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SB 349

SB 349 Update – On July 7th, a group of nephrologists and LACMA CEO Gustavo Friederichsen will  meet with State Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra to discuss Senate Bill 349 (dialysis center ratios). The Bill is of great concern to these members. See below for a letter LACMA sent to State Assemblyman Jim Wood, Chair …
Hear Me Now

You may have hear of StoryCorps. Their mission is simple –  To preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Now they’re working with the Providence Institute for Human Caring to introduce Hear Me Now. In 2003, founder and CEO …

MACRA might feel unwieldy and difficult to manage, but there are some really good resources available for physicians – especially those in solo and small practice. Cheryl Bradley, Associate Director of CMA Center for Economic Services shared this tool from the CMS Quality Payment Program website – Check To See If You’re Included …
opioid prescriptions

From PNN According to a new report, the number of opioid prescriptions written by California physicians dropped 17% over the past three years (2013-2016). The California Medical Association (CMA) reports that the data, from Quintiles IMS, shows that, per capita, California is now tied with Hawaii for the lowest number …
telemedicine

New bill would expand Medicare patients ability to utilize telemedicine From Medical Economics If passed, the legislation—known as the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act—would expand access to healthcare in both rural and urban areas by paving the way for Medicare to cover additional telehealth services. “Telehealth helps improve access to healthcare …
Revenue and Reimbursement

From the LA Times on SB 562: A Single Payer System A sweeping measure that would establish government-run universal healthcare in California cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday as scores of supporters crammed into the Capitol to advocate for a single-payer system. The Senate Health Committee approved the measure on …
Medicaid

Is Medicaid the Middle Ground on Obamacare? From Kaiser Health News- Joel Hay, a professor at the University of Southern California, describes his political views as “conservative, free market.” But in a counterintuitive twist, his proposal to fix the Affordable Care Act would expand the largest source of public health …
healthcare policy

We’ll keep sharing news around healthcare policy as it emerges out of Washington. Thanks to CMA for sending this story over. From USC Annenberg, Center for Health Journalism At nation’s busiest ER, docs nervously eye Republican health plans By Ryan White It’s just after 2 p.m. on a Monday afternoon, …
Drug prices

From Kaiser Health News by Sarah Jane Tribble For years, congressional Democrats have tried to pass legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices for millions of beneficiaries. Now, they believe they have a not-so-secret weapon: President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, U.S. Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) …
African American cancer

From the National Institute of Health – The largest study to date of African American cancer survivors in the United States is underway. The Detroit Research on Cancer Survivors (ROCS) study, which will include 5,560 cancer survivors, will support a broad research agenda looking at the major factors affecting cancer progression, …