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Implementation of the new state law that requires security prescription forms to have a uniquely serialized number law will be postponed, thanks to a legislative fix heading to Governor Newsom’s desk. Flawed implementation this past January caused mass confusion, leaving pharmacies unable to fill prescriptions and patients being refused necessary medications. The …

On July 1, 2017, a California law took effect that changed the way that non-contracted physicians bill and are paid for providing non-emergency care at in-network facilities including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and laboratories. This out-of-network billing and payment law (AB 72) was designed to reduce unexpected medical bills when …

On January 1, 2019, a new California law took effect that requires all security prescription forms to have a uniquely serialized number. This new law also requires California physicians who prescribe controlled substances to use updated controlled substance prescription forms effective January 1, 2019. The legislation did not include any …

The California Health Care, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 (Prop. 56) created new revenues dedicated to the Medi-Cal program. Physicians receive supplemental payments in both fee-for-service and Medi-Cal managed care when providing Medi-Cal services under certain CPT codes. A total of $325 million was allocated for physician payments …

In 2016, and with a onetime $1 million investment, the California Medical Association (CMA) led a coalition of health care advocates to take on Big Tobacco to drastically expand funding for existing health programs and research into cures for cancer and other illnesses caused by tobacco products. Under CMA’s leadership, …

WorkWise Law, PC, is offering their A to Z Employment Compliance Manual to LACMA members for a special price of $1100 (valued at $1500) through September 30, 2018. This manual is the perfect guide for any small business that wants to be in compliance with the myriad of employment and …

In March, the California Medical Association (CMA) asked the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to investigate Anthem Blue Cross’ systematic failure to publish effective dates for its 241 different medical and clinical utilization management policies. Without clearly posted effective dates, the published policies cause confusion and misinform physicians and …

Recognizing the importance of independent physician practices in bringing about the movement to value-based health care, a group of leading health care organizations have joined together to form the Partnership to Empower Physician-Led Care (PEPC). The founding members of PEPC are: Aledade, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), California …

Article originally appeared on the CMA website The California Medical Association (CMA) recently announced a new partnership with SoFi, an online personal finance company, to provide CMA members with a unique opportunity to refinance and consolidate existing student loans through the SoFi at Work program. Sofi will offer CMA members student loan …

Article by Katherine Boroski Dangerous rate setting proposal threatens to decimate California’s health care delivery system Since passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), California has made great strides in expanding access to health care and bringing the state’s uninsured rate to an all-time low of 7.1 percent. Now, some lawmakers …