Recent News CMA urges CMS to apply E/M increases to global surgery packages CMA strongly opposes CMS’ proposal to not incorporate the adjusted values for the revised E/M codes into the 10- and 90-day global surgical codes. Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:27:00 Z CMADocs 2019-10-16 10:27 +00:00 2019-10-16 03:27 -07:00 CMA to tackle four major issues at annual meeting CMA physician delegates meet annually to establish broad policy on current major issues that have been determined to be the most important issues affecting members, the association and the practice of medicine. This year’s major issues are: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:22:00 Z CMADocs 2019-10-14 15:22 +00:00 2019-10-14 08:22 -07:00 CMA objects to federal scope expansion under president’s executive order Although the order is very broad and lacks details, it is clear that the administration is looking at eliminating regulations that require physician oversight of nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:14:00 Z CMADocs 2019-10-14 11:14 +00:00 2019-10-14 04:14 -07:00 Webinar: Are you getting your Prop 56 supplemental Medi-Cal payments? To learn more about the supplemental payments, including how to ensure you’re getting your fair share, CMA is hosting a one-hour webinar—Proposition 56 funds: What’s new for FY 19-20 and beyond—on Wednesday, December 4, at  12:15 p.m. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:00:00 Z CMADocs 2019-10-14 10:00 +00:00 2019-10-14 03:00 -07:00 Governor signs CMA bill to require insurers to pay for telehealth services Governor Newsom has signed a CMA-sponsored bill to increase patient access through telehealth. The bill will require health insurers to cover services provided via telehealth in the same way they would an in-person encounter. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 09:39:00 Z CMADocs 2019-10-14 09:39 +00:00 2019-10-14 02:39 -07:00 CMA responds to Trump order, “Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors.” CMA President David H. Aizuss, M.D., issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s new executive order on “Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors” Thu, 10 Oct 2019 14:00:00 Z CMADocs 2019-10-10 14:00 +00:00 2019-10-10 07:00 -07:00 Anthem Blue Cross terminates Medicare Advantage contract with Hill Physicians The California Medical Association (CMA) has learned that Anthem Blue Cross has terminated its contract with Hill Physicians Medical Group for the Medicare Advantage product effective October 1, 2019. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:20:00 Z CMADocs 2019-10-10 10:20 +00:00 2019-10-10 03:20 -07:00 Physicians urged to report vaping-associated pulmonary injury The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is urging physicians to be vigilant in reporting cases of vaping-associated pulmonary injury (VAPI) to their local health departments. Wed, 09 Oct 2019 15:59:00 Z CMADocs 2019-10-09 15:59 +00:00 2019-10-09 08:59 -07:00 Study finds public support for health care providers talking about gun safety Four out of five respondents, regardless of gun ownership status, said it was at least sometimes appropriate for a physician to intervene to reduce firearm injury when a patient with access to a gun had thoughts of self-harm or harming others. Wed, 09 Oct 2019 12:35:00 Z CMADocs 2019-10-09 12:35 +00:00 2019-10-09 05:35 -07:00 Updated payor profiles for 2019 now available The California Medical Association’s (CMA) Center for Economic Services is publishing updated profiles on each of the major payors in California including Aetna, Blue Shield of California, Health Net, UnitedHealthcare and Medi-Cal. Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:26:00 Z CMADocs 2019-10-08 11:26 +00:00 2019-10-08 04:26 -07:00