CMA <strong>NEWS</strong> Save the date: NEPO Building Healthy Communities Summit, Sept. 13-15 in Pasadena The 2018 Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) Building Healthy Communities Summit will be held September 13-15 in Pasadena. The theme this year is "Building the Best You: Celebrating the Joy 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Thank you physician members we defeated AB 3087! Today, CMA killed Assembly Bill 3087 (Kalra) &ndash; dangerous legislation that would have created a commission of unelected political appointees empowered to arbitrarily 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA Doc: Kris Karlen, M.D. "Although restoring sight to the blind may sound like something that would require a miracle, for the poor in West Africa, it's a very realistic goal." 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA expands program to cultivate equity in the medical profession CMA has long believed that diversity and inclusion strengthens the health of our profession and California's communities. To that end, CMA launched a Diversity and Inclusion TAC 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 2018 Q3 resolutions open for testimony As part of its policy-making process, CMA allows members to submit resolutions for debate and discussion throughout the year. These resolutions will be considered by 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 President Trump wants to strip $7 billion from Childrens Health Insurance Program President Donald Trump recently announced his intention to strip more than $15.4 billion out of the $1.3 trillion federal spending bill approved by Congress in March &ndash; of which the Children&rsquo;s 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Medical Students: Apply now for a student community leadership grant Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) is now requesting proposals for its Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program. Through this program, PHC (formerly the California Medical Association 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Gov. Browns May budget maintains tobacco tax funding for Medi-Cal provider payments On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown released his revised budget proposal for fiscal year 2018-19. The proposal includes total General Fund expenditures of $137.6 billion, an increase of $10 billion (8.3 percent) 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA Doc: Ron Chambers, M.D. "You cant open up many medical textbooks that have any information about human trafficking in them. How do we know what labs to order? How do we know what medications are appropriate? Its heavy duty PTSD that were dealing with." 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Pro tip: Vote early and stop the robocalls and campaign mailers With the California primary election less than a month away, you've undoubtedly noticed an increase in robocalls and political mailers. Did you know there&rsquo;s a way to put a stop to this season&rsquo;s 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Physicians: Act now to stop dangerous rate setting proposal On Wednesday, May 16, the Assembly Appropriations Committee will be considering AB 3087 (Kalra), which would create a commission of unelected political appointees empowered to arbitrarily cap rates for 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA urges DOJ to take steps to ensure smooth transition to CURES mandate The California Department of Justice (DOJ) has certified that as of April 2, 2018, the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) &ndash; California&rsquo;s prescription drug 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 UnitedHealthcare updates emergency department facility E/M coding policy Citing the need to address inconsistencies in coding, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) recently altered its Emergency Department (ED) Facility Evaluation and Management (E/M) Coding Policy to include an analysis 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMS renames EHR Incentive Programs and Advancing Care Information The Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services (CMS) is renaming both the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Advancing Care Information 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMS to offer QPP frequently asked question and answer session The Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a webinar on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, to answer the most frequently asked questions about the new Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP). 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00