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CMA urges strong regulatory system for medical cannabis

In 2015, the legislature passed and the governor signed into law a series of bills to create a licensing and regulatory framework for medical cannabis. The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation and California

Assembly bill would temporarily suspend lab renewal fees

The California Legislature is considering a bill (AB 658) that would temporarily suspend the state's clinical laboratory license renewal fees for two years, 2018 and 2019. The bill is a result of an audit

Significant improvements in 2018 MACRA rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization

Three California representatives to serve on AMA Board of Trustees

Two California representatives were elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees last week at the association's annual meeting in Chicago – Stanford resident Ryan Ribeira,

Reminder: New out-of-network billing and payment law takes effect July 1

On July 1, 2017, a new law (AB 72) will take effect that will change the billing practices of non-participating physicians providing covered, non-emergent care at in-network facilities including

Saving Private Practice: LACMA hosts first ever Private Practice Consortium, July 15 in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) invites physicians to attend the first-ever Private Practice Consortium and take advantage of free personal one-on-one consultations and breakout sessions

CMA to tackle three major issues at 2017 annual meeting

The 146th Annual Session of the California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates (HOD) will tackle three major issues when it convenes October 21-22, 2017, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The

Future CMA Doc: Karthik V. Sarma

Karthik V. Sarma, M.S., a medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA was elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees. Mr. Sarma, who previously served on the

Child Health and Disability Prevention code and claim form conversion effective July 1

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is currently transitioning Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program billing processes to be compliant with HIPAA standards for national

DHCS preps contingencies in case of delayed budget approval

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently announced it will implement a contingency plan for claim payment if the state budget is not enacted before the beginning of the 2017-2018

Save the date: NEPO Building Healthy Communities Summit, Oct. 19-20 in Anaheim

The 2017 Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) Building Healthy Communities Summit will be held on October 19-20 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The theme this year is "Striving for Health

Free CME: Medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is offering two free training sessions on the use of medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders. The training, “The Effective

Final budget agreement provides over $1 billion to improve Medi-Cal provider payments

Last November, CMA took on Big Tobacco to improve access throughout the Medi-Cal program. California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 56, which added a $2 tax on tobacco products and stipulated that funds should increase access by improving provider payments.

UCSD School of Medicine hosts town hall for medical students with Congressman Scott Peters

Students at the UC San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine recently took a break from their books to spend an afternoon with local Congressman Scott Peters (D-San Diego) to discuss health care policy. Peters

Free CME: Effective Strategies for Reducing Patients' Diabetes Risk, June 29 in San Diego

Physicians are invited to attend a free dinner meeting, "Effective Strategies for Reducing Patients' Diabetes Risk," Thursday, June 29, 2017, from 6-8 p.m., at the San Diego County Medical Society. 13