March is National Colorectal Cancer, Kidney Cancer, and Multiple Myeloma Cancer Awareness Month
This Weekly’s Hot Topics
- UC San Diego has open recruitments for oncologists specializing in Breast cancer and Experimental Therapeutics MOASC News/ Career News
- California Cancer Caucus’ Virtual Legislative Briefing on Cancer Prevention and Early Detection, Wednesday, March 9 California News
- Tell CMS to Fix DIR Fees! Please submit comment on Proposed PBM Regulation by March 7th! National News
UC San Diego invites you to an interactive online learning experience on Gather-ed where you can earn free CME credits and learn about Advances in Basal Cell Carcinoma at your own pace from your own computer. We think you will find it enjoyable, and the time commitment is extremely modest and flexible. To read more click here and go to MOASC News/MOASC Programs
As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept across California, many patients delayed critical screening and diagnostic tests for detecting cancers. Due to delays, physicians are seeing more patients present with advanced stages of cancers that would have otherwise been detected earlier with standard screening practices. Keeping up with medical care and cancer screenings may contribute to the future health of Californians. To read more click here and go to California News.
CMS is replacing its Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model with a new accountable care organization model at year’s end called the ACO Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health Model. The new framework is intended to enhance care and health equity, and it will require ACOs to submit a plan outlining how they intend to reduce health care disparities and address the needs of underserved Medicare beneficiaries. Per CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the CMS Innovation Center, “Under the ACO REACH Model, health care providers can receive more predictable revenue and use those dollars more flexibly to meet their patients’ needs — and to be more resilient in the face of health challenges like the current public health pandemic. To read more click here and go to Medicare News/CMS News.
Don’t Forget to Tell CMS to Fix DIR Fees! Please submit comment on Proposed PBM Regulation by March 7th! PBM abuses have been a hot topic in Washington for years. CMS is currently taking the first step in reining in these abuses by fixing the direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees that PBMs charge pharmacies. With the link to the one-stop page, you can share your perspective on DIR Fees with CMS and your members of Congress. To read more click here and go to National News.
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