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CMA urges CMS to apply E/M increases to global surgery packages

Wed, 16 Oct 2019

CMA strongly opposes CMS’ proposal to not incorporate the adjusted values for the revised E/M codes into the 10- and 90-day global surgical codes.

CMA to tackle four major issues at annual meeting

Mon, 14 Oct 2019

CMA physician delegates meet annually to establish broad policy on current major issues that have been determined to be the most important issues affecting members, the association and the practice of medicine. This year’s major issues are:

CMA objects to federal scope expansion under president’s executive order

Mon, 14 Oct 2019

Although the order is very broad and lacks details, it is clear that the administration is looking at eliminating regulations that require physician oversight of nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Webinar: Are you getting your Prop 56 supplemental Medi-Cal payments?

Mon, 14 Oct 2019

To learn more about the supplemental payments, including how to ensure you’re getting your fair share, CMA is hosting a one-hour webinar—Proposition 56 funds: What’s new for FY 19-20 and beyond—on Wednesday, December 4, at  12:15 p.m.

Governor signs CMA bill to require insurers to pay for telehealth services

Mon, 14 Oct 2019

Governor Newsom has signed a CMA-sponsored bill to increase patient access through telehealth. The bill will require health insurers to cover services provided via telehealth in the same way they would an in-person encounter.

CMA responds to Trump order, “Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors.”

Thu, 10 Oct 2019

CMA President David H. Aizuss, M.D., issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s new executive order on “Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors”

Anthem Blue Cross terminates Medicare Advantage contract with Hill Physicians

Thu, 10 Oct 2019

The California Medical Association (CMA) has learned that Anthem Blue Cross has terminated its contract with Hill Physicians Medical Group for the Medicare Advantage product effective October 1, 2019.

Physicians urged to report vaping-associated pulmonary injury

Wed, 09 Oct 2019

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is urging physicians to be vigilant in reporting cases of vaping-associated pulmonary injury (VAPI) to their local health departments.

Study finds public support for health care providers talking about gun safety

Wed, 09 Oct 2019

Four out of five respondents, regardless of gun ownership status, said it was at least sometimes appropriate for a physician to intervene to reduce firearm injury when a patient with access to a gun had thoughts of self-harm or harming others.

Updated payor profiles for 2019 now available

Tue, 08 Oct 2019

The California Medical Association’s (CMA) Center for Economic Services is publishing updated profiles on each of the major payors in California including Aetna, Blue Shield of California, Health Net, UnitedHealthcare and Medi-Cal.