Medi-Cal Rx Provider Portal

This Weekly’s Hot Topics

  • Medi-Cal Rx Provider Portal MOASC New
  • Revised guidelines allowing asymptomatic healthcare workers who test positive for COVID-19 to immediately return to work. California News
  • Precision Hematology webinar on January 18. Affiliate Association News/ASH News

In the December 7, 2021 California Oncology Weekly under California News we published, effective January 2, 2022, the California Department of Health Care Services was transitioning all Medi-Cal pharmacy services from managed care to fee-for-service using the Medi-Cal Rx Provider Portal. Physicians who currently prescribe medications for Med-Cal patients, were encouraged to register for the secure Medi-Cal Rx Provider Portal, as soon as possible, and ensure preparedness to avoid any disruptions in patient care. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

Perhaps influenced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention policy, pointing to data that it says supports its guidance that Americans who contract Covid-19 or have not been boosted and are exposed to the virus can return to normal life after five days if they wear a mask. The California Department of Public Health temporarily revised its guidelines to allow healthcare workers who test positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic to return to work immediately without isolation or testing. Effective Jan. 8 through Feb. 1, the return-to-work criteria was updated because of “critical staffing shortages currently being experienced across the healthcare continuum because of the rise in the omicron variant,” according to the state health department. To read more click here and go to California News.

The CDC has reiterated guidance released last week that shortens the isolation period for COVID-19-positive, asymptomatic individuals from 10 to five days. The agency said a negative COVID-19 test is not needed in such instances after five days of isolation, citing a review of 113 studies that showed most transmission happens during the early days of infection. HOWEVER, the American Medical Association said the CDC’s latest guidance for self-isolation and testing after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis is confusing. To read more click here and go to National News.

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January 11, 2022

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