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Online payment portals: Physicians beware

Recently, a number of payors have begun to offer online payment portals that allow patients to pay for physician services via the Internet. Physicians should be aware, however, that while these online payment portals typically do not charge setup fees for participating, physicians will be assessed a per transaction fee, similar to the transaction fees associated with credit card or merchant transactions.  Aetna, for example, partnered with Citi to provide an online patient health care payment option called Money² for Health. This online payment tool will allow patients to securely ...

November 18-24 is 'Get Smart About Antibiotics Week'

With the cold and flu season underway, now is a good time to review appropriate antibiotic use.   In fact, the week of November 18-24, 2013, is "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" – a campaign to highlight the problem of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use.   The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation's Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE) project has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and others to bring attention to this growing concern.   The "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" campaign aims to ...

Stepping Up to Leadership Training, March 6-8, 2014

The Stepping Up to Leadership program was created by the Institute for Medical Quality and the PACE Program at the University of California at San Diego in response to a commonly expressed need for better, more practical hands-on training for medical staff leaders. “For years, physicians asked for a program that would empower them to take on leadership roles,” said William Norcross, MD, founder of the PACE Program and an originator of the conference. A grant from The Physicians Foundation helped the conference’s organizers meet their goal of making ...

NEPO launches regional Covered California health care provider outreach and education meetings

The CMA Foundation's Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) is hosting its first Covered California provider outreach and education meeting December 7, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at the Kaplan Medical offices in Pasadena. Physicians and other health care providers and their staff are invited to attend this 2.5 hour educational session. Participants will learn more about Covered California and how they can help patients get health insurance coverage.   Registration is free, but space is limited, so secure your spot today. For more information or to register, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/event/9019901769.   This is first ...

CMA Medi-Cal Survival Guide helps physicians understand numerous program changes

Over the past year, there have been a number of changes for Medi-Cal patients and for the physicians who treat them. There will be more changes in 2014 as well.   To help physicians understand the impact these changes will have on their practices, the California Medical Association (CMA) has published a Medi-Cal Survival Toolkit. The toolkit contains a summary on many of the changes, important dates, options for physicians and links to important resources.   The toolkit is available to free to members in CMA's online resource library.   Contact: CMA's reimbursement helpline, (888) ...

November is national COPD awareness month

In recognition of national COPD awareness month, the California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation is encouraging physicians to talk to their patients about simple measures they can take to improve their lung function.   COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a serious lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. Also known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, it recently surpassed stroke as the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 12 million people are diagnosed with COPD and an additional 12 million are likely to have the disease ...

Both houses of Congress working together in an unprecedented collaboration to repeal SGR

http:///On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee released an unprecedented bipartisan and bicameral “discussion draft” proposal that would fully repeal the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The draft legislation would not provide automatic payment increases for 10 years. However, starting in 2016 physicians can choose to participate in new payment models (such as medical homes) and qualify for 5 percent annual bonuses.   In 2017 and beyond, physicians remaining in the fee-for-service program can participate in a new “value-based performance payment program,” which ...

Loma Linda Street Medicine Needs More Volunteer Licensed Providers

Street Medicine is Something Different Weekly medical outreaches at:     Homeless and Women's Shelters     Churches     On the streets of San Bernardino Serves the medically underserved:     Poor     Homeless     Marginalized Student-led and Physician-supported     Student leaders responsible for organization     Physicians/Licensed Providers teach and provide legitimacy to outreaches Official School of Medicine organization     A branch of Healthy Neighborhoods Project What We Do Function like a basic mobile clinic Provide medical advice Referrals to low-cost clinics or ED Prescribe and dispense medications    Except meds requiring regular labs    Except narcotics ...