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Health Reform

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 …

Republican senators unveiled their new proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last Thursday, and the legislation is receiving immense backlash from the healthcare industry. Doctors, patients, hospitals and insurance companies across the country have banded together against the bill, claiming it can devastatingly result in millions of …
transgender youth

From STAT – Pediatrician Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy uses a stethoscope and otoscope, of course. But running a clinic for transgender youth means her pediatric medical supplies also include a selection of silicone penises and chest-flattening binders. Thanks to the openness of Caitlyn Jenner and others, public awareness of transgenderism — and …
Cures 21st Century Act

House Passes 21st Century Cures Act that Includes Health IT Provisions The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act last week with huge bipartisan support and a vote of 392-26. The broad medical innovation bill will provide funding totaling $6.3 billion for a multitude of projects aimed …
Quality Care

We are all saddened by the recent shootings in Orlando, Minnesota, Baton Rouge and now, Dallas. Our hearts go out to the families and friends who have lost loved ones and the communities most directly impacted. July is Minority Mental Health month. The recent shootings are an extreme and tragic …
Medicaid

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for physicians to file applications for hardship exceptions from the meaningful use requirements of the electronic health record incentive payment program. The new deadline is now July 1, 2016. In mid-December 2015, Congress adopted a last-minute bill that …

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms will change on January 1, 2016, with the full implementation of a new law that allows nurse practitioners and physician assistants – under the supervision of a physician and within their scope of practice – to sign POLST forms and make them actionable …