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CMA sponsors bill to protect health officers

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

CMA is sponsoring a bill authored by state Senator Richard Pan, M.D., that will protect California’s public health officers.

First COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds webinar is July 14; Register today

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The first Virtual Grand Rounds – State of COVID-19 with California Public Health Leaders – will be Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 12 p.m.

CMA urges Anthem to delay specialty medication policy

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

CMA and a number of specialty medical associations have asked Anthem Blue Cross to delay implementation of a new policy requiring that specialty pharmacy medications administered in the office or outpatient hospital setting be obtained exclusively through CVS Specialty pharmacy.

CMA President Peter Bretan, M.D., issues a statement in response to state budget signing

Monday, June 29, 2020

This is a budget that protects and reflects California values. California is in the midst of unprecedented economic uncertainty and an ongoing pandemic. This budget protects access to critical health care as we struggle to contain COVID-19.

Physicians can opt out of MIPS for 2020 and be held harmless from payment adjustments

Thursday, June 25, 2020

CMS announced that physicians will have the option to opt out completely or partially from Medicare’s 2020 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.

USMLE opens regional testing center at UCSF

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

In its continued effort to identify alternate-delivery methods, the USMLE Program has opened additional regional testing centers at medical schools, including one at the UCSF School of Medicine.

CMA President condemns President Trump’s racist remarks

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

President Trump’s racist dog whistle remarks have no place in our politics or in the house of medicine. Comments like those made by the president last weekend at a political rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma fuel racist stereotypes about COVID-19.

Podcast: Putting the Public into Health

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

To  inform the public on the latest developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Richard Pan, M.D., launched a new podcast—“Putting the Public Into Health.” 

Newsom issues statewide mask order as California cases reach all time high

Friday, June 19, 2020

After seeing the highest daily spike in COVID-19 cases, Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued an executive order that requires all California residents to wear face coverings while in public, including when shopping, taking public transit or seeking medical care.

OptumRx to reinstate policy requiring e-prescribing for controlled substances on July 1

Friday, June 19, 2020

OptumRx—the pharmacy benefit provider for UnitedHealthcare—will reinstate its mandatory e-prescribing policy for controlled substances effective July 1, 2020. 

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., statement on Gov. Newsom's statewide mask order

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Newsom Administration’s action today sends a clear message to Californians that wearing face coverings in public is an important public safety measure that will slow the transmission of the coronavirus, and make it more likely our state can stay on a path toward reopening.

CMA adds three new COVID-19 webinars

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

CMA has added three new COVID-19 webinars to the schedule. These webinars are free to all interested parties as part of CMA’s ongoing support for physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medicaid targeted distribution portal open now

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

HHS has opened a new “Medicaid Targeted Distribution” portal through which Medicaid-dependent physicians can apply to receive a portion of the $15 billion “targeted distribution” for Medicaid providers.  

Legislature passes budget that protects health care

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

On Monday, the California Legislature passed a balanced budget for fiscal year 2020-2021, rejecting many of the health care cuts proposed by Governor Gavin Newsom in his May Revise budget proposal.

Coalition of physician orgs urges Congress to pass liability protections for physicians

Friday, June 12, 2020

CMA—in conjunction with AMA and 42 other state, specialty, and national medical associations representing hundreds of thousands of physicians—sent a letter to Congressional leaders, urging them to pass legislation to protect physicians from unfair lawsuits during COVID-19 pandemic.

CMA urges Congress to provide aid to states and physicians  

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The California Medical Association (CMA) and six other large state medical associations signed a joint letter asking the U.S. Senate to prioritize the stability of our state-federal partnerships that form the foundation of our health care delivery system.

HHS announces $15 billion in relief payments for Medicaid and CHIP providers

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Today, HHS announced approximately $15 billion in relief for providers that participate in state Medicaid  programs and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). T

CMA deeply disturbed by unfair attacks on local health officers

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The California Medical Association is deeply disturbed and saddened by unfair attacks on California’s county and city health officers. 

CMA seeks waiver to allow residents to obtain postgrad training license without clinical skills exam

Friday, June 5, 2020

On May 26, 2020, the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) program announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unique, human-to-human delivery mode of the Step 2 Clinical Skills examination, testing would be suspended for the next 12-18 months to protect the health of examinee.

