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CMA comments on Governor’s proposed Medi-Cal reforms

This expansion proposal would address many challenges of chronic...


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

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, M.D., issued the following statem...


Webinar: 2020 CalHealthCares loan repayment program

To answer any questions about the applications process, PHC is h...


State tobacco tax expanding health care workforce; CalMedForce awards $38 million from Prop 56 funds

PHC announced more than $38M in CalMedForce awards to support re...


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

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

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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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    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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    Tell Congress: New surprise billing proposal bad for patients and physicians

    December 16, 2019
    With only two weeks before Congress adjourns for the year, Congressional committees introduced competing proposals to a...

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    U.S. House passes ambitious bill to lower prescription drug prices

    December 13, 2019
    The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed “The Lower Drug Costs Now Act,” which would authorize Medicare to ne...

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    CMA and CHA release joint statement on congressional efforts to address surprise medical billing

    December 12, 2019
    CHA and CMA have issued a joint statement on congressional efforts to address surprise medical billing.

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    DHCS issues final telehealth policy

    December 11, 2019
    In August 2019, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) issued its final telehealth policy.

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    UnitedHealthcare to launch dual special needs plans in several counties

    December 11, 2019
    UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California recently announced the launch of its new Medicare Advantage plan, UnitedH...

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    OptumRx home delivery pharmacy to require e-prescribing for controlled substances effective January 1, 2020

    December 11, 2019
    OptumRx, the pharmacy benefit provider for UnitedHealthcare, will require e-prescriptions for opioids and all other con...

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    Coding Corner: Three areas to consider when reporting a PA as an assistant surgeon

    December 10, 2019
    Medicare and other payors may provide extra payment when a procedure requires an assistant surgeon. But any time addit...

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    CA launches first-of-its-kind ACEs initiative; Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, Medi-Cal will begin paying for ACEs screenings

    December 10, 2019
    Called the ACEs Aware initiative, it is a first-of-its-kind statewide effort for California health care providers to sc...

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    CMA warns new surprise billing proposal would limit patient access to in-network physicians and increase costs

    December 10, 2019
    Statement from CMA president on the new congressional surprise billing proposals.

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    Preparing for 2020: Verify your patients’ eligibility and benefits

    December 06, 2019
    As the current year ends, physicians are urged verify patients' eligibility and benefits for 2020 to ensure they will b...

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    Reminder: Two important Medicare deadlines coming December 31 

    December 06, 2019
    December 31, 2019, is the last day to make changes to their Medicare participation status for 2020 as well as to finali...

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    CMA publishes guide to help physicians prepare for Covered CA changes in 2020

    December 06, 2019
    CMA has  published a new tip sheet, “Surviving Covered California: Preparing for changes in 2020.”

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    On Demand Webinar: Proposition 56 Funds—What's New for FY 19-20 and Beyond

    December 06, 2019
    CMA recently hosted a webinar examining the supplemental Medi-Cal payments made possible by the Proposition 56 tobacco ...

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    New in CMA’s Health Law Library: Providing Care to Medi-Cal Enrollees

    December 06, 2019
    To help physicians better understand their rights and obligations as a Medi-Cal provider as well as the rights of patie...

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    On Demand Webinar: Providing Medication Assisted Treatment in Your Practice or Clinic

    December 06, 2019
    This webinar presents an introduction to starting a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) clinic in a rural area and incl...

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    State tobacco tax expanding health care workforce; CalMedForce awards $38 million from Prop 56 funds

    December 02, 2019
    PHC announced more than $38M in CalMedForce awards to support residency programs across the state.

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    Legislature clarifies law requiring physicians to offer naloxone to patients

    November 25, 2019
    The California Legislature recently enacted a bill that clarifies the circumstances under which physicians are required...

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    CMA tells DOJ proposed CURES regulations will negatively affect patient care

    November 25, 2019
    In issuing these proposed regulations, the DOJ fundamentally fails to consider CURES as a clinical decision-making tool...

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    Watch your email for CMA’s physician survey

    November 25, 2019
    Physician insights are critical to CMA’s strategic planning and advocacy efforts, and your valued feedback will help us...

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    Next CalHealthCares loan repayment program cycle begins Jan. 13, 2020

    November 25, 2019
    The 2020 application cycle for the CalHealthCares loan repayment program is approaching. The program—which aims to in...

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    CMA president issues statement in response to University of California and Dignity Health partnership

    November 20, 2019
    CMA President Peter N. Bretan, M.D., issued a statement in response to the partnership between the University of Califo...

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    New health laws 2020: Are you ready?

    November 19, 2019
    The California Medical Association has published a summary of the most significant new health laws of interest to physi...

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    CMS releases final 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule

    November 12, 2019
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its final rule updating the Medicare physician f...

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    CMA releases 2020-2025 strategic plan

    November 12, 2019
    The California Medical Association (CMA) today released an ambitious strategic plan that will empower physicians to lea...

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    PatientPop Webinar: Learn how to improve your online presence and attract more patients

    November 12, 2019
    PatientPop is hosting a webinar for physicians on Tuesday, December 10 at 2 p.m., “How to Promote Your Practice.

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    Last day to change your Medicare participation status for 2020 is December 31

    November 12, 2019
    Once again, it’s time for physicians to decide if they want to make changes to their Medicare participation status . P...

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