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

Tuesday, November 17, 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.

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

Tuesday, November 17, 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

Tuesday, November 10, 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).  

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

Monday, November 9, 2020

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

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

Monday, November 9, 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.

Three California physicians appointed to Biden’s coronavirus taskforce

Monday, November 9, 2020

President-Elect Joe Biden announced the 13 members of his coronavirus taskforce Monday, signaling the incoming administration’s focus on science and medical expertise in its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic on a national level. 

HHS updates Provider Relief Fund deadlines and FAQs

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Physicians who have yet to receive any General Distribution payments and submit their TIN for validation by November 6 will have until November 27 to submit their Phase 3 General Distribution application once their TIN has been validated.

CDI publishes clear guidance on COVID-19 testing

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

On October 2, 2020, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) published an  FAQ  on COVID-19 testing and coverage. The FAQ incentivizes COVID-19 testing and screening and clarifies that for CDI regulated insurance products, insurers are:   

Next Virtual Grand Rounds to focus on COVID-19 vaccine

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The next webinar in our monthly Virtual Grand Rounds series – Virtual Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Vaccine – will be Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 12 p.m.

Don't forget: Deadline to apply for Phase 3 provider relief funds is Nov. 6

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced $20 billion in Phase 3 funding for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline to apply for this Phase 3 General Distribution funding  is November 6, 2020.

CMA House of Delegates to meet virtually this weekend

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Due to the ongoing public health emergency, the CMA;s annual House of Delegates will convene on Saturday, October 24, 2020, as a virtual event.

Telehealth Webinar: Strategies for an Effective Telephone Visit

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

For many patients, the most effective telehealth technology is still the telephone. This includes patients who may not be comfortable with technology, or who don’t have access to reliable internet service.

Gov. Newsom creates Scientific Safety Review Workgroup to advise on COVID-19 vaccines

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

As California continues to wrestle with the COVID-19 outbreak, the state is already making plans about how a vaccine will be distributed to the general public when the time comes.

HHS updates provider relief FAQ with details on new phase 3 provider relief funding

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

HHS has updated its COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund FAQ to provide additional details on the phase 3 funding, including how it defines “operating revenues from patient care” and “operating expenses from patient care.” 

CMA survey finds 87% of physician practices still worried about financial health due to pandemic

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The follow-up survey found that 87% of physician practices are still worried about their financial health. Even with more than 8 out of 10 practices now utilizing telehealth, the average volume of patient visits and practice revenue is still down by one third, with 25% of practices still experiencing a revenue decline of 50% or greater.

DCA issues new licensing waivers for physicians

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The California Department of Consumer Affairs has issued two significant new waivers that impact physicians. Residents who completed at least 36 months of approved postgraduate training outside of California and

Webinar: Selecting the right telehealth platform for your practice

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

CMA is hosting a free one-hour webinar on October 14, 2020, at 12:15 p.m. to walk practices through the process of selecting the right telehealth platform to fit their needs .

HHS announces $20 billion in new phase 3 provider relief funding

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

HHS recently announced $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Congress reforms Medicare Advance Payment Program, extends repayment deadline

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Congress passed a “continuing resolution” to keep the federal government funded through December 

CMA submits comments on proposed 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

CMA on Friday submitted comments to CMS on the proposed 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule.

Telehealth Webinar: Learn how you can help bridge the digital divide and guarantee access to all vulnerable patients

Monday, September 28, 2020

Although telehealth has spread rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has not reached all patient populations the same. If not implemented properly, telehealth has the potential to exacerbate existing health care disparities given the underlying digital divide in the United States. 

Tell Congress to oppose cutting Medicare payments during a pandemic

Monday, September 28, 2020

As the country’s physicians continue to fight on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS is scheduled to cut Medicare payments by double digits starting January 1, 2021.

Gov. Newsom signs legislation to support small businesses

Monday, September 28, 2020

Physician practices may be eligible for these tax credit and tax forgiveness provisions if they scaled employment down and up in response to COVID-19  or if they received support from the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

CMA issues statement in response to Gov. Newsom's order to protect public health officials from harassment

Thursday, September 24, 2020

In response to Newsom’s executive order, CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., and Health Officers Association of California  Executive Director Kat DeBurgh, MPH, issued the following statement

CMA launches new survey to assess impact of pandemic on physician practice viability

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Now that we are six months into the pandemic, CMA is launching a follow up survey to reevaluate practice viability.

