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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in December of 2017 represents the largest reform of our tax system in thirty years. In addition to changing the general tax rates, the new law limits how tax losses can be used, specifies which industries will qualify for the new …

Countdown to the Saving Private Practice Consortium With just over 30 days to go before the Saving Private Practice Consortium, I would like to encourage all of you to join LACMA and your colleagues on Saturday, March 3rd at the LA Hotel Downtown for what will be an empowering day …

In November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released regulatory guidance for clinicians participating in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) who had been adversely impacted by recent natural disasters. This week, CMS updated its list of California counties that will be given automatic MIPS exceptions under the “Extreme and …

The California Legislature had an active year, passing many new laws affecting health care—with a strong focus on health care coverage, drug prescribing, public health and workers’ compensation issues. The California Medical Association has published a summary of the most significant new health laws of interest to physicians. For more …

With the new year soon upon us, physicians are urged to be diligent in verifying patients’ eligibility and benefits to ensure they will be paid for services rendered. The beginning of a new year also means that both calendar year deductibles and visit frequency limitations reset. And, with open enrollment, …

The California Medical Association (CMA) has received numerous calls from physicians whose prescriptions are being turned away by pharmacies for being non-compliant with state law. Specifically, the forms in question do not have checkboxes to indicate refills. California law requires 14 elements that must appear on California security prescription forms, including …

Article by LACMA Preferred Partner, Workwise Law It is everywhere. People you thought would never do it…they have done it. People you respected, want to respect, can no longer respect, are facing sexual harassment charges, and their reputations, businesses, and livelihoods are going up in flames. The world is changing because …

Anthem Blue Cross recently notified physicians in several states of upcoming changes to the payor’s reimbursement policies and claims editing software, called ClaimsXten. As part of the policy changes, scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2018, Anthem will begin reducing reimbursement of evaluation and management (E/M) services billed with modifier 25 under …

Courtesy of Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles Urban drilling is a dangerous industrial practice that is happening right next door to where people live, work, play, and learn. These operations are inherently hazardous to human health. They emit toxic contaminants into our communities, exposing residents to dangerous chemicals while …

Noridian, Medicare’s administrative contractor for California, continues to deactivate providers for not responding to Medicare revalidation notices, resulting in a gap in billing privileges and lost revenue for physicians. Noridian will send revalidation notices via email two or three months prior to the revalidation due date. Revalidation notices sent via email will …