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Presidential Gala tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the California Medical Association’s...


2018 NEPO Summit: Register by Aug. 27 and save $100

Act now to save $100 off registration for the 2018 Network of Et...


Op-Ed: SB 1156 takes California back to the bad old days

Not long ago, health insurance companies limited access to insur...


CMA applauds California Department of Insurance in opposing CVS/Aetna merger

Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) applauded the f...


CMA Doc: Gemma Kim, M.D.

Palm Springs physician Gemma Kim, M.D., is the director of the F...


CMA to address affordability of health care at annual meeting

The 147th Annual Session of the California Medical Association (...

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    Have you updated your My CMA profile yet?

    August 20, 2018
    If you haven’t already, please login, update your profile, and chose your preferences and areas of interest. By doing s...

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    House votes to expand health savings accounts

    August 14, 2018
    On July 25, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills (H.R. 6199 and H.R. 6311) that would expand how health sa...

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    Medi-Cal to unveil updated provider enrollment system this summer

    August 10, 2018
    The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is will soon be releasing an update to its Medi-Cal provider e...

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    UnitedHealthcare Community Plan to exit Sacramento Medi-Cal market on November 1

    August 10, 2018
    The UHC Community Plan has issued notice that it will no longer provide services to approximately 4,400 Medi-Cal member...

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    CMA advocacy drastically reduced administrative burdens for Parkinson’s registry

    August 07, 2018
    Effective July 1, 2018, M.D.s, D.O.s, P.A.s and N.P.s who diagnose or treat Parkinson’s disease patients ("Reporting Pr...

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    CMA/AMA responding to proposed Medicare payment rule

    August 03, 2018
    On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2019 Medicare Physician F...

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    Medical board releases physician license alert app for patients

    August 03, 2018
    The Medical Board of California recently released its first mobile app, currently available on Apple iOS devices. The t...

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    Coding Corner: NCCI Policy Manual updates: Part 2

    August 03, 2018
    CPR’s “Coding Corner” focuses on coding, compliance, and documentation issues relating specifically to physician billin...

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    Noridian to present in-person Medicare seminars in Irvine and Sacramento

    August 03, 2018
    Noridian, the Medicare administrative contractor for California, has announced several in-person seminars around the st...

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    UnitedHealthcare releases latest Premium Designation physician results

    August 03, 2018
    UnitedHealthcare (UHC) recently released its latest Premium Designation assessment results to California physicians on ...

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    New Medicare ID card mailing completed in California

    August 03, 2018
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently completed mailing new Medicare ID cards to California ben...

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    United Healthcare Smart Edits go live August 16

    August 03, 2018
    UnitedHealthcare (UHC) will implement its Smart Edits program for professional claims for all of its commercial, Medica...

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    Best practices: Review your monthly capitation reports

    August 03, 2018
    Participation in capitated reimbursement contracts (financial arrangements where physicians are paid a fixed amount for...

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    CMA Doc: Jorge Robles, M.D.

    August 03, 2018
    Family physician Jorge F. Robles, M.D., has been a community leader since his arrival in the Imperial Valley in the ear...

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    2018 Q4 resolutions now accepting testimony

    August 03, 2018
    As part of its policy-making process, the California Medical Association (CMA) allows members to submit resolutions for...

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    Blue Shield CEO addresses California physicians on digital health efforts

    July 26, 2018
    Paul Markovich, president and CEO of Blue Shield California, on Friday addressed the California Medical Association’s (...

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    Health Net Federal Services experiences significant challenges with TRICARE transition

    July 24, 2018
    On January 1, 2018, Health Net Federal Services (HNFS) became the new Defense Heath Agency (DHA) managed care contractor...

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    Medical staff prevails in legal battle over medical staff self-governance

    July 23, 2018
    A settlement has officially been reached in the case of the Tulare hospital embroiled in a bitter legal battle over the...

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    PHC seeking nominations for 2018 Leadership Awards

    July 23, 2018
    The California Medical Association’s foundation— Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) —and the Network of Ethnic ...

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    Reminder: CURES duty-to-consult takes effect October 2, 2018

    July 23, 2018
    Effective October 2, 2018, physicians must  consult California’s prescription drug monitoring database  (the Controll...

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    2017 MIPS scores and 2019 payment adjustments now available

    July 20, 2018
    Physicians can now log in to the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) website to view their final 2017 Merit-based ...

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    Welcome to the Next Generation of CMA

    July 16, 2018
    CMA is proud to launch the next generation of our brand and website – powerful recruitment and engagement tools to keep...

