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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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    FAQ: What is the proper way to terminate the physician-patient relationship?

    June 24, 2019
    There are numerous reasons why a physician may terminate the physician-patient relationship. Physicians, however, shoul...

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    Federal court halts expanded religious exemption from ACA contraceptive mandate

    January 18, 2019
    On January 13, 2019, one day before the effective date, the federal court granted the state’s motion for a preliminary ...

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    CMA comments on proposed protections for conscience rights and religious freedom

    March 30, 2018
    In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule that would expand protectio...

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    CMA files brief in important peer review case

    February 16, 2018
    The California Medical Association (CMA) has filed an amicus brief in support of two neonatologists who lost their priv...

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    State suspends clinical lab license fees for two years

    September 29, 2017
    Governor Brown signed a bill (AB 658) on Sept. 28 that suspends the state's clinical laboratory license renewal fees fo...

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    Hospital at center of “existential threat” to self-governance files for bankruptcy

    September 20, 2017
    The filing came just two days before closing arguments were scheduled in the case, Tulare Regional Medical Center Medi...

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    CMA pushes top 10 priorities for Medicare/Medicaid regulatory relief

    September 18, 2017
    California physicians are overwhelmed with unnecessary, burdensome regulations that take time and resources away from p...

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    Medical board seeking physician input on strategic plan

    August 18, 2017
    The Medical Board of California is seeking input as it develops its strategic plan for the upcoming years. Physicians h...

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    CMS releases proposed Medicare physician fee schedule for 2018

    July 22, 2017
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the proposed 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule...

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    Survey finds nation’s physicians not ready to fulfill MACRA reporting requirements

    July 10, 2017
    Fewer than one in four physicians feel ready to meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Paym...

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    LACMA files lawsuit to stop duals program

    July 09, 2017
    On July 2, the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) joined a coalition of plaintiffs, including three Los Ang...

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    Medi-Cal would take $114 billion hit under Senate health reform bill

    July 08, 2017
    The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has issued an analysis of the Senate Republicans' Better Care ...

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    CMA urges strong regulatory system for medical cannabis

    June 26, 2017
    In 2015, the legislature passed and the governor signed into law a series of bills to create a licensing and regulatory...

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    Significant improvements in 2018 MACRA rule

    June 23, 2017
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would make changes in the second y...

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    Child Health and Disability Prevention code and claim form conversion effective July 1

    June 21, 2017
    The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is currently transitioning Child Health and Disability Preventi...

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    CMA’s Health Law Library updated with 2017 content

    June 09, 2017
    CMA On-Call, the California Medical Association (CMA) online health law library, has been updated with 2017 content. One...

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    Court of Appeals decides appropriate measure for future damages under MICRA

    May 18, 2017
    The California Court of Appeal issued an opinion in BC v. Contra Costa County, addressing the issue of determining fu...

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    FDA bans use of powdered medical gloves

    May 01, 2017
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a final rule that bans the use of powdered medical gloves. T...

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    CHPI publishes physicians' quality ratings for cycle 2

    April 06, 2017
    On March 22, 2017, the California Healthcare Performance Initiative System (CHPI) released its second cycle of physicia...

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    CMS to remove SSNs from all Medicare cards by April 2019

    April 06, 2017
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will remove social security numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards b...

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    CMA updates MACRA preparation checklist

    April 06, 2017
    The California Medical Association’s (CMA) Center for Economic Services has published an update to its Medicare Access ...

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    Health Net sends SB 137 notice to some docs in error

    April 05, 2017
    Health Net recently issued a notice to all California participating physician groups advising that monthly updates of p...

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    Court proceedings in Tulare medical staff self-governance case begin today

    April 03, 2017
    Court proceedings in the lawsuit against Tulare Regional Medical Center (TRMC) for violating the self-governance rights...

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    CMA urges CMS to create "administrative burden" hardship exemptions

    March 17, 2017
    The California Medical Association (CMA) has joined the American Medical Association and other medical associations to u...

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    Study confirms diabetes prevention programs reduce costs, improve patient outcomes

    March 17, 2017
    A recent study on prediabetes and medical expenditures confirms that preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes can reduce ...

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