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Medical board will no longer accept paper applications for some licenses

Thu, 26 Jan 2023

Effective February 1, 2023, the Medical Board of California will no longer accept and process paper applications for the Postgraduate Training License and the transition from a Postgraduate Training License to a Physician’s and Surgeon’s License .

Reminder: Phase II of Medi-Cal Rx transition began Jan. 20

Tue, 24 Jan 2023

Physicians are reminded that Phase II of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Medi-Cal Rx transition began January 20, 2023. In Phase II—which will be implemented in two waves—Medi-Cal Rx prescribers are again required to submit prior authorizations (PAs) for the remaining drug classes.

Medicare physician fee schedule updated for 2023

Tue, 24 Jan 2023

Noridian has now updated its 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule to reflect this change and has started releasing 2023 claims for payment.

Nursing board now accepting applications for new 103 NP classification

Tue, 24 Jan 2023

The regulations set the minimum "transition to practice" standards for NPs seeking to apply for licensure under these new classifications. NPs who are interested in transitioning to these new classifications are required to submit an application and become approved before practicing under the new classifications.

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan exits San Diego Medi-Cal market

Tue, 24 Jan 2023

UHC Community Plan has announced that it is no longer providing services to approximately 30,000 Medi-Cal members in San Diego County effective January 1, 2023.

CMS updates Open Payments data

Tue, 24 Jan 2023

On January 20, 2023, CMS refreshed Open Payment data for program Years 2015 through 2021 to reflect changes to the data that have been made since the 2021 Program Year data was published in June 2022. 

Congress eliminates need for waiver to treat opioid use disorder

Fri, 20 Jan 2023

In its year-end omnibus legislation, Congress took steps to a expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Under the new law, physicians no longer must obtain a special federal waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, which is used to treat patients with opioid use disorder

Save the Date for CMA’s Legislative Advocacy Day, April 19 in Sacramento

Wed, 18 Jan 2023

CMA will host its annual Legislative Advocacy Day in Sacramento on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with legislators on priority health care issues. The meetings will be scheduled and coordinated by your local county medical societies.

CLC/IB temperature check survey

Wed, 18 Jan 2023

The Cultural and Linguistic Competency and Implicit Bias (CLC/IB) Temperature Check Survey for the first half of 2023 is now live. Please take a moment to fill it out.

PARS year-end reporting due March 17, 2023

Wed, 18 Jan 2023

By March 17, 2023, your organization is required to provide the California Medical Association (CMA) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) with 2022 continuing medical education (CME) activities data through the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).