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Medical Board of California iOS app now available for iPhone and iPad

Access to information on your doctor at your fingertips, 24/7. Developed by the Medical Board of California as part of its ongoing commitment to protecting California's health care consumers. Making informed health care decisions has never been easier. Receive notifications when a doctor's name, address, practice status, license expiration, or survey data changes, and when administrative actions and enforcement documents are added to a doctor's profile. The information includes notification when a doctor's license is suspended, revoked, or placed on probation.  News Release July 26, 2018

Blue Shield CEO addresses California physicians on digital health efforts

Paul Markovich, president and CEO of Blue Shield California, on Friday addressed the California Medical Association’s (CMA) Board of Trustees, to discuss the payor’s initiatives to develop new health care technologies including sharable digital patient records and electronic claims among other initiatives. Markovich told the CMA trustees that Blue Shield was seeking to reduce administrative costs significantly over the next three years to help support investment in numerous digital efforts. Blue Shield and CMA announced in June a new, multi-year collaboration to develop and support a new health care model that ...

Proposed policy, payment, and quality provisions changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule with comment period.  This is the first year the two rules have been combined.  CMS also issued QPP and PFS fact sheets on the proposed rule.  CMS is accepting comments on the proposed rule through September 10, 2018. The final rule is expected to be released in early November.    American Medical Association staff is continuing to conduct a detailed review of the proposed rule and ...

Health Net Federal Services experiences significant challenges with TRICARE transition

On January 1, 2018, Health Net Federal Services (HNFS) became the new Defense Heath Agency (DHA) managed care contractor for the TRICARE West Region, serving approximately 2.9 million beneficiaries in 21 western states, including California. HNFS took over the contract previously held by UnitedHealthcare Military and Veterans’ Services (UMVS). The California Medical Association (CMA) has learned that HNFS has experienced implementation issues related to provider contracting and credentialing, beneficiary reassignment to new primary care managers (PCM), and provider directory inaccuracies. The contracting and credentialing issues in California are reportedly related ...

Medical staff prevails in legal battle over medical staff self-governance

A settlement has officially been reached in the case of the Tulare hospital embroiled in a bitter legal battle over the self-governance rights of its medical staff. The case stems from actions taken in 2016, when hospital administrators at Tulare Regional Medical Center (TRMC) terminated the entire medical staff and its duly elected officers. The hospital then adopted new medical staff bylaws in secret and without input from physicians at the hospital. The hospital dictated leadership and standards of medical care, seized control of the disciplinary process without legal or ...

Reminder: CURES duty-to-consult takes effect October 2, 2018

Effective October 2, 2018, physicians must consult California’s prescription drug monitoring database (the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, or CURES) – prior to prescribing Schedule II, III or IV controlled substances. All individuals practicing in California who possess both a state regulatory board license authorized to prescribe, dispense, furnish or order controlled substances and a Drug Enforcement Administration Controlled Substance Registration Certificate must be registered to use CURES. Because of the critical importance of adequate technical support for physicians who will have to rely on CURES as a ...

SBCMS Member Benefit: Take advantage of 30% off new print items

When was the last time you evaluated your practice's printed material? Are you running low on an item or need to refresh an item?  Professional Office Services is a SBCMS' Business Partner dedicated to offering special services or discounts to SBCMS members on various products and services designed to accommodate the business needs of physicians. Take advantage of 30% off new print items! Click here for the flyer and promo code; offer expires September 28, 2018.  Contact your Regional Territory Manager, Curtis Stickfort at 909-505-2770 ext 1.

2017 MIPS performance scores and 2019 payment adjustments now available

Physicians can now log in to the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) website to view their final 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance scores and payment adjustment information for the 2019 payment year. It is important to note the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will not be sending out letters this year, so physicians are encouraged to log into the QPP website to learn about any payment adjustments they will receive in 2019. Physicians should be aware that the MIPS payment adjustment is required to be budget neutral. That means ...

First infant death from Pertussis (whooping cough) confirmed

News from the Department of Public Health San Bernardino County www.sbcounty.gov   For Immediate Release July 17, 2018   Contact: Lana Cao Public Health Information Officer San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Phone: 909.387.9147 Email: Lana.Cao@dph.sbcounty.gov First infant death from Pertussis (whooping cough) confirmed Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has claimed the life of a San Bernardino County infant less than six months of age. This is the first confirmed death from the disease in California since 2016. “This infant’s death is a tragedy for the family and our community. My sincerest condolences are extended to the family at this difficult time,” ...

Welcome to the Next Generation of CMA

The California Medical Association (CMA) is proud to launch the next generation of our brand and website – powerful recruitment and engagement tools to keep CMA at the forefront of an ever-changing health care landscape.  The website functionality, design and content strategy have been reimagined for easier, more intuitive navigation and loaded with a suite of digital tools that will help you get the most from your membership. Highlights of the new website include: One Login: Simplified joint CMA/county login process so you don’t have to keep track of multiple usernames ...