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Physician experience highlights unintended consequences of CA's surprise billing laws

A new survey of California physicians illustrates serious unin...


Has your practice been affected by the power outages?

More than 2 million Californians have been impacted by power out...


CMA publishes 2019 Legislative Wrap Up

CMA’s 2019 Legislative Wrap-Up, "Winning the Fights that Must Be...


CMA to organize physician volunteers for wildfire response

CMA is calling on physicians across the state to provide care to...


Urologist and transplant surgeon Peter Bretan, M.D., named CMA president

Peter N. Bretan Jr., M.D., a urologist and kidney transplant sur...

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    CMA updates guide for patients impacted by wildfires

    November 08, 2019
    Governor Gavin Newsom has declared state of emergencies in response to the wildfires across California that have destro...

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    Coding Corner: Coding Corner: Prepare for CPT® 2020 online E/M changes

    November 08, 2019
    The American Medical Association has released the CPT ® 2020 code set, which will be effective Jan. 1, 2020. Among the...

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    California Department of Public Health updates list of reportable diseases and conditions

    November 05, 2019
    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently updated the list of diseases and conditions that must be rep...

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    Physician experience highlights unintended consequences of CA's surprise billing laws

    November 05, 2019
    A new survey of California physicians illustrates serious unintended consequences from California’s surprise billing ...

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    AMA says Walmart “refusal to fill” policy interferes with the practice of medicine

    November 04, 2019
    Recent concerns about opioid misuse and abuse have led payors, policymakers and retail pharmacies to attempt to restric...

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    Medicare publishes 2019-2020 influenza vaccine pricing

    November 01, 2019
    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published Medicare’s influenza vaccine payment allowance...

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    All Medicare physicians must be using the new MBI number by Dec. 31

    October 30, 2019
    Physicians are reminded that the transition period to the new Medicare Beneficiary Identification (MBI) numbers will en...

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    Has your practice been affected by the power outages?

    October 29, 2019
    More than 2 million Californians have been impacted by power outages as utilities across the state shut off power to re...

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    San Bernardino anesthesiologist receives CMA speaker’s award

    October 29, 2019
    San Bernardino anesthesiologist Thelma Z. Korpman, M.D., received the California Medical Association (CMA) 2019 Gary Kr...

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    CMA publishes 2019 Legislative Wrap Up

    October 29, 2019
    CMA’s 2019 Legislative Wrap-Up, "Winning the Fights that Must Be Fought," provides information on the many bills CMA fo...

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    CMA to organize physician volunteers for wildfire response

    October 29, 2019
    CMA is calling on physicians across the state to provide care to those affected by the wildfires. If you are willing an...

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    California physicians set policy on major health care issues at 2019 House of Delegates

    October 29, 2019
    The California Medical Association (CMA) recently convened its 148th annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting in Anaheim...

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    Project K.I.N.D. receives CMA Compassionate Service Award

    October 28, 2019
    Project K.I.N.D. (Kids in Need of Doctors) received the California Medical Association (CMA) Compassionate Service Awar...

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    Escondido physician receives CMA Compassionate Service Award

    October 27, 2019
    Family medicine physician Melissa Bishop, M.D., received the California Medical Association (CMA) Compassionate Service...

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    Urologist and transplant surgeon Peter Bretan, M.D., named CMA president

    October 27, 2019
    Peter N. Bretan Jr., M.D., a urologist and kidney transplant surgeon who gave up his Bay Area practice to serve patient...

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    Sacramento pain specialist named CMA president elect

    October 27, 2019
    Sacramento pain specialist Lee T. Snook, Jr., M.D., has been named president elect of the California Medical Associatio...

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    San Diego physician receives CMA’s physician health and well-being award

    October 27, 2019
    San Diego family medicine physician David Bazzo, M.D., has been awarded the 2019 California Medical Association (CMA) G...

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    Eureka psychiatrist honored with CMA's prestigious Plessner Award

    October 26, 2019
    Eureka psychiatrist Robert Soper, M.D., received the California Medical Association’s (CMA) most prestigious award, the...

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    CMA urges CMS to apply E/M increases to global surgery packages

    October 16, 2019
    CMA strongly opposes CMS’ proposal to not incorporate the adjusted values for the revised E/M codes into the 10- and 90...

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    CMA to tackle four major issues at annual meeting

    October 14, 2019
    CMA physician delegates meet annually to establish broad policy on current major issues that have been determined to be...

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    CMA objects to federal scope expansion under president’s executive order

    October 14, 2019
    Although the order is very broad and lacks details, it is clear that the administration is looking at eliminating regul...

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    Webinar: Are you getting your Prop 56 supplemental Medi-Cal payments?

    October 14, 2019
    To learn more about the supplemental payments, including how to ensure you’re getting your fair share, CMA is hosting a...

