California reopens TODAY! You might not need a mask in public places…but.

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • California reopens TODAY! You might not need a mask in public places…but. California News
  • TOMORROW! Join in CMS’ physician payment policies Town Hall. Medicare News/CMS News
  • Thursday! Webinar on Oxbryta, Hemoglobin S (Hbs) Polymerization Inhibitor1. Industry News
  • Friday! Submit letters to the Senate Business, Profession and Economic Development Committee. California News
  • Access to rebates for physician administered drugs. Affiliate Association News/COA News

California reopens TODAY! You might not need a mask in public places — but where and when depends. California’s masking guidelines fall in alignment with those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says that fully vaccinated people can resume most activities without physical distancing or face coverings. The agency said that both indoor and outdoor events provide a minimal risk to fully vaccinated people, and that they have a reduced capability to transmit COVID-19 to others. To read more click here and go to California News.

Please submit letters to the Committee by Friday, June 18th by 4:30pm PDT!  The California Medical Association has produced a sample letter of support for AB 359 (Cooper): Reciprocity for Out-of-State Medical Doctors (MD) & CME Modifications. The CMA is asking for support from you on this ask, and hope you will join us in this request to submit a support letter to the committee.  To read more click here and go to California News.

CMS hasn’t changed the data and methodology for practice expense payments under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for over a decade. The RAND Corporation is researching approaches to collect new data, along with potential changes to the current allocation system for CMS. RAND needs your feedback on 3 topics. How to: Collect data going forward; Collect and report data by specialty, and Refine the current rate-setting system.To read more click here and go to Medicare News/CMS News.

A bi-partisan group of Senators submitted another bill aimed at permanently extending Medicare coverage for certain telehealth services beyond the pandemic. The Protecting Rural Telehealth Access Act (S. 1988), reportedly aims to improve access to and coverage of connected health services in rural parts of the country. It would continue several emergency measures enacted during the COVID-19 public health emergency. To read more click here and go to National News.

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June 15, 2021

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • A message from MOASC President. MOASC News
  • A Treatment Option for HER2 and Metastatic Breast Cancer. MOASC News/MOASC Programs
  • California oncology sponsoring SB 310. California News
  • MACs Resume Medical Review on a Post-payment Basis. Medicare News/Noridian News

 

A message from MOASC President

As President of MOASC, my goal in the 2021-22 year is to lead the organization into the future, ensuring long-term sustainability. The top three priorities for this year are to:

  1. Focus on diversity and inclusion, becoming representative of oncology in California, supporting community, academic and large institutions equally;
  2. Bridge the gap between community and academia through engagement and continued clinical education, and
  3. Create a Clinical Trial Network to promote trials throughout California and increase recruitment.  To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

California oncology, MOASC, ANCO and the American Cancer Society, is sponsoring SB 310. This bill establishes a Cancer Medical Recycling Program overseen by the Medical Board of California to allow for the donation and redistribution of cancer drugs between patients and a participating physician. To read more click here and go to California News.

MACs Resume Medical Review on a Post-payment Basis. Beginning August 2020, Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) resumed post-payment reviews of items and services with dates of service before March 2020. MACs may now begin conducting post-payment medical reviews for later dates of service. To read more click here and go to Medicare News/Noridian News.

CMS has acknowledged the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency (PHE) on clinicians across the country and will provide relief where possible. Under § 414.1350(d)(3), the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) cost performance category weight is 15% of the final score for the 2020 performance period/2022 MIPS payment year. To read more click here and go to Medicare News/CMS News.

Ask your Congressional representatives to cosponsor H.R. 3258! Use the Timely Access to Cancer Treatment (TACT) Act of 2021 COA Advocacy Kit. To read more click here and go to National News.

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June 8, 2021

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

June is National Cancer Survivor Month

  • Reach out to your Legislator in Sacramento to OPPOSE the new costly leave mandate for Small Businesses – AB 995 (Gonzalez) California News
  • Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 2 at 10:00am PST, the California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) virtual briefing on impact of federal drug pricing proposals, such as H.R. 3 California News
  • Timely Access to Cancer Treatment (TACT) Act of 2021 (H.R. 3258) National News
  • This Sunday, June 6, is National Cancer Survivors Day®! Raise awareness for this important Celebration of Life! Affiliate Association News

Dr. Nguyen has been a Program Committee member for several years, and will be joining UCSD’s faculty in October.

Dr. Nguyen invites MOASC member physicians to work with him on the March 26, 2022 Oncology Summit Program Committee.
Please contact the MOASC Office of your interest [email protected]

Dr. Neil Love’s virtual program held on May 15, 2021, “Current Concepts and Recent Advances in Oncology: A Daylong Clinical Summit,” engaged more than 500 attendees globally. This fantastic program featured case presentations from the following noted MOASC members: Amanda Blackmon, DO, MS, UCI ; Farshid Dayyani, MD, PhD, UCI; Michael Del Rosario, MD, UCI; Ashkan Lashkari, MD, Wellness Oncology; Jeremy Lorber, MD, Cedars Sinai; Josh Mansour, MD, City of Hope/ Kaiser Permanente; Nataliya Mar, MD, UCI; Helen Moon, MD, City of Hope/Kaiser Permanente; Anthony Nguyen, MD, Loma Linda; Sandip Patel, MD, UCSD; and Andrea Stebel, MD, UCI. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

The California Chamber of Commerce Advocacy is needing additional help. Please reach out to your state Legislator in Sacramento to OPPOSE the new costly leave mandate for Small Businesses – AB 995 (Gonzalez). The bill will be coming up for a vote within the next week, so we need to make one more push to stop it! AB 995 (Gonzalez) would nearly double the amount of paid sick leave businesses are required to pay employees annually from a minimum of three days to a minimum of five days. To read more click here and go to California News.

The Senate, last week, confirmed Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, one of the most powerful posts at the Department of Health and Human Services. As the official charged with overseeing providing services to poor and older Americans in Medicare and Medicaid, Ms. Brooks-LaSure will manage roughly $1 trillion of the federal budget in addition to the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces and regulations. To read more click here and go to MEdicare News/ CMS News.

The Timely Access to Cancer Treatment (TACT) Act of 2021 (H.R. 3258) was introduced by Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL) with Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) that ensures patients with cancer receive medication within 72 Hours, removing red tape and delays. The TACT Act is a patient empowerment bill that guarantees that patients get their prescribed oral cancer medications within 72 hours when middlemen, such as pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), require that patients get their drugs from their corporate mail order pharmacies. To read more click here and go to National News.

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June 1, 2021