Tomorrow! July 28, 5:30pm, Clinical Peer to Peer Discussion on Lung Cancer

 

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Tomorrow! July 28, 5:30pm, Clinical Peer to Peer Discussion on Lung Cancer MOASC News/MOASC Programs
  • Tomorrow! July 28, 7:00pm, a virtual Roundtable on B-Cell Lymphoma: Third-Line Therapy for Relapsed/Refractory DLBCL MOASC News/MOASC Programs
  • Tomorrow! July 28, 2:30 pm, the next “Save MICRA” virtual Community Ambassador training California  News
  • July 29-31, Physicians Education Resource’s 22nd Annual International Lung Cancer Congress MOASC News/MOASC Programs
  • July 31 is the deadline to help independent physicians succeed in value-based care! California  News

Tomorrow! July 28, Clinical Peer to Peer Discussion on Lung Cancer, 5:30pm – 7:00pm. MOASC Secretary, Joshua Mansour, M.D., City of Hope will host moderator Hatim Husain, M.D., UCSD in a panel discussion of case presentations and discussion of various treatment options with; Munveer Bhangoo, M.D., Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center; Jonathan Goldman, M.D., UCLA Hematology & Oncology. To read more click here and go to MOASC News/ MOASC Programs.

Proponents of the so-called “Fairness for Injured Patients Act” (FIPA) have continued to advocate for their trial attorney backed measure that will only limit access to care during the worst possible time by eliminating key MICRA protections for physicians. Thank you for your continued commitment to CAPP, and all you have done and continue to do for the health and wellbeing of millions of Californians. If you have not done so already, please take a moment to complete the sign-up form, below, to join the campaign coalition to oppose FIPA. As a reminder, even if you are a member of CAPP you must sign up on the link to formally oppose the initiative. To read more click here and go to California News.

Symptom burden stayed at pre-chemotherapy levels in cancer patients who received remote 24-hour monitoring and rose starting with the first chemotherapy cycle in patients who did not receive remote monitoring, according to a study in The BMJ. Patients in the intervention group used their mobile device to answer a questionnaire daily and whenever they felt unwell, symptoms were evaluated by the remote system, patients were directed to self-care resources, and clinicians received amber alerts for persistent mild to moderate symptoms and red alerts for emergencies. To read more click here and go to National News.

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July 28, 2021

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Today is last day to make your hotel reservation for ASH Annual Meeting. Affiliate Association News/ASH News
  • Tomorrow! The 2021 COA Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) Advocacy Summit. Affiliate Association News/COA News
  • Tomorrow, 7/21! Contact COA to publish your PBM story. Affiliate Association News/COA News
  • New Oncology Medical Home (OMH) standards released. National News

Health care providers who want to succeed in value-based care and other alternative payment models should consider embracing advanced analytics tools that can collect and analyze patient data such as socioeconomic status, housing security, and food access. Using advanced analytics, providers and health insurers can collaborate more effectively to improve the quality of care and reduce health care costs. Click here to read more and go to California News.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) rule, which includes proposed changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP), Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment model (APM) participation options and requirements for 2022. The final 2022 PFS rule is expected by Nov. 1, 2021. Click here to read more and go to Medicare News/CMS News.

First reporting deadline is September 30th. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Provider relief Fund reporting portal is now open for providers who need to report on the use of funds in Reporting Period 1. All recipients of PRF payments must comply with the reporting requirements. Providers who received one or more payments exceeding $10,000 in the aggregate, during a “payment received period” are required to report in each applicable “reporting time period.” Click here to read more and go to National News.

The Department of Radiation Oncology at City of Hope has created the Radiation Oncology Patient Assistance Fund to provide financial assistance to patients with financial hardship who are unable to afford much-needed over-the-counter products not covered by insurance. It’s making a profound difference to patients and their families — and has even grabbed the attention and support of a “rock solid” celebrity. Click here to read more and go to Affiliate Association News/City of Hope News.

June 20, 2021

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • California physicians have ability to succeed in value-based care California News
  • Interoperability and data blocking rules establishing clear goals for improving patient access to data, mitigating health care provider burnout and reducing costs. Medicare News /CMS News
  • The AMA HOD voted to approve two, oncology-friendly, resolutions National News

Deadline to apply is August 3, 2021! CMA is collaborating with Aledade Inc. to help independent physicians succeed in value-based care, ensuring practices and health centers are able to thrive while delivering the best possible patient care. As the top-rated, physician-led ACO in the country, Aledade’s proven process helps practices and community health centers quickly improve financial performance and get more from the data and technologies they have. To read more click here and go to California News.

HHS and the CMS began enforcing interoperability and data blocking rules last Thursday and are working with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to establish clear goals for improving patient access to data, mitigating health care provider burnout and reducing costs. While the final rule has been in effect since January 1, 2021, CMS put off enforcement of the new requirements until July 1, 2021 due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  To read more click here and go to Medicare News/CMS News

A Special Meeting of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) convened last month. The AMA HOD is the principal policy-making body of AMA and meets twice a year to discuss pressing issues and establish association policies. While the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency required a cancellation of the in-person Annual Meeting, AMA’s Board of Directors called for a virtual, Special Meeting focused on priority items. To read more click here and go to National News.

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality’s Patient Safety Network (PSNet) highlights journal articles, books and tools related to patient safety.  To read more click here and go to Affiliate Association News/AHRQ News.

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July 7, 2021

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • California lawmakers approved state budget plans California News
  • Common Working File (CWF) “Dark” days on Friday, July 2 Medicare News/Noridian News
  • Reach out to Representatives to cosponsor the TACT Act, H.R. 3258 National News

MOASC President, Ashkan Lashkari, MD, will join ANCO President, Thach-Giao Truong, MD, on ANCO Connections, Thursday, July 15, 12:00pm-1:00pm. The title of the program is, Connecting with MOASC: Re-opening of California, and what it means for Oncologists. To read more click here and go to MOASC News. 

There will be Common Working File (CWF) “Dark” days on Friday, July 2 through Sunday, July 4, 2021 for all CWF hosts. This means the CWF online Health Insurance Master Record (HIMR) inquiry will not be available on those days. Due to July 5th being observed as the July 4th holiday, there will be no claim cycles. Updated claim data will be available on Tuesday, July 6th. To read more click here and go to Medicare News/Noridian News

July 2021 Quarterly Average Sales Price (ASP) Medicare Part B Drug Pricing Files and Revisions to Prior Quarterly Pricing Files are found in CR12244. The revision informs you about the ASP methodology, which is based on quarterly data manufacturers submit to CMS. CMS gives the MACs ASP and Not Otherwise Classified (NOC) drug pricing files for Medicare Part B drugs on a quarterly basis. To read more click here and go to Medicare News/CMS News

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June 29, 2021