CMA Wellness expands peer coaching support to more health care workers

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

C4CN recently expanded its mission to help more health care workers struggling with any stress-related challenge or who simply want to take action to feel more empowered.

DMHC’s emergency regulations on COVID-19 testing are less protective than federal law

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Rather than broadening access to COVID-19 testing like the federal law has done, CMA believes the emergency regulations create barriers that will delay medically necessary access to COVID-19 testing and adds confusion about whether the test will be a covered benefit. The emergency regulations are also less protective than federal law.

AMA adds two new CPT codes related to COVID-19

Friday, September 18, 2020

AMA has added two new CPT codes to meet the needs of the health care industry as medical advancements expand the fight against COVID-19. The update to the CPT code set was approved by the CPT Editorial Panel for immediate use.

Next Virtual Grand Rounds to focus on therapeutic COVID-19 updates

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The fourth in our monthly Virtual Grand Rounds series – Virtual Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Updates in Therapeutics – will be Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 12 p.m. Participants will learn how to:

DCA again extends physician licensing waivers

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

DCA has extended two waivers that give flexibility to physicians with expiring licenses.

DMHC tells payors they must continue telehealth payment parity 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

DMHC issued an all plan letter reminding health plans of the continued requirement to reimburse providers at the same rate for telehealth services

CMA distributes two-month supply of free PPE to more than 40k California physicians

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

CMA mobilized with its local county medical societies, the state of California and Altais to bring more than 40 million pieces of PPE to physicians free of charge, so that they can safely provide care for California residents.

New CME webinars on managing patients at risk of severe disease from COVID-19

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

CMA has partnered with Rockpointe—a leading provider of CME—to provide free webinars for physicians and other health care providers who are treating patients are at increased risk for more severe COVID-19 disease.

CME webinar offers guidance for managing patients with obesity during COVID-19

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Rockpointe, a leading provider of CME, is offering a free and live one-hour webinar, “Obesity and COVID-19 in the Outpatient Setting: What Clinicians Need to Know” on Thursday, September 17 , 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

CME webinars offer guidance for managing patients with lung cancer during COVID-19

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Rockpointe, a leading provider of CME,  has collaborated with state medical societies and global oncology associations to offer a free and live one-hour webinar, “Lung Cancer and COVID-19 in the Outpatient Setting: What Clinicians Need to Know.” 

Next installment of CMA’s telehealth webinar series to discuss the patient experience

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The third installment of CMA’s Telehealth Webinar Series for Small and Medium Sized Practices “The Patient Experience” is now open for registration.

CMA physician COVID-19 testing survey finds widespread challenges, immediate need for improvements

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The survey results highlight the immediate need for improvements in the testing supply chain, timelier test processing, and better data and reporting of COVID-19 test results.

Physician input needed: CMA telehealth survey

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

CMA is surveying physicians regarding their experience with telehealth, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Newsom announces new “Blueprint” to guide California’s reopening activities

Friday, August 28, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a new framework to guide California’s reopening activities, called “Blueprint for a Safer California.” 

Cal/OSHA releases new guidance for health care facilities on use of N95 masks and other respirators

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, on August 6, 2020, released interim guidance for health care employers that may be facing shortages of respirators during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

HHS again extends provider relief fund deadlines; Physicians have until Sept. 13 to apply

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

HHS is again extending the deadline for physicians to apply for the Provider Relief Fund for both Medicare and Medicaid providers. 

Repayment deadlines loom for Medicare advance payment loans

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The California Medical Association (CMA) and the American Medical Association have urged Congress to lower the interest rate and extend repayment timeline, so that payments don’t come due at a time when many physician practices are still struggling.

Physicians: Tell us what your experience is with COVID-19 testing

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Testing for COVID-19 is a top priority for California and is critical not only for the diagnosis, but for our understanding, management and treatment of COVID-19. COVID-19 testing is the responsibility of our entire health care system, and physicians are a critical component of ensuring the right individuals are tested, at the right place and at the right time.

Department of Consumer Affairs extends waiver relaxing health care workforce rules

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has extended a waiver that temporarily removes the ratios for physicians supervising nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Physicians can continue to supervise the number of NPs or PAs they can competently and confidently supervise without a statutory ratio in place.

