News No-cost MACRA technical assistance available to California physicians The Health Services Advisory Group, in partnership with the California Health Information Partnership & Services Organization (CalHIPSO), is providing no-cost technical assistance to 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Future CMA Doc: Cecilia Bonaduce-Leggett "With only one free summer during the medical school process, its natural to wonder why medical students would dedicate their only time off to taking on an internship related to state politics instead of working in a clinic or simply taking a vacation. Bottom line? We believe that the future of medicine should have a say in the future of medicine." 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 UCSF offers free training to empower health care providers to improve the health of their communities California is experiencing an epidemic of obesity leading to costly chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease, with low-income, underserved communities disproportionately affected. 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Medical board seeking physician input on strategic plan The Medical Board of California is seeking input as it develops its strategic plan for the upcoming years. Physicians have an important perspective and stake in the success of the board and are encouraged 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Free CME: Zika virus webinar In 2015, a global Zika virus outbreak led the World Health Organization to declare it a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. While Zika virus may have since fallen from the headlines, it continues 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Climate and Health: What Every Health Professional Should Know Climate change is the greatest public health threat of the 21st century. As informed and trusted individuals, health professionals play a critical role in addressing the health impacts of climate change 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Your vaccine recommendation is a critical factor in protecting patient health Patients trust you to give them the best counsel on how to protect their health. You know that immunization is an important preventive measure - but it's unlikely that getting vaccinated is 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 We want YOU to be a CMA Social Media Ambassador Are you active on social media? Then we want YOU to be a Social Media Ambassador for CMA. CMA Social Media Ambassadors are influential physicians, residents or medical 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Workshop: Stories and Strategies to Engage Providers and Address Burnout California Public Protection& Physician Health, Inc., is offering a physician wellness workshop, "Stories and Strategies to Engage Providers and Address Burnout," on August 24, 2017, in 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Anthem Blue Cross rescinds termination of Medicare Advantage agreement with Brown & Toland Anthem Blue Cross has reached an agreement to extend its Medicare Advantage contract with Brown & Toland Physicians. Although Anthem Blue Cross previously announced the contract would be terminate 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Tickets now available for 21st Annual Presidents Reception and Awards Gala CMA and the CMA Foundation invite you to the 21st annual President's Reception and Awards Gala on the evening of Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the Disneyland 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Q4 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 Anthem Blue Cross terminates Medicare Advantage agreement with Brown & Toland Effective October 1, 2017, Anthem Blue Cross will terminate its contract with Brown & Toland Physicians for its Medicare Advantage product. The termination will affect approximately 1,900 Medicare 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 California congressmen introduce bills to address physician shortage Two important bills have been introduced in Congress to address our state’s serious physician shortage and improve access to care in California. The first bill, the Training the Next Generation 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMS now accepting QPP hardship applications for 2017 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is now accepting hardship exceptions from the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) for the 2017 reporting year. Beginning with this reporting year, 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00