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CMA President Peter N. Bretan, M.D., responds to Gov. Newsom's plan to tackle homeless crisis

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, M.D., issued a statement in respo...


CMA applauds Gov. Newsom’s appointment of Dr. Brad Gilbert as DHCS Director

CMA applauds Governor Gavin Newsom’s appointment of Bradley P. G...


CMA President Peter N. Bretan, M.D., Statement on Public Charge Ruling

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, M.D., issued a statement in respo...


DHCS launches effort to screen patients for childhood trauma

DHCS, in partnership with the California Office of the Surgeon G...

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    CMA publishes March 2020 Voter Guide

    February 21, 2020
    The March Primary Election is just around the corner. We hope that you will show up to the polls (or mail in your vote-...

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    Register now for CMA's Legislative Advocacy Day, April 14 in Sacramento

    February 21, 2020
    Plan to join more than 400 physicians, medical students and resident members of the California Medical Association in e...

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    Blue Shield of California announces fee schedule changes for some services

    February 20, 2020
    Blue Shield of California has announced upcoming changes to its physician fee schedule that will take effect on April 1...

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    CMA President Peter N. Bretan, M.D., responds to Gov. Newsom's plan to tackle homeless crisis

    February 19, 2020
    CMA President Peter N. Bretan, M.D., issued a statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom's

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    CMA issues statement on the death of Palm Springs physician David Duffner, M.D.

    February 15, 2020
    RCMA President Bruce Holmblad, M.D., and CMA Peter Bretan, M.D., released the following statement following the death o...

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    Noridian begins reprocessing CMS geographic payment errors

    February 12, 2020
    Noridian, the California Medicare contractor, has recently advised that it will begin reprocessing claims impacted by...

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    TRICARE now covers 3-D mammography

    February 12, 2020
    As of January 1, 2020, TRICARE now covers annual 3-D mammography screenings through its provisional coverage program.  ...

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    OptumRx policy requiring e-prescribing for controlled substances will now take full effect March 1

    February 11, 2020
    Beginning March 1, 2020, the OptumRx home delivery pharmacy will no longer fill prescriptions received by hard copy, fa...

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    ACEs Aware to host informational webinar for physicians on February 26

    February 11, 2020
    The ACEs Aware initiative is hosting a live, one-hour webinar on Wednesday, February 26 at 12:00 p.m. 

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    50 state medical societies send joint letter to CMS opposing the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation

    February 11, 2020
    CMA recently joined all of the state medical societies and some national specialty societies in

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    New On-Demand Webinar: California’s new contractor law and how it impacts health care

    February 10, 2020
    CMA recently hosted a webinar— “ The ABCs of AB 5: Classifying Health Care Workers in California’s Gig Economy ”—to lea...

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    Providers can now choose to receive Anthem Blue Cross medical records requests electronically

    February 05, 2020
    Beginning February 10, 2020, Anthem Blue Cross will begin using Availity’s medical attachment functionality to request ...

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    Call for nominations: California Delegation to the AMA

    February 05, 2020
    CMA is seeking nominations for physicians to serve as at-large delegates and alternates to the American Medical Associa...

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    Protect access and control health care costs for CA patients; Oppose the so-called “Fairness for Injured Patients Act”

    February 05, 2020
    Late last year, wealthy out-of-state trial attorneys filed an initiative for the November 2020 ballot that would substa...

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    CMA endorses Call to Action on Climate, Health and Equity

    February 04, 2020
    Health and medical groups have joined together to outline The Call to Action on Climate Health and Equity: A Policy Act...

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    CMA applauds Gov. Newsom’s appointment of Dr. Brad Gilbert as DHCS Director

    January 30, 2020
    CMA applauds Governor Gavin Newsom’s appointment of Bradley P. Gilbert, M.D., as director of the California Department ...

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    Coding Corner: Apply official ICD-10 guidance for vaping encounters

    January 29, 2020
    Thousands of cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) have been reported from across...

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    The MIPS 2019 data submission period is now open

    January 29, 2020
    CMS has opened the data submission period for MIPS eligible clinicians who participated in the 2019 performance period ...

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    Supreme Court clears the way for Trump’s “public charge” rule

    January 28, 2020
    The United States Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the Trump administration can move forward with changes to the “pub...

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    CMA President Peter N. Bretan, M.D., Statement on Public Charge Ruling

    January 28, 2020
    CMA President Peter N. Bretan, M.D., issued a statement in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling

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    Federal advocacy update: What to expect in 2020

    January 27, 2020
    While some believe that the 2020 election politics, Presidential impeachment, and escalating tensions with Iran will sc...

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    Save the Date for CMA Legislative Advocacy Day, April 14

    January 27, 2020
    The California Medical Association (CMA) will host its 46th annual Legislative Advocacy Day on April 14, 2020, on the ...

