This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Blue Shield of CA – Commercial Plans requiring White Bagging MOASC News
  • This Thursday! 8/19, Practical Tips for Prostate Cancer, Genomic Testing Forum MOASC News
  • This Thursday! 8/19, E&M 2021 Clarifications Medicare News/Noridian Programs
  • CDC directs individuals to talk to their doctors about evolving Covid-19 vaccine recommendations. National News
  • This Thursday! 8/19, What to do after graduation from fellowship? ANCO News

MOASC Office has been informed that some MOASC members are experiencing issues with Blue Shield of CA – Commercial Plans requiring White Bagging of drugs. MOASC is trying to determine if this is just a few offices or across Southern California. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

MOASC will host a live webinar on Practical Tips for Prostate Cancer, Genomic Testing Forum. Matthew Rettig, MD, Professor of Medicine and Urology, Medical Director Prostate Cancer Program, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Chief, Division of Hematology-Oncology, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Stephen Freedland, M.D., Warschaw, Robertson and Law Families; Chair in Prostate Cancer, Professor of Surgery (Urology), Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Staff Physician, Durham VA Medical Center, will lead discussions. To read more click here and go to MOASC News/MOASC Programs

As drought persists across more than 95% of the American West, water elevation at the Hoover Dam has sunk to record-low levels, endangering a source of hydroelectric power for an estimated 1.3 million people across California, Nevada and Arizona. The water level at Lake Mead, the Colorado River reservoir serving the Hoover Dam, fell to the lowest level since the lake was first filled following the dam’s construction in the 1930s. This month, the federal government is expected to declare a water shortage on the Colorado River for the first time, triggering cutbacks in water allocations to surrounding states from the river. Widespread drought conditions throughout the Southwest over the past 20 years have led to a more than 130-foot drop in the water level at Lake Mead since 2000. To read more click here and go to California News.

Medicare stands ready to pay for administering an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine consistent with the FDA emergency use authorization (EUA). CMS will pay the same amount to administer this additional dose as for other doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (approximately $40 each). Billing and coding information will be published in the coming days. To read more click here and go to Medicare News/CMS News.

CDC Covid-19 vaccine recommendations are evolving. CDC now recommends that people whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial 2 doses. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. To read more click here and go to National News.

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August 17, 2021

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