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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...


Legislature clarifies law requiring physicians to offer naloxone to patients

The California Legislature recently enacted a bill that clarifie...


CMA tells DOJ proposed CURES regulations will negatively affect patient care

In issuing these proposed regulations, the DOJ fundamentally fai...


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

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


CMA releases 2020-2025 strategic plan

The California Medical Association (CMA) today released an ambit...


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

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

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

    November 11, 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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    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: 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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    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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