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ACA: Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase FAQ

Under the provisions of the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), state Medicaid programs (Medi-Cal in California) are required to pay primary care physicians at Medicare rates for primary care services for two years. The increase is fully funded by the federal government. The requirement began January 1, 2013 and ends December 31, 2014. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) submitted their state plan amendment (SPA) to implement the rate increase on March 29, 2013. Approval of the SPA is required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ...

Invitation to Exhibit at Loma Linda Sickle Cell Symposium

What: Sickle Cell Symposium When: September 13, 2013 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Where: Loma Linda University Centennial Complex - Chen Fung conference rooms. Call for Exhibitors Exhibitor Agreement A movement for patients, who suffer from Sickle Cell Disease, is developing at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) East Campus. Our vision is to set a new standard of excellence in health care delivery to an underserved adult population through several key care components ...

Reduce Your Risk of Stroke-Free Screening

Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. What: Receive a free stroke assessment and learn what  you can do to lower your risk and recognize the warning signs. (Due to time constraints, only the first 200 attendees will be screened.) When: Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Where: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Main lobby, First Floor, 400 N. Pepper Ave., Colton, CA. ...

CSUSB Holding Healthcare Reform Seminar

Healthcare law is suppose to be in full effect January 1, 2014.  How will you implement it and what effect will it have on your business and you. Thursday April 25, 2013; 8:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. (Doors open 7:30 a.m.) Buffet Breakfast  - Tickets can be purchased at :http:businessalliance.ticketleap.com/events/. Hear from experts in the legal, insurance and medical industries what they have to say Learn what you need to do to make sure you comply with the law Have your ...

April is 'National Donate Life' month

In honor of Donate Life month, the California Medical Association (CMA) and the CMA Foundation are encouraging physicians to talk to their patients about the importance of organ and tissue donation, particularly in underserved ethnic communities.   Currently, more than 117,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States, more than half of those being multicultural patients. That’s because some diseases of the kidney, heart, lung, pancreas and liver that are best treated through transplantation are found more frequently in these populations. For example, African Americans and ...

Encourage your patients to participate in 'National Prescription Drug Take Back Day'

More than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs, this according to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The study also revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.   The California Medical Association (CMA) has long recognized that a comprehensive approach is needed to address this serious issue. Successfully preventing drug abuse requires a public health focus, promotion of physician education and public ...

TRICARE Transition Guide

On April 1, 2013, United Health Military & Veterans Services (UMVS) began providing managed care services to 2.9 million TRICARE beneficiaries in the 21 western states, including California. On that date, UMVS took over the contract previously held by TriWest. To help physicians understand the impact the transition will have on their practices, CMA has prepared a TRICARE Transition Guide. (members only; login required)

Inland Empire Care Transitions Collaborative

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) along with several organizations, including the Health Services Advisory Group and the Hospital Association of Southern California, have formed the Inland Empire Care Transitions Collaborative, which hopes to raise awareness in the medical community about the need for community wide Solutions for high readmission rates.  The collaborative is inviting physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, health plans, community based organizations, and other healthcare providers to their upcoming "Supporting Transitions in Patient Care Across the Provider Continuum-Reducing Readmissions in the Inland Empire" event scheduled ...

Medi-Cal extends 2012 EHR attestation deadline to April 30, 2013

Xerox, the vendor in charge of the Medi-Cal electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments has resolved the technical difficulties that were complicating some providers' ability to complete their 2012 attestations. Specifically, the Medi-Cal State Level Registry was not properly allowing some providers who have been designated as members of groups to inherit and utilize the group’s information. As of Friday, March 15, the system is fully functional.   Because of the difficulties and resulting attestation delays, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has received federal authorization to extend the ...

CMA Webinar: Act now to avoid Medicare penalties in 2015

Over the past six years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a number of initiatives that offer physicians the opportunity to increase their net revenue by participating in quality reporting programs. Until now, these programs have been voluntary and physicians have received bonuses for participating. That's about to change. Failure to participate now means physicians could face significant penalties. The American Academy of Family Physicians estimates that participating in these initiatives in 2013, rather than waiting until 2014, could save a physician $19,000 in avoided penalties. To ...