News Medi-Cal pharmacy benefit to transition to FFS “Medi-Cal Rx” program by Jan. 2021 DHCS is currently working on a plan to transition all pharmacy services to Medi-Cal Rx and has selected Magellan as the vendor to manage the  program. Fri, 29 May 2020 15:42:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-29 15:42 +00:00 2020-05-29 08:42 -07:00 Bill introduced to protect physicians from unfair lawsuits during COVID-19 pandemic Congress will be considering a bill  that would provide health care professionals, and the facilities in which they work, protections from COVID-19-related lawsuits.  Fri, 29 May 2020 11:38:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-29 11:38 +00:00 2020-05-29 04:38 -07:00 House passes bill to provide flexibility for PPP loans The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the “ Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act ” (HR 6886) to give small businesses more time and flexibility  to use their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Fri, 29 May 2020 08:50:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-29 08:50 +00:00 2020-05-29 01:50 -07:00 CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., statement on Senate budget hearing CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., released the following statement in response to Thursday's Senate budget hearing. Thu, 28 May 2020 16:05:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-28 16:05 +00:00 2020-05-28 09:05 -07:00 HHS awards nearly $500 million to expand testing capacity in California HHS recently awarded to California $499,203,180 in new funding to support testing for COVID-19. This funding will provide critical support to develop, purchase, administer, process and analyze COVID-19 tests, as well as to conduct surveillance, trace contacts and related activities. Tue, 26 May 2020 13:13:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-26 13:13 +00:00 2020-05-26 06:13 -07:00 CMA medical students hosting virtual advocacy day California medical students! Are you disappointed that the annual California Medical Association (CMA) Legislative Advocacy Day was canceled? Fret not. The CMA Medical Student Section is hosting a virtual advocacy day on Friday, June 5, 2020. Tue, 26 May 2020 10:06:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-26 10:06 +00:00 2020-05-26 03:06 -07:00 Deadline to apply for 2nd round of HHS provider relief funds is June 3 Physicians who believe they are eligible to receive payments from the second $20 billion distribution from the HHS Provider Relief Fund must apply for the funding before June 3, 2020.  Fri, 22 May 2020 16:01:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-22 16:01 +00:00 2020-05-22 09:01 -07:00 CMA backs new PBGH initiative to support primary care in California CMA has joined a coalition of physician, health care and business leaders who are calling on state lawmakers to ensure health insurance companies pay their fair share to maintain our health care infrastructure, and to ensure we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis with a health care system that can meet patients’ needs. Thu, 21 May 2020 17:31:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-21 17:31 +00:00 2020-05-21 10:31 -07:00 Senators introduce medical student loan relief parity for California and Texas physicians A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would clarify the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program that inadvertently excluded many California and Texas physicians from education loan forgiveness because of state laws. Wed, 20 May 2020 12:10:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-20 12:10 +00:00 2020-05-20 05:10 -07:00 CMA hosts COVID-19 webinar for medical staffs and hospital-based physicians The California Medical Association (CMA) is hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 21, 2020, to look at the most significant waivers of state and federal laws during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and how these changes have impacted care delivery. Tue, 19 May 2020 14:52:00 Z CMADocs 2020-05-19 14:52 +00:00 2020-05-19 07:52 -07:00