Welcome

The Mississippi Society of Oncology was formed in 1991 for the purpose of promoting the highest professional standards of oncology in Mississippi, to study, research and exchange information, experiences and ideas leading to improvement in oncology and promote educational opportunities.

In addition,  the MOS is committed to support the search for more effective treatments of malignant diseases, work with other organizations and societies that have concerns with cancer care, and disseminate information regarding regulatory developments affecting members.

And finally the MOS  acts as a resource for insurers regarding the standard of care in oncology and represents the practice of oncology and hematology in the State of Mississippi.

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Announcements

ASTRO releases updated radiation oncology safety guide

In conjunction with Patient Safety Awareness Week, the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) published an update today to its framework for safe and effective radiation therapy treatment. The comprehensive reference guide, Safety is No Accident: A Framework for Quality Radiation Oncology and Care, is available for download.

CDC Issues Key Clarification on Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Agency Clarifies CDC Guideline Not Meant to Limit Access to Appropriate Pain Management for Individuals with Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease

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CMS Releases Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule. The agency responded to the overwhelming negative stakeholder response to its proposal to revise evaluation and management (E/M) documentation requirements and payment by significantly revising its final policy. Please see below for a summary of the changes in the final rule.

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CMS Open Payments: Review and Dispute Period Now Open

U.S. physicians have from April 1 until May 15 to review and dispute Open Payments data before it is made public on June 30. Review of the data is voluntary, but strongly encouraged to help improve the accuracy of the reported data.

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Webinar: 2019 Medicare Reimbursement -- Final Rules Update

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently published the final rules for 2019 Medicare reimbursement. ASCO is hosting a webinar to outline the rules and explain changes on December 5, 2018 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern. Please register now and encourage your members to do the same.

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News

Quality Payment Program: 2018 CME Modules, Infographics, and Scoring Guide

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted three new Continuing Medical Education (CME) modules on the Medicare Learning Network Learning Management System for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS):

  • Improvement Activities Performance Category: Basics, including reporting requirements, scoring, and flexibilities for small and rural practices
  • Cost Performance Category: Overview and how CMS calculates scores
  • Alternative Payment Model (APM): Overview, scoring standard, and reporting requirements for participants

Please inform your members that they can receive credit for learning how to participate in QPP. For more information, contact the Quality Payment Program at QPP@cms.hhs.gov.



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