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Anthem provides clarification on scope of CVS specialty medication policy

Thu, 19 Nov 2020

In September 2020, Anthem Blue Cross sent notices to affected physicians and hospitals advising that it would begin requiring them to obtain certain specialty medications administered in the office or outpatient hospital setting for commercial PPO and EPO patients through CVS Specialty pharmacy.

DHCS announces delay in Medi-Cal Rx transition

Tue, 17 Nov 2020

In an effort to ensure a smooth transition amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, DHCS announced its decision to delay the transition to Medi-Cal Rx by three months, until April 1, 2021.

CMA joins coalition urging payors to reimburse for new CPT code 99072

Tue, 17 Nov 2020

CMA signed onto several coalition letters, spearheaded by AMA, urging payors across the nation to immediately adopt and pay for the new CPT code, 99072.

CA Congressman Ami Bera, M.D., introduces bill to stop 2021 Medicare cuts

Tue, 17 Nov 2020

Congressmen Ami Bera, M.D., (D-CA) and Larry Bucshon, M.D., (R-IN) have introduced a bill to stop the looming Medicare payment cuts while protecting the primary care payment increases of the forthcoming Medicare physician payment rule.

Reminder: HHS funds available to cover COVID-19 treatment for uninsured patients

Tue, 17 Nov 2020

In April, HHS announced a process for allocating approximately $10 billion of the $100 billion Public Health and Emergency Fund enacted as part of the CARES Act to cover treatment of uninsured patients diagnosed with COVID-19. 

AMA announces vaccine-specific CPT codes for coronavirus immunizations

Tue, 10 Nov 2020

AMA published an update to the CPT code set that includes new vaccine-specific codes to report immunizations for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).  

Overturning Affordable Care Act would have devastating consequences for millions of Californians

Tue, 10 Nov 2020

The stakes have never been higher for the millions of Californians who rely on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for access to the vital health care services they and their loved ones count on every day. As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the future of the ACA, one point is clear: this momentous law has become part of the fabric of our entire health care system.

Is a COVID-19 vaccine around the corner? Join us for our Virtual Grand Rounds on Nov. 10 to learn more

Mon, 09 Nov 2020

Join us for a FREE webinar to learn how California is tackling the issues and challenges surrounding vaccine distribution and prioritization

Physicians: Do not wait until the last minute to start Medi-Cal Rx registration process

Mon, 09 Nov 2020

Physicians who write prescriptions for Medi-Cal patients must sign up for the state’s new Medi-Cal Rx portal before Jan. 1, 2021, as the state works to improve access to pharmacy benefits and standardize the Medi-Cal pharmacy benefit statewide.

Peer coaches offer tips to feel more empowered and create resiliency within the health care workforce

Mon, 09 Nov 2020

Few have escaped feelings of grief, burnout and exhaustion this year, and as community healers, physicians shoulder the double responsibility of caring for the health of their own minds, bodies and spirits, so they can provide the best patient care.