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CMA publishes guide for patients impacted by recent wildfires

Fri, 18 Sep 2020

Under law enacted in 2018, plans and insurers operating in counties affected by an official state of emergency must within 48 hours of the emergency declaration notify the California Department of Health Care Services about the actions the plan has taken or is in the process of taking to ensure that the health care needs of its enrollees are met. 

AMA adds two new CPT codes related to COVID-19

Fri, 18 Sep 2020

AMA has added two new CPT codes to meet the needs of the health care industry as medical advancements expand the fight against COVID-19. The update to the CPT code set was approved by the CPT Editorial Panel for immediate use.

CMA president issues statement on allegations of forced hysterectomies at ICE detention centers

Fri, 18 Sep 2020

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., issued the following statement in response to  allegations of forced hysterectomies at ICE detention centers:

UnitedHealthcare alters claim denial letters

Fri, 18 Sep 2020

UHC will transition the communication of initial claim denials to a consolidated Explanation of Denial statement that outlines all claim denials processed each day.

UnitedHealthcare transitions from paper claim acknowledgements

Fri, 18 Sep 2020

UHC will stop mailing claim acknowledgement letters and instead post them online in its Document Vault. Per UHC, acknowledgement letters will be available online the day they are generated and will remain available to download for up to 24 months. 

Are you experiencing trouble with self-insured ERISA payors?

Thu, 17 Sep 2020

CMA is working to address the unique challenges experienced by providers who provide care to patients with self-funded ERISA plans. If your practice has experienced challenges with self-funded ERISA payors, CMA wants to hear from you.  

ACEs Aware to host webinar on clinical workforce readiness, resiliency and screening integration

Wed, 16 Sep 2020

The ACEs Aware initiative is hosting a live, one-hour webinar to provide strategies, promising practices and resources to support health care providers and clinical leadership as they assess their organizational readiness and build workforce resilience to successfully integrate ACEs screening into clinical practice.

Webinar Series: A Primer on Designing GME in Rural Clinical Facilities

Wed, 16 Sep 2020

To grow and diversify the physician workforce, PHC, the BGMS Residency Task Force and Paradise Medical Group have launched a free webinar series to offer innovative technical advice and solutions to meet rural California’s critical access to care needs

CMS indicates it will withdraw controversial Medicaid Fiscal Accountability rule

Tue, 15 Sep 2020

CMS Administrator Seema Verma, M.D., announced this week the agency would be withdrawing its proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule.

AMA releases 2021 CPT code set

Tue, 15 Sep 2020

AMA recently released the 2021 CPT® code set, which includes the first major overhaul in more than 25 years to the codes and guidelines for office and other outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services.