November 2017 Issue of eNews

November 2017 

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CAR-T Coding and Reimbursement Webinar  

ASBMT invites you to register now for the webinar on CAR-T Coding and Reimbursement to be held Nov. 2 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. CT. Using chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy is one of the most promising new adoptive immunotherapy approaches for patients with certain types of leukemia and lymphoma. As the first products have been approved, clear coding and reimbursement challenges have been identified. The webinar will highlight these challenges and discuss ways in which ASBMT is advocating for solutions. READ MORE.

Importance of New HCTCT Specialty Designation – What You Need to Know  

On Oct. 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented our new specialty designation for HCT physicians – hematopoietic cellular transplant and cellular therapy (HCTCT) physicians. Over the next 60 days, HCT physicians should contact their hospital billing offices to ask for this specialty change on CMS paper forms CMS 855I or CMS 855O or to do this electronically on the Internet Based Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS). This will alert the local Medicare administrative contractor to change specialty designation. Many have asked what the implications of the specialty change will do for HCT physicians. Some of the common questions are addressed in this article. READ MORE.

Policy Perspectives
by Stephanie Farnia, ASBMT Director of Health Policy and Strategic Relations
As you have read in previous columns, the approval of CAR-T products in 2017 has created several substantial streams of work on the reimbursement and coding side of the world. For the last several months, a small team has been working to assess which codes currently available in the various reimbursement systems would be useable for billing CAR-T services and, in a complementary fashion, to establish which new codes would need to be created.

A Whirlwind Fall 
A Word from President Krishna Komanduri, MD   
I hope this message finds all of you doing well. After the tumultuous events of September (see my last ASBMT eNews column) I am pleased to say that the “whirlwind” in my title is entirely metaphorical. I am happy to report that the last two months have been an incredibly busy and productive time for the Society, and I am pleased to relay some of our recent and coming events and accomplishments. READ MORE

Getting to the 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings

There are many wonderful hotels to choose from for the 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings in Salt Lake City. All hotel reservations for the 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings must be made online. Be sure to book your hotel soon. The BMT Tandem Meetings has also partnered with various airlines to secure discounted air travel rates for meeting attendees. To get the promo codes for these airline discounts: READ MORE.

APC Honors Drs. Horowitz & Childs

Congratulations to chief scientific director of the CIBMTR, Mary M. Horowitz, MD, MACP, for receiving a Mastership from the American College of Physicians in early October. Dr. Horowitz serves as Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she is division chief of Hematology/Oncology division in the department of internal medicine. Richard W. Childs, MD, was also honored with the American College of Physicians Award for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine. READ MORE.

Also in this issue. . . 

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