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The California Medical Association has learned that two health plans, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and Molina Healthcare are terminating their contracts with Vantage Medical Group. Two other plans, Blue Shield of California and Care1st Health Plan, have issued notices of material breach with an intent to terminate.  The plans …

CMA On-Call—the California Medical Association (CMA) online health law library—has been updated with 2018 content. One of CMA’s most valuable member benefits, the health law library contains nearly 5,000 pages of up-to-date legal information on a variety of subjects of everyday importance to practicing physicians. The searchable online library contains …

Article originally appeared here New Jersey-based Kennedy Health (now Jefferson Health) recently made a remarkable discovery: Within one six-month period, just 21 patients accounted for 903 visits to its ED. Many of them, of course, were ultimately readmitted to the hospital. “We were having difficulty getting a handle on [the …

What a Night it Was On June 21st, LACMA hosted a historic evening as we held the 147th annual Installation of President and Officers, honoring C. Freeman, MD, MBA, FAPA, as the new president of LACMA and the first African American female president of the organization. The evening was filled …

Do you know if your company’s website is secure? If your answer is no, go to a browser and type in your company’s URL. If it starts with the letters HTTPS, then your website is secure. If it doesn’t then please read on for important reasons why you need a …

News updates, ACO enrollment and more from LACMA. Last week, LACMA partnered with Healthcare Executives of Southern California (part of the American College of Healthcare Executives) and held a physician panel discussion hosted by Dr. Don Larsen, chief medical officer, Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Topics included how physicians can navigate …

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 …

Since the transition of TRICARE managed care services from United Health Military & Veterans (UMVS) to Health Net Federal Services (HNFS) on January 1, 2018, physicians have reported significant delays in the processing of authorizations and referral requests, which is affecting patient care. To address the delays, the Defense Health …

The deadline to submit 2017 data for Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) has been extended to Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 5 p.m. Pacific time. (Note: For groups that missed the March 16 deadline to submit data via the CMS Web Interface, it’s not too late to submit your data through …

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing new identification cards to California Medicare beneficiaries between April and June 2018, as required under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The new cards will contain a unique, randomly assigned Medicare Beneficiary Identification (MBI) number …