This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • 18th Multidisciplinary Management of Cancers March 16-18(ANCO News)
  • CMS approved State Plan Amendment to pay for physician services (Medi-Cal News)
  • Physician dispensing pharmacies can now contract with CVS Caremark (National News)


The CMA Practice Resources (March 2018) is now available online, features articles entitled Anthem agrees to fully rescind modifier 25 policy; State to investigate Aetna coverage denials; Physicians report delays, challenges in the wake of Anthem Blue Cross eliminating contracting phone support; CMA publishes guide for physicians affected by EHS contract terminations; DMHC issues proposed regulations for “average contracted rate” under out-of-pocket network billing and payment law. For more information click here and go to California News.

Did you know the annual MAC Satisfaction Indicator (MSI) survey will be conducted in March 2018? The MSI measures your satisfaction with our processes and service delivery so we can gain valuable insights and determine process improvements. For more information click here and go to Noridian News.

Allowing for the distribution of supplemental payments to physicians funded by the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 (Proposition 56), CMS recently approved State Plan Amendment (SPA) 17-030 submitted by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). For more information click here and go to Medi-Cal News.

Signaling the first significant move in the upper chamber to follow the U.S. House of Representatives’ push for 340B reforms, the Senate health committee is planning an oversight hearing for the 340B drug discount program. The House Energy & Commerce Committee is expected to hold hearings later this month on a packet of bills that would significantly change 340B operations. Meanwhile, key senators have introduced legislation that scrutinize the drug discount program. For more information click here and go to National News.


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March 6, 2018