New funding available for safety-net practices to implement virtual care

Friday, June 5, 2020

Community health centers and independent physician practices that predominantly serve low-income communities are eligible to apply. 

DCA extends physician licensing waivers

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Under the new waiver extension, physicians with licenses that expire between March 31, 2020, and July 28, 2020, will have six months after the public health emergency is lifted to complete their required CME. This waiver applies to physicians licensed by the Medical Board of California and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California.

CMA President Peter N. Bretan statement in support of county and city health officials

Thursday, June 4, 2020

CMA is deeply disturbed by the news that some local health officers, many of whom have been working tirelessly over the last three months, have been subject to unfair and uninformed attacks and have become political targets for those seeking to vent their frustrations about what must be done to protect the public at large.

Congressional leaders demand answers to why HHS hasn’t disbursed relief funds to Medicaid providers

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Key Congressional leaders wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar raising concerns about the delay in disbursing provider relief funds to Medicaid-dependent providers.

CMA publishes templates for communicating with patients about reopening

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

As medical practices begin the process of reopening after the COVID-19 shut down, one of the more difficult parts of the process may be communicating with patients and others.

Provider relief expected soon for specialties without heavy Medicare caseloads

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is beta testing a new portal to facilitate distribution of provider relief funds to physicians who were not eligible for the first two traunches.

CMA hosting SBA webinar for physicians on June 3

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be joining the California Medical Association (CMA) on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 12:15 p.m. to present a webinar on the economic relief available to physicians under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act.

REMINDER! Tomorrow is deadline to apply for 2nd round of HHS provider relief funds

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Physicians who believe they are eligible to receive payments from the second $20 billion distribution from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provider Relief Fund must apply for the funding before June 3, 2020.

Bill introduced to protect physicians from unfair lawsuits during COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, May 29, 2020

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. 

House passes bill to provide flexibility for PPP loans

Friday, May 29, 2020

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.

HHS awards nearly $500 million to expand testing capacity in California

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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.

Deadline to apply for 2nd round of HHS provider relief funds is June 3

Friday, May 22, 2020

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. 

CMA backs new PBGH initiative to support primary care in California

Thursday, May 21, 2020

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.

Senators introduce medical student loan relief parity for California and Texas physicians

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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.

CMA hosts COVID-19 webinar for medical staffs and hospital-based physicians

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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.

Provider Relief Fund attestation deadline approaching

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Physicians who were allocated a payment from the initial $30 billion general distribution from the HHS Provider Relief Fund must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agree to the terms and conditions within 45 days of payment. 

AMA cautions about limitations of antibody testing for COVID-19 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

AMA has published guidance to help ensure physicians and the general public are aware of the limitations and potential uses of serological testing, also known as antibody testing.

SBA publishes Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application; Funds still available for new loans

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

On Friday, May 15, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of the Treasury  published  the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application.

HHS again updates Provider Relief Fund allocation rules

Friday, May 15, 2020

On May 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updated and clarified the distribution of Provider Relief Funds and how to estimate the second allocation of payments.

U.S. House passes $3 trillion COVID-19 response bill

Friday, May 15, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass “The Heroes Act” (HR 6800) Friday evening, a comprehensive $3 trillion package to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and outlines the priorities of the democratic leadership for a new COVID relief bill.

Revised state budget proposal includes major health care cuts

Friday, May 15, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom released his updated state budget proposal this week for the fiscal year 2020-21. While the governor’s January proposal provided billions in new revenues and health care spending, the revised proposal reflects an economy battered by the fallout from COVID-19, and sets up a month-long fight over program priorities in the Legislature and with the Newsom Administration. 

DWC to reimburse for telehealth services retroactively to March 1

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation on Tuesday announced that it has retroactively updated the effective date for coverage of telehealth services for injured workers.

DWC increases reimbursement for telephone visit E/M codes

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation  on Tuesday announced that it will increase the reimbursement for telephone evaluation and management (E/M) codes (CPT codes 99441, 99442, 99443).

Are you interested in COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds? Take our 5-minute survey

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The California Health and Human Services Agency is partnering with the California Medical Association and academic medical centers across the state to host a regular series of virtual grand rounds for the state’s clinicians on the evolving understanding and management of COVID-19 patients.

SBA issues new FAQ on Paycheck Protection Program

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

SBA issued a new FAQ today to clarify certain rules for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides forgivable loans to physician practices to cover operating expenses. Practices are encouraged to review this document.

