CMA News CMA Doc: Alan Pierrot, M.D. "I was trying to figure out how to make my life interesting and meaningful. I think that's the question you're in all the time." 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMS hosts provider call on MACRA QPP data submission On Thursday, February 1, 2018, the San Francisco Regional Office of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a provider call to discuss data submission as part of the Medicare 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Some Southern California counties to receive automatic MIPS exceptions 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 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Reminder: Anthem only serving three Covered California regions in 2018 The California Medical Association (CMA) is reminding physicians that Anthem Blue Cross has exited California's exchange marketplace in all but three regions for 2018. The impact of Anthem's 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Webinar: Understanding 2018 Medicare Changes CMA is hosting a free webinar that will examine changes to the Medicare program for 2018 and provide tips for regulatory compliance, presented by the medical director 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Physicians launch new coalition to protect access to care Today, CMA launched a new coalition of more than 100,000 California physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, community clinics and pharmacists to protect the gains 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMS announces new voluntary bundled payment model The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new voluntary bundled-payment model. Called the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced Model, it will be considered an 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 DMHC orders 600,000 patients transferred from troubled medical group The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) issued a cease-and-desist order on December 26, 2017, requiring nine health plans to terminate their contracts with Employee Health Systems (EHS) 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Save the date for the 2018 California Immunization Coalition Summit The California Immunization Coalition (CIC) will be hosting its annual Summit April 16-17, 2018, at the Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento. The summit theme will be Onward and Upward and will focus on utilizing 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 FDA restricts use of cough and cold medicines with codeine or hydrocodone for kids The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today that cough and cold medicines containing codeine and hydrocodone should not be prescribed to children and adolescents because of serious safety risks 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Its not too late to get a flu shot With widespread influenza activity in California, physicians are encouraged to remind patients that it's not too late to get their flu shot. Although influenza season usually peaks between December 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Mark your calendars now for CMA's 44th annual Legislative Advocacy Day California physicians, residents and medical students are invited to attend CMA's 44th annual Legislative Advocacy Day on April 18, 2018, in Sacramento. This is a 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Earn 6.5 CME at Anaheim cardiology conference: Landmark Clinical Trials Revisited On February 16-17, 2018, California physicians have the opportunity to earn 6.5 continuing medical education (CME) units during the "Landmark Clinical Trials Revisited: 3 and 5 Year Results" 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA On-Call: Retention of Medical Records California regulations regarding retention of medical records in a physician’s office are a perennial hot topic in the California Medical Association (CMA) On-Call health law library. To ensure physicians 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 New health laws 2018: Are you ready? 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’ compens 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00