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Soda's Sticky Business Tracks Predatory Practices of Big Soda

The unique risks posed by sugar-sweetened beverages to the healt...


Noridian continues to deactivate providers for not responding to Medicare revalidation notices

Physicians are reminded that their Medicare billing privileges w...


U.S. House unanimously passes bipartisan bill to strengthen Medicaid

The bill would extend several expiring Medicaid programs, create...


CalHealthCares loan repayment program now accepting applications

The program incentivizes physicians to provide care to Medi-Cal ...


CMA supports Attorney General Becerra in fight for women’s health

New filing seeks to block Trump Administration’s Title X Family ...


CMA seeking nominations for mode of practice forum delegates and alternates

Delegates and alternates will be elected for two-year terms begi...

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    Physicians encouraged to complete AMA Opioid Task Force surveys by May 8

    April 19, 2019
    The surveys should take 10-15 minutes to complete, and will close on Wednesday, May 8.

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    Webinar: How Physicians Can Appeal AB 72’s Interim Rate and How CMA Can Help

    April 18, 2019
    The webinar will review the out-of-network billing and payment law, including when the law applies, appropriate billing...

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    CMA Doc: Ruben Kalra, M.D.

    April 17, 2019
    Ruben Kalra, M.D., is an Interventional Pain Specialist who started his own group practice in the Bay Area, specializin...

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    CMA leaders to speak at 2019 NorCal State of Reform Health Policy Conference

    April 15, 2019
    Among the prestigious list of speakers are three California Medical Association (CMA) leaders: CEO Dustin Corcoran, CFO...

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    Updated Advance Health Care Directive Kit now available

    April 12, 2019
    CMA's Advance Health Care Directive Kit has been updated to include changes to the probate code passed by the Californi...

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    CMA comments on task force recommendations on pain management best practices

    April 12, 2019
    The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 required the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to...

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    Preliminary 2018 performance feedback data for MIPS now available

    April 10, 2019
    If you submitted data through the Quality Payment Program website , you are now able to review your preliminary perfor...

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    Anthem clarifies recent E&M services billed with modifier 25 policy

    April 10, 2019
    Per the new policy, Anthem will deny an E&M service with a modifier 25 billed on the day of a related procedure when th...

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    Anthem announces fee schedule and contract changes effective July 1

    April 10, 2019
    According to a notice issued to approximately half of its PPO network, the plan will be increasing payment for the more...

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    CMA’s Model Medical Staff Bylaws updated

    April 10, 2019
    These bylaws are the definitive guide for medical staffs, providing details on professional and legal structures to sup...

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    CMA seeking nominations for Diversity and Inclusion TAC

    April 08, 2019
    We are seeking nominations of diverse physicians from all modes of practice, geographic regions, specialties and perspe...

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    Two health plans move patients to other delegated group effective April 1

    April 05, 2019
    This transition affects approximately 2,000 patients covered by Western Health Advantage or SCAN Health Plan.

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    CMS releases next episode of Beyond the Policy podcast

    April 03, 2019
    Episode 2 highlights the 2019 CMS Quality Conference.  An annual event attracting over 3,000 participants, this year’s ...

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    Coding Corner: How to report a consult service when your payor doesn’t accept consult codes

    April 02, 2019
    It’s been nearly a decade since Medicare has accepted claims for either outpatient (99241-99245) or inpatient (99251-99...

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    Soda's Sticky Business Tracks Predatory Practices of Big Soda

    April 01, 2019
    The unique risks posed by sugar-sweetened beverages to the health of kids and the public at large, and the deceptive wa...

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    CMA Doc: Jasmeet Bains, M.D.

    April 01, 2019
    Jasmeet Bains, M.D. had planned to spend her life working in business and the automotive industry until she witnessed t...

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    CMA encourages physicians to speak to patients about end-of-life wishes

    April 01, 2019
    April 9, 2019, marks the beginning of Health Care Decisions Week, which culminates on April 16 with National Health Car...

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    CalHealthCares loan repayment program now accepting applications

    April 01, 2019
    The program incentivizes physicians to provide care to Medi-Cal beneficiaries by repaying educational debt up to $300,0...

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    Noridian continues to deactivate providers for not responding to Medicare revalidation notices

    March 29, 2019
    Physicians are reminded that their Medicare billing privileges will be deactivated if they fail to respond to Medicare ...

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    U.S. House unanimously passes bipartisan bill to strengthen Medicaid

    March 29, 2019
    The bill would extend several expiring Medicaid programs, create a new Medicaid option for states to establish coordina...

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    CMA supports Attorney General Becerra in fight for women’s health

    March 22, 2019
    New filing seeks to block Trump Administration’s Title X Family Planning Rule

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    New survey reveals physician priorities for health care in California

    March 20, 2019
    Nearly 900 California physicians participated in the survey, and many of their opinions were aligned with CMA’s long-s...

