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

Governor Newsom has signed a CMA-sponsored bill to increase pati...


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

CMA President David H. Aizuss, M.D., issued the following statem...


CMA supports Pelosi bill to lower prescription drug prices

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week introduced a bill intended ...


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

The California Medical Association (CMA) submitted comments to C...


CMA supports bipartisan bill to fix physician shortage in Central Valley

California congressional representatives Josh Harder (CA-10), Pa...

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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, October 16 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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    Reminder: Several Anthem Blue Cross changes effective Oct. 1

    September 06, 2019
    Physicians are reminded that October 1, 2019, marks the effective date of several important Anthem Blue Cross policy ch...

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    Reminder: Report unfair payment patterns to the regulator

    September 06, 2019
    CMA urges practices to closely monitor their accounts receivables to ensure that they have been paid properly and to re...

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    Have you received your FY 18-19 Prop 56 supplemental payments?

    September 05, 2019
    The California Health Care, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 (Prop 56) created new revenues dedicated to...

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    CMA comments on passage of bill cracking down on fraudulent medical exemptions

    September 04, 2019
    CMA President David H. Aizuss, M.D., issued the following statement in response to today's passage of Senate Bill 276 t...

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    CMS adopts many AMA recommendations for new E/M payment system

    September 03, 2019
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a 1700-page proposed rule for the 2020 Medicare ...

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    Altais teams up with Aledade and CMA to offer unique patient care model supported by innovative technologies

    August 29, 2019
    Altais, in collaboration with Blue Shield of California, aims to help physicians provide value-based care to California...

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    PHC announces second application cycle for CalMedForce GME grants

    August 27, 2019
    Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) is excited to announce the second cycle for the graduate medical education (G...

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    FAQ: Do I have to complete Medicare Advantage fraud, waste and abuse training?

    August 27, 2019
    To help monitor adherence to applicable statutes, regulations, and program requirements, the Office of Inspector Genera...

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    CMS now accepting hardship exceptions for 2019 reporting year

    August 22, 2019
    Physicians and groups that qualify for MIPS can submit a hardship exception application for one of three reasons.

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    Noridian hosting Medicare provider enrollment conference

    August 20, 2019
    California’s Medicare contractor is hosting a two-day provider enrollment conference in Anaheim on September 18-19, 201...

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    Tickets now on sale for CMA’s annual Presidential Gala

    August 19, 2019
    Join CMA on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the Disneyland Hotel for the  23rd annual Presidential Gala .

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    New “public charge” rule a major setback for public health

    August 19, 2019
    The rule targets immigrant families, jeopardizes public health and will deter millions of people from receiving critica...

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    CMA updates Prop 56 Payment Monitoring Worksheet

    August 19, 2019
    The worksheet has been updated to help physicians determine if they have been paid correctly based on the FY 18-19 sup...

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    Coding Corner: Medicare now allows modifier 59 on CCI column 1 or column 2 code

    August 15, 2019
    This is a change from the previous rule requiring placement of those modifiers on the column 2 code.

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    Anthem to begin pre-payment modifier audit process

    August 15, 2019
    The pre-payment modifier review will focus on claims billed with modifiers 25, 59, 57, LT/RT

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    UnitedHealthcare to allow update of approved prior authorizations

    August 14, 2019
    UHC will now allow physicians to update or modify an existing, approved prior authorization after the date of service. ...

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    CMA to host webinar on Medicare changes for 2020

    August 14, 2019
    The California Medical Association is hosting a webinar with California’s Medicare contractor, Noridian Healthcare So...

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    CMA President issues statement in response to Trump Administration’s new public charge rule

    August 12, 2019
    CMA President David H. Aizuss, M.D., issued a statement in response to the Trump Administration’s new public charge rul...

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    Fake DEA extortion scam resurfaces in California

    August 08, 2019
    Scam artists posing as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents are calling California physicians and consumer...

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