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    CMA President Peter N. Bretan, M.D., Responds to President Trump’s Threat to Withhold Funding Over Abortion Policy

    January 24, 2020
    CMA President Peter N. Bretan, M.D., issued a statement in response to the

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    Model Medical Staff Bylaws Webinar: Help for California Physicians

    January 23, 2020
    CMA is hosting a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, March 3, at 12:15 p.m. to provide medical staffs with an overview of CM...

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    Reminder: Covered California open enrollment for 2020 ends January 31

    January 22, 2020
    Physicians are reminded that the open enrollment period for Covered California ends on January 31, with coverage effect...

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    DHCS launches effort to screen patients for childhood trauma

    January 21, 2020
    DHCS, in partnership with the California Office of the Surgeon General, is creating a first-in-the-nation statewide eff...

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    New Medi-Cal incentive payments took effect January 1

    January 17, 2020
    California’s 2019-2020 fiscal year budget contained significant new funding for new programs including the value-based ...

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    Act Now! Proposed federal rule will dramatically reduce CA’s Medi-Cal funding

    January 17, 2020
    CMA is urging physicians to comment NOW and urge CMS to rescind the proposed rule. Comments are due February 1, 2020....

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    CMA partners with nationally recognized legal expert on medical staff issues

    January 17, 2020
    The California Medical Association (CMA) is pleased to announce that Elizabeth A. Snelson, Esq.,  a nationally recogniz...

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    CDPH updates guide to Parkinson’s registry data submission

    January 14, 2020
    The guide provides information for reporting Parkinson’s disease data, outlines who is required to report, the timeline...

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    Physicians targeted by new phone scam

    January 14, 2020
    The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has issued a warning about a new fraud scheme aimed at licensees of...

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    Gov. Newsom's proposed budget continues his commitment to making health care a top priority

    January 13, 2020
    Gov. Gavin Newsom last week released his proposed state budget for fiscal year 2020-2021, redoubling his commitment to ...

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    CMS to correct additional geographic payment errors; some 2020 claims to be reprocessed

    January 13, 2020
    According to CMS, Noridian—the California Medicare contractor—is holding affected claims while they test and implement ...

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    2020 CalHealthCares loan repayment application cycle is now open

    January 13, 2020
    The 2020 application cycle for the CalHealthCares loan repayment program is now open.

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    CMA comments on Governor’s proposed Medi-Cal reforms

    January 10, 2020
    This expansion proposal would address many challenges of chronically unsheltered populations.

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    CMA President Peter Bretan, M.D., reacts to Gov. Newsom's budget proposal

    January 10, 2020
    CMA President Peter N. Bretan, M.D., issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom's budget propo...

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    Webinar: California’s new contractor law and how it impacts health care

    January 06, 2020
    On January 1, 2020, a new law took effect (AB 5) that reclassifies hundreds of thousands of workers as employees instea...

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    Webinar: 2020 CalHealthCares loan repayment program

    January 06, 2020
    To answer any questions about the applications process, PHC is hosting several webinars that will provide an overview o...

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    Anthem requires National Drug Code for outpatient claims effective January 1, 2020

    January 06, 2020
    Effective January 1, 2020, Anthem Blue Cross has imposed a new billing requirement on providers for all drug related cl...

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    DHCS now accepting 2019 meaningful use attestations

    January 02, 2020
    DHCS) is now accepting 2019 attestations for the Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Program.

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    Cottage Health rescinds Anthem contract termination

    January 01, 2020
    Cottage Health reached a last-minute agreement with Anthem Blue Cross. The new hospital contract is effective immediate...

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    Cigna and Dignity Health System fail to reach deal on hospital contract

    January 01, 2020
    After months of unproductive negotiations, Cigna’s hospital contract with Dignity Health in California ended on January...

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    Medicare transitions to MBI Jan. 1

    January 01, 2020
    Beginning January 1, 2020, providers must use only the new MBI number for Medicare transactions regardless of the date ...

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    Looming Anthem/Cottage termination could have negative impact on patient access in Santa Barbara area

    December 23, 2019
    Cottage Hospital System has initiated a contract termination with Anthem Blue Cross that affects three hospitals in the...

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    Physicians caught in the middle of Dignity Health System termination with Cigna

    December 23, 2019
    Dignity Health System and Cigna notified physicians of a potential systemwide termination of their agreement if the two...

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    CMS implements new rebuttal process for Medicare providers who have been deactivated

    December 16, 2019
    CMS has developed a new rebuttal process for providers whose Medicare enrollments have been deactivated.

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    The 69th Annual Yosemite Post Graduate Institute is Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2020, in Yosemite

    December 16, 2019
    The Fresno-Madera Medical Society (FMMS) is hosting the 69 th Annual Yosemite Post Graduate Institute, February 28-Mar...

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    Save the Date for the 2020 CalHIPSO Conference: The Interoperability Agenda

    December 16, 2019
    CalHIPSO invites physicians and other interested parties to its 2020 conference, “The Interoperability Agenda.” 

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