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CMA to address affordability of health care at annual meeting

The 147th Annual Session of the California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates (HOD) will tackle one major issue—addressing the cost of health care—when it convenes October 13-14, 2018, in Sacramento. CMA physician delegates meet annually to establish broad policy on current major issues that have been determined to be the most important issues affecting members, the association and the practice of medicine. Because this year’s topic is a large issue, it has been divided up into four categories. Addressing Utilization Through Improved Care Delivery ...

State budget includes 10 new CPT codes eligible for supplemental tobacco tax payments

Governor Jerry Brown last week signed a $139 billion California budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The budget continues the Administration’s commitment to using the Proposition 56 tobacco tax funding to provide supplemental payments for Medi-Cal providers, with $500 million in tobacco tax funds allocated to improve provider reimbursement through supplemental payments. The total funding for provider payments is approximately $1.3 billion. DHCS plans to allocate the tobacco tax funds to increase payments for a total of 23 CPT codes, which includes 10 new preventive CPT codes. The supplemental rate ...

Leading health organizations announce filing of statewide soda tax measure for 2020

Today, a ballot measure to protect public health through a state soda tax was filed for the 2020 ballot by two of California’s leading health care provider organizations – the California Medical Association (CMA), representing 43,000 California physicians, and the California Dental Association (CDA), representing 27,000 California dentists. This announcement comes four days after the multi-billion-dollar soda industry held the state of California hostage with a dangerous ballot threat that jeopardized the fiscal outlook of local governments, forcing the state to pre-empt local authority and pass an unprecedented 12-year moratorium ...

Blue Shield implements system fix for AB 72 claims

Last year, the California Medical Association (CMA) worked with Blue Shield of California to correct two issues affecting accurate payment of claims subject to the state’s new out-of-network billing and payment law (AB 72). The issues were identified as being due to manual claim processing errors, because the payor had not yet updated its system to allow automated processing of claims subject to AB 72. Blue Shield recently announced it was implementing a system update on June 28, 2018, that will allow claims subject to AB 72 to be processed ...

CDPH revises guidance on Parkinson's reporting requirements

Effective July 1, 2018, physicians and licensed independent practitioners will be required to report cases of Parkinson’s disease to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Licensed independent practitioners holding the following credentials who diagnose or treat Parkinson’s disease patients are required to report: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.), Physician’s Assistant (P.A.), and Nurse Practitioner (N.P.). All providers required to report must first register with CDPH through the designated gateway at https://hie.cdph.ca.gov/. In April, CDPH issued details about how health care providers can comply with the reporting ...

Are You Ready for CURES!

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 part of their ...

Rare Iron Lung Now on Display at Southern California Medical Museum

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Contact: Alison Elsner, 909-273-6000 (W) June 18, 2018                                    760-413-5053 (C), aelsner@sbcms.org  (Inland Empire, CA.) – The Southern California Medical Museum is announcing the acquisition of a rare iron lung, now on display at the Museum, located in the Nursing Science Center on the campus of Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. This remarkable piece of medical equipment was acquired through the generosity of the Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey, California. The cumbersome mechanical respirator reminds modern day Museum visitors about the ways ...

3rd Annual Brett Tashman Foundation Event

The 3rd Annual Brett Tashman Foundation Event June 30, 2018   Sierra Lakes Golf Club 16600 Clubhouse Drive Fontana, California Sign Up Now For Lunch and/or Golf. RECEIVE A GIFT BAG: Cancun Card, Gorjana necklace, OPI, and more for each registered guest. Thanks to generous donors, the gift bags given to all attendees are valued considerably more than the luncheon price.  HURRY AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY - REGISTRATION CLOSES ON JUNE 23rd!  The tournament will take place Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Sierra Lakes Golf Club in Fontana, California, beginning promptly with a shotgun at 8:00 a.m. Golf ...

San Bernardino Region SCPMG Dr. Aaron Rubin Named CMO of Special Olympics Southern California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Gwen Kleist Sr. Communications Specialist (909) 427-4547 gwen.h.kleist@kp.org KAISER PERMANENTE FONTANA PHYSICIAN DR. AARON RUBIN NAMED CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Kaiser Permanente Southern California has signed a three-year agreement as the “Official Health Partner” for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC). As part of our commitment, Kaiser Permanente has appointed Southern California Permanente Medical Group Family and Sports Medicine physician, Aaron Rubin MD, to serve as the official chief medical officer for SOSC. Dr. Rubin is a family and sports medicine physician at the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, ...

California's physicians proudly endorse Gavin Newsom for Governor

Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) formally endorsed Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2018 bid to become California’s next governor. “California’s physicians are proud to support Gavin Newsom for Governor,” said CMA President Theodore M. Mazer, M.D. “Gavin is a lifelong champion for health care in California, and we know he will continue to fight for pragmatic solutions to our most crucial health care challenges, including working to achieve universal access and tackling our state’s physician shortage.” As Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, Newsom worked with health care ...