This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Cancer Screen Week, December 4-8, 2017. (Industry News)
  • 2018 Part B monthly premium and deductible will remain the same (CMS News)
  • New platform lets patients sell their health data. (National News)

Op Ed published in the Sacramento Bee about the lack of sufficient oversight and tough punishment by the Medical Board for physicians who commit sexual assault of patients. This has been an ongoing policy discussion in Sacramento.  For more information click here and go to California News

A new issue has been added to our list of grievances! Please provide MOASC with your information through December 8th. MOASC will compile and forward to the California Insurance Commissioner or the Department of Managed Health Care for resolution. The number of contested denials handled by the department has nearly tripled! YOUR RESPONSE IS NEEDED!. For more information click here and go to MOASC News.

Lawmakers are negotiating their year-end budget and HHS’ new Medicare cuts to the 340B program is involved. Congress must pass the budget by Dec. 8 to prevent a government shutdown. 340B hospitals face $1.6 billion in annual Medicare cuts through the CMS’ finalized hospital outpatient hospital prospective payment rule if Congress doesn’t block or delay its implementation before Jan. 1, according to the American Hospital Association and Association of American Medical Colleges. For more information click here and go to National News.

The CMS is moving ahead with its plan to cancel bundled-payment models that were predicted to save Medicare millions. The agency insisted it still supports moving Medicare from a fee-for-service to value-based system. For more information click here and go to CMS News.

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December 5, 2017