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    Security prescription fix signed by Governor Newsom; delays implementation until 2021

    March 12, 2019
    After intense lobbying from CMA, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Monday that will end the confusion caused by flawed...

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    Coding Corner: Physician/patient meet-and-greet

    January 30, 2019
    Insurers, including government payors such as Medicare and Medicaid, reimburse only those services or procedures that t...

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    UnitedHealthcare delays outpatient advanced radiology policy until February 1

    January 14, 2019
    The new UHC policy—originally scheduled for implementation on Jan. 1—requires prior authorization for advanced imaging ...

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    On-demand webinar: Reporting data to the California Parkinson's Disease Registry

    December 17, 2018
    The webinar covers manual data entry via secure web portal and automated electronic interface.

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    Children detainees must be reunited with families and given access to proper health care

    June 29, 2018
    The federal government’s recently enacted “zero-tolerance” policy of enforcement of immigration has sparked widespread ...

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    New Parkinson’s reporting requirements take effect July 1

    May 31, 2018
    Health care providers diagnosing or providing treatment to Parkinson’s disease patients will be required to report each...

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    End of Life Option Act invalidated, state seeks emergency stay pending appeal

    May 30, 2018
    California’s End of Life Option Act was recently invalidated by a Riverside County Superior Court judgment in Ahn v. H...

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    CMA expands program to cultivate equity in the medical profession

    May 22, 2018
    The California Medical Association (CMA) has long believed that diversity and inclusion strengthens the health of our p...

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    DOJ certifies CURES: Effective October 2, 2018, Physicians must check database prior to prescribing

    April 06, 2018
    The California Department of Justice (DOJ) has certified that as of April 2, 2018, the Controlled Substance Utilization...

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    CMA comments on proposed protections for conscience rights and religious freedom

    March 30, 2018
    In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule that would expand protectio...

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    Defense Health Agency extends temporary waiver for TRICARE authorizations and referrals

    March 19, 2018
    Since the transition of TRICARE managed care services from United Health Military & Veterans (UMVS) to Health Net Feder...

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    Legislation introduced to combat opioid crisis

    March 05, 2018
    Assemblymember and emergency physician Joaquin Arambula, M.D. (D-Fresno), has introduced a bill (AB 2384) that would re...

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    Ask the expert: Am I required to respond to medical record requests for commercial risk adjustment?

    March 02, 2018
    Over the past few months, the California Medical Association (CMA) has received several calls from practices who had re...

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    CMS issues proposed opioid overutilization policy

    February 07, 2018
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would require Medicare Part D plan...

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    UnitedHealthcare to implement stricter notification requirements for out-of-network laboratory referrals

    February 07, 2018
    UnitedHealthcare (UHC) announced in its January 2018 Network Bulletin that it will begin enforcing stricter notificatio...

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    CMA calls for investigation into Anthem restricting use of sedation during cataract surgery

    January 29, 2018
    On December 27, 2017, Anthem Blue Cross implemented a clinical guideline that restricts the use of intravenous anesthes...

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    HHS issues “provider conscience” regulations

    January 22, 2018
    Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would form a new division within the HHS ...

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    FDA restricts use of cough and cold medicines with codeine or hydrocodone for kids

    January 11, 2018
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today that cough and cold medicines containing codeine and hydrocodone...

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    CMA On-Call: Retention of Medical Records

    January 08, 2018
    California regulations regarding retention of medical records in a physician’s office are a perennial hot topic in the ...

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    Denying patient requests lowers physician ratings, UC Davis study finds

    January 05, 2018
    Patients who ask for specialist referrals, laboratory tests or certain medications and don’t get them tend to be less s...

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    California sees dramatic reduction in use of antipsychotics in nursing homes

    November 13, 2017
    Five years ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a national initiative, the Partnership to ...

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    CMS Webinar: Preventative care and health screenings for persons with disabilities

    October 31, 2017
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office and the Lewin Group will be ...

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    State launches CURES 2.0 and streamlined registration system

    October 03, 2017
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced plans to launch an upgrade to the state's prescription drug monitoring pr...

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    FDA says harm of untreated opioid addiction outweighs risks of concomitant benzodiazepine use

    October 02, 2017
    Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction is an important tool that has the potential to help millions of...

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    Updates to prior authorization form for prescription medications and new timelines for response now in effect

    September 08, 2017
    On July 1, 2017, two new laws affecting the standardized prescription drug prior authorization form took effect. SB 282...

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    CMA Foundation produces materials to encourage diversity in clinical trials

    August 29, 2017
    Clinical trials provide an opportunity for patients with rare diseases to receive the very latest in health care. Peopl...

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    CSAM Webinar: How to Build a Controlled-Substances Review Committee in Your Primary Care Clinic

    July 24, 2017
    The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) is hosting a webinar, " How to Build a Controlled-Substances Review...

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