This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Understanding Medicare Changes; An Impossible Dream?(California News)
  • Spotlight On® Hematology (MOASC News)
  • Health care provider organizations working to streamline prior authorizations to improve access (National News)


The California Medical Association (CMA) will host a webinar entitled Understanding Medicare Changes; An Impossible Dream? with Arthur Lurvey, M.D., Contractor Medical Director, Noridian Healthcare Solutions, on January 24 at 12:15pm. For more information click here and go to California News.

Effective February 5, Noridian/JEMAC will require providers to use the Enrollment Application Status Search self-service tool to access application related details. In addition, effective February 5,  Noridian/JEMAC will require providers to use the Noridian Medicare Portal (NMP) and/or the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) for all eligibility inquiries. For more information click here and go to Noridian News.

THIS Saturday, January 27, 2018 is MOASC’s Spotlight On® Hematology, in Huntington Beach. MOASC’s Spotlight On Series presentation brings highlights of the 2017 ASH annual meeting. MOASC awarded educational grants to 3 UCI Fellows who attended the ASH Annual in Atlanta, GA on December 9 – 12, 2017. They, and UCI faculty will present their discoveries through interactive discussions on ASH highlights. For more information contact the MOASC office at

AHIP, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and four other health care provider organizations are working to streamline prior authorizations to improve access to timely and affordable care while reducing administrative burdens. The groups agreed to reduce the number of providers subject to prior authorization rules, improve communication, and regularly review services and medications that require prior authorization. For more information click here and go to National News.


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January 23, 2017