To ensure access to quality and affordable care for cancer patients within their communities

Since 1990, MOASC has represented more than 400 oncologists in California and neighboring states. Our association has succeeded in providing value to membership through the creation of the MOASC Purchasing Network (MPN), a GPO for purchasing of drugs and medical office supplies; and the MOASC Contracting Network (MCN) created to represent California medical oncologists in developing new contracting and financial relationships with Payors, promote clinical integration, and enhance the quality, and cost effectiveness, of the medical care provided to cancer patients.

 

MOASC is the source of valuable information for their members through their weekly newsletter the California Oncology Weekly, monthly webinars, meetings, certification courses, and practice management consulting. MOASC strives to continue to succeed in ensuring the continued practice of community oncology care, thereby insuring greater access to oncology treatments for the cancer patient.

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SB128, The End-of-Life Options Act, was introduced on January 21. The bill would give patients with terminal illness the right to seek life-ending medication from their doctor and would require that the medication be self-administered, that the patient is mentally competent, that two physicians confirm the prognosis that the patient has six months or less to live, that the patient's physician discuss alternatives and additional treatment options, that the patient submits a written request and two oral requests made at least 15 days apart, and that two witnesses attest to the request. Pharmacists and physicians would be given legal immunity for participating and would be able to opt out. Click here for more information.

 

 

Medicare claims processing contractors (MACs) have published the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS; https://med.noridianmedicare.com/web/jeb/fees-news/fee-schedules/mpfs) and have released 2015 claims for payment. Click here for more information.

 

 

California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana S. Dooley announced January 26, 2015 that Jennifer Kent, has been appointed by Governor Brown as the next Director of the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Click here for more information.

 

 

A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) provides recommended guidelines about what data should be shared at key times in a clinical trial. In its report, Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risks, an IOM committee concludes that sharing data is in the public interest, but a multi-stakeholder effort is needed to develop a culture, infrastructure, and policies that will foster responsible sharing. Read the report at www.nap.edu/catalog/18998/sharing-clinical-trial-data-maximizing-benefits-minimizing-risk. Click here for more information.

 

 

If you are an eligible professional participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, you have until February 28, 2015 to attest to demonstrating meaningful use of the data collected during your EHR reporting period for the 2014 calendar year. If you are participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please refer to your state’s deadlines for attestation information.  The CMS Attestation System is open and fully operational, and includes the 2014 Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) Flexibility Rule options. Medicare eligible professionals can attest any time to 2014 data until 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time on February 28, 2015.

Reminder: You must attest to demonstrating meaningful use every year to receive an incentive and avoid a Medicare payment adjustment. Click here for more information.

 

Upcoming Events

  • LunchTime Series Teleconference

    LunchTime Series Teleconference at 12:00pm-PST.

    January 28th

    February 25th

    March 18th

    April 29th

     

    To register email moasc@moasc.org or call 909-985-9061 ext. 1.

  • AONN+ West Coast Regional Meeting • May 18-20, 2015 • Motif Seattle Hotel • Seattle, Washington

    AONN+ West Coast Regional Meeting • May 18-20, 2015 • Motif Seattle Hotel • Seattle, Washington

    AONN+ will continue to advance the navigation profession by expanding the scope of educational sessions, networking opportunities, and NEXT (Navigators Exploring Xtra Tracks) day sessions through this regional meeting. In addition, this  meeting will address the evolving challenges of program improvement, the role of personalized medicine, and implementation of best practices in navigation, survivorship, and psychosocial care. Click here to learn more & register today.

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