This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Significant health care program changes in the 2017-18 California State Budget. (California News)
  • MEET WITH YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS! (National News)
  • TOMORROW is the deadline to submit an abstract for ASH’s annual meeting (Affiliate News)

Tuesday, August 8th, at 5p.m. (PT) Noam Z. Drazin, MD, Cedars Sinai Medical Group, will share helpful tips to improve and enhance patients’ communications with their health care team and empower participants to advocate for themselves when discussing individual concerns including screening, fertility, fear of recurrence, new research, clinical trials, and immunotherapy. For more information click here and go to California News.

ASP Medicare Part B Drug Pricing Files and Revisions – October 2017 CR10187. Make sure your billing staffs are aware of these changes. Change Request (CR) 10187 instructs MACs to download and implement the October 2017 and, if released, the revised July 2017, April 2017, January 2017, and October 2016, ASP drug pricing files for Medicare Part B drugs via the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Data Center (CDC). For more information click here and go to Noridian News.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a former orthopedic surgeon, has taken a number of steps that are favored by his former physician colleagues, including quietly rolling back regulations that have been criticized by provider groups. For more information click here and go to National News.

The legal team at Johnson & Johnson created “2018 MACRA QPP Proposed Rule Update” highlights and Q&A documents. These provide a concise summary of the 2018 MACRA QPP Proposed Rule.  CMS is accepting comments until August 21, 2017. For more information click here and go to CMS News.

TOMORROW, Wednesday, August 2, at 11:59 p.m. PT is the deadline to submit an abstract for ASH’s annual meeting in Atlanta, GA, December 9-12, where the best scientific research in all areas of hematology will be showcased.  For more information click here and go to Affiliate News.

 

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August 1, 2017