News CMA opposes proposed Medicare physician payment cuts The U.S. House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee is working to extend the "rural" work Geographic Practice Cost Index (GPCI) payment adjustment, which is set to expire December 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Anthem Blue Cross to offer webinar on 2018 Covered California participation On December 13, from 2 to 3 p.m., PST, Anthem Blue Cross will offer an hour-long webinar detailing changes to its participation in Covered California for 2018. As the California Medical Association pr 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Noridian to offer webinar on Medicare Provider Enrollment on December 12 Noridian, California's Medicare Administrative Contractor, is offering a webinar on December 12, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., PST, to help Medicare Part B providers understand the rules and regulations 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Physicians call for immediate separation of sheriff and coroners office From medical staff independence to the corporate bar, CMA and its county medical societies have long stood for and protected physician autonomy and independence. CMA strongly believes medical decision makers should 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Are your prescriptions pads compliant with the law? CMA has received numerous calls from physicians whose prescriptions are being turned away by pharmacies for being non-compliant with state law. Specifically, the forms 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Health Net Federal Services offering webinars on TRICARE transition On January 1, 2018, Health Net Federal Services (HNFS) will begin providing managed care services to 2.9 million TRICARE beneficiaries in 21 states, including California. HNFS took over the contract previously 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA Doc: Vanila Singh, M.D. The opioid epidemic is impacting men and women of all communities, including Indian-Americans...I have seen it from close up and have the necessary skills to address it." 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 20 physicians in training present original research at 2nd annual HOD poster presentation CMA and the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) jointly hosted the second annual poster session to showcase research by medical students, residents and fellows 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Frustrated by bureaucracy of modern medicine, 1 in 5 physicians wants to reduce clinical work hours Nearly one in five U.S. physicians intends to reduce clinical work hours in the next year, and roughly one in 50 intends to leave medicine altogether in the next two years to pursue a different career. 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA helps double federal funding for Californias primary care GME programs The U.S. House of Representatives, with the leadership of California Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Modesto), recently passed HR 3922, "The Community Health and Medical Professionals Improve our 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 FDA approves first monthly injection for opioid use disorder The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Sublocade, the first monthly injectable buprenorphine product for the treatment of opioid use disorder in adult patients. It is indicated for patients 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Medicare 2018 fee schedule finalized for 2018 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2018. Overall, CMA is pleased to see many 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 97% of physicians to avoid penalty under 2018 MACRA rule, according to CMS projections The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule that will make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Physicians affected by NorCal fires will be granted automatic MIPS exceptions The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released regulatory guidance for clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) who have been adversely 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 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 receive up to $105,000 to repay educational loans in exchange for a three-year 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00