Next Virtual Grand Rounds to focus on transmission, testing and masks

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The third in our monthly Virtual Grand Rounds series – Transmission, Testing and Masks: creating a culture to curb COVID-19 – will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 12 p.m. 

Blue Shield announces temporary increases to professional fee schedule

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

In an August 5, 2020, notice to providers, Blue Shield announced it would be temporarily increasing reimbursement rates for certain Evaluation and Management services to help reduce the negative impacts to practices as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Provider Relief Fund deadline extended for Medicaid providers, will reopen portal for Medicare providers

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the deadline for physicians to apply for the 

CMS proposes a controversial Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2021

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

On August 3, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. 

Senate Republicans unveil details of fourth COVID-19 relief package

Friday, July 31, 2020

Senate Republicans have released details of their version of the fourth COVID-19 relief package, known as the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act. The package of bills addresses a broad range of issues, including medical supply chain problems, reopening schools and restaurant worker support.

CMA kicks off first of more than 3 dozen PPE relief events at Rose Bowl in Pasadena

Monday, July 27, 2020

The first of dozens of PPE distribution events around the state began this week, as CMA partnered with its component medical societies and the State of California to bring millions of medical-grade masks, gloves and gowns to physicians who need them.

CMA launches telehealth webinar series for small- and medium-sized practices

Monday, July 27, 2020

CMA is launching a new 12-part webinar series – Telehealth for Small and Medium Sized Practices.  The 12 presentations will take place over the next six months,

Next Virtual Grand Rounds to focus on COVID-19, children and opening schools; Register today

Monday, July 27, 2020

The second in our monthly Virtual Grand Rounds series –  COVID-19 - The State of the Pandemic, Children, and Opening Schools  – will be Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 12 p.m.

Trump administration renews public health emergency

Monday, July 27, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has officially renewed the public health emergency declaration for the coronavirus pandemic.

HNFS updates billing guidance for TRICARE telemedicine services

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Health Net Federal Services (HNFS) recently published updated guidance for physicians billing for telemedicine services provided to TRICARE enrollees.

California issues new COVID-19 testing guidelines as demand and cases surges

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The California Department of Public Health has issued new guidance that establishes a tiered system to determine who should get COVID-19 tests and the priority order for processing those tests. 

Medical personnel needed for paid disaster service work as COVID-19 cases spike

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

As COVID-19 cases surge across California, the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) is looking for additional medical personnel to staff alternate care sites in Southern California.

Deadline to apply for Medicaid targeted distribution has been extended to August 3

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the deadline for to apply to receive a portion of the $15 billion “targeted distribution” for Medicaid-dependent providers. 

California health care leaders respond to new COVID-19 testing guidance

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

COVID-19 cases are spiking across California, creating shortages in essential testing supplies. Though the state issued new guidance Tuesday regarding COVID-19 testing, we want to make clear that most physician practices, health centers and pharmacies simply do not have the supplies on hand to meet the current need for COVID-19 testing. 

California health officials urge physicians to screen patients for suicide risk

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Concerned about the COVID-19 epidemic’s immediate and long-term impacts on mental health, California health officials are urging physicians to screen patients to help identify those at risk of suicide.

HHS says Provider Relief Fund payments are taxable as income

Monday, July 13, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has updated its Provider Relief Fund FAQ to clarify that payments from the Provider Relief Fund are taxable. According to the FAQ, such payments do qualify as disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Earn 1.5 CME for participating in our free COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds

Friday, July 10, 2020

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the California Medical Association (CMA) and the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) will host the first in our new series of virtual grand rounds for the state’s clinicians on the on the evolution of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and management of COVID-19 patients.

The Physicians Foundation invites physicians to participate COVID-19 survey

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Physicians Foundation—a national, not-for-profit seeking to advance the work of practicing physicians and facilitate the delivery of high-quality health care to patients—is surveying physicians nationwide to learn how COVID-19 is affecting their practices and their perspectives.

Stories from the Pandemic - a new audio documentary series from the Nocturnists

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Medical Association’s (CMA) partner podcast the Nocturnists began

CMA urges state to convene advisory group to address COVID-19 outbreak in state prisons

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

CMA urged the Newsom Administration to immediately convene an advisory group to address the COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin State Prison and proactively work to prevent similar outbreaks at other state prisons.

