News Bills introduced to stop IPAB California Congressman and physician Raul Ruiz, M.D., (D-Palm Springs) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) recently introduced bills that that would prevent the Medicare Independent 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Physicians targeted by identity theft tax scam CMA has received reports from physicians that fraudulent federal income tax returns have been filed using physician names, addresses and social security numbers. In 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Meaningful use reporting deadline pushed back two weeks to March 13 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday announced that physicians would have two additional weeks to register and attest to meaningful use for 2016 and avoid the 2018 penalty. 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Large insurers drop barriers to prescribing medications for opioid use disorder Three of the nation's largest insurers - Aetna, Cigna, and Anthem Blue Cross - have in recent months announced that they will no longer require physicians to seek prior approval before prescribing 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 U.S. District Court blocks Anthem-Cigna merger A federal judge has blocked the $48 billion mega-merger between Anthem and Cigna (U.S. v. Anthem Inc., 16-cv-1493). The ruling favored the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and 11 states, including 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 ACIP publishes new vaccination schedules for children, adolescents and adults On February 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) published updated immunization schedules for children, adolescents and adults. The 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 2017 Medicare EHR payment adjustment reconsideration forms due February 28. Eligible physicians who have been identified as being subject to Medicare electronic health record (HER) payment penalties in 2017 (based on the 2015 reporting period), and believe that determination to 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 2016 PQRS EHR reporting deadline extended The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline to submit 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) data using the electronic health records (EHR) reporting mechanism. 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Reminder: CURES 1.0 to be taken offline permanently March 5 One year ago, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) upgraded the state's prescription drug monitoring program database, the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES). The 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 2017 Western Health Care Leadership Academy registration now open! CMA, along with our national presenting sponsor, The Physicians Foundation, is pleased to announce that we are now accepting registrations for the 2017 Western Health Care 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Trump's "travel ban" would impact thousands of physicians and medical students One week after taking office, President Donald Trump issued an executive order barring Syrian refugees from the United States indefinitely and banning the entry of visa-holders from six other 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Survey finds Americans unaware of important heart health numbers This Heart Month, a new survey shows that few Americans know their numbers when it comes to basic risk factors for cardiovascular disease like blood pressure or cholesterol levels. For the study, conducted 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA shares tools and resources on diabetes prevention CMA has developed a resource page to share tools and resources on diabetes prevention and to help providers connect their patients with diabetes prevention programs 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Q2 resolutions now accepting testimony As part of its policy-making process, CMA allows members to submit resolutions for debate and discussion throughout the year. These resolutions will be considered by 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Study finds 20 percent of global deaths linked to high blood pressure The number of people in the world with high blood pressure has doubled in the past two decades, putting billions at increased risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, according to a study published 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00