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The Maryland and District of Columbia Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (“MDCSCO”) is committed to improving the quality and delivery of care in medical oncology in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. We promote appropriate standards of care in oncology and cooperate with investigators conducting cancer research.

In addition, we assist in the continuing education of oncologists and educate the public, the government, insurance carriers, and other health care providers about appropriate prevention of cancer and other therapeutic options for patients with cancer.

We encourage you to join more than 400 current members in providing the leadership in our progressive future. Click here to find out more about our membership.

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TELEMEDICINE UPDATE
MDCSCO is sharing this table containing telemedicine updates with the permission of the compiler. While this content is thought to be reliable, we suggest you verify the accuracy before taking action based on this information.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL PROVIDERS
FROM THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

As of January 1, 2021, there were significant changes to the office and outpatient Evaluation and Management (E&M) services (CPT ® codes 99202-99215) for both new and established patients.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ONCOLOGISTS

NO MORE DUES!

The Maryland and District of Columbia Society of Clinical Oncology now offers FREE professional memberships to physician oncologists. Click here for the flyer.

As a member, you get the following benefits:

  • Free attendance at ALL MDCSCO events.
  • A legislative voice on issues of high priority to the practice of oncology.
  • Being a member of one of the U.S.'s strongest ASCO state affiliates and representation at ASCO.
  • Representation at NCCN.
  • Opportunity to be considered for elected office and other leadership roles within MDCSCO.

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Member News

Arun Bhandari, MDCSCO board member, has just been named to serve on the Maryland Health Care Commission. He also serves on the Maryland State Council of Cancer Control. Dr. Bhandari is with Chesapeake Oncology Hematology Associates in Annapolis.


STATE CANCER FACT SHEETS AVAILABLE

The 2021 State Cancer Fact Sheets for all fifty states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are now available on myAffiliates and ASCO’s webpage. The fact sheets contain key cancer and health care data from each state and highlight the impact of NIH funding in your state. These fact sheets are useful background materials for meetings with legislative staff and can aid your advocacy efforts. Contact [email protected] for help with coordinating your advocacy activities.


OF INTEREST

MD Anderson Cancer Center is featuring an online educational series for all health care provider specialties in the following cancer topics: breast, COVID-related topics, dermatology/melanoma, gastroenterology, hematology, immunology, internal medicine, thoracic and head & neck, and hot topics.  The modules are pre-recorded and will be available through February 1, 2022.  To view more details or register, click here.

2022 CMS Proposed Rules: Physician Fee Schedule, QPP, OPPS --- Comments due September 13th by 5:00p.m.

Below are the CMS proposed rules for 2022. These “takeaways” documents feature highlights from each of these proposed rules and a link to the comments website as well as the rule file code to help search the specific rule. All comments are due by 5:00p.m. on September 13th for the PFS and QPP, and September 17th at 5:00p.m. for the OPPS proposed rule.


SEPTEMBER 29 HOT TOPICS FORUM, OCTOBER 28 AWARDS/MEMBERSHIP EVENT CONVERTED TO ALL VIRTUAL

Due to COVID-19 risks, at its August 25 meeting, the MDCSCO Board of Directors voted to suspend live meetings at least through October 2021. These meetings will be conducted using the Horizon Virtual Venue. All live meeting reservations will be converted to virtual status.


September 29, 2021 - HOT TOPICS FORUM. Register HERE.

 

SAVE THE DATES FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS:


October 28, 2021 - Membership and Awards Dinner (VIRTUAL)
On the Horizon Virtual Venue
6:15 p.m. reception, followed by virtual program


Resources - COVID-19 Vaccinations for Physicians

District of Columbia:

https://www.msdc.org/physicians/news/2020/12/29/phase-1a-eligible-medical-professionals-may-now-book-covid-vaccine-appointment

Maryland:

http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/msms/issues/2021-01-04-email.html


Updated Recommendations on COVID-19 Vaccine Third Doses from NCCN

The National Comprehensive Cancer Center Network (NCCN), a nonprofit alliance of leading cancer centers, yesterday announced significant updates to the NCCN: Cancer and COVID-19 Vaccination guidance. This is the fourth version of NCCN's COVID-19 vaccination guide and incorporates the latest data plus recent approvals from the FDA and CDC regarding a third mRNA vaccine dose for immunocompromised people. The updated guidance is available for free at NCCN.org/covid-19.

Click here for the complete NCCN press release.


Vaccines.gov Website is Now Live

CMS has announced that the federally supported website that makes it easier for individuals to access COVID-19 vaccines is now live. Vaccines.gov – powered by the trusted VaccineFinder brand – is available in English and Spanish, with high accessibility standard, and will help connect Americans with locations offering vaccines near them. In addition to the website, people in the U.S. are also now able to utilize a text message service, available in both English and Spanish. People can text their ZIP code to 438829 (GETVAX) and 822862 (VACUNA) to find three locations nearby that have vaccines available.

Vaccines.gov is meant to complement the number of state and pharmacy websites that have been successfully connecting many Americans with vaccinations, by providing a unified federal resource for Americans to use no matter where they are.

In addition to the website and text messaging service, the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline is now available to help those who prefer to get information by phone on where to get a vaccine. Call 1-800-232-0233 to find a location near you.

Speaker Program On Demand Site

The Pfizer Oncology team has created a Speaker Program On Demand Site that now houses a program presented by Jennifer R. Klemp, PhD, MPH, entitled Addressing Cancer Health Disparities: Understanding Drivers and Looking Toward Change. This program is for healthcare professionals and illustrates the disparate health outcomes that exist across the cancer care continuum. The program provides an understanding of the factors contributing to healthcare disparities, the effect on health outcomes, and potential approaches to overcoming barriers that may negate optimal cancer care in vulnerable populations. Click here to review the program brochure.