California Oncology Weekly
"Where California Oncologists Go For Answers!"
A collaborative publication of the
Medical Oncology Association of Southern California, Inc.
and the
Association of Northern California Oncologists, Inc.
July 12, 2016
California News

- MOASC has co-sponsored an event, with Congressman David G. Valadao, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) and several local community partners, to host a workshop where families who are unable to afford their prescriptions can determine if they qualify for financial assistance. Attendees will need to know what prescription medicines they currently take and basic information such as age, income, and current coverage.
Saturday, July 16, 2016, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, Friendship House Community Center
2424 Cottonwood Road | Bakersfield, CA 93307 VALADAO. HOUSE.GOV
- With Californians facing the busiest ballot in more than a decade, big spenders are poised to make it one of the most expensive election battles in state history -- already contributing $185 million to fight over everything from sex, drugs and guns to tobacco and taxes. The money is piling up on behalf of campaigns for 17 statewide ballot measures -- the most since March 2000. And when it comes to big backers, Big Pharma is far and away the towering force.
- UnitedHealthcare's Network Bulletin (July 2016) is now available online at >Tools & Resources > News & Network Bulletin and features articles entitled: Communication Effectiveness Survey; Reminder: Please Complete CMS-required Model of Care Training; Clinical Data Submission Protocol Update-Effective Date for California Care Provides is September 2, 2016; Changes in Advance Notification and Prior Authorization Requirements; Important Change to Our Network of DME Providers; and, Changes in Advance Notification and Prior Authorization Requirements Update-G0154 National Deleted Code.

Noridian News

- Noridian/JEMAC's MAC Satisfaction Indicator Survey is now available online for providers to complete. This Survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete and helps Noridian/JEMAC understand how to better service its providers. Complete the Survey at
- Noridian/JEMAC has posted the following updates to its website (
MLN Connects Provider eNews
Announcements--CMS to Release a CBR on Physician Assistant Use of Modifier 25 in July; Open Payments Program Posts 2015 Financial Data
Claims, Pricers, and Codes--2017 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Files Available
Events--SNF Quality Reporting Program Call-July 12; Modifications to HCPCS Code Set
Publications--Recovering Overpayments from Providers Who Share TINs MLN Matters Article-New; Remittance Advice Resources and FAQs Fact Sheet-Reminder
* SNF Consolidated Billing Enforcement-October 2016 Update CR9688
* Recovering Overpayments from Providers Who Share Tax Identification Numbers SE1612
* Initial Nursing Facility Care, 99306-Service Specific Targeted Review Notification
* Chemotherapy Administration (A52952)-R3
* Screening for Lung Cancer with LDCT-Revised CR9246
* New Waived Tests CR9687
* Prompt Payment Interest Rate-July 2016
- Forthcoming Noridian/JEMAC workshops include:
* Telehealth Services Workshop (July 14)
* Part B Ask the Contractor Teleconference (July 20)
Go to for more information and to register.
- Stem Cell Transplantation for Multiple Myeloma, Myelofibrosis, and Sickle Cell Disease, and Myelodysplastic Syndromes - Revised CR9620. Change Request (CR) 9620, from which this article was developed, notifies providers that effective for claims with dates of service on and after January 27, 2016, for the use of allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) for treatment of Multiple Myeloma, Myelofibrosis, and Sickle Cell Disease is covered by Medicare, but only if provided in the context of a Medicare-approved clinical study meeting specific criteria under the Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) paradigm. Read the complete update.


