News Survey: How would the AB 3087 price fixing proposal affect your practice? Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) last week announced a radical physician rate setting proposal (AB 3087) that would increase patient out-of-pocket costs, create state-sanctioned rationing of health 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Molina Medical Group is now Golden Shore Medical Group On January 1, 2018, Molina Medical Group changed its name to Golden Shore Medical Group. Additionally, Golden Shore has hired Network Medical Management (NMM) as its new medical service organization. NMM 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 California AG intervenes in lawsuit to dismantle ACA California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, joined by 16 attorneys general, last week filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The lawsuit, 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA Doc: Kent Yamaguchi, M.D. "I hope when I grow up I can be whoever theyre talking about. Im most grateful for this award. I certainly didnt expect it." 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Take action NOW to stop radical physician rate regulation bill Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) last week announced a radical proposal that would increase patient out-of-pocket costs and result in a dangerous government intrusion into the health care marke 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Saturday, April 28, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 28, 2018, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On this day, hundreds of locations throughout California will be accepting and properly disposing of unused prescription drugs, including 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Commission studying continuing board certification is seeking physician input A new commission has been formed—Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future—to bring together multiple stakeholders to re-envision the future of continuing board certification. The 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 California to begin receiving new Medicare cards in May The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began mailing new identification cards to Medicare beneficiaries this month, as required under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 DOJ certifies CURES: Physicians must check database prior to prescribing effective October 2, 2018 The California Department of Justice (DOJ) has certified that as of April 2, 2018, the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) – California’s prescription drug monitoring 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA survey finds rampant health plan payment abuses Despite a California law passed in 2000 to address widespread payment abuses by health care service plans, many payors continue to flout the law. A recent survey by CMA 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in challenge to Californias Reproductive FACT Act A California law that requires specified facilities providing pregnancy-related services and counseling to disclose information about the availability of comprehensive reproductive health care services is currently being challenged before the United States Supreme Court. 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA comments on proposed protections for conscience rights and religious freedom In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule that would expand protections for physicians and other health care providers who object to performing certain 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Payors report system changes to comply with AB 72 When California's new out-of-network billing and payment law (AB 72) took effect on July 1, 2017, CMA began receiving calls from physician offices concerned that 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA Doc: C. Freeman, M.D. "Organized medicine offers the resources and the ability to maintain and revitalize ones interest in practicing medicine in a meaningful way versus the demeaning and devaluing way that is imposed by onerous guidelines, ever-changing regulations, and meaningless use activities that are made as requirements." 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMS extends 2017 MACRA reporting deadline to 4/3 The deadline to submit 2017 data for Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) has been extended to Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 5 p.m. Pacific time. (Note: For groups that missed 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00