CMA opposes new federal rule that would revoke thousands of student visas

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

This week, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced changes to student visa programs that would revoke student visas for thousands of international students

Congress gives small businesses more time to apply for PPP loans

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on July 6, 2020, resumed accepting applications following the passage of the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act. The new deadline to apply for a PPP loan is August 8, 2020.

Reminder: Deadline to apply for relief from Medicaid Targeted Distribution is July 20

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, HHS opened a new  “Medicaid Targeted Distribution” portal  through which Medicaid-dependent physicians can apply to receive a portion of the $15 billion “targeted distribution” for Medicaid providers. Physicians must apply for the funding before July 20, 2020. The funding does not need to be repaid.

CMA partners with State of California and Altais to provide free PPE to physician practices

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

In an effort to ensure California physicians can continue to provide care to patients during the COVID-19 outbreak, the State of California is partnering with the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide free medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) – including N95 and surgical masks, gowns, gloves and face shields – to small and medium sized medical practices across the state.

CMA sponsors bill to protect health officers

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

CMA is sponsoring a bill authored by state Senator Richard Pan, M.D., that will protect California’s public health officers.

First COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds webinar is July 14; Register today

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The first Virtual Grand Rounds – State of COVID-19 with California Public Health Leaders – will be Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 12 p.m.

CMA urges Anthem to delay specialty medication policy

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

CMA and a number of specialty medical associations have asked Anthem Blue Cross to delay implementation of a new policy requiring that specialty pharmacy medications administered in the office or outpatient hospital setting be obtained exclusively through CVS Specialty pharmacy.

CMA President Peter Bretan, M.D., issues a statement in response to state budget signing

Monday, June 29, 2020

This is a budget that protects and reflects California values. California is in the midst of unprecedented economic uncertainty and an ongoing pandemic. This budget protects access to critical health care as we struggle to contain COVID-19.

Physicians can opt out of MIPS for 2020 and be held harmless from payment adjustments

Thursday, June 25, 2020

CMS announced that physicians will have the option to opt out completely or partially from Medicare’s 2020 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.

USMLE opens regional testing center at UCSF

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

In its continued effort to identify alternate-delivery methods, the USMLE Program has opened additional regional testing centers at medical schools, including one at the UCSF School of Medicine.

CMA President condemns President Trump’s racist remarks

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

President Trump’s racist dog whistle remarks have no place in our politics or in the house of medicine. Comments like those made by the president last weekend at a political rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma fuel racist stereotypes about COVID-19.

Podcast: Putting the Public into Health

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

To  inform the public on the latest developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Richard Pan, M.D., launched a new podcast—“Putting the Public Into Health.” 

Newsom issues statewide mask order as California cases reach all time high

Friday, June 19, 2020

After seeing the highest daily spike in COVID-19 cases, Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued an executive order that requires all California residents to wear face coverings while in public, including when shopping, taking public transit or seeking medical care.

OptumRx to reinstate policy requiring e-prescribing for controlled substances on July 1

Friday, June 19, 2020

OptumRx—the pharmacy benefit provider for UnitedHealthcare—will reinstate its mandatory e-prescribing policy for controlled substances effective July 1, 2020. 

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., statement on Gov. Newsom's statewide mask order

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Wearing face coverings in public slows the spread of COVID-19 and saves lives. Wearing face coverings in public is an important public safety measure that will slow the transmission of the coronavirus, and make it more likely our state can stay on a path toward reopening

CMA adds three new COVID-19 webinars

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

CMA has added three new COVID-19 webinars to the schedule. These webinars are free to all interested parties as part of CMA’s ongoing support for physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medicaid targeted distribution portal open now

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

HHS has opened a new “Medicaid Targeted Distribution” portal through which Medicaid-dependent physicians can apply to receive a portion of the $15 billion “targeted distribution” for Medicaid providers.  

Legislature passes budget that protects health care

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

On Monday, the California Legislature passed a balanced budget for fiscal year 2020-2021, rejecting many of the health care cuts proposed by Governor Gavin Newsom in his May Revise budget proposal.

