This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Noridian requires providers to use Enrollment Application Status Search. (Noridian News)
  • Bobbi Buell presentation Benchmarking and 2018 Updates, tomorrow! (MOASC News)
  • Participants in Quality Payment Program begin submitting 2017 data (CMS News)

 

California’s right-to-die law has been embraced by many around the state, from scores of patients and their families to individual doctors, some hospice caregivers and several health care systems. But as positive as the reception appears to be so far, plenty of challenges remain, according to testimony offered from experts and other stakeholders during an almost 3½ hour-long legislative hearing at the state capitol on Wednesday. Click here for more information and go to California News.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its information on the shortage of etoposide, and is now reporting that, per Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology (BMS)the shortage issue to increased demand. Availability is now estimated at the end of February. The FDA update, including an 800 number to contact BMS.  Click here for more information and go to National News.

To help you prepare for the transition to the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) on Medicare cards beginning April 1, 2018, review the new information about remittance advices. Beginning in October 2018, through the transition period, when providers submit a claim using a patient’s valid and active Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN), CMS will return both the HICN and the MBI on every remittance advice.  Click here for more information and go to CMS News.

ASCO has released a clinical practice guideline on the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), including recommendations on diagnosis, staging, and treatment with chemotherapy, surgical cytoreduction, and radiation therapy. The guideline was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  Click here for more information and go to Affiliate Association News.

 

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January 30, 2018