California oncology sends letter to California Department of Public Health

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MOASC and the Association of Northern California Oncologists (ANCO), are preparing a joint letter for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to encourage them to amend AFL 21-08.7, to protect California’s patients with cancer who are more vulnerable to complications from infection with SARS-CoV2. The current active CDPH policy allows health facilities in the state at critical staff shortage to have health care providers return to work with patients without isolation after testing positive for COVID if asymptomatic. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

With less than one year until Californians head to the ballot to vote on the so-called Fairness for Injured Patients Act (FIPA), the coalition of Californians to Protect Patients and Contain Health Care Costs have an update on the campaign and how they are preparing to defeat this dangerous initiative. With funding assistance from The Doctors Company, California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and the California Medical Association, the campaign team has built a strong coalition of physicians, nurses, dentists, hospitals, clinics, and many other health care organizations who recognize the irreparable harm and loss of care that FIPA would cause to millions of seniors, low-income populations, and disadvantaged communities. To read more click here and go to California News.

Last month, COA contracted with Avalere to review the proposed updates on USP 795 and 797 standards to see if there is any impact on oncology practices. Avalere found that the updates may impact community practices in the following ways: Personnel, Process, Waste, or Financial Burdens. To read more click here and go to National News.

The Department of Health and Human Services is providing $103 million in American Rescue Plan funding to promote mental health and alleviate stress and burnout among health care staff in the US. The agency said $28.6 million will be awarded to 10 organizations that provide evidence-based programs for employee wellness, $68.2 million will go to 34 organizations that offer mental health and resiliency training, and about $6 million will fund a new Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Technical Assistance Center. To read more click here and go to National News.

January 25, 2022

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