Recent News Gov. Newsom to keynote CMA’s Legislative Advocacy Day This unique event, scheduled for April 24, 2019, is free of charge to all CMA members. Plan to join more than 400 physicians, medical students and resident members in educating legislative leaders as champions for patients and the practice of medicine. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:03:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-13 10:03 +00:00 2019-03-13 03:03 -07:00 Anthem Blue Cross to deny certain E&M services billed with modifier 25 Modifier 25 allows separate payment for a significant, separately identifiable E&M service provided on the same day as a minor procedure or other reported health care service. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:26:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-13 09:26 +00:00 2019-03-13 02:26 -07:00 Security prescription fix signed by Governor Newsom; delays implementation until 2021 After intense lobbying from CMA, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Monday that will end the confusion caused by flawed implementation of the state’s new prescription pad law. Tue, 12 Mar 2019 08:07:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-12 08:07 +00:00 2019-03-12 01:07 -07:00 Coding Corner: How to appropriately apply modifiers LT, RT and 50  Confusion about when to append CPT® modifier 50 Bilateral procedure, versus HCPCS Level II modifiers LT Left side and RT Right side is common. Guidelines for modifier 50 are well established, but this is less true for the HCPCS modifiers. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:27:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-06 13:27 +00:00 2019-03-06 05:27 -08:00 UnitedHealthcare to discontinue payment of consultation services UnitedHealthcare (UHC) has announced that it will no longer reimburse consultation services for commercial product lines. Consultation services previously represented by CPT codes 99241-99245 and 99251-99255 will need to be billed utilizing the appropriate evaluation and management (E/M) procedure code that describes the office visit, hospital care, nursing facility care, home service or domiciliary/rest home care. Tue, 05 Mar 2019 11:05:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-05 11:05 +00:00 2019-03-05 03:05 -08:00 12 ways to be a physician advocate CMA has some of the best lobbyists, lawyers, and other advocates in the Capitol, but the most powerful weapon in advancing the cause of physicians and their patients is you. Below are 12 ways that YOU can be a physician advocate. Mon, 04 Mar 2019 11:07:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-04 11:07 +00:00 2019-03-04 03:07 -08:00 How to connect with your elected official through social media Social media is an excellent platform to communicate with your elected officials, especially Twitter. The key is to “tag” the elected official(s) you’re addressing using their official Twitter account.  Mon, 04 Mar 2019 10:53:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-04 10:53 +00:00 2019-03-04 02:53 -08:00 Save the Date: 2019 NEPO Summit, Aug. 23-24 in Pasadena The 2019 Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) Building Healthy Communities Summit will be held August 23-24 in Pasadena. Mon, 04 Mar 2019 10:49:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-04 10:49 +00:00 2019-03-04 02:49 -08:00 Security prescription law fix heads to governor’s desk for signature Implementation of the new state law that requires security prescription forms to have a uniquely serialized number law will be pushed back one year to January 1, 2020, thanks to a legislative fix heading to Governor Newsom’s desk. Mon, 04 Mar 2019 10:30:00 Z CMADocs 2019-03-04 10:30 +00:00 2019-03-04 02:30 -08:00 New Title X rules will limit access to critically needed care and services for millions of patients The Trump administration issued a final rule last week that bars qualified family planning providers that provide abortions or abortion referrals from participating in the $286 million federal family planning program. Thu, 28 Feb 2019 18:04:00 Z CMADocs 2019-02-28 18:04 +00:00 2019-02-28 10:04 -08:00