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



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