News Blue Cross adds 3D mammography to preventative care coverage Anthem Blue Cross recently updated its preventive coverage policy on screening digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT or 3D mammography). Beginning with June 6, 2017, dates of service for individual, small 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 UnitedHealthcare to issue new Premium Designation physician results In its June Network Bulletin, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) announced that the next iteration of its Premium Designation assessment results will be sent to physicians in early July. These results will be released 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Have you received a termination notice from Blue Cross recently? CMA has heard from several physicians who have received unexpected termination notices from Anthem Blue Cross. The notices, which specify no cause for termination, 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 UnitedHealthcare to implement new drug testing reimbursement policy UnitedHealthcare has advised that it will implement a new drug testing reimbursement policy for commercial members effective for dates of service on or after September 1, 2017. The new policy will only 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA urges strong regulatory system for medical cannabis In 2015, the legislature passed and the governor signed into law a series of bills to create a licensing and regulatory framework for medical cannabis. The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation and California 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Assembly bill would temporarily suspend lab renewal fees The California Legislature is considering a bill (AB 658) that would temporarily suspend the state's clinical laboratory license renewal fees for two years, 2018 and 2019. The bill is a result of an audit 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Significant improvements in 2018 MACRA rule The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Three California representatives to serve on AMA Board of Trustees Two California representatives were elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees last week at the association's annual meeting in Chicago – Stanford resident Ryan Ribeira, 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Reminder: New out-of-network billing and payment law takes effect July 1 On July 1, 2017, a new law (AB 72) will take effect that will change the billing practices of non-participating physicians providing covered, non-emergent care at in-network facilities including 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Saving Private Practice: LACMA hosts first ever Private Practice Consortium, July 15 in Los Angeles The Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) invites physicians to attend the first-ever Private Practice Consortium and take advantage of free personal one-on-one consultations and breakout sessions 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA to tackle three major issues at 2017 annual meeting The 146th Annual Session of the CMA House of Delegates (HOD) will tackle three major issues when it convenes October 21-22, 2017, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Future CMA Doc: Karthik V. Sarma Karthik V. Sarma, M.S., a medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA was elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees. Mr. Sarma, who previously served on the 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Child Health and Disability Prevention code and claim form conversion effective July 1 The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is currently transitioning Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program billing processes to be compliant with HIPAA standards for national 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 DHCS preps contingencies in case of delayed budget approval The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently announced it will implement a contingency plan for claim payment if the state budget is not enacted before the beginning of the 2017-2018 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Save the date: NEPO Building Healthy Communities Summit, Oct. 19-20 in Anaheim The 2017 Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) Building Healthy Communities Summit will be held on October 19-20 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The theme this year is "Striving for Health 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00