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California Medical Association releases White Paper on Opioids

Sacramento – Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) released Opioid Analgesics in California: Relieving Pain, Preventing Misuse, Finding Balance, a report on the use of opioid medications. California, along with the nation, is faced with a serious health care dilemma: how to use opioid medications to relieve pain safely and effectively, while simultaneously reducing the risk of prescription medication misuse, addiction and overdose. “Physician, patients, law enforcement and the general public need accurate information about appropriate opioid use,” said Paul R. Phinney, M.D., CMA president. “CMA has developed the white paper ...

2013 SBCMS Installation of Officers

The San Bernardino County Medical Society’s (SBCMS) Installation of Officers dinner was held on June 11th at the Sierra Lakes Golf Club in Fontana.  Nearly 200 people were in attendance to pay tribute to a number of physicians being recognized and honored at the annual event. SBCMS President Leroy Ounanian, MD, served as Master of Ceremony for the evening at which the new board officers were introduced including Raman Poola, MD, who will serve as the Society’s 121st president during 2013-14.  Dr. Poola is a Gastroenterologist who practices in Apple ...

Noridian Transition Date Set

Transition of the Medicare Administrative Contract from Palmetto GBA to Noridian is scheduled for September 16, 2013 (Part B). To help physicians understand what is changing, Noridian is offering a series of Implementation 101 and EDI Support Services web-based workshops. Noridian is also holding in person “Meet and Greet” workshops at the following locations: June 11-13 Doubletree by Hilton Sacramento 2001 Point West Way Sacramento, CA 95815 June 18-20  Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport South 250 Gateway Boulevard South San Francisco, CA 94080 July 9-11  Embassy Suites Anaheim South 11767 Harbor Boulevard Garden Grove, CA ...

Concierge services added with Marsh's tem life insurance

Want more than $1,000,000? Travel assistance** and funeral planning and concierge services*** included at no additional charge to you When San Bernardino County Medical Society/CMA members apply for up to $1,000,000 of 10 or 20-year Term Life insurance coverage underwritten by ReliaStar Life Insurance Company, a member of the ING family of companies, they get a few things non-members don’t.  Access to special member only rates Premium savings since rates remain level for the first 10 or 20 years of coverage* ...

Congress Making Progress on SGR Repeal

Two influential committees in the U.S. House of Representatives continue to work on a framework for eliminating the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. With the cost of eliminating the SGR at its lowest point in a decade, the congressional committees have been making progress on draft legislative language to fix the badly broken Medicare payment system. The SGR formula has been threatening severe payment cuts to physician reimbursement for more than a decade. Over the years, moves to repeal the SGR have failed, due in large part to the ...

Health Care Reform 2014

Health Care Reform*: 2014 Marks a New Era Health care reform is in full-swing with the heftiest legislation set for 2014 — when health insurance will become available to millions of Americans who were previously uninsured.  Starting January 1, 2014, most Americans will be required to have health insurance and many businesses will be required to offer coverage to their employees. In addition, health insurance exchanges (Covered California) will be available to facilitate access to coverage. Starting in 2014, Americans must have minimum essential coverage or pay a tax penalty.  Options ...

Save on your workers' compensation program

See What You Could be Saving!  “When I found out how much money I could save ($1,650) on the sponsored workers’ compensation program, I joined CMA. The savings paid for my membership and then some. Now I have access to everything CMA offers” – Nicholas Thanos, M.D.    CMA Member Did you know that CMA/Society members can save 5% on their workers’ compensation insurance? And, they may save up to 15%, depending upon where they place their group medical insurance. It’s true. CMA/SBCMS members receive a discount on workers’ compensation insurance policies provided through ...

Medi-Cal Duals Project Delayed

The Department of Health Care Services announced yesterday that the start of the Duals demonstration will be delayed. Instead of their previously announced October 2013 start date, they just announced the project will not begin until January 2014 at the earliest.  Please see below for the full announcement.  We will provide you with up-to-date information as it becomes available.  Please contact Lishaun Francis for more information or with questions:  Lishaun Francis, Associate Director, Center for Medical & Regulatory Policy, California Medical Association; lfrancis@cmanet.org or 916.551.2554.   ...

Health Reform Heats Up

More than three years have passed since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was into law, setting into motion some of the most dynamic and volatile years the nation’s health care industry has ever seen. Since its inception, the law has been a subject of controversy, inspiring hotly contested debates in Washington, D.C., Sacramento and across the entire nation.  For some, this dramatic overhaul of the nation’s health care system represents our national leaders finally making good on the long-overdue promise of “health care for all.” Others claim that the law ...

New sunscreen labels: How to read the fine print

Story Highlights Sunscreen labels must follow new FDA rules Claims must be backed by testing Sunscreen alone won't save your skin At first glance, the sunscreen bottles, tubes and canisters on store shelves this spring may not look much different from what consumers have seen in the past. But look closer. Gone are misleading terms such as "waterproof" and "sunblock." Added are warnings that some products don't protect against wrinkles and skin cancer and that others do so only as part of a larger sun-protection plan. These changes and others are the result of new ...