Recent News https://www.cmadocs.org/newsroom/news/view/ArticleId/28231/U-S-House-passes-ambitious-bill-to-lower-prescription-drug-prices U.S. House passes ambitious bill to lower prescription drug prices The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed “The Lower Drug Costs Now Act,” which would authorize Medicare to negotiate prices with drug companies. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 15:06:00 Z CMADocs 2019-12-13 15:06 +00:00 2019-12-13 07:06 -08:00 https://www.cmadocs.org/newsroom/news/view/ArticleId/28230/CMA-and-CHA-release-joint-statement-on-congressional-efforts-to-address-surprise-medical-billing CMA and CHA release joint statement on congressional efforts to address surprise medical billing CHA and CMA have issued a joint statement on congressional efforts to address surprise medical billing. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:15:00 Z CMADocs 2019-12-12 11:15 +00:00 2019-12-12 03:15 -08:00 https://www.cmadocs.org/newsroom/news/view/ArticleId/28229/DHCS-issues-final-telehealth-policy DHCS issues final telehealth policy In August 2019, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) issued its final telehealth policy. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 16:05:00 Z CMADocs 2019-12-11 16:05 +00:00 2019-12-11 08:05 -08:00 https://www.cmadocs.org/newsroom/news/view/ArticleId/28228/UnitedHealthcare-to-launch-dual-special-needs-plans-in-several-counties UnitedHealthcare to launch dual special needs plans in several counties UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California recently announced the launch of its new Medicare Advantage plan, UnitedHealthcare Dual Complete ® (HMO D-SNP), in Alameda, Fresno, Kings and Madera counties beginning January 1, 2020. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:57:00 Z CMADocs 2019-12-11 13:57 +00:00 2019-12-11 05:57 -08:00 https://www.cmadocs.org/newsroom/news/view/ArticleId/28223/OptumRx-home-delivery-pharmacy-to-require-e-prescribing-for-controlled-substances-effective-January-1-2020 OptumRx home delivery pharmacy to require e-prescribing for controlled substances effective January 1, 2020 OptumRx, the pharmacy benefit provider for UnitedHealthcare, will require e-prescriptions for opioids and all other controlled substances for its home delivery pharmacy service effective January 1, 2020. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:00:00 Z CMADocs 2019-12-11 13:00 +00:00 2019-12-11 05:00 -08:00 https://www.cmadocs.org/newsroom/news/view/ArticleId/28227/Coding-Corner-Three-areas-to-consider-when-reporting-a-PA-as-an-assistant-surgeon Coding Corner: Three areas to consider when reporting a PA as an assistant surgeon Medicare and other payors may provide extra payment when a procedure requires an assistant surgeon. But any time additional payment is involved, you’ve got to be sure you understand the rules and comply with them Tue, 10 Dec 2019 15:09:00 Z CMADocs 2019-12-10 15:09 +00:00 2019-12-10 07:09 -08:00 https://www.cmadocs.org/newsroom/news/view/ArticleId/28226/California-launches-first-of-its-kind-ACEs-initiative-Beginning-Jan-1-2020-Medi-Cal-providers-can-be-paid-for-ACEs-screenings CA launches first-of-its-kind ACEs initiative; Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, Medi-Cal will begin paying for ACEs screenings Called the ACEs Aware initiative, it is a first-of-its-kind statewide effort for California health care providers to screen patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that increase the likelihood of ACE-associated health conditions due to toxic stress. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 14:12:00 Z CMADocs 2019-12-10 14:12 +00:00 2019-12-10 06:12 -08:00 https://www.cmadocs.org/newsroom/news/view/ArticleId/28225/CMA-warns-new-surprise-billing-proposal-would-limit-patient-access-and-increase-costs CMA warns new surprise billing proposal would limit patient access to in-network physicians and increase costs Statement from CMA president on the new congressional surprise billing proposals. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:23:00 Z CMADocs 2019-12-10 12:23 +00:00 2019-12-10 04:23 -08:00 https://www.cmadocs.org/newsroom/news/view/ArticleId/28224/Preparing-for-2020-160-Verify-your-patients-eligibility-and-benefits Preparing for 2020: Verify your patients’ eligibility and benefits As the current year ends, physicians are urged verify patients' eligibility and benefits for 2020 to ensure they will be paid for services rendered. Fri, 06 Dec 2019 16:04:00 Z CMADocs 2019-12-06 16:04 +00:00 2019-12-06 08:04 -08:00 https://www.cmadocs.org/newsroom/news/view/ArticleId/28222/Reminder-Two-important-Medicare-deadlines-coming-December-31-160 Reminder: Two important Medicare deadlines coming December 31  December 31, 2019, is the last day to make changes to their Medicare participation status for 2020 as well as to finalize the transition to the new MBI number Fri, 06 Dec 2019 15:45:00 Z CMADocs 2019-12-06 15:45 +00:00 2019-12-06 07:45 -08:00