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CMA sponsors bill to protect health officers

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

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

Effective July 1, physicians must complete training to continue being reimbursed for ACEs screenings

Starting July 1, 2020, Medi-Cal providers must take a certified training and self-attest to having completed the training in order to continue to be reimbursed for ACEs screenings.

DHCS publishes video tour of new Medi-Cal website

On June 15, 2020, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) launched a new Medi-Cal website. The initial reception was negative, with delays and confusion about the site navigation. 

CMA urges Anthem to delay specialty medication policy

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

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.

Black Voices in Healthcare: A new audio documentary storytelling project

CMA;s partner podcast The Nocturnists will be releasing the first episode of a new audio documentary series Black Voices in Healthcare.

Anthem Blue Cross preps for entry into additional Medi-Cal markets

Anthem Blue Cross recently began notifying physicians it will seek approval to participate as a Medi-Cal managed care plan in several additional Inland Empire and Central Valley counties beginning in 2024. 

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

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

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.