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    Individual MIPS reporting deadline is in two weeks

    March 19, 2019
    If you plan to submit 2018 data for Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System, the deadline is April 2, just two ...

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    CMA seeking nominations for mode of practice forum delegates and alternates

    March 18, 2019
    Delegates and alternates will be elected for two-year terms beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2021.

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    Parkinson’s registry data submission deadline is March 29

    March 18, 2019
    The CDPH launched a statewide population-based registry that will be used to measure the incidence and prevalence of Pa...

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    CalHealthCares physician loan repayment program inaugural application cycle begins April 1

    March 18, 2019
    CalHealthCares incentivizes physicians to provide care to Medi-Cal beneficiaries by repaying educational debt up to $30...

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    CMA Doc: Richard Chinnock, M.D.

    March 18, 2019
    Pediatrician Richard Chinnock, M.D., was recently recognized with the Outstanding Clinician Award at the Loma Linda Uni...

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    Major gun legislation passes U.S. House

    March 18, 2019
    Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 8 “The Bipartisan (Firearm) Background Checks Act of 2019,” (Mik...

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    CMA leaders visit Congress to advocate for critical health care issues

    March 18, 2019
    CMA  physicians met CMA  physicians met with key congressional leaders to discuss strategies to make health care more a...

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    CMA urges Congress to adopt New York surprise coverage law

    March 18, 2019
    A bipartisan group of United States Senators are working to draft legislation to protect patients from unanticipated me...

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    CMA’s Council on Legislation meets to set 2019 legislative priorities

    March 18, 2019
    All of the recommended positions taken by COL will be presented to the CMA Board of Trustees for finalization at their ...

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    Gov. Newsom to keynote CMA’s Legislative Advocacy Day

    March 13, 2019
    This unique event, scheduled for April 24, 2019, is free of charge to all CMA members. Plan to join more than 400 physi...

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    Anthem Blue Cross to deny certain E&M services billed with modifier 25

    March 13, 2019
    Modifier 25 allows separate payment for a significant, separately identifiable E&M service provided on the same day as a...

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    Security prescription fix signed by Governor Newsom; delays implementation until 2021

    March 12, 2019
    After intense lobbying from CMA, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Monday that will end the confusion caused by flawed...

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    Coding Corner: How to appropriately apply modifiers LT, RT and 50

    March 06, 2019
     Confusion about when to append CPT® modifier 50 Bilateral procedure, versus HCPCS Level II modifiers LT Left side and ...

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    UnitedHealthcare to discontinue payment of consultation services

    March 05, 2019
    UnitedHealthcare (UHC) has announced that it will no longer reimburse consultation services for commercial product li...

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    CMA Doc: Kenneth Bird, M.D.

    March 04, 2019
    Kenneth Bird, M.D., recently retired Public Health Officer for the Fresno County Department of Public Health, was recen...

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    12 ways to be a physician advocate

    March 04, 2019
    CMA has some of the best lobbyists, lawyers, and other advocates in the Capitol, but the most powerful weapon in advanc...

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    How to connect with your elected official through social media

    March 04, 2019
    Social media is an excellent platform to communicate with your elected officials, especially Twitter. The key is to “ta...

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    Save the Date: 2019 NEPO Summit, Aug. 23-24 in Pasadena

    March 04, 2019
    The 2019 Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) Building Healthy Communities Summit will be held August 23-24...

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    Security prescription law fix heads to governor’s desk for signature

    March 04, 2019
    Implementation of the new state law that requires security prescription forms to have a uniquely serialized number law ...

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    New Title X rules will limit access to critically needed care and services for millions of patients

    February 28, 2019
    The Trump administration issued a final rule last week that bars qualified family planning providers that provide abort...

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    CMS launches Beyond the Policy podcast

    February 27, 2019
    The first episode—and Management Coding discusses the rationale for 2019 Physician Fee Schedule policy changes affectin...

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    CMA joins legislative effort to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages

    February 20, 2019
    The legislation targets soda, energy drinks, sweet teas and sports drinks that contribute to obesity, diabetes, tooth d...

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    DHCS will move to new fiscal intermediary on Oct. 1

    February 20, 2019
    The California Medical Association will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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    Register now for CMA Legislative Advocacy Day, April 24 in Sacramento

    February 19, 2019
    Registration is now open for the 45th annual California Medical Association (CMA) Legislative Advocacy Day on April 24,...

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    CMA-sponsored physician loan repayment program now accepting applications

    February 19, 2019
    Applications are now being accepted for the next cycle of the Steven M. Thompson Loan Repayment Program. Award recipien...

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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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