Recent News HHS awards nearly $500 million to expand testing capacity in California HHS recently awarded to California $499,203,180 in new funding to support testing for COVID-19. This funding will provide critical support to develop, purchase, administer, process and analyze COVID-19 tests, as well as to conduct surveillance, trace contacts and related activities. Tue, 26 May 2020 13:13:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-26 13:13 +00:00 2020-05-26 06:13 -07:00 CMA medical students hosting virtual advocacy day California medical students! Are you disappointed that the annual California Medical Association (CMA) Legislative Advocacy Day was canceled? Fret not. The CMA Medical Student Section is hosting a virtual advocacy day on Friday, June 5, 2020. Tue, 26 May 2020 10:06:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-26 10:06 +00:00 2020-05-26 03:06 -07:00 Deadline to apply for 2nd round of HHS provider relief funds is June 3 Physicians who believe they are eligible to receive payments from the second $20 billion distribution from the HHS Provider Relief Fund must apply for the funding before June 3, 2020.  Fri, 22 May 2020 16:01:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-22 16:01 +00:00 2020-05-22 09:01 -07:00 CMA backs new PBGH initiative to support primary care in California CMA has joined a coalition of physician, health care and business leaders who are calling on state lawmakers to ensure health insurance companies pay their fair share to maintain our health care infrastructure, and to ensure we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis with a health care system that can meet patients’ needs. Thu, 21 May 2020 17:31:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-21 17:31 +00:00 2020-05-21 10:31 -07:00 Senators introduce medical student loan relief parity for California and Texas physicians A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would clarify the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program that inadvertently excluded many California and Texas physicians from education loan forgiveness because of state laws. Wed, 20 May 2020 12:10:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-20 12:10 +00:00 2020-05-20 05:10 -07:00 CMA hosts COVID-19 webinar for medical staffs and hospital-based physicians The California Medical Association (CMA) is hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 21, 2020, to look at the most significant waivers of state and federal laws during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and how these changes have impacted care delivery. Tue, 19 May 2020 14:52:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-19 14:52 +00:00 2020-05-19 07:52 -07:00 Provider Relief Fund attestation deadline approaching Physicians who were allocated a payment from the initial $30 billion general distribution from the HHS Provider Relief Fund must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agree to the terms and conditions within 45 days of payment.  Tue, 19 May 2020 12:58:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-19 12:58 +00:00 2020-05-19 05:58 -07:00 AMA cautions about limitations of antibody testing for COVID-19  AMA has published guidance to help ensure physicians and the general public are aware of the limitations and potential uses of serological testing, also known as antibody testing. Tue, 19 May 2020 12:33:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-19 12:33 +00:00 2020-05-19 05:33 -07:00 SBA publishes Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application; Funds still available for new loans On Friday, May 15, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of the Treasury  published  the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application. Tue, 19 May 2020 11:50:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-19 11:50 +00:00 2020-05-19 04:50 -07:00 CMA Political Action Committee seeking nominations for Board of Directors CALPAC is now accepting nominations for its Board of Directors. Operated by physicians for physicians, CALPAC supports hundreds of candidates for state and federal office who share CMA's philosophy and vision of the future of health care and medical practice. Tue, 19 May 2020 11:08:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-19 11:08 +00:00 2020-05-19 04:08 -07:00