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HHS Issues Slew of Clarifications for Provider Relief Fund Recipients

posted: June 26, 2020 to Federal

After announcing plans to distribute an addition $15 billion to participants in state Medicaid and CHIP programs, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a number of clarifications for providers who received funds from the general distribution fund.

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CSRO Renews Opposition to BCBST Whitebagging Policy

posted: June 12, 2020 to CSRO News

Late last year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST) announced a sweeping policy that would mandate the use of a white-bagging acquisition system for a substantial number of covered lives in Tennessee. The policy would have, in effect, disallowed the use of buy and bill.

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Updates to Louisiana Step-therapy Reform Statute Advance through Legislature

posted: May 29, 2020 to State

For Louisianans with chronic health conditions, it is important to get timely access to the medications and treatments they need. We must ensure that doctors and their patients, not a one-size-fits-all insurance policy, make the right decision for the right treatment at the right time.

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CSRO Comments on CMS Telehealth and Home Administration

posted: April 30, 2020 to Federal

In response to rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has made numerous interim revisions to its policies. These changes are designed to streamline patient access to care during the pandemic and large scale social distancing.

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South Dakota Becomes Latest State to Enact Step Therapy Reform

posted: April 21, 2020 to State

On Tuesday, March 24th South Dakota Governor, Kristi Noem, signed SB 155 into law as S.J. 588. The law provides sorely needed reforms to the step-therapy process for patients and providers in South Dakota.

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Add to the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance Registry

posted: April 8, 2020 to CSRO News, Federal

CSRO is imploring its membership to utilize the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance Healthcare Provider Entered Registry during the unprecedented era of global pandemic.

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CSRO Leadership Gives Testimony at FDA/FTC Biosimilar Workshop

posted: March 25, 2020 to CSRO News

On March 9, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration co-sponsored a public workshop focusing on promoting competition in biologics markets. The workshop was held at the FDA’s White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, Maryland and was also viewable via webcast.

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CSRO 2020 Fellows Conference Round-Up

posted: March 17, 2020 to CSRO News

On March 7th, 2020, the CSRO held its annual Fellows Conference in San Francisco. Attending fellows were introduced to a network of experienced physicians that they can tap into as they prepare for their futures.

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CSRO Policy Update, March 2020, Issue 10

posted: March 10, 2020 to Policy Update

With the turning of the decade I have recently been reflecting on CSRO’s growth and achievements over the course of the past ten years.

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Statement from CSRO President On New BCBST Policy

posted: February 12, 2020 to CSRO News

Following a press release issued by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee attacking the Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations for exposing a policy that will prove to harmful to patients, Dr. Madeline Feldman, CSRO’s President, issued this statement.

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