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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 …

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 …

The Value of Your Membership I get asked all the time, “What is the value of today’s LACMA membership?” We have over 25 corporate partners to help physicians in private practice and our medical group and hospital-based relationships with the problems they face each day. Let me share what one …

The American Medical Association (AMA) has urged regulators to block the proposed acquisition of health insurer Aetna by retail pharmacy and pharmacy benefit manager CVS Health. After conducting an exhaustive analysis, AMA found evidence of the merger’s likely anticompetitive effects on Medicare Part D, pharmacy benefit management services, health insurance, …

Hoping to see a rush of new patients visit your practice next year? Attract prospects to your practice with great customer service and a stand-out patient experience. Here are three key qualities patients look for in a new provider. 1. Top-notch customer service. When searching for a new provider, the …

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 …