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Gov. Brown signs CMA-sponsored responsible beverage service training bill

On Sunday, October 15, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill sponsored by CMA and introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, requiring individuals who sell or serve

Hospital at center of existential threat to medical staff self-governance files for bankruptcy

The Tulare hospital embroiled in a bitter legal battle over the self-governance rights of its medical staff has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The filing came just two days before closing arguments w

What you can do to support physicians impacted by California wildfires

Devastating wildfires have burned more than 217,000 acres in California, causing more than 75,000 evacuations, at least 40 deaths and over 200 people still reported missing. In response, Governor Jerry

CMA Doc: Daniel "Stony" Anderson, M.D.

San Diego gastroenterologist Daniel Stony Anderson, M.D., has been named the 2017 recipient of the CMA Foundation Adarsh S. Mahal, M.D., Access to Health Care and Disparities Award.

State sees marked increase in applications for primary care residency program funding

The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development received a record number of applications for family medicine and primary care residency funding through the Song Brown Healthcare

Hundreds of physicians to discuss major health care issues in Anaheim

Hundreds of California physicians are traveling to Anaheim this weekend for the 146th Annual Session of the CMA House of Delegates (HOD). HOD is CMA's annual meeting,

Saturday, Oct. 28, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, October 28, 2017, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On this day, hundreds of locations throughout California will be accepting and properly disposing of unused prescription drugs,

Help save lives: Co-prescribe naloxone to patients at risk of opioid overdose

For more than 40 years, the life-saving opioid overdose antidote naloxone has been used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose. Timely administration of naloxone has saved tens of thousands of lives. The

CMA publishes AB 72 payment monitoring workbook

CMA has published a workbook to help practices identify if payments they receive comply with AB 72's interim payment rules. AB 72 - California's new out-of-network billing and payment law - requires fully insured commercial plans and insurers to make "interim payments" to non-contracted physicians for covered, non-emergent services performed at in-network health facilities, and places limitations on the ability of physicians in such circumstances to collect their full billed charges.

Join ALA in Fresno on October 17 to learn how physicians can help improve lung health in their communities

On Tuesday, October 17, the American Lung Association will be hosting a Health Professionals for Clean Air meeting in Fresno, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Physicians, nurses and other health professionals

Free webinar Nov. 2: POLST eRegistry pilot project

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) is hosting a webinar for health care providers and medical professionals, "POLST eRegistry Pilot Project: 2017 Overview and Update." The

FSMB releases free online education modules for medical students and residents

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has released a free online education module for medical students and residents who are interested in learning about the medical licensing process. The new

CMS unveils new Medicare Beneficiary Identification cards

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently unveiled the newly designed Medicare card, which will contain the unique, randomly assigned Medicare Beneficiary Identification (MBI) number

New claim format for Child Health and Disability Prevention Program providers

Historically, fee-for-service Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program health assessments and immunizations were billed by providers using the proprietary PM 160 claim form or its electronic

UnitedHealthcare to issue latest cycle of Peer Comparison Reports

UnitedHealthcare (UHC) has announced that the next iteration of its Peer Comparison Reports will be sent to physicians beginning in November. The Peer Comparison Reports, formerly known as performanc