News CMA publishes 2016 Annual Report Serving more than 43,000 members, the California Medical Association remains committed to our time-honored mission statement: to promote the science and art of medicine, protection of public health, and 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Call today! Urge Congress to preserve access to coverage and care Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives may hold another vote on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace bill, H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). A new amendment 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 American Health Care Act amendments make the bill worse Congress could vote early next week on an amended version of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). CMA and the American Medical Association believe the new 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA Doc: Rosemarie Marshall Johnson, M.D. "The one thing about volunteering, is you always feel terrific afterwards." 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Bipartisan legislation to address physician shortages introduced in Congress Legislation designed to increase the number of physicians providing care in underserved and rural areas was introduced in Congress this week by California Congressman Darrel Issa (R-San Diego). The bill, 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 New out-of-network billing and payment law takes effect July 1: What physicians need to know On July 1, 2017, a new law (AB 72) will take effect that will change the billing practices of non-participating physicians providing non-emergent care at in-network facilities including hospitals, ambulatory 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Physicians converge in Sacramento for CMA's 43rd annual Legislative Advocacy Day Over 500 physicians, medical students and stakeholders gathered in Sacramento on April 18 to bring the voice of medicine to legislators for the 43rd annual California Medical Association (CMA) Legislative 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Opioid prescriptions in CA dropped 17 percent since 2013 The number of opioid prescriptions written by California physicians dropped 17 percent over the past three years (2013-2016), according to new data from Quintiles IMS. In fact, per capita, California is 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 We want to hear from you! Annual member phone survey CMA will be calling physician members starting in late March to understand the priorities and opinions of our membership. "We do this every year to improve CMA 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Free CME: Diabetes prevention webinar Diabetes remains one of California's fastest-growing and costliest diseases, and the burden is only expected to accelerate in the coming years. An estimated 2.5 million California adults have been 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Encourage your patients to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 29, 2017, 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 #MatchedinCA: Making dreams come true for UCR medical students Cheers erupted from a crowd of newly minted physicians at UC Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine on March 17 Match Day when the medical school's first graduating class of students opened envelopes telling them where they would spend the next few years as residents. 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 It's Health Care Decisions Week: Talk to your patients about their end-of-life wishes CMA recognizes National Health Care Decisions week by encouraging physicians to speak with their patients about the importance of completing an advance directive to 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 AMA urges quick action to stabilize individual insurance market With the window quickly closing to properly price individual insurance products for 2018, the American Medical Association (AMA) is urging President Trump and Congressional leaders to commit to continued 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Californias kindergarten vaccination rates hit new high Vaccination rates among California kindergartners are at their highest point since 2001, according to new data from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).  Compared to 2015-16, the percentage 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00