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2017 Medicare EHR payment adjustment reconsideration forms due February 28

Eligible physicians who have been identified as being subject to Medicare electronic health record (EHR) payment penalties in 2017 (based on the 2015 reporting period), and believe that determination to be in error, have until February 28, 2017, to submit a reconsideration form to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The reconsideration form can be downloaded from the CMS website. For reconsideration instructions, click here. If you have questions about the reconsideration process, please email pareconsideration@provider-resources.com. For more information on payment adjustments and hardship applications, or for information ...

CMA shares tools and resources on diabetes prevention

The California Medical Association (CMA) has developed a resource page to share tools and resources on diabetes prevention and to help providers connect their patients with diabetes prevention programs recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CMA’s resource page shares information on the AMA’s Prevent Diabetes STAT toolkit, which providers and care teams can use to identify patients with prediabetes and refer eligible patients to evidence-based diabetes prevention programs approved by the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. CMA will continue to update this page, highlighting existing programs ...

Self-assessment: How burnt out are YOU?

The American Medical Association's "Preventing Physician Burnout" module has a quick 10-question survey to help physicians determine their workplace stress levels and how they measure up against other physicians. After completing the survey, you will see your results compared to others in your region and in your specialty. The survey is part of AMA's STEPS Forward™ collection, which includes 43 free interactive educational modules aimed at helping physicians redesign their medical practices to minimize stress and reignite professional fulfillment in their work. Continuing medical education credit can be earned from ...

Are you exempt from ICD-10 PQRS penalties in 2016?

On October 1, 2016, new ICD-10 code sets went into effect that will impact the ability of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to process data reported on certain quality measures for the fourth quarter of 2016. Because of this, CMS announced that it will waive 2017 or 2018 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) payment adjustments, if applicable, for any physician or group practice that fails to satisfactorily report for 2016 solely as a result of the impact of ICD-10 code updates on quality data reported for ...

CMS erroneously warns some physicians of 2017 meaningful use penalties

Providers who attested to meaningful use with the Medi-Cal Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for program year 2015 are exempt from Medicare payment adjustments in 2017.  Because the California Department of Health Services pushed back the deadline to submit meaningful use applications for the 2015 program year to December 13, 2016, the agency was not able to send information to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding 2015 Medi-Cal meaningful use attestations until late in December 2016.  For this reason, some Medi-Cal providers are now erroneously ...

Leading health care groups deeply concerned that Governor's budget proposal may decimate access to care

In his 2017-18 budget proposal, Governor Jerry Brown eliminates $33.4 million in health care workforce funding that would begin addressing the primary care workforce crisis that is gripping California’s underserved communities. This is the first year of a three-year $100 million investment. The budget investment came at the urging of a broad coalition of statewide healthcare organizations including the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP), CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates, and the California Medical Association (CMA), who recognized that access to care challenges must be systemically and comprehensively addressed. “While our organizations recognize ...

Survey shows a correlation between ethnicity, gender and burnout in nation's physicians

The 2017 Medscape Lifestyle Report has found a correlation between ethnicity, gender and burnout among the nation’s physicians. The survey of more than 14,000 physicians from over 30 specialties found an association between ethnicity and burnout. Asian Indian physicians reported the lowest level of burnout at 46 percent, with Chinese physicians reporting the highest level at 56 percent. Fifty-two percent of Caucasian physicians and 51 percent of Hispanic/Latino physicians reported burnout, with black physicians slightly less burned out at 48 percent. There was also a higher percentage of female physicians reporting ...

Battling burnout: How "shared care" models can increase physicians' professional satisfaction

Being a physician is for many a calling. They are drawn to the practice of medicine, motivated by a deep-seated desire to help and heal. "Being a physician is not just something we 'do,' it is something we 'are,'" says Ruth E. Haskins, M.D., president of the California Medical Association. "What brings us joy, almost universally, is caring for patients." Yet 75 percent of California doctors are showing signs of burnout, according to a 2016 Physicians Foundation study. This survey, conducted biennially since 2008, has consistently demonstrated that the professional ...