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    Governor signs CMA bill to require insurers to pay for telehealth services

    October 14, 2019
    Governor Newsom has signed a CMA-sponsored bill to increase patient access through telehealth. The bill will require he...

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    CMA responds to Trump order, “Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors.”

    October 10, 2019
    CMA President David H. Aizuss, M.D., issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s new execu...

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    Anthem Blue Cross terminates Medicare Advantage contract with Hill Physicians

    October 10, 2019
    The California Medical Association (CMA) has learned that Anthem Blue Cross has terminated its contract with Hill Physi...

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    Physicians urged to report vaping-associated pulmonary injury

    October 09, 2019
    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is urging physicians to be vigilant in reporting cases of vaping-asso...

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    Study finds public support for health care providers talking about gun safety

    October 09, 2019
    Four out of five respondents, regardless of gun ownership status, said it was at least sometimes appropriate for a phys...

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    Updated payor profiles for 2019 now available

    October 08, 2019
    The California Medical Association’s (CMA) Center for Economic Services is publishing updated profiles on each of the m...

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    Coding Corner: Important differences between ICD-10 Excludes1 and Excludes2 notes

    October 08, 2019
    On Sept. 1, 2019, Anthem Blue Cross posted news about a claim editing update to remove conflicts between Excludes1 and ...

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    New Medi-Cal fiscal intermediary took over Oct. 1

    October 01, 2019
    The California Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) transition of all fiscal intermediary duties from Conduent to...

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    CalMedForce now accepting applications for cycle 2

    September 30, 2019
    Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) is now accepting applications for the second cycle of the graduate medical ed...

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    CMA supports Pelosi bill to lower prescription drug prices

    September 30, 2019
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week introduced a bill intended to lower the price of prescription drugs. The bill (HR ...

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    CMA urges CMS to fix egregious errors in proposed CA GPCI changes

    September 27, 2019
    The California Medical Association (CMA) submitted comments to CMS on the proposed fee schedule, expressing the associa...

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    CMA supports bipartisan bill to fix physician shortage in Central Valley

    September 27, 2019
    California congressional representatives Josh Harder (CA-10), Paul Cook (CA-08) and Karen Bass (CA-37), and Texas repre...

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    Appeals court rules that transgender man denied hysterectomy can sue hospital for discrimination

    September 26, 2019
    The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco has ruled in the case of Minton v. Dignity Health that Evan Minto...

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    California’s new contractor law will not directly impact physicians, but will touch other health care professionals

    September 25, 2019
    Earlier this month, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 5 – a sweeping piece of legislation that will reclassify hundreds o...

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    CDPH publishes resources for physicians who prescribe opioids

    September 24, 2019
    The CDPH Statewide Opioid Safety Workgroup has published a resource sheet to help physicians improve patients’ pain man...

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    Reminder: Switch to new Medi-Cal fiscal intermediary takes effect Oct. 1

    September 24, 2019
    The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has contracted with DXC Technology who will assume all fiscal ...

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    Legislature passes CMA-sponsored bill to require payment for telehealth services

    September 16, 2019
    The California Legislature on Friday approved a CMA-sponsored bill to increase patient access through telehealth. The b...

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    Governor signs CMA-sponsored bill to prevent fraudulent school vaccine exemptions

    September 16, 2019
    On September 9, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 276 into law, which will prevent fake medical exemptions and r...

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    CMA to host webinar on supplemental Medi-Cal payments for FY 19-20 and beyond

    September 16, 2019
    CMA is hosting a one-hour webinar—Proposition 56 funds: What’s new for FY 19-20 and beyond—on Wednesday, December 4 at ...

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    Anthem Blue Cross issues Medicare Advantage contract amendment

    September 12, 2019
    Anthem Blue Cross recently issued a notice to physicians with an amendment to its Prudent Buyer Plan Participating Phys...

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    UHC to require prior authorization for additional outpatient surgical procedures

    September 12, 2019
    As indicated in its September 2019 Network Bulletin , United Healthcare (UHC) will expand the list of surgical proce...

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    Urgent survey: Assessing the impact of CA surprise billing laws on physicians

    September 11, 2019
    The results of this survey will be crucial in helping CMA and our partners effectively advocate for a fair and balanced...

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    Coding Corner: ICD-10 2020 code set and official guidelines available now

    September 10, 2019
    CPR’s “Coding Corner” focuses on coding, compliance, and documentation issues relating specifically to physician billin...

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    Health Net implements additional claims review for certain ER visits

    September 09, 2019
    Health Net recently notified physicians that effective July 1, 2019, it was implementing an additional claims review pr...

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    Proposition 56 funds: What’s new for FY 19-20 and beyond

    September 09, 2019
    On June 27, 2019, Governor Newsom signed his first state budget, which included significant new funding for health care...

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    Cigna is next payor to discontinue payment of consultation services

    September 09, 2019
    Cigna is the latest payor to announce that it will no longer reimburse consultation services, effective for claims pr...

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