This Friday, May 28, is melanoma and skin cancer detection & prevention awareness day.

This Weekly’s Hot Topic

  • This Friday, May 28, is melanoma and skin cancer detection & prevention awareness day. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, with the CDC, developed a toolkit to aid in the promotion of messaging and activities for Don’t Fry Day. Share with your patients, family and friends.
  • Skin cancer is a common cancer and one of the most preventable. Check your skin for warning signs and talk to others.
  • Resources for Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention

MOASC has joined a growing coalition formed to protect kids from getting hooked on flavored tobacco. The Campaign to Protect California Kids will be advocating to uphold California’s flavored tobacco ban, which is under attack by tobacco companies. Coalition members include, American Cancer Society, American Academy of Pediatrics California, California School Nurses Organization, American Heart Association and American Lung Association to name a few. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

When the state reopens on June 15, social distancing will no longer be required and businesses can operate at full capacity. Secretary of California Health and Human Services commented that the state is at a place, with this pandemic, where the requirements of the past are no longer needed for the foreseeable future, and the state’s workforce regulators are still developing safety rules that will apply to employers. To read more click here and go to California News.

CMS released the second final annual notice of benefit and payment standards for Affordable Care Act plans for the 2022 plan year. The rule lowers maximum out-of-pocket costs by $400, reverses a planned change to web broker display requirements and expands qualifications for special enrollment periods. To read more click here and go to CMS News.

The HHS Office of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) says health care providers should work with their IT vendors to specify how they want to record race and ethnicity data, consistent with the CDC’s Race & Ethnicity code technology, for the populations they serve. To read more click here and go to National News.

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

May 25, 2021

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Newsom proposes $1.5 billion program providing grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses in California. California News
  • R. 3258, the 72-hour bill, has been introduced. National News
  • Drug pricing bill introduced by House Democrats for negotiation under Medicare. National News
  • HHS looking at extending the June 30 deadline for providers to use federal assistance they have received from the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund. National News

Renew your MOASC Membership TODAY! Continue your investment in your association. We will continue to advance oncology in California, with your continued support and membership in MOASC. We truly appreciate your devotion to serving the California oncology community. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday proposed adding $1.5 billion to a program providing grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic in California, allowing thousands more to get financial help. The additional funds from federal COVID-19 aid to the state would bring the amount allocated in recent months for grants to $4 billion, which Newsom told business leaders would make it the largest state program of its kind in the country. To read more click here and go to California News.

CMS issued a rule that will ensure long-term care facilities, and residential facilities serving clients with intellectual disabilities, educate and offer the COVID-19 vaccine to residents, clients, and staff. The rule also requires LTC facilities to report weekly COVID-19 vaccination status data for both residents and staff. The new vaccination reporting requirement will not only assist in monitoring uptake amongst residents and staff but will also aid in identifying facilities that may be in need of additional resources and/or assistance to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. To read more click here and go to CMS News.

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra told a House panel the agency is looking at extending the June 30 deadline for hospitals and health care providers to use federal assistance they have received from the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund. A number of stakeholders have asked HHS to extend the deadline and release the program’s remaining funds. As of March 1, there was $24 billion in unused funds in the Provider Relief Fund.  To read more click here and go to National News.

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May 18, 2021