Comments are due September 13, on proposed rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule!

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • You have until this Thursday, August 26, to have a voice in insurers step therapy protocols, AB347! California News
  • Comments are due September 13, on proposed rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule! CMS News & ASCO News
  • Tomorrow, August 25, MOASC LunchTime Series discussing new California law affecting your practice. MOASC News
  • FDA amends emergency use authorizations for certain COVID-19 vaccines. Medicare News/Noridian News

MOASC members are experiencing issues with Blue Shield of CA – Commercial Plans requiring White Bagging of drugs. MOASC is trying to determine if this is just a few offices or across Southern California. To read more, click here and go to MOASC News.

Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) has authored Assembly Bill (AB) 347, which would create a more transparent and standardized process in step therapy protocols. The bill would require health insurers to formulate a standard exception process, require an insurer to send an approval or denial request, and create clinical peer-to-peer review appeals by specialists working in similar medical fields. To read more, click here and go to California News.

The FDA amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for both the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to allow for an additional dose in certain immunocompromised people. Effective August 12, 2021, CMS will pay to administer additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines consistent with the FDA EUAs using CPT code 0003A (Pfizer) and 0013A (Moderna). To read more, click here and go to Medicare News/Noridian News.

Last week public health and medical experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a joint statement on the Administration’s plan for COVID-19 booster shots for the American people. To read more, click here and go to National News.

The ACCC has partnered with The PROVE Center at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) for a proposed research study, Bridging the Gap in Breast Cancer Disparities: Implementing Patient-Reported Outcomes in Data Collection Across Cancer Centers. To read more, click here and go to Affiliate Association News.

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

August 24, 2021



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