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., Statement on Speaker Pelosi’s "Heroes Act"

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., issued the following statement in response to the $3 trillion coronavirus response package introduced yesterday by U.S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Speaker Pelosi introduces $3 trillion coronavirus response package

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a new $3 trillion coronavirus relief plan on Tuesday that includes $1 trillion in direct aid for states, increases federal matching payments for Medicaid and offers an additional $100 billion in direct aid to physicians and hospitals that does not need to be repaid.

New COVID-19 webinars in CMA's on-demand library

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

CMA has added new COVID-19 webinars to its library of on-demand education. These webinars are available free to all interested parties as part of CMA’s ongoing support for physicians during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

CMA announces new twice-weekly publishing schedule

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Starting this week, CMA will be shifting to a twice weekly schedule for our member communications. Our Daily COVID-19 Roundup will become a weekly COVID-19 specific update sent out on Friday, and we will resume distribution of CMA Newswire on a weekly schedule (on Tuesdays).

CMA urges lawmakers to protect physicians from unfair lawsuits during public health emergency

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The California Medical Association (CMA) and the California Hospital Association (CHA) are urging Congress to pass legislation that includes protection against unfair lawsuits for health care workers.

Signs of COVID-19 stability lead California to Stage 2 of reopening  

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom  on Thursday announced  that the state will begin   moving into Stage 2 of his reopening plan and begin  granting  counties  additional jurisdiction over  the  pace of   reopening  in their communities. 

HHS clarifies providers should receive 2% of gross patient revenue from Provider Relief Fund

Thursday, May 7, 2020

This week HHS clarified the Provider Relief Fund payment allocation methodology and eligibility. A provider’s estimated total allocation should be approximately 2% of their 2018 gross patient revenue. 

CMS announces additional temporary regulatory flexibilities

Thursday, May 7, 2020

On April 30, 2020, CMS released an interim final rule that establishes new regulatory flexibilities.

HHS extends Provider Relief Fund attestation deadlines

Thursday, May 7, 2020

HHS has extended the deadline for physicians to attest to receipt of payments from the Provider Relief Fund and accept the  terms and conditions . Physicians

Governor signs order to make it easier to receive workers’ comp for COVID-19 claims

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed an executive order to ensure that employees who contract COVID-19 during the course of their employment can receive workers’ compensation benefits.

AMA urges international medical graduates be exempted from immigration bans

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

AMA is urging the Trump Administration to exempt J-1, H-1B and O-1 international medical graduates (IMGs) from any future immigration bans or limitations.

Amwell extends fee waiver through June 2020  

Monday, May 4, 2020

CMA Physician Services’ telehealth partner Amwell is offering has extended its waiver on fees through June 2020 to help physicians transition to telehealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

CMA releases regional summaries of COVID-19 survey results

Monday, May 4, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented threat to the viability of physician practices. The fallout from this crisis threatens to fundamentally alter California’s health care delivery system not just during the COVID-19 outbreak, but for years to come.

CMA schedules three new COVID-19 webinars

Friday, May 1, 2020

The California Medical Association (CMA) has scheduled three new COVID-19 webinars. These webinars are available free to all interested parties as part of CMA’s ongoing support for physicians during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

CMS announces payment parity for audio-only telephone visits

Thursday, April 30, 2020

CMS announced on Thursday a significant expansion of telehealth services so physicians and other providers can deliver a wider range of care to Medicare patients in their homes. 

Provider Relief Update: Only those who received payment in phase 1 able to apply for phase 2

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

HHS on April 23 announced a $20 billion phase two round of funding for health care providers from the $175 billion CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. There is, however, conflicting information about whether a provider who has not previously received funding from the Provider Relief Fund in phase one can apply for this second round of funding.

Peer coaching support now available for health care workers serving on the front lines of COVID-19

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Care 4 Caregivers Now is accepting applications from health care workers impacted by COVID-19 to receive professional and emotional support in a confidential and virtual setting.