Coalition of physician orgs urges Congress to pass liability protections for physicians

Friday, June 12, 2020

CMA—in conjunction with AMA and 42 other state, specialty, and national medical associations representing hundreds of thousands of physicians—sent a letter to Congressional leaders, urging them to pass legislation to protect physicians from unfair lawsuits during COVID-19 pandemic.

CMA urges Congress to provide aid to states and physicians  

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The California Medical Association (CMA) and six other large state medical associations signed a joint letter asking the U.S. Senate to prioritize the stability of our state-federal partnerships that form the foundation of our health care delivery system.

HHS announces $15 billion in relief payments for Medicaid and CHIP providers

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Today, HHS announced approximately $15 billion in relief for providers that participate in state Medicaid  programs and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). T

CMA deeply disturbed by unfair attacks on local health officers

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The California Medical Association is deeply disturbed and saddened by unfair attacks on California’s county and city health officers. 

CMA seeks waiver to allow residents to obtain postgrad training license without clinical skills exam

Friday, June 5, 2020

On May 26, 2020, the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) program announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unique, human-to-human delivery mode of the Step 2 Clinical Skills examination, testing would be suspended for the next 12-18 months to protect the health of examinee.

New funding available for safety-net practices to implement virtual care

Friday, June 5, 2020

Community health centers and independent physician practices that predominantly serve low-income communities are eligible to apply. 

DCA extends physician licensing waivers

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Under the new waiver extension, physicians with licenses that expire between March 31, 2020, and July 28, 2020, will have six months after the public health emergency is lifted to complete their required CME. This waiver applies to physicians licensed by the Medical Board of California and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California.

CMA President Peter N. Bretan statement in support of county and city health officials

Thursday, June 4, 2020

CMA is deeply disturbed by the news that some local health officers, many of whom have been working tirelessly over the last three months, have been subject to unfair and uninformed attacks and have become political targets for those seeking to vent their frustrations about what must be done to protect the public at large.

Congressional leaders demand answers to why HHS hasn’t disbursed relief funds to Medicaid providers

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Key Congressional leaders wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar raising concerns about the delay in disbursing provider relief funds to Medicaid-dependent providers.

CMA publishes templates for communicating with patients about reopening

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

As medical practices begin the process of reopening after the COVID-19 shut down, one of the more difficult parts of the process may be communicating with patients and others.

Provider relief expected soon for specialties without heavy Medicare caseloads

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is beta testing a new portal to facilitate distribution of provider relief funds to physicians who were not eligible for the first two traunches.

CMA hosting SBA webinar for physicians on June 3

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be joining the California Medical Association (CMA) on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 12:15 p.m. to present a webinar on the economic relief available to physicians under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act.

REMINDER! Tomorrow is deadline to apply for 2nd round of HHS provider relief funds

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Physicians who believe they are eligible to receive payments from the second $20 billion distribution from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provider Relief Fund must apply for the funding before June 3, 2020.

Bill introduced to protect physicians from unfair lawsuits during COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, May 29, 2020

Congress will be considering a bill  that would provide health care professionals, and the facilities in which they work, protections from COVID-19-related lawsuits. 

House passes bill to provide flexibility for PPP loans

Friday, May 29, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the “ Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act ” (HR 6886) to give small businesses more time and flexibility  to use their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

HHS awards nearly $500 million to expand testing capacity in California

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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.

Deadline to apply for 2nd round of HHS provider relief funds is June 3

Friday, May 22, 2020

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. 

CMA backs new PBGH initiative to support primary care in California

Thursday, May 21, 2020

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.

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Statewide Resources

Due to the PPE Relief Program's overwhelming success, CMA is extending support to practices and physicians with direct shipment of PPE supplies. As supplies become available, CMA will contact past program participants. If you have questions or would like to register your practice, please email

The State of California made millions of medical-grade PPE pieces – including N95 masks, surgical masks, shields, gowns, and gloves – available FREE to physician practices. The California Office of Emergency Services partnered with CMA to distribute this equipment to qualifying small and medium-sized medical practices at live events in July and August. CMA is now distributing PPE Relief kits via direct shipment to practices that did not register for the first round of distribution. PPE Relief kits include up to a two-month supply (exact amount may vary by practice size, specialty and location). Questions?  See the FAQ.

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