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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Anthem, Inc. could result in increased risk for many patients – up to and including blindness – if not immediately rescinded, according to physicians’ groups.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 …

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 …

The United States continues to struggle with an epidemic of firearm violence. Physicians are in a unique position to assess risk, provide education and change behaviors related to gun violence, and they may also address this issue more broadly as a consumer safety and public health issue. The California Medical …

By Janus L. Norman, CMA Senior Vice President “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.” -Muhammad Ali In modern California politics, there is no …

The U.S. House of Representatives, with the leadership of California Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Modesto), recently passed HR 3922, “The Community Health and Medical Professionals Improve our Nation (CHAMPION) Act of 2017,” which would reauthorize for two years the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program (THCGME) that trains primary care …

In 2017, Covered California, California’s health benefit exchange, enrolled approximately 1.48 million individuals in qualified health plans. With a number of changes set to occur for 2018, it is critical that physician practices understand their participation status, which products are being offered and what changes to expect. Some of the …

Last week, California Congressman and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote November 2, 2017, on a bill that would finally repeal the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The bill—HR 849, “Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017”— is a …

A great deal happens at the legislative level that can affect how physicians practice medicine and most physicians are acutely aware of that. Current research from Physicians’ Practice’s 2017 Great American Physician Survey states that doctors appear to be disillusioned with the healthcare/government sector as a whole. Among the findings, the …