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CA Physicians Oppose Radical Bill that Reduces Patient Access and Increases Out-of-Pocket Costs Untested government-mandated price caps would jeopardize historic health coverage and access gains made in California since passage of the Affordable Care Act   Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) announced radical new legislation that would increase patient out-of-pocket costs …

Article Originally Appeared on The Sacramento Bee The California Nurses Association claims a recent legislative package is a piecemeal approach to universal access to health care in California. (“Piecemeal bills will not fix California’s health care system,” Viewpoints, March 27). This could not be further from the truth. Care4AllCA – a …

A sweeping package of legislation was introduced in the California Legislature last week that sets a clear and realistic path forward to achieve universal access and improve affordability to health care in California. Sponsored by SEIU CA, Health Access and NextGen America, key components of the legislative package will help …

The California Medical Association (CMA) is sponsoring a bill (SB 1303) that would require counties with populations of 500,000 or more residents to replace the office of the coroner with an office of the medical examiner. Current law allows non-medically trained individuals to conduct autopsies, and SB 1303 would require …

Article originally appeared on cmanet.org  This past fall, Anthem Blue Cross notified physicians in several states that effective January 1, 2018, it would reduce reimbursement of evaluation and management (E&M) services billed with modifier 25 by 50 percent. The California Medical Association (CMA) quickly jumped into action and coordinated with the American Medical Association (AMA) …

Physicians’ groups call for immediate halt to recent policy limiting use of anesthesia during cataract surgery A policy change made by health insurer Anthem, Inc. could result in increased risk for many patients – up to and including blindness – if not immediately rescinded, according to physicians’ groups. The California …

On January 17, CMA launched a new coalition of more than 100,000 California physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, community clinics and pharmacists to protect the gains California has made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and improve California’s health care system. The Coalition to Protect Access to Care will actively oppose efforts in Washington, D.C., …

Governor Brown released his state budget proposal for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. General Fund revenues are up $5.9 billion as compared to the 2017 Budget Act.  Because of a “healthy, one-time surplus” the Administration proposes to fund several key priorities including: A $3.5B supplemental deposit to fully fund the state’s …

CMA will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, January 24 (12:15-1: 15 pm) with Arthur Lurvey, M.D., FACP, FACE, the Contractor Medical Director for Noridian Healthcare Solutions, examining changes to the Medicare program for 2018. The program will include an overview of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new Targeted Probe and …

Effective January 1, 2018, a number of State Disability Insurance (SDI) program changes took effect, including an increase in the wage replacement rate and an elimination of the seven-day non-payable waiting period. The changes apply to both disability claims and Paid Family Leave (PFL) claims. Patients can use the Employment Development …