This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Lose 5.1% or gain 7.06% in 2022 find out more. MOASC News/MOASC  Programs
  • COVID-19 vaccination required of practices that participate in Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare News/CMS  News
  • Build Back Better “reconciliation” bill summary. National News

In response to IV Iron Policies recently published by Anthem and UnitedHealthcare, MOASC is in communication with the two insurers. President, Ashkan Lashkari, MD encourages practices who administer IV iron to take a stand as insurance carriers are making the administration of IV iron in the office a logistical nightmare. Insurers are preferring that physicians use agents that are associated with greater potential side effects (Infed, Feraheme) over others, with less adverse effects, such as Injectafer. The cost to the physician of purchasing such agents are so exhorbitant that physicians are often left with a deficit. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

California recently passed AB359, expanding the definition of CME to include practice management education, which aligns with other state and national guidelines and results in better services to patients. To read more click here and go to California News.

On January 1, 2022, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will transition all Medi-Cal pharmacy services from managed care to fee-for-service (FFS). The Medi-Cal pharmacy benefits and services administered by DHCS in the FFS delivery system is collectively referred to as “Medi-Cal Rx.” To read more click here and go to Medi-Cal DHCS News.

The Biden Administration has required COVID-19 vaccination of eligible staff at health care facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, by December 5, 2021. Facilities covered by this regulation must establish a policy ensuring all eligible staff have received the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine prior to providing any care, treatment, or other services. All eligible staff must have received the necessary shots to be fully vaccinated – either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson – by January 4, 2022. To read more click here and go to Medicare NEws/CMS News

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November 9, 2021

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