CMA <strong>NEWS</strong> Anthem Blue Cross rescinds termination of Medicare Advantage agreement with Brown & Toland Anthem Blue Cross has reached an agreement to extend its Medicare Advantage contract with Brown &amp; Toland Physicians. Although Anthem Blue Cross previously announced the contract would be terminate 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Tickets now available for 21st Annual Presidents Reception and Awards Gala CMA and the CMA Foundation invite you to the 21st annual President's Reception and Awards Gala on the evening of Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the Disneyland 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Q4 resolutions now accepting 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 Anthem Blue Cross terminates Medicare Advantage agreement with Brown & Toland Effective October 1, 2017, Anthem Blue Cross will terminate its contract with Brown & Toland Physicians for its Medicare Advantage product. The termination will affect approximately 1,900 Medicare 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 California congressmen introduce bills to address physician shortage Two important bills have been introduced in Congress to address our state&rsquo;s serious physician shortage and improve access to care in California. The first bill, the Training the Next Generation 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMS now accepting QPP hardship applications for 2017 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is now accepting hardship exceptions from the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) for the 2017 reporting year. Beginning with this reporting year, 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA Doc: Richard Pan, M.D. "Vaccines are so effective that parents, and even many younger physicians, have never seen many vaccine preventable diseases. This lack of personal experience with these diseases has created opportunities for anti-vax charlatans to spread misinformation and create anxiety and doubt about vaccines for their own personal gain." 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Health plans begin transitioning patients from troubled Nivano CMA has learned that two health plans - Blue Shield and UnitedHealthcare - have recently terminated their delegated agreements with Nivano Physicians Medical Group and are in the process of transferring patients from Nivano to alternative networks. 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Physicians apprehensive regarding requests for provider directory information CMA continues to receive inquiries from practices concerned about the validity of requests for payors to confirm physician demographic information. The requests are 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Has a contracted payor stopped paying claims? CMA has recently received an increased number of calls from physicians reporting concerns that some of the entities with whom they contract may have run into financial 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMS dedicates new webpage to Medicare Beneficiary Identification number change The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to prevent identity 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Register today for CMA webinar on mental health in young adults CMA is hosting a one-hour webinar about depression treatment and suicide prevention in young adults on Wednesday, August 16, from 12:15 to 1:15 pm. The presenter, 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 UnitedHealthcare plans to discontinue payment for consultation services Citing alignment with a policy implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and in response to misuse of consultation service codes, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) has announced that i 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Join CMA to learn how to challenge the interim payment for out-of-network services at in-network facilities On July 1, 2017, a new law (AB 72) took effect that changes the billing practices of non-participating physicians providing covered, non-emergent care at in-network facilities including hospitals, 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Survey shows physicians feel unprepared for the business side of medicine A recent LinkedIn survey found that many physicians feel that their clinical training does not adequately prepare them for the reality of the business side of a career in medicine. The survey, conducted 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00