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    State department to resume processing visas for medical professionals

    March 27, 2020
    The U.S. Department of State has signaled that it will resume processing of J and H visa applications for medical profe...

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    DHCS allows expedited physician enrollment during the COVID-19 emergency

    March 27, 2020
    The DHCS is suspending certain provider enrollment requirements to increase access to health care services for Medi-Cal...

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    CMA urges Congress to take additional actions to help sustain physician practices

    March 27, 2020
    CMA is urging Congress to take additional steps to sustain physician practices during this trying time so they are able...

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    New guidelines describe how to use anesthesia machines as emergency ventilators

    March 27, 2020
    This week, the American Society of Anesthesiologists and Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation published guidance on how...

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    CMA seeks volunteers to provide remote support to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic

    March 26, 2020
    CMA's Wellness Program is seeking volunteer physicians and nurses to serve as remote peer care coaches to assist physic...

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    CMA launches COVID-19 webinar series; first webinar is Thursday, March 26 at 12:15 p.m.

    March 25, 2020
    The California Medical Association (CMA) has launched a series of free webinars to guide physicians through some of the...

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    CMS approves changes to speed California’s efforts against COVID-19

    March 25, 2020
    CMS on Monday approved rule changes sought under an 1135 waiver request that will enable DHCS to more effectively and e...

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    AMA publishes telehealth coding guide

    March 24, 2020
    AMA has published new resources that provide special coding advice during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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    AMA launches new telehealth discussion for physicians

    March 24, 2020
    AMA is offering a new virtual panel discussion to allow medical workers and technology companies to share best practice...

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    CMA compiling telehealth guidance from CA payors

    March 23, 2020
    CMA is compiling telehealth information from the major payors in the state. Physicians should be aware that each payor'...

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    Covered CA expands special enrollment; Medi-Cal seeks waivers to foster coverage

    March 23, 2020
    Covered California has extended its enrollment window through the end of June because of the widespread disruption in t...

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    CMS extends QPP reporting deadlines; will issue automatic MIPS exceptions

    March 23, 2020
    CMS announced it would be extending deadlines and granting exceptions from reporting requirements for clinicians and pr...

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    DEA clarifies that controlled substances can be prescribed via telehealth

    March 23, 2020
    For as long as the public health emergency remains in effect, DEA-registered practitioners may issue prescriptions for ...

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    The Nocturnists podcast wants you to share your stories from the front lines

    March 23, 2020
    CMA's partner podcast The Nocturnists is collecting stories about the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual e...

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    CMA launches COVID-19 FAQ for physicians

    March 21, 2020
    CMA has published a new FAQ resource to answer the most common questions we receive from physicians during the COVID-19...

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    CMS releases telehealth toolkits

    March 20, 2020
    CMS released two toolkits on telehealth—one specific to general practitioners and the other to providers treating patie...

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    Medi-Cal managed care plans required to reimburse for telehealth at same rate as in person services

    March 20, 2020
    DHCS on Thursday issued a supplement to all plan letter 19-009 instructing Medi-Cal manage care plans to take immediate...

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    CMA seeking physician volunteers to help with expected surge during this public health emergency

    March 19, 2020
    CMA is asking physicians to answer the call and provide their time, energy and talent to help during these trying times...

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    California physicians call for the California health care system to prepare for surge in COVID-based health care cases

    March 19, 2020
    Plans include suspension of non-essential surgeries and medical procedures, redeploying ventilators and protective equi...

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    DMHC says plans must reimburse for telehealth at same rate as in person services

    March 18, 2020
    The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) today issued an all plan letter instructing health plans to tak...

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    Congress passes COVID-19 economic relief package

    March 18, 2020
    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed the far-reaching COVID-19 response package developed by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pe...

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    Newsom joins Trump in seeking more flexibility for telehealth services

    March 17, 2020
    Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared with state health care leaders Tuesday afternoon to update Californians on the latest develo...

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    President suspends HIPAA penalties to facilitate telehealth, effective immediately

    March 17, 2020
    President Donald Trump today announced the federal government is immediately suspending HIPAA enforcement and penalties...

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    California takes steps to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19

    March 16, 2020
    In an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Sunday that California is tak...

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    U.S. House passes COVID-19 economic relief package

    March 15, 2020
    The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislative package early Saturday morning with a bipartisan vote of 363-4...

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    CMA urges governor to address barriers encountered by physicians during COVID-19 outbreak

    March 14, 2020
    CMA has been working closely with Governor Gavin Newswom and public health officials as they respond to the COVID-19 ou...

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    New CPT code announced to report COVID-19 test

    March 13, 2020
    AMA today announced that the CPT Editorial Panel approved a new addition to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT ® )...

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