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California health officials urge physicians to screen patients for suicide risk

Tue, 14 Jul 2020

Concerned about the COVID-19 epidemic’s immediate and long-term impacts on mental health, California health officials are urging physicians to screen patients to help identify those at risk of suicide.

HHS says Provider Relief Fund payments are taxable as income

Mon, 13 Jul 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has updated its Provider Relief Fund FAQ to clarify that payments from the Provider Relief Fund are taxable. According to the FAQ, such payments do qualify as disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Earn 1.5 CME for participating in our free COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds

Fri, 10 Jul 2020

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the California Medical Association (CMA) and the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) will host the first in our new series of virtual grand rounds for the state’s clinicians on the on the evolution of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and management of COVID-19 patients.

The Physicians Foundation invites physicians to participate COVID-19 survey

Wed, 08 Jul 2020

The Physicians Foundation—a national, not-for-profit seeking to advance the work of practicing physicians and facilitate the delivery of high-quality health care to patients—is surveying physicians nationwide to learn how COVID-19 is affecting their practices and their perspectives.

Stories from the Pandemic—a new audio documentary series from the Nocturnists

Wed, 08 Jul 2020

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Medical Association’s (CMA) partner podcast the Nocturnists began gathering stories from health care workers on the frontlines.

CMA urges state to convene advisory group to address COVID-19 outbreak in state prisons

Tue, 07 Jul 2020

CMA urged the Newsom Administration to immediately convene an advisory group to address the COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin State Prison and proactively work to prevent similar outbreaks at other state prisons.

CMA opposes new federal rule that would revoke thousands of student visas

Tue, 07 Jul 2020

This week, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced changes to student visa programs that would revoke student visas for thousands of international students

Congress gives small businesses more time to apply for PPP loans

Tue, 07 Jul 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on July 6, 2020, resumed accepting applications following the passage of the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act. The new deadline to apply for a PPP loan is August 8, 2020.

Reminder: Deadline to apply for relief from Medicaid Targeted Distribution is July 20

Tue, 07 Jul 2020

On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, HHS opened a new  “Medicaid Targeted Distribution” portal  through which Medicaid-dependent physicians can apply to receive a portion of the $15 billion “targeted distribution” for Medicaid providers. Physicians must apply for the funding before July 20, 2020. The funding does not need to be repaid.

CMA now seeking comments on 2020 Major Issues

Tue, 07 Jul 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the surrounding regulations and guidelines around hosting large meetings, the California Medical Association (CMA) has shifted its 2020 Annual Session of the House of Delegates to a virtual session on the afternoon of Saturday, October 24, 2020.