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Call to Action: Act now to ensure patients can get needed prescriptions

Contact your legislators today and urge them to take swift actio...


CMA membership reaches all time high of 44k

In 2018, CMA’s active, dues paying membership grew by 6.3 percen...


Federal court halts expanded religious exemption from ACA contraceptive mandate

On January 13, 2019, one day before the effective date, the fede...


Did you know CMA’s online health law library is free to members?

The California Medical Association (CMA) online health law libr...


New Laws 2019: What physicians need to know

The California Legislature had an active year, passing many new ...


CMA launches new mobile app

CMA is thrilled to announce that our new members-only mobile app...

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    Survey finds prior authorization hurdles have led to serious adverse events

    February 15, 2019
    More than one-quarter of physicians (28 percent) report the prior authorization process required by health insurers for...

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    Q2 resolutions now accepting testimony

    February 15, 2019
    hese resolutions will be considered by CMA’s standing councils and subcommittees, and will be presented to the CMA Boar...

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    CMA seeking nominations for the California Delegation to the AMA

    February 13, 2019
    CMA is seeking nominations for physicians to serve as at-large delegates and alternates to the AMA House of Delegates. ...

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    PAVE 101 Training Webinar February 21, 2019

    February 13, 2019
    DHCS has scheduled an additional PAVE 101 training to ensure users are prepared to begin using the online enrollment pr...

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    DWC announces free online access to MTUS treatment guidelines

    February 05, 2019
    The MTUS guidelines are based on the principles of evidence-based medicine and treatment guidelines developed by the Am...

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    AB 72: The independent dispute resolution process and how CMA can help

    February 04, 2019
    CMA has developed a number of resources to help physicians navigate this new law.

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    CMA Doc: Davis Cracroft, M.D.

    February 04, 2019
    Cracroft isn't sure why, but he always felt drawn toward medicine, coming from a family of businessfolk and English pro...

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    PHC seeking nominations for physician workforce advisory council

    February 04, 2019
    PHC is looking for people interested in California’s health care workforce to serve on the advisory council for PHC’s ne...

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    Assembly to vote on security prescription fix this week

    February 04, 2019
    CMA is working on a legislative fix to ensure no patient goes without the essential medicine and care they need.

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    CMA objects to federal rule that would disrupt comprehensive women’s health coverage

    February 04, 2019
    The proposed Exchange Program Integrity rule would require plans to send two separate monthly bills to each policyholde...

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    CMA comments on HHS proposal to reduce health IT burden

    February 04, 2019
    Physicians are overwhelmed with unnecessary, burdensome regulations that take time and resources away from providing qua...

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    Coding Corner: Physician/patient meet-and-greet

    January 30, 2019
    Insurers, including government payors such as Medicare and Medicaid, reimburse only those services or procedures that t...

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    Anthem issues new ID numbers for some patients

    January 30, 2019
    New ID cards containing the new ID number were mailed to all affected members in late December.

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    Call to Action: Act now to ensure patients can get needed prescriptions

    January 28, 2019
    Contact your legislators today and urge them to take swift action so patients can once again receive the medical treatm...

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    Bill introduced to fix security prescription law

    January 25, 2019
    Flawed implementation of a new state law that requires all security prescription forms to have a uniquely serialized ...

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    DHCS loads 2019 CPT codes and pricing by January 1

    January 24, 2019
    The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has confirmed that the 2019 CPT/HCPCS updates have been load...

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    Medi-Cal provider enrollment moving exclusively to PAVE starting March 5

    January 24, 2019
    The Medi-Cal Provider Enrollment Division will no longer accept paper enrollment forms, effective March 5, 2019.

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    Golden Shore Medical Group to shut down following Molina contract termination

    January 24, 2019
    The plan filed requests in late 2018 with the DMHC to transfer its enrollees to other delegated groups and the request ...

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    Future CMA Doc: Sarah Mae Smith

    January 22, 2019
    Smith has been a member of AMA and CMA since she began medical school in August 2013. She is currently serving her seco...

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    CMA membership reaches all time high of 44k

    January 22, 2019
    In 2018, CMA’s active, dues paying membership grew by 6.3 percent, with a 92.2 percent retention rate.

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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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    Did you know CMA’s online health law library is free to members?

    January 18, 2019
    The California Medical Association (CMA) online health law library contains nearly 5,000 pages of up-to-date legal in...

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    Save the Date for CMA Legislative Advocacy Day, April 24

    January 18, 2019
    Register for CMA's 45th annual Legislative Advocacy Day on April 24, 2019, at the Sacramento Convention Center!

