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On-Demand Webinar: Understanding Medicare Changes: An Impossible Dream?

The California Medical Association (CMA) recently hosted a free webinar examining changes to the Medicare program for 2018 and providing tips for regulatory compliance, presented by the medical director of California’s Medicare contractor, Noridian Healthcare Solutions. The webinar is now available for on-demand viewing in the CMA resource library. This download is free for all. This review includes an overview of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) program, a type of Medicare audit, and its review process; changes to Local Coverage Determinations ...

Free webinar Nov. 2: POLST eRegistry pilot project

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) is hosting a webinar for health care providers and medical professionals, “POLST eRegistry Pilot Project: 2017 Overview and Update." The free webinar takes place on Thursday, November 2, 2017, from 12-1:30 p.m. This webinar will provide an overview of the California POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) eRegistry pilot project. This project, funded by the California Health Care Foundation, is designed to test implementation, use and sustainability of an electronic POLST registry in two California communities, with electronic POLST forms securely submitted ...

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 ...

Webinar: How to challenge the AB 72 interim payment for out-of-network services

On July 1, 2017, a new law (AB 72) took effect that changes the billing practices of non-participating physicians providing covered, non-emergent care at in-network facilities including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and laboratories. The law was designed to reduce unexpected medical bills when patients go to an in-network facility but receive care from an out-of-network doctor.  Under the new law, plans/insurers are required to make “interim payments” to non-contracted physicians for covered, non-emergent services performed at in-network health facilities. The interim payment is the greater of either the plan/insurer’s average ...

CMA urges CMS to further reduce MACRA administrative burdens

The California Medical Association (CMA) recently submitted comments on proposed 2018 changes to the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP), established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Though not perfect, CMA is pleased that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has listened to physician feedback and has made changes that will significantly reduce the administrative burdens on physicians, particularly for small and rural practices. We appreciate the agency’s responsiveness to many of our concerns about the ability of physicians to successfully participate in the ...

Register today for CMA webinar on mental health in young adults

The California Medical Association (CMA) is hosting a one-hour webinar about depression treatment and suicide prevention in young adults on Wednesday, August 16, from 12:15 to 1:15 pm. The presenter, Michelle Famula, M.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Public Health. She has spent the past 30 years providing young adult primary care and developing her interests in sexual, transgender and mental health care.   This webinar, "The Pursuit of Happiness: A Practical Approach to Depression Treatment and Suicide Prevention in Young Adults," ...

Join CMA to learn how to challenge the interim payment for out-of-network services at in-network facilities

On July 1, 2017, a new law (AB 72) took effect that changes the billing practices of non-participating physicians providing covered, non-emergent care at in-network facilities including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and laboratories. The law was designed to reduce unexpected medical bills when patients go to an in-network facility but receive care from an out-of-network doctor.  The new law requires fully insured commercial plans and insurers to make “interim payments” to non-contracted physicians for non-emergent services performed at in-network health facilities, and places limitations on the ability of physicians in ...

CSAM Webinar: How to Build a Controlled-Substances Review Committee in Your Primary Care Clinic

The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) is hosting a webinar, "How to Build a Controlled-Substances Review Committee in Your Primary Care Clinic," to help physicians navigate chronic pain and opioid management. The webinar will take place on Friday, July 28, from 12-1 p.m. Using a case-based format, the webinar will review the basic structure, operations and benefits of creating an internal peer-review committee for complex pain cases. From this event, physicians will understand how to implement, how to interact with and when to use such a committee in their ...

Webinar: Medical staff self-governance and the Tulare medical staff trial

Medical staff self-governance is a vital part of a carefully crafted system designed to ensure the delivery of quality patient care in California hospitals. Join us for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 12:15 p.m., for an overview of the rights and responsibilities of the self-governing medical staff under state and federal law, including credentialing, establishing clinical criteria and standards, organizing committees to monitor patient care, reviewing medical records, working with hospital administrators and governing bodies, and peer review, among other things. Presenter: Long Do, CMA legal ...

CHA to host webinar on cancer surgery volumes and patient outcomes

The California Hospital Association (CHA) is hosting a webinar to unveil new research on how a hospital’s volume of cancer surgeries impacts patient outcomes. The webinar, “Cancer Surgery Volumes on Outcomes," will take place on July 6, 2017, from 10 a.m.to 12 p.m. The California HealthCare Foundation has partnered with the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, a health services researcher at Stanford and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California on a study to measure the volume of cancer surgeries performed at each hospital for certain cancers for ...