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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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    You don’t have to fight unfair payment practices alone. CMA can help.

    February 06, 2019
    Members can call on CMA’s practice management experts for free one-on-one help with contracting, billing and payment pr...

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    Get ready for the new Medicare beneficiary cards and ID numbers

    March 22, 2018
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing new identification cards to California Medicare...

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    Time to verify your patients’ eligibility and benefits for 2018

    January 04, 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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    Are your prescriptions pads compliant with the law?

    December 14, 2017
    The California Medical Association (CMA) has received numerous calls from physicians whose prescriptions are being turn...

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    Develop a marketing strategy to keep your practice competitive

    December 14, 2017
    In today’s constantly changing health care environment, physicians in small and solo practices find themselves at a dis...

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    Physicians don’t have to accept substandard contracts

    December 14, 2017
    Remember, state law requires payors to give advance notice of material contract changes, with the opportunity for physi...

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    Take advantage of your group-buying discounts

    December 14, 2017
    Members can offset the price of their annual dues when using CMA membership services and discounts. Thanks to CMA’s gro...

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    Do you know if non-contracted payors are complying with AB 72 interim payment rules?

    December 14, 2017
    AB 72, California’s new out-of-network billing and payment law, requires fully insured commercial plans and insurers to...

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    Anthem Blue Cross announces plans to significantly cut reimbursement on E/M services with modifier 25

    November 16, 2017
    Due to the overwhelming opposition from organized medicine, in February 2018, Anthem announced it will not proceed w...

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    Practice Check-Up: Marketing your practice

    October 03, 2017
    This month we focus on how effectively managing the appointment schedule can have a positive impact on both patient and...

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    FAQ: What can I do about negative patient reviews online?

    October 03, 2017
    Physicians may find themselves the subject of comments and reviews posted on health care-related consumer review websit...

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    State launches CURES 2.0 and streamlined registration system

    October 03, 2017
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced plans to launch an upgrade to the state's prescription drug monitoring pr...

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    Noridian deactivates more providers who failed to respond to revalidation requests

    September 20, 2017
    Noridian, Medicare’s administrative contractor for California, has reported that of the 19,701 providers who were reque...

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    Ask the Expert: Can I be reimbursed for copying medical records?

    May 09, 2017
    My office is receiving an increased number of medical record requests from various payors. Can I bill the payor for cop...

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    How much revenue is your practice losing by not working denials?

    December 08, 2016
    It’s no secret that claim rejections and denials can result in a significant amount of lost revenue. Consider this – a ...

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    Tip: Don’t lose revenue by not working denials

    December 08, 2016
    It’s no secret that claim rejections and denials can result in a significant amount of lost revenue. Consider this – a ...

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    Tip: Smartphones in the office

    November 03, 2016
    To protect patient privacy, develop a written policy on camera and smartphone use in the office. 

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    Tip: All California physicians with DEA certificates must submit their CURES registration applications by July 1, 2016

    September 09, 2016
    CMA has a number of resources for practices, including tips on how to register for CURES 2.0 and an on-demand webinar t...

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    Tip: Make the most of appeals by knowing your rights

    September 09, 2016
    Thanks to a CMA-sponsored California law, payors are required to have a fast, fair and cost-effective appeal process to...

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    Tip: Make sure your billing staff are aware of the prohibitions on balance billing Medi-Medi patients

    September 09, 2016
    Both state and federal law provide broad protections to such individuals, and prohibit billing a Medi-Cal patient in mo...

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    Tip: The new provider directory accuracy law took effect July 1. Make sure your practice isn’t penalized!

    September 09, 2016
    The new law not only requires payors to maintain accurate and current directories, but it also requires physicians to d...

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    Tip: Proactive scheduling strategies

    September 09, 2016
    Proactive scheduling strategies can reduce disruptions and long patient wait times.

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    Tip: Are you using the two new CPT codes to report prolonged services provided by clinical staff?

    September 09, 2016
    Under the direct supervision of a physician or other qualified provider (99415, 99416), these time-based services are r...

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