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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 …

Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) last week announced a radical physician rate setting proposal(AB 3087) that would increase patient out-of-pocket costs, create state-sanctioned rationing of health care for all Californians and force physicians out of state or into early retirement. The California Medical Association is asking physicians to answer a few questions about …

Every year on February 3rd, National Women Physicians Day celebrates the birthday and courage of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the US in 1849, and the accomplishments of female physicians everywhere. The day strives to bring improvements to the workplace for the growing number …

Dr. John Villanueva is a Board-Certified Physician in Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) practicing in Burbank, CA. He is the co-founder of Innovative Pain and Spine Physicians, which focuses on the multi-disciplinary approach of treating pain from a variety of disease processes including neck and back spinal …