Expert U.S. panel develops NIH treatment guidelines for COVID-19

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

A panel of U.S. physicians, statisticians and other experts has developed treatment guidelines for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

CMA publishes best practices for reopening physician offices and health care facilities

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

CMA has developed a set of best practices for physicians to consider as they more to safely and cautiously reopen their medical practices for office visits. The document includes steps to take prior to reopening, financial and staffing considerations, and universal safety precautions

DHCS announces prior authorization flexibilities and emergency coverage for Medi-Cal patients

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

DHCS recently made important changes to the prior authorization process and billing for COVID-19-related emergency services to ensure that all Medi-Cal patients will have access to medically necessary COVID-19 testing and treatment.

Two new COVID-19 webinars this week

Monday, April 27, 2020

CMA is hosting two new COVID-19 webinars this week. These webinars are available free to all interested parties as part of CMA’s ongoing support for physicians during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

CMS suspends advance payment program

Monday, April 27, 2020

CMS on Sunday, April 26, 2020 announced that it is suspending its Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program  for all Medicare providers.  

HHS Provider Relief Fund portal now open

Sunday, April 26, 2020

All providers with a Medicare billing TIN  are now eligible to apply for a portion of this $20 billion by submitting data about their annual revenues (through their IRS tax filings) 

President signs $485 billion interim economic relief package

Friday, April 24, 2020

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan “Interim Economic Relief” agreement that contains $485 billion in new COVID-19 pandemic funding assistance.

CMS to collect COVID-19 clinical trial data through QPP

Friday, April 24, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday announced it is encouraging physicians who participate in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) to contribute to scientific research regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medicare QPP deadline approaching; reporting optional during COVID-19

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Physicians who plan to report on 2019 measures for the Medicare Quality Reporting Program (QPP) must do so by April 30, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, reporting for 2019 measures is optional.

CMA and Mercury Ins. partner to provide wellness care for frontline health care workers

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Care 4 Caregivers Now provides peer coaching through volunteer physicians, nurses and other health care workers to assist those serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic

HHS to release additional $20 billion in payments from CARES Act Provider Relief Fund

Thursday, April 23, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a $20 billion second wave of funding for providers from the $100 billion CARES Act Provider Relief Fund . These payments do not need to be repaid.

HHS allocates $10 billion to cover COVID-19 treatment for uninsured

Thursday, April 23, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a process for allocating approximately $10 billion of the $100 billion Public Health and Emergency Fund enacted as part of the CARES Act to cover treatment of uninsured patients diagnosed with COVID-19. 

CMA issues guidelines on reopening California’s health care system

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

CMA issued guidelines and recommendations for reopening the health care system. The document was developed by a taskforce of practicing physicians from different parts of the state and different sized practices, and speaks to both policy makers and practicing physicians.

CMA survey finds physician revenue has declined by 64% during COVID-19 crisis

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented threat to the viability of physician practices. The California Medical Association (CMA) today released the results of its COVID-19 Physician Financial Health Survey , which found that 95% of physician practices are worried about their financial health due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Practice revenue has declined by 64% since March 1, 2020, with 75% of practices experiencing a revenue decline of 50% or greater. The results highlig...

Congress approves additional billions for physician practices

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Today the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan “Interim Economic Relief” agreement that contains $485 billion in new COVID-19 pandemic funding assistance.

Physicians can apply NOW for $200 million in financial support from Blue Shield of CA

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Blue Shield of California recently announced it would be providing $200 million in direct support to physician practices and other health care providers. Today, the payor started accepting applications for the support, which will be offered in a number of categories:

COVID-19 testing taskforce publishes criteria for evaluating serology screening tests

Monday, April 20, 2020

The California COVID-19 Testing Task Force has published evaluation criteria for COVID-19 serology screening—both rapid disposable serology tests and enzyme linked immunosorbent assays.

CDPH releases crisis care guidelines for health care facilities

Monday, April 20, 2020

The California Department of Public Health has released crisis care guidelines to help health care facilities and county health departments plan for the potential COVID-19 surge.

CCCC makes end-of-life decision aids free to use during COVID-19

Monday, April 20, 2020

To support health care providers and consumers during the COVID-19 crisis, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) is making digital copies of its end-of-life decision aids available free for a limited time.

OptumRx suspends policy requiring e-prescribing for controlled substances due to COVID-19

Friday, April 17, 2020

OptumRx—the pharmacy benefit provider for UnitedHealthcare—has temporarily suspended its mandatory e-prescribing policy for controlled substances.

