CMA News 2018 NEPO Summit: Register by Aug. 27 and save $100 Act now to save $100 off registration for the 2018 Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) Summit, to be held September 13-15 in Pasadena. Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:49:00 Z CMADocs 2018-08-15 11:49 +00:00 2018-08-15 04:49 -07:00 House votes to expand health savings accounts On July 25, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills (H.R. 6199 and H.R. 6311) that would expand how health savings accounts (HSAs) and other tax-preferred accounts can be used on health care spending. HSAs, which are paired with high deductible health plans, allow people to contribute pre-tax earnings each year and save for medical expenses. Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:49:00 Z CMADocs 2018-08-14 11:49 +00:00 2018-08-14 04:49 -07:00 Medi-Cal to unveil updated provider enrollment system this summer The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is will soon be releasing an update to its Medi-Cal provider enrollment system, called the Provider Application and Validation for Enrollment (PAVE). Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:29:00 Z CMADocs 2018-08-10 09:29 +00:00 2018-08-10 02:29 -07:00 UnitedHealthcare Community Plan to exit Sacramento Medi-Cal market on November 1 The UHC Community Plan has issued notice that it will no longer provide services to approximately 4,400 Medi-Cal members in Sacramento County effective November 1, 2018. The exit from Sacramento County comes one year after UHC Community Plan first entered the Medi-Cal marketplace with participation in San Diego and Sacramento counties.  Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:25:00 Z CMADocs 2018-08-10 09:25 +00:00 2018-08-10 02:25 -07:00 CMA advocacy drastically reduced administrative burdens for Parkinson’s registry Effective July 1, 2018, M.D.s, D.O.s, P.A.s and N.P.s who diagnose or treat Parkinson’s disease patients ("Reporting Providers") are required to report cases of Parkinson’s disease to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) after first registering at The California Parkinson’s Disease Registry collects data to measure the incidence and prevalence of Parkinson’s throughout California, providing more understanding to improve the lives of patients. Tue, 07 Aug 2018 04:15:00 Z CMADocs 2018-08-07 04:15 +00:00 2018-08-06 21:15 -07:00 Op-Ed: SB 1156 takes California back to the bad old days Not long ago, health insurance companies limited access to insurance and quality health care for millions of Californians, using notorious practices like post-claim underwriting to deny patients care the moment they got sick.  Sun, 05 Aug 2018 12:04:00 Z CMADocs 2018-08-05 12:04 +00:00 2018-08-05 05:04 -07:00 CMA/AMA responding to proposed Medicare payment rule On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule . This is the first year that CMS is combining the Medicare fee schedule and QPP rules. Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:43:00 Z CMADocs 2018-08-03 15:43 +00:00 2018-08-03 08:43 -07:00 Medical board releases physician license alert app for patients The Medical Board of California recently released its first mobile app, currently available on Apple iOS devices. The technology notifies patients about changes to their physician’s license status, rather than patients having to actively seek out that information. Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:00:00 Z CMADocs 2018-08-03 14:00 +00:00 2018-08-03 07:00 -07:00 Coding Corner: NCCI Policy Manual updates: Part 2 CPR’s “Coding Corner” focuses on coding, compliance, and documentation issues relating specifically to physician billing.  Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:18:00 Z CMADocs 2018-08-03 12:18 +00:00 2018-08-03 05:18 -07:00 Noridian to present in-person Medicare seminars in Irvine and Sacramento Noridian, the Medicare administrative contractor for California, has announced several in-person seminars around the state in September. The all-day presentations will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions. Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:16:00 Z CMADocs 2018-08-03 12:16 +00:00 2018-08-03 05:16 -07:00