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IMQ Medical Staff Conference early bird registration deadline is Sept. 30

Register today for the 2017 Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) Medical Staff Conference and save. This event—held October 26 at the Embassy Suites SFO (Gateway) Hotel in South San Francisco—will deliver the information, solutions and best practices that physicians need to successfully lead their medical staffs.  Join us for a day of learning, problem solving, fact finding and dialogue about ways to enhance the medical staff's effectiveness in meeting goals and improving quality of care and patient safety. This one-day course will address the critical challenges facing medical staff and ...

CPPPH offers regional workshops on physician well-being

California Public Protection and Physician Health. Inc. (CPPPH) is hosting two fall workshops for hospital medical staffs and groups interested in physician health and well-being. The workshops will be held in Oakland on Saturday, October 7, and in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 4. The workshop, "Effective Functioning of Wellbeing Committees," is intended for hospital medical staff, medical groups, specialty societies, and others involved or interested in improving the health and well-being of physicians. Workshop topics include: How to handle the first meeting with a physician when ...

CMA to tackle three major issues at annual meeting

The 146th Annual Session of the California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates (HOD) will tackle three major issues—health care reform (on both the federal and state level), physician workforce and mental health care—when it convenes October 21-22, 2017, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. 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. Reports on these major issues are now available for comment. All members are ...

California's physicians oppose Graham-Cassidy repeal bill

The U.S. Senate is currently considering the Graham-Cassidy block grant bill, which would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance mandate, underfund health insurance subsidies and make drastic cuts to the Medicaid program. Under the bill, traditional Medicaid funding would be capped. Medicaid expansion and ACA subsidies for low- and middle-income families would be subject to an underfunded block grant and phased out in 2027. This bill would be disproportionately harmful to states like California, which embraced Medicaid expansion and increased coverage under the ACA.  In response, the California Medical ...

Lawsuit fights "existential threat" to medical staff independence

By Andis Robeznieks, AMA Senior Staff Writer (Reprinted with permission from AMA Wire®.) While “L.A. Law” and other TV courtroom dramas often focused on the rich and glamorous, a lawsuit originating in a rural dairy community in California’s Central Valley has captured the attention of the state’s legal and medical professionals and—given the state’s outsized influence—the case’s impact could be felt far and wide. “Every once in a while, you get a really important case that’s a flashpoint,” said Long Do, California Medical Association (CMA) legal counsel and director of litigation. ...

CMA pushes top 10 priorities for Medicare/Medicaid regulatory relief

California physicians are overwhelmed with unnecessary, burdensome regulations that take time and resources away from providing quality patient care. These regulations are a major contributing factor to the disturbing trend in physician burnout. The California Medical Association (CMA) submitted comprehensive comments urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the regulatory burdens under the Medicare and Medicaid programs. As part of the comment period for the proposed Medicare physician payment rule for 2018, CMS is soliciting ideas from physicians to reduce Medicare and Medicaid regulatory hassles. CMA ...

MACRA 90-day reporting deadline approaching

Beginning with the 2017 reporting year, eligible physicians who do not participate in the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) will see a negative 4 percent payment adjustment in 2019. QPP is the new physician payment system created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). During the 2017 transition year, CMS will allow physicians to select one of three “pick your pace” participation options. Participating at any level in 2017 will ensure that you will not be hit ...

CMA urges swift action to renew Children's Health Insurance Program

The California Medical Association (CMA) is urging Congress to reauthorize the successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is set to expire on September 30, 2017. Although the 20-year-old program has historically had bipartisan support, there has been some concern that the CHIP reauthorization could get caught up in the partisan bickering surrounding other priority issues, including attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). CMA has urged Congress to reauthorize the program for at least five years at current funding levels to give states the stability to engage ...

LAST CHANCE: Free online course helps providers identify child abuse and understand reporting obligations

Thanks to a grant from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the California Medical Association’s Institute for Medical Quality has been able to offer, free of charge, an online educational program 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. If you haven’t had a chance to take this free 75-minute course, do so now before the grant expires on September 30, 2017. Physicians and other health care professionals are mandated by ...

CMS National Provider Calls include discussions on PQRS and Physician Compare in September

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) September 2017 National Provider Call topics include the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) on September 26 and on Physician Compare on September 28. PQRS provider call: While 2016 was the last program year for PQRS and the final data submission time frame for reporting 2016 PQRS quality data to avoid the 2018 payment penalty was January through March 2017, this call will cover PQRS penalties, feedback reports, and the informal review process for 2016 results and 2018 payment adjustment determinations. For more information ...