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    Op-Ed: Public health policy should not be a political bargaining chip

    July 10, 2018
    Public health should be a nonpartisan issue – off limits to corporate greed and free from political rhetoric. This was ...

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    Federal opioid package receives bipartisan support in the U.S. House

    July 09, 2018
    On June 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid R...

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    DHCS requires enrollment for all Medi-Cal managed care providers

    July 06, 2018
    In January 2018, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) began requiring that all Medi-Cal managed c...

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    Health plans terminate relationship with Vantage Medical Group

    July 06, 2018
    The California Medical Association (CMA) has learned that two health plans, the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and Mo...

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    CMA’s Health Law Library updated with 2018 content

    July 05, 2018
    CMA On-Call—the California Medical Association (CMA) online health law library—has been updated with 2018 content. One ...

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    State budget includes 10 new CPT codes eligible for supplemental tobacco tax payments

    July 03, 2018
    Governor Jerry Brown last week signed a $139 billion California budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The budget contin...

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    Blue Shield implements system fix for AB 72 claims

    July 02, 2018
    Last year, the California Medical Association (CMA) worked with Blue Shield of California to correct two issues affect...

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    Leading health organizations announce filing of statewide soda tax measure for 2020

    July 02, 2018
    Today, a ballot measure to protect public health through a state soda tax was filed for the 2020 ballot by two of Calif...

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    Coding Corner: NCCI Policy Manual updates

    July 01, 2018
    CPR’s “Coding Corner” focuses on coding, compliance, and documentation issues relating specifically to physician billi...

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    Op-Ed: Children detainees must be reunited with families and given access to proper health care

    June 29, 2018
    The federal government’s recently enacted “zero-tolerance” policy of enforcement of immigration has sparked widespread ...

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    CDPH revises guidance on Parkinson's reporting requirements

    June 26, 2018
    Effective July 1, 2018, physicians and licensed independent practitioners will be required to report cases of Parkinson...

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    AMA urges regulators to block Aetna/CVS merger

    June 25, 2018
    The American Medical Association (AMA) has urged regulators to block the proposed acquisition of health insurer Aetna b...

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    CMA Doc: Randal Pham, M.D.

    June 25, 2018
    Randal Tanh Pham, M.D., a Silicon Valley oculofacial plastic surgeon, was recently honored with one of the inaugural U...

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    CDPH issues standing order for naloxone

    June 22, 2018
    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a statewide standing order for naloxone, an antidote medic...

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    DMHC directs Anthem to publish effective dates for clinical policies

    June 21, 2018
    In March, the California Medical Association (CMA) asked the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to investigate An...

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    Health Net to rescind modifier 25 and emergency services payment policies

    June 19, 2018
    Health Net has announced to CMA that it will not proceed with implementation of its modifier -25 and emergency services...

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    End of Life Option Act reinstated while state appellate court reviews its constitutionality

    June 18, 2018
    A state appellate court has stayed the Riverside County Superior Court’s judgment issued on May 24, 2018, declaring Cal...

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    CMA urges Health Net to rescind recently announced payment policies

    June 12, 2018
    Since Health Net first notified physicians in March of planned changes to its modifier 25 and emergency services paym...

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    Blue Shield of California and CMA collaborate to build health care model of the future

    June 12, 2018
    Blue Shield of California and the California Medical Association (CMA) today announced a multi-year collaboration to de...

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    San Francisco bans sale of flavored tobacco products

    June 09, 2018
    On Tuesday, San Francisco voters passed Proposition E by a 68-32 percent margin to uphold the city’s law prohibiting ...

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    NEPO Summit registration now open: Building the Best You—Celebrating the Joy of Medicine

    June 08, 2018
    Registration is now open for the 2018 Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) Summit. This year's theme,  Buil...

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    CMA Doc: Dee Lacy, M.D., Ph.D.

    June 07, 2018
    As an infectious disease physician, Dee Lacy, M.D., is accustomed to asking herself how her patients’ pain and sufferin...

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    UnitedHealthcare implements Smart Edits into the EDI claim process

    June 06, 2018
    In the April 2018 UnitedHealthcare (UHC) network bulletin, UHC notified physicians that it would implement Smart Edits,...

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    New report shows California’s progress addressing opioid crisis

    June 05, 2018
    The American Medical Association (AMA) issued a new report on Thursday documenting how California’s physician leaders...

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    AB 72 independent dispute resolution process: how CMA can help

    June 04, 2018
    California’s out-of-network billing and payment law (AB 72) took effect on July 1, 2017, changing the billing practices...

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    California’s physicians support Proposition E to protect public health

    June 04, 2018
    Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) announced its support for Proposition E, which would prohibit the sale ...

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