on committees and in leadership positions representing MOASC nationally. Becoming involved in your professional association offers benefits for both members and their profession. The accomplishments of MOASC volunteers are recognized throughout the year, including articles in California Oncology Weekly and recognition at MOASC’s annual conference. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s surprising choice of Blue Shield to lead the state’s covid vaccination effort raised questions about the role politics played in the decision, and whether the insurer is up to the task. To read more click here and go to California News.

HCPCS Code G2211 Is a Bundled Service And Not Separately Paid
Medicare Administrative Contractors are denying separate payment for HCPCS code G2211 (“Visit complexity inherent to evaluation and management associated with medical care services that serve as the continuing focal point for all needed health care services and/or with medical care services that are part of ongoing care related to a patient’s single, serious condition or a complex condition. To read more click here and go to Noridian News.

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February 9, 2021 

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  • Letter from MOASC President MOASC News
  • Covid-19 vaccination eligibility notice California News
  • PHE will likely continue through the end of 2021 National News
  • Submit ASCO abstracts by February 17, 2021 Affiliate Association News/ANCO News

Targeted Oncology has a DTC program February 4 for MOASC members. This program is open to, and intended for, oncologists treating DTC. The Case-Based Peer Perspectives Roundtable virtual meeting will feature a thought leader in the field who will discuss pathology report findings, patient diagnostic workup, the most likely diagnosis and potential treatment options for a few case studies. To read more click here and go to MOASC News/MOASC Programs.

The state has developed a new website (myturn.ca.gov) that will enable residents to determine their eligibility to be vaccinated and to sign up to be notified when they do become eligible, so they can then schedule an appointment. The new site also provides a mechanism to easily track vaccination data and enables providers to automatically share data on vaccines received and administered with the state. To read more click here and go to California News.

As the U.S. continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, ASCO strongly encourages practices to participate in the ASCO Survey on COVID-19 in Oncology Registry (ASCO Registry) to help examine the evidence on the effect of COVID-19 on patients with cancer. The ASCO Registry collects baseline and longitudinal data on patients with cancer and COVID-19 and plans to deliver periodic reports with key findings that can influence future care. Thanks to support from Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation, ASCO provides payments (both for start-up and for each patient entered) to help cover expenses involved in participating. To read more click here and go to Affiliate Association News/ASCO News.

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January 2, 2021