News CMA publishes guide for physicians impacted by wildfires CMA reached out to the major payors to understand whether they had relaxed any administrative requirements. We’ve compiled this information and published a guide to help physicians navigate these issues. Thu, 06 Dec 2018 13:10:00 Z CMADocs 2018-12-06 13:10 +00:00 2018-12-06 05:10 -08:00 Urge the Trump administration to withdraw the "public charge" rule CMA is encouraging California physicians to submit public comments to urge the Administration to withdraw the proposed rule. The deadline to submit is December 10, 2018. Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:34:00 Z CMADocs 2018-12-05 10:34 +00:00 2018-12-05 02:34 -08:00 PHC announces new CalMedForce GME grant program Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) is excited to announce a new grant program, CalMedForce, which will award approximately $40 million to primary care and emergency medicine residency programs in California. Tue, 04 Dec 2018 10:17:00 Z CMADocs 2018-12-04 10:17 +00:00 2018-12-04 02:17 -08:00 FDA seeks to restrict teens’ access to flavored e-cigarettes, ban menthol in cigarettes The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it will take steps to prevent youth access to flavored tobacco products, including electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). The agency said it also plans to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. Mon, 03 Dec 2018 16:32:00 Z CMADocs 2018-12-03 16:32 +00:00 2018-12-03 08:32 -08:00 Physicians affected by wildfires to be exempted from MIPS for 2018 performance year The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced it has created an automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances exception for clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) who have been affected by California wildfires. Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:02:00 Z CMADocs 2018-12-03 14:02 +00:00 2018-12-03 06:02 -08:00 AG issues guidance and model policies on immigrant access to public facilities Recently, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued guidance and model policies to ensure that public facilities across the state remain accessible to all residents, as required by “The California Values Act” law (SB 54), which took effect in January 2018. Thu, 29 Nov 2018 13:50:00 Z CMADocs 2018-11-29 13:50 +00:00 2018-11-29 05:50 -08:00 CMA and PHC launch wildfire relief campaign The California wildfires labeled Camp, Woolsey and Hill have destroyed thousands of homes, structures and medical practices, as well as displaced thousands of Californians. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:25:00 Z CMADocs 2018-11-20 09:25 +00:00 2018-11-20 01:25 -08:00 CMA publishes guide for patients impacted by wildfires Currently, three California counties— Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura—are under a state of emergency due to the effects of the Camp, Hill and Woolsey wildfires, which have destroyed homes and businesses, threatened critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:40:00 Z CMADocs 2018-11-17 15:40 +00:00 2018-11-17 07:40 -08:00 CMA is moving! What you need to know… The California Medical Association will soon be moving to new offices. During the move, our offices will be closed and our phone lines will be down from Thursday, November 29 at 5:00 p.m. until Tuesday, December 4, at 9:00 a.m. Please read below for more information about the move, and how it may impact you. Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:42:00 Z CMADocs 2018-11-14 13:42 +00:00 2018-11-14 05:42 -08:00 Pharmacy board alert: Filling prescriptions for patients displaced by emergency relocations The California State Board of Pharmacy reminds pharmacists and prescribers of state laws that can help in caring for patients displaced by emergency relocations. Below are requirements for furnishing prescription drugs, providing emergency refills without prescriber authorization, and operating a mobile pharmacy in a declared emergency area from California Business and Professions Code (BPC) sections 4062 and 4064: Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:16:00 Z CMADocs 2018-11-14 13:16 +00:00 2018-11-14 05:16 -08:00