CMA News Major gun legislation passes U.S. House H.R. 8 would expand the existing background check system to cover all firearm sales. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:20:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-18 11:20 +00:00 2019-03-18 04:20 -07:00 CMA leaders visit Congress to advocate for critical health care issues CMA  physicians met CMA  physicians met with key congressional leaders to discuss strategies to make health care more affordable,key congressional leaders to discuss strategies to make health care more affordable. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:15:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-18 11:15 +00:00 2019-03-18 04:15 -07:00 CMA urges Congress to adopt New York surprise coverage law A bipartisan group of United States Senators are working to draft legislation to protect patients from unanticipated medical bills. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:06:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-18 11:06 +00:00 2019-03-18 04:06 -07:00 CMA’s Council on Legislation meets to set 2019 legislative priorities All of the recommended positions taken by COL will be presented to the CMA Board of Trustees for finalization at their next meeting on April 25. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:55:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-18 09:55 +00:00 2019-03-18 02:55 -07:00 Gov. Newsom to keynote CMA’s Legislative Advocacy Day This unique event, scheduled for April 24, 2019, is free of charge to all CMA members. Plan to join more than 400 physicians, medical students and resident members in educating legislative leaders as champions for patients and the practice of medicine. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:03:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-13 10:03 +00:00 2019-03-13 03:03 -07:00 Anthem Blue Cross to deny certain E&M services billed with modifier 25 Modifier 25 allows separate payment for a significant, separately identifiable E&M service provided on the same day as a minor procedure or other reported health care service. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:26:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-13 09:26 +00:00 2019-03-13 02:26 -07:00 Security prescription fix signed by Governor Newsom; delays implementation until 2021 After intense lobbying from CMA, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Monday that will end the confusion caused by flawed implementation of the state’s new prescription pad law. Tue, 12 Mar 2019 08:07:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-12 08:07 +00:00 2019-03-12 01:07 -07:00 Coding Corner: How to appropriately apply modifiers LT, RT and 50  Confusion about when to append CPT® modifier 50 Bilateral procedure, versus HCPCS Level II modifiers LT Left side and RT Right side is common. Guidelines for modifier 50 are well established, but this is less true for the HCPCS modifiers. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:27:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-06 13:27 +00:00 2019-03-06 05:27 -08:00 UnitedHealthcare to discontinue payment of consultation services UnitedHealthcare (UHC) has announced that it will no longer reimburse consultation services for commercial product lines. Consultation services previously represented by CPT codes 99241-99245 and 99251-99255 will need to be billed utilizing the appropriate evaluation and management (E/M) procedure code that describes the office visit, hospital care, nursing facility care, home service or domiciliary/rest home care. Tue, 05 Mar 2019 11:05:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-05 11:05 +00:00 2019-03-05 03:05 -08:00 12 ways to be a physician advocate CMA has some of the best lobbyists, lawyers, and other advocates in the Capitol, but the most powerful weapon in advancing the cause of physicians and their patients is you. Below are 12 ways that YOU can be a physician advocate. Mon, 04 Mar 2019 11:07:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-04 11:07 +00:00 2019-03-04 03:07 -08:00