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MIPS Scores Deadline Looming Normally I don’t begin the Monday Message with critical dates to remember. That said, I’m breaking from tradition since October is both important and historic. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance scores and payment adjustment information for the …

Effective October 2, 2018, physicians must consult California’s prescription drug monitoring database (the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, or CURES) – prior to prescribing Schedule II, III or IV controlled substances. To help physicians understand this new mandate, the California Medical Association (CMA) has prepared a document that answers the …

To see the full article, including citations, view it here in the September/October 2018 issue of  Rx for Prevention, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s online publication for practicing in LA County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released this season’s flu vaccine recommendations and health care …

On August 28, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an update to the Initial Preventive Physician Examination and Annual Wellness Visit benefits, highlighting that a review of patient opioid use is now a component of medical and social history assessments. Per CMS, the review of opioid use during these annual preventative exams will help physicians identify …

Join us for the inaugural Southern California Women in Medicine Conference! The Southern California Medical Societies are proud to present an inspiring day dedicated to the education and empowerment of our female physicians. Topics will include: creating balance the business of medicine importance of advocacy and legislative involvement and finding …

Physician Burnout and the EHR Discussion Burnout continues to be a top priority for us. Recent reports show that technology impacts surgeons and their time with patients and how physician fatigue is at historic highs for physicians.The fact that electronic health records distract primary care physicians and clinicians from making eye contact with …

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. While the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) began …

Last week I shared with membership about the push for Medicare Advantage (MA) arrangements to count towards requirements for Advanced Alternative Payment Models or APMs. In fact, 24 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have written CMS asking the agency to do just that. LACMA member Dr. Fredrick Russo …

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, …

This spring, a coalition led by the California Medical Association (CMA) and the California Health Information Partnership & Services Organization (CalHIPSO) secured a $5 million expenditure for health information exchange (HIE) in the 2018-19 state budget. This funding will be used as the match to draw down $45 million in …