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"Doctors for Climate Health" campaign seeking Spanish-speaking physicians

The American Lung Association (ALA) is looking for Spanish-speaking physicians to act as lung health spokespersons for its “Doctors for Climate Health” campaign. This campaign is dedicated to reminding policymakers and the public that clean air saves lives and money. Lethal air pollutants contribute to health emergencies that send people to hospitals, as well as to catastrophic climate change. Air pollution costs Californians $1 billion in asthma hospitalizations each year. Approximately 7,300 Californians die prematurely each year due to polluted air. At least 75 percent of pollution in the state ...

Patient resources: How to help reinforce New Year's resolutions to quit smoking

The American Lung Association (ALA) is offering resources and advice for physicians to help patients who may be considering quitting smoking for the new year. Available resources available tips on phone counseling, self-help booklets, and online or in-person support groups. The ALA says it can take several attempts at quitting before someone is completely smoke free, but every smoker can quit with the proper support. Research shows the number of quit attempts is positively correlated with quitting. The ALA also offers a Freedom From Smoking® online program, through which participants learn ...

Become a Friend of the Foundation today and take advantage of a year-end tax deduction

The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation invites you to join its mission to improve the health of people throughout California. For over 50 years, the Foundation has been working to improve individual and community health by providing a vital link between physicians and their communities. By launching groundbreaking efforts, such as tobacco education in the mid-1990s, the CMA Foundation has centered itself as a leader in improving the health of Californians and highlighting the great work physicians do in their practices and for their communities. Every dollar of your donation ...

IMQ offers free online course to help providers identify child abuse

Thanks to a grant from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the California Medical Association’s Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) is offering a free course on child abuse prevention, recognition and reporting. The course is designed for California physicians, nurses and other health care professionals who regularly or occasionally treat pediatric patients. Physicians and other health care professionals are mandated by law to report suspected child abuse and neglect. This course, produced by the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Sacramento, will help providers understand their reporting obligations and how ...

CMA Foundation recruiting Climate Change Champions

As part of a two-year, statewide initiative focused on increasing health provider knowledge about climate change, the California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation is recruiting physicians and other providers to be Climate Change Champions. This initiative will expand the diversity of voices speaking about the impacts of climate change on health. By mobilizing health provider champions, the project aims to increase public understanding that climate change is an important public health issue and to build public support for climate change solutions. The CMA Foundation and the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations ...

DHCS urges providers to attest for Medi-Cal meaningful use before December 14

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced yesterday that after December 14, 2015, it may be required to stop accepting new Medi-Cal meaningful use attestations due to changes in the federal regulations governing the Medi-Cal Electronic Health Records Incentive Program. It is urging all newly attesting Medi-Cal providers to file before December 14, 2015. DHCS said it might be required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to stop accepting meaningful use attestations from professionals and hospitals; it is unclear when meaningful use attestations would be reopened. This ...

Physician corps loan repayment program now accepting applications

Applications are now being accepted for the next cycle of the Steven M. Thompson Loan Repayment Program. Award recipients will receive up to $105,000 to repay educational loans in exchange for a three-year service commitment in a medically underserved area of the state. The program was created in 2002 through legislation sponsored by the California Medical Association. Applicants should note that this application cycle closes on February 29, 2016, a month later than usual. According to the Health Professions Education Foundation, the deadline has been extended to allow time for ...

SBCMS and Inland Coalition Announce 2016 White Coat Spring Break Internship Program

SBCMS and the Inland Coalition are excited to announce the WHITE COAT SPRING BREAK INTERNSHIP program for 2016! We encourage you, as a physician, medical practice, or healthcare professional - to sign up as a host. Your guidance and mentoring of a high school senior on a healthcare pathway will be instrumental in impacting that student's future career choices and opportunities.  This, in turn, supports healthcare throughout the entire Inland Empire. Hosts and student interns can sign-up by downloading and returning either the host application or the student intern application no later than February 29, 2016.  We look ...

CMA Capitol Insight: Dec. 7, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Whirlwind of a week Jerry Brown set off for Paris, but redirected his travel through San Bernardino to meet with law enforcement officials and others on the scene of America’s latest mass shooting. The shooting seems to occupy some strange place between the Paris attacks, which were orchestrated by ISIS, and a very American-style, Fort Hood or office place violence incident. One of the shooters pledged her allegiance to ISIS ...

United Healthcare to delay implementation of multiple procedure payment reductions until March 1

In its December 2015 Network Bulletin, United Healthcare (UHC) announced that the multiple procedure payment reductions scheduled to begin with November 15, 2015, dates of service have been delayed until March 1, 2016. UHC previously announced in August that it would begin applying multiple procedure payment reductions to the following services: Technical component of diagnostic cardiovascular and ophthalmology procedures Professional component of diagnostic imaging services Some endoscopy procedures According to UHC, the new claim edits will apply for UHC commercial claims and ...