UnitedHealthcare delays rollout of ED professional coding policy

Friday, April 17, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the implementation date for UnitedHealthcare’s new Medicare Advantage Emergency Department Professional Evaluation & Management Coding Policy has been delayed until August 1, 2020. 

CMA webinar provides latest updates on financial assistance for practices impacted by COVID-19

Friday, April 17, 2020

Please join CMA for a free webinar to hear the latest on the financial assistance programs available to physician practices resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amwell offering live demos of its “Private Practice” telehealth platform 

Friday, April 17, 2020

California Medical Association (CMA) Physician Services’ telehealth partner Amwell is providing live demos of its Private Practice platform at numerous times over the next few weeks. ( Click here  to view the full schedule. )

Tell the legislature to protect physician practices in 20-21 state budget

Thursday, April 16, 2020

CMA estimates that, statewide, more than 13 million people could lose access to their physician absent financial assistance to maintain the financial viability of physician practices.

HHS opens attestation portal for providers who received initial $30 billion in CARES grants

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has opened the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payment Attestation Portal. 

CMA publishes COVID-19 Toolkit for Physician Employers

Thursday, April 16, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a profound economic impact nationwide, many physicians are facing important questions related to their practices and their roles as small business employers.

Paycheck Protection Program funding update

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Congress created the Small Business Association Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This program allows small businesses of less than 500 employees to apply for forgivable, zero-fee loans of up to $10 million to cover approximately 8 weeks of payroll and other operating expenses. The PPP loans are forgivable if 75% of the loan is dedicated to payroll expenses.

HHS clarifies terms and conditions for $30 billion payments to physicians

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

On April 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began sending FFS Medicare-enrolled physicians direct deposit disbursements totaling $30 billion.

Medicare 2% payment increase to take effect on May 1

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act temporarily suspends the 2% sequestration payment adjustment on Medicare fee-for-service payment. The suspension is effective for claims with dates of service from May 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020

You can now subscribe to be notified when COVID FAQ is updated

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

CMA today launched a new website module that makes our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions easier to use..

DWC will cover telehealth services for injured workers

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

DWC on Monday announced that it would be covering telehealth services for injured workers. According to the order, DWC will be covering the same telehealth services as those being allowed by CMS.

Wondering where your HHS stimulus payment is?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

On April 10, 2020, HHS announced that Medicare-enrolled providers would receive direct deposit disbursements totaling $30 billion. However, since the announcement, CMA has received a number of calls from physicians who believe they are eligible but did not receive the payment

CMA Physician Services updates telehealth practice implementation guidance

Friday, April 10, 2020

CMA Physician Services has received numerous questions on implementing telehealth into physician practices in general, and specifically the recently announced Amwell partnership.

AMA announces new CPT codes for COVID-19 antibody tests

Friday, April 10, 2020

AMA today announced two new CPT codes to report when patients receive blood tests that detect COVID-19 antibodies.

HHS made $30 billion in direct deposits to physician practices today

Friday, April 10, 2020

This morning, HHS announced that Medicare-enrolled providers would receive a direct deposit disbursements today totaling $30 billion.

Federal government announces new financial assistance programs

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The federal government announced new measures on Thursday aimed at helping small and medium sized businesses – including physician practices – through the COVID-19 crisis.

CMS provides $51B to Medicare providers with accelerated/advance payment program

Thursday, April 9, 2020

CMS announced today it has now delivered more than $51 billion in advance payments to health care providers to ensure they have the resources they need to combat this pandemic

CMA applauds Governor Newsom on housing for health care workers

Thursday, April 9, 2020

CMA applauds Gov. Newsom’s actions to address logistical burdens for physicians and health care workers across the state as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Noridian hosts webinars for physicians on Medicare advance payment requests

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Noridian has scheduled a number of webinars to help providers with the process.

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Statewide Resources


 

Reopening a Medical Practice: The Physician-Patient Relationship
JUNE 25, 2020

Reopening a Medical Practice: The Physician-Patient Relationship
JUNE 24, 2020

CMA adds three new COVID-19 webinars
JUNE 16, 2020

Medicaid targeted distribution portal open now
JUNE 16, 2020

Legislature passes budget that protects health care
JUNE 16, 2020

Coalition of physician orgs urges Congress to pass liability protections for physicians
JUNE 12, 2020

CMA urges Congress to provide aid to states and physicians  
JUNE 10, 2020

 

 

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