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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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    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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