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AMA adds two new CPT codes related to COVID-19

Friday, September 18, 2020

AMA has added two new CPT codes to meet the needs of the health care industry as medical advancements expand the fight against COVID-19. The update to the CPT code set was approved by the CPT Editorial Panel for immediate use.

Next Virtual Grand Rounds to focus on therapeutic COVID-19 updates

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The fourth in our monthly Virtual Grand Rounds series – Virtual Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Updates in Therapeutics – will be Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 12 p.m. Participants will learn how to:

DCA again extends physician licensing waivers

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

DCA has extended two waivers that give flexibility to physicians with expiring licenses.

DMHC tells payors they must continue telehealth payment parity 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

DMHC issued an all plan letter reminding health plans of the continued requirement to reimburse providers at the same rate for telehealth services

CMA distributes two-month supply of free PPE to more than 40k California physicians

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

CMA mobilized with its local county medical societies, the state of California and Altais to bring more than 40 million pieces of PPE to physicians free of charge, so that they can safely provide care for California residents.

New CME webinars on managing patients at risk of severe disease from COVID-19

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

CMA has partnered with Rockpointe—a leading provider of CME—to provide free webinars for physicians and other health care providers who are treating patients are at increased risk for more severe COVID-19 disease.

CME webinar offers guidance for managing patients with obesity during COVID-19

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Rockpointe, a leading provider of CME, is offering a free and live one-hour webinar, “Obesity and COVID-19 in the Outpatient Setting: What Clinicians Need to Know” on Thursday, September 17 , 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

CME webinars offer guidance for managing patients with lung cancer during COVID-19

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Rockpointe, a leading provider of CME,  has collaborated with state medical societies and global oncology associations to offer a free and live one-hour webinar, “Lung Cancer and COVID-19 in the Outpatient Setting: What Clinicians Need to Know.” 

Next installment of CMA’s telehealth webinar series to discuss the patient experience

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The third installment of CMA’s Telehealth Webinar Series for Small and Medium Sized Practices “The Patient Experience” is now open for registration.

CMA physician COVID-19 testing survey finds widespread challenges, immediate need for improvements

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The survey results highlight the immediate need for improvements in the testing supply chain, timelier test processing, and better data and reporting of COVID-19 test results.

Physician input needed: CMA telehealth survey

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

CMA is surveying physicians regarding their experience with telehealth, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Newsom announces new “Blueprint” to guide California’s reopening activities

Friday, August 28, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a new framework to guide California’s reopening activities, called “Blueprint for a Safer California.” 

Cal/OSHA releases new guidance for health care facilities on use of N95 masks and other respirators

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, on August 6, 2020, released interim guidance for health care employers that may be facing shortages of respirators during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

HHS again extends provider relief fund deadlines; Physicians have until Sept. 13 to apply

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

HHS is again extending the deadline for physicians to apply for the Provider Relief Fund for both Medicare and Medicaid providers. 

Repayment deadlines loom for Medicare advance payment loans

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The California Medical Association (CMA) and the American Medical Association have urged Congress to lower the interest rate and extend repayment timeline, so that payments don’t come due at a time when many physician practices are still struggling.

Physicians: Tell us what your experience is with COVID-19 testing

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Testing for COVID-19 is a top priority for California and is critical not only for the diagnosis, but for our understanding, management and treatment of COVID-19. COVID-19 testing is the responsibility of our entire health care system, and physicians are a critical component of ensuring the right individuals are tested, at the right place and at the right time.

Department of Consumer Affairs extends waiver relaxing health care workforce rules

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has extended a waiver that temporarily removes the ratios for physicians supervising nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Physicians can continue to supervise the number of NPs or PAs they can competently and confidently supervise without a statutory ratio in place.

Next Virtual Grand Rounds to focus on transmission, testing and masks

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The third in our monthly Virtual Grand Rounds series – Transmission, Testing and Masks: creating a culture to curb COVID-19 – will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 12 p.m. 

Blue Shield announces temporary increases to professional fee schedule

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

In an August 5, 2020, notice to providers, Blue Shield announced it would be temporarily increasing reimbursement rates for certain Evaluation and Management services to help reduce the negative impacts to practices as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Provider Relief Fund deadline extended for Medicaid providers, will reopen portal for Medicare providers

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the deadline for physicians to apply for the 

CMS proposes a controversial Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2021

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

On August 3, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. 

Senate Republicans unveil details of fourth COVID-19 relief package

Friday, July 31, 2020

Senate Republicans have released details of their version of the fourth COVID-19 relief package, known as the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act. The package of bills addresses a broad range of issues, including medical supply chain problems, reopening schools and restaurant worker support.

CMA kicks off first of more than 3 dozen PPE relief events at Rose Bowl in Pasadena

Monday, July 27, 2020

The first of dozens of PPE distribution events around the state began this week, as CMA partnered with its component medical societies and the State of California to bring millions of medical-grade masks, gloves and gowns to physicians who need them.

CMA launches telehealth webinar series for small- and medium-sized practices

Monday, July 27, 2020

CMA is launching a new 12-part webinar series – Telehealth for Small and Medium Sized Practices.  The 12 presentations will take place over the next six months,

Next Virtual Grand Rounds to focus on COVID-19, children and opening schools; Register today

Monday, July 27, 2020

The second in our monthly Virtual Grand Rounds series –  COVID-19 - The State of the Pandemic, Children, and Opening Schools  – will be Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 12 p.m.

Trump administration renews public health emergency

Monday, July 27, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has officially renewed the public health emergency declaration for the coronavirus pandemic.

HNFS updates billing guidance for TRICARE telemedicine services

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Health Net Federal Services (HNFS) recently published updated guidance for physicians billing for telemedicine services provided to TRICARE enrollees.

California issues new COVID-19 testing guidelines as demand and cases surges

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The California Department of Public Health has issued new guidance that establishes a tiered system to determine who should get COVID-19 tests and the priority order for processing those tests. 

Medical personnel needed for paid disaster service work as COVID-19 cases spike

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

As COVID-19 cases surge across California, the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) is looking for additional medical personnel to staff alternate care sites in Southern California.

Deadline to apply for Medicaid targeted distribution has been extended to August 3

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the deadline for to apply to receive a portion of the $15 billion “targeted distribution” for Medicaid-dependent providers. 

California health care leaders respond to new COVID-19 testing guidance

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

COVID-19 cases are spiking across California, creating shortages in essential testing supplies. Though the state issued new guidance Tuesday regarding COVID-19 testing, we want to make clear that most physician practices, health centers and pharmacies simply do not have the supplies on hand to meet the current need for COVID-19 testing. 

California health officials urge physicians to screen patients for suicide risk

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Concerned about the COVID-19 epidemic’s immediate and long-term impacts on mental health, California health officials are urging physicians to screen patients to help identify those at risk of suicide.

HHS