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MOASC, with numerous other organizations, recently met with the California State Board of Pharmacy and the Department of Managed Health Care regarding the issue of White Bagging and its impact on patient care. As a result, both the California State Board of Pharmacy and the Department of Managed Health Care has asked that MOASC share patient complaints with the Departments, in order to demonstrate the public health impact of white bagging policies. We implore you to share your patient stories with us. We will compile them and forward them to the California State Board of Pharmacy, Department of Managed Health Care and COA. We are hopeful that if they receive enough patient complaints, they will then take action to revise these policies. Send Your Patient Story to [email protected]. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.
CMA is sponsoring a legislative effort to reduce administrative burdens in physician practices, so physicians can spend less time on paperwork and billing and more time dedicated to patient care. Senate Bill (SB) 250 introduced by Senator Richard Pan, M.D., will reduce administrative burdens by reforming prior authorization and billing processes. To read more click here and go to California News.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would be granting automatic exceptions from reporting requirements for clinicians and providers participating in Medicare quality reporting programs due to the significant disruptions the COVID-19 public health emergency is having on physician practices. To read more click here and go to Medicare News/CMS News
Nearly 1 in 4 physicians (22%) know a physician who committed suicide and the majority (58%) express feelings of burnout. On March 4, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) announced the re-introduction of the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act. Named in honor of Dr. Lorna Breen, who died by suicide while serving on the frontlines of the pandemic, the legislation aims to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, and mental and behavioral health conditions among health care professionals. It also supports funding for mental and behavioral health treatment programs to help them now and in the future. First introduced in July 2020, Sen. Kaine said the act has received bipartisan support. He’s pushing for it to be included in the next COVID-19 relief package. To read more click here and go to National News.
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