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    CMS hosting call for prescribers on new opioid policies on Feb. 14

    January 18, 2019
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented  new opioid policies  for Medicare drug plans effectiv...

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    CMS completes issuance of new Medicare ID cards

    January 16, 2019
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has now completed the process of mailing new Medicare cards to bene...

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    UnitedHealthcare delays outpatient advanced radiology policy until February 1

    January 14, 2019
    The new UHC policy—originally scheduled for implementation on Jan. 1—requires prior authorization for advanced imaging p...

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    Newsom’s first budget puts health care access, costs front and center

    January 10, 2019
    The governor is following through on a key campaign promise by investing more than $1 billion in Proposition 56 tobacco ...

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    Gov. Newsom signs executive order expanding health care access

    January 07, 2019
    The executive order will help control health care costs and expand access to care for millions of Californians.

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    CMA Doc: Stephen Hansen, M.D.

    January 07, 2019
    Passion. Dedication. An unwavering moral compass. Sensitivity to social justice. For more than four decades as a physic...

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    CMA and AMA urge exemptions from Open Payments reporting

    January 07, 2019
    The AMA, CMA and more than 80 other health care organizations recently submitted a join letter in response to a request...

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    2019 Q1 reports open for comments

    January 04, 2019
    CMA is now accepting comments on council reports for the first quarter of 2019. The reports represent recommendations f...

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    Reminder! GME grant deadline is Jan. 15

    January 04, 2019
    PHC is excited to announce a new grant program, CalMedForce, which will award approximately $40 million to primary care...

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    New Laws 2019: What physicians need to know

    January 04, 2019
    The California Legislature had an active year, passing many new laws affecting health care. In particular, there was a ...

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    CMA recoups $29 million on behalf of physician members

    January 03, 2019
    California physicians have a powerful ally when it comes to dealing with problematic payors—the California Medical Asso...

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    ABMS seeking physician comments on Maintenance of Certification reform

    January 03, 2019
    CMA is encouraging physicians to review the recommendations and provide comments on whether they believe that the propo...

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    Pharmacy board says “enforcement not a priority” for new security prescription law

    January 02, 2019
    On January 1, 2019, a new California law took effect that requires all security prescription forms to have a uniquely s...

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    CMA expresses serious concerns over implementation of new security prescription requirement

    December 21, 2018
    On January 1, 2019, a new California law takes effect that requires all security prescription forms to have a uniquely ...

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    CMS extends Physician Compare 30-day preview period to Jan. 7

    December 21, 2018
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the Physician Compare preview period through Monday, J...

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    CMA Members: Submit Commentary!

    December 19, 2018
    Submit your op-ed today by emailing the CMA communications team. Staff will confirm receipt and proof your work before ...

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    CMA Doc: Charity Dean, M.D.

    December 17, 2018
    Public health physician Charity Dean, M.D., was recently named the 2018 Physician of the Year for Santa Barbara County ...

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    CMA president and CA health care groups rebuke Texas judge’s ACA ruling

    December 17, 2018
    Since 2014, California’s uninsured population has dropped more than any other state, from 17% of the population to 7%. ...

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    On-demand webinar: Reporting data to the California Parkinson's Disease Registry

    December 17, 2018
    The webinar covers manual data entry via secure web portal and automated electronic interface.

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    Reminder: Blue Shield/Care1st to complete integration Jan. 1, 2019

    December 12, 2018
    On January 1, 2019, Blue Shield of California will complete the integration of Care1st Health Plan into its operations,...

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    Application now open! PHC announces new CalMedForce GME grant program

    December 12, 2018
    Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) is excited to announce a new grant program, CalMedForce, which will award app...

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    Anthem Blue Cross correcting ultrasound recoupment issue

    December 11, 2018
    The California Medical Association has learned that Anthem Blue Cross is correcting a system error that has resulted in...

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    Save the Date for AAPC’s HEALTHCON 2019, April 28 to May 1

    December 11, 2018
    AAPC, a training and credentialing association for the business side of health care, is hosting its 26th annual HEALTHC...

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    Reminder: Be prepared for Covered California changes in 2019

    December 11, 2018
    With a limited number of changes set to occur for 2019, it remains critical that physician practices understand their p...

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    Time to verify your patients’ eligibility and benefits for 2019

    December 11, 2018
    With the new year soon upon us, physicians are urged to be diligent in verifying patients' eligibility and benefits to ...

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