Latest News Tip: Get ready for the new Medicare beneficiary cards and ID numbers The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing new identification cards to California Medicare beneficiaries between April and June 2018, as required under the Medicare Access 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA advocacy results in DHCS revaluing two CPT codes CMA received a call from a physician member with concerns that the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) had priced a CPT code for destruction of up 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Patient outcomes shortchanged by prior authorization More than nine in 10 physicians (92 percent) say that prior authorizations programs have a negative impact on patient clinical outcomes, according to a new physician survey by the American Medical 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Defense Health Agency extends temporary waiver for TRICARE authorizations and referrals Since the transition of TRICARE managed care services from United Health Military & Veterans (UMVS) to Health Net Federal Services (HNFS) on January 1, 2018, physicians have reported significant delays 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 UCSF report recommends changes to achieve universal access in California The University of California, San Francisco recently released a report that provides recommendations for a sustainable health care system to achieve universal access in California. The report 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Op-Ed: IMQ continues work to ensure ambulatory surgery center safety While a recent article questioned the safety of ambulatory surgery centers (ASC), studies have shown that outpatient surgery centers generally are as safe as hospitals for many procedures. This is particularly true in California, due in part to the work of the Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ). 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA Doc: Kelly Pfeifer, M.D. California is moving fast to prevent addiction and overdose deaths, and to treat the people harmed by the epidemic. So many smart and creative people are coming together in ways I have never seen before." 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Physicians encouraged to warn patients of new Medicare scam Seniors in California are being targeted by a new Medicare card phone scam. Medicare beneficiaries are getting calls from scammers telling them their new Medicare card will arrive between April and 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 MIPS reporting deadline for 2017 is two weeks away! The deadline to submit 2017 data for Medicare's Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is just two weeks away. Although the group reporting deadline has passed, the deadline for all other 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 New Parkinsons reporting requirements take effect July 1 Health care providers diagnosing or providing treatment to Parkinson's disease patients will be required to report each case of Parkinson's disease to the California Department of Public Health 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA Council on Legislation meets to discuss 2018 legislative priorities Today, the 50 physician members of the CMA Council on Legislation (COL), chaired by Valencia Walker, M.D., met to discuss and recommend positions on legislation that would 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Call for nominations: CMA mode of practice forum delegations CMA is seeking applications and nominations for physicians interested in serving as delegates or alternates for their mode of practice forum delegations to the CMA House of Delegates. 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Free on-demand webinar: MACRA and the Quality Payment Program CMA recently hosted a free webinar that reviews the details of the Medicare Quality Payment Program. The webinar includes a brief overview of the Merit-Based Incentive 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CDPH hosts free naloxone webinar series The California Department of Public Health Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Initiative is hosting a free, two-part webinar series on naloxone on March 26 and 30, 2018. d 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Urgent Survey: Help us stop unfair payment patterns Despite existing California law that prohibits unfair health plan payment practices, many of them continue to flout the law.  The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has been slow to address 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00