- THIS SATURDAY!!!! Attend the MOASC 2nd Annual Spotlight on ASCO, Saturday, July 16, 2016, 7:30am to 1:00pm, at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. MOASC & University of California Irvine Division of Hematology Oncology bring you speakers and topics as: John Fruehauf, MD, PhD, on Melanoma; Sai Hong Ignatius Ou, MD, PhD, on Lung; Jason Zell, DO, MPH on GI; Samuel Klempner, MD on GI (non-colorectal abstracts), and Chaitali S. Nangia , MD on Breast (ASCO abstracts). To register, e-mail: or contact the MOASC Office at 800-310-3553 x1. Reduced room rates are available for this event. RSVP before no rooms are available, as it is summer!
- 340B: An Overview, What's at stake? MOASC's LunchTime Series Teleconference, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 12:00pm-PST. Presented by: Mike Ybarra, M.D., Senior Director of Alliance Development, PhRMA. Please RSVP to or by calling 909-985-9061 ext. 1
- Renew your MOASC membership today! There are two ways you can join:
To pay by check:
Make check payable to:
Medical Oncology Association of Southern California
Mail to:
P.O. Box 161, Upland, CA 91785
To pay by credit card:
Fill out the enclosed Membership Application.
You can go to and pay online via PayPal.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the MOASC Office at or 909-985-9061 ext. 1.
- MOASC and ANCO have partnered with SullivanLuallin Group to offer your practice the opportunity to participate in an Oncology-based Patient Satisfaction Survey. The Survey is designed to assess your organization's performance in key areas associated with the ACO, PQRS and CAPHS Surveys. SullivanLuallin Group's eSurv: Online Patient Satisfaction Survey platform allows you to efficiently and cost-effectively capture how your patients feel about your systems, services, and performance. Download more information and an enrollment form at
- In 2016, MOASC has joined ANCO in conducting a 2016 Staff Salary Survey. The purpose of the staff salary survey is to update data relevant to practice expenses in California. This year's survey questionnaire and past survey results can be found at The survey was adopted from The Health Care Group and updated by studying other salary surveys. Please complete the survey and return it to the MOASC office at your earliest convenience but no later than September 30, 2016. Respondents will be provided with a $50 Visa gift card. Please contact MOASC if you have any questions at

- Busy Oncology office in Orange, CA has immediate opening for F/T Oncology Chemo certified RN. Must have excellent IV skills; Exceptional communication and organizational skills are a must. We offer competitive salary and great benefits. Email resume to Administrator at
- Board certified medical oncologist with over 26 years of clinical experience including industry and network trial, is relocating to California. I f your practice has an opportunity for a highly experienced and nationally respected hematologist-oncologist, please contact the MOASC office for more information.

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- ANCO is pleased to announce that it will host ASCO Highlights 2016 on August 27 at The Claremont Resort in Oakland. The meeting will summarize the major research and treatment advancements presented at this year's
ASCO Annual Meeting. The program will focus on breast, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic, and lung cancers as well as hematological malignancies. The meeting was announced in late June; download the meeting announcement and registration form at

- ANCO is pleased to announce that it will host it 2016 Professional Education Meeting on August 3 at The Claremont Resort in Oakland. The meeting will feature sessions on MACRA, Managing Oncology within Medicare, California's End of Life Option Act, and An ANCO Atlas. The meeting was announced in early June; download the meeting announcement and registration form at

- ANCO and MOASC have partnered with SullivanLuallin
Group to offer your practice the opportunity to participate in an Oncology-based Patient Satisfaction Survey. The Survey is designed to assess your organization's performance in key areas associated with the ACO and PQRS CAPHS Surveys. SullivanLuallin  Group's eSurv: Online Patient Satisfaction Survey platform allows you to efficiently and cost-effectively capture how your patients feel about your systems, services, and performance. Download more information and an enrollment form at

- ANCO and MOASC have partnered to conduct a 2016 Staff Salary Survey. The purpose of the Staff Salary Survey is to update data relevant to practice expenses in California. Past ANCO Staff Salary Survey results are reported at The 2016 Staff Salary Survey was distributed to members the week of May 16 and is available online at
Completed Surveys are due no later than September 30 and respondents will be provided with a $50 Visa gift card. Results will be analyzed and reported during 4Q2016.

National News  

- The United States Food and Drug Administration has finalized the Individual Patient Expanded Access Application, a simplified form to make the process easier for physicians to request investigational drugs for their patients--including cancer drugs and treatments under development. Visit for more information.
- Hospitals are livid about the Obama administration's plans to eliminate their Medicare payments for services at new off-campus outpatient departments, saying it ignores the intent of Congress and will limit access to care. Under an outpatient payment rule proposed last week for 2017, Medicare would not pay hospitals for most services provided at off-campus departments that started billing Medicare after Nov. 2, 2015. Instead, physicians would be paid for services there at an enhanced rate. And off-campus departments that were already billing Medicare as of that date would not be paid for any services they add. They also would be cut off from all payments if the facility is relocated or expanded.

CMS News

- CMS has released the proposed 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule at CMS estimates that in CY2017 reimbursement for the hematology/oncology specialty is set to increase by 2%, though the actual impact on individual practices will depend on the mix of services provided. ASCO is evaluating the proposed rule in great detail and more information will be forthcoming.

Affiliate Association News  

- The first 25 MOASC members to register will have their registration fees waved using the code: L16MOASC. Join PER® at this year's 17th Annual International Lung Cancer Congress® at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach on Thursday, August 4th through Saturday, August 6th 2016. Leading international and national faculty, such as David Gandara, MD, will address critical topics in lung cancer staging, personalized therapy, and the latest clinical data impacting the treatment of lung cancer. The International Lung Cancer Congress® provides current, practical information on the management of lung cancer, as well as a look at the novel agents and strategies that will shape the future of lung cancer therapy.
Don't miss this unique learning opportunity. Visit our site here to register!
For more information and for assistance in registering, please call (609) 378-3701 or email
- To help you prepare for MACRA implementation, ASCO will be offering a series of webinars and an in-person workshop. Click the Registration link for the July 19 webinar. As an alternative, you may also visit the ASCO in Action page on to find the registration link. Please scroll down to the last paragraph and click on the "Registration" hyperlink. As registration opens for future webinars and the workshop, notifications will be included in our weekly newsletter. Additionally, you can find video and PowerPoint slides from previous webinars, as well as, additional information on the MACRA Resource page.
- Services provided in 2017 will form the basis of MACRA determined payments in 2019. The actions you take starting in January 2017 will result in a reduction of up to 4% or increase of up to 22% in your Medicare revenue in 2019. Go to for more information; read Bobbie Buell's analysis of the MACRA proposal at; listen to ACCC's webinar at
- California Medical Association will host a webinar entitled MACRA: What is CMA Doing to Improve It? What Steps Can You Take to Prepare Now? July 13 at 12:15pm Pacific time. The webinar will provide an overview of the new MACRA payment changes, with an emphasis on what CMA is doing to improve MACRA regulations for physicians. The webinar will also discuss what physicians can do now to be ready for the major changes ahead. Go to
to register.  

- ASCO will present a free webinar entitled Are You Ready for MACRA? How to Prepare on July 19 at 1PM; go to for more information and to register. Also, download ASCO's step-by-step guide to preparing for MACRA at
- Applications for ASCO's Leadership Development Program are now open and must be received by September 23. To learn more about the Program, please visit
- ASCO invites interested stakeholders to submit comments on its draft Integration of Palliative Care into Standard Oncology Care Guideline Update. This open comment process provides greater transparency in the guideline development process and the opportunity for key stakeholders to provide feedback before the guideline's finalization and publication. Go to to submit your comments.
- The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), and the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) have announced an open comment period for the revised evidence-based Molecular Guideline for Selection of Lung Cancer Patients for EGFR and ALK Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors. Learn more at The guideline is designed to provide state-of-the-art molecular testing of lung cancer recommendations. The comment period ends August 2.
- NCCN has published updates to the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) and the NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium (NCCN Compendium®) for: bladder cancer (V2.2016) and ovarian cancer (V1.2016). Please visit
- At the MGMA 2016 Annual Conference, Oct. 30 - Nov. 2 in San Francisco, you'll find the best practices, proven strategies and lasting support you need to grow professionally; see and capitalize on opportunities; and, ultimately, lead your practice to even greater success.Click here for the full schedule and session details.

In This Issue
LunchTime Series Teleconference/Webinar 
July 27th
August 31st
October 26th

Oncology Roundtable Teleconference 
September 28th  
November 30th 


ASCO State Affiliate
Meeting in Virginia, VA

October 26th - 28th

ANCO's ASCO Highlights 2016
 (August 27, Oakland)
Hematological Malignancies Updates
(September 17; Sacramento)
 MGMA 2016 National Conference
 (October 30-November 2; San Francisco)
Hematological Malignancies Updates (November 12; Palo Alto)

The Medical Oncology Association of Southern California(MOASC) is a leading oncology society that advances and protects the ability of cancer patients to obtain, and the ability of the oncology physicians to provide, optimal cancer care. The Association of Northern California Oncologists (ANCO) is an association of hematologists/oncologists dedicated to promoting high professional standards of cancer care by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, data, and knowledge. The material contained in the California Oncology Weekly is intended as general information for ANCO and MOASC members. Because diagnostic, treatment, contracting, coding, and billing decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis, any such information contained in the California Oncology Weekly may not apply in any given situation. Members are encouraged to contact their own consultants or advisors to obtain specific advice on matters relating to contracting, coding, and billing. The information contained in California Oncology Weekly should not be used as a substitute for such advice. This publication provides a summary of regulations affecting oncology and its business practices. Reading this newsletter does not substitute for understanding regulations and verifying the validity of every claim. This information is time-sensitive and is subject to change. MOASC or ANCO accepts no liability for any statements or articles herein.CPT codes are owned and trademarked by the American Medical Association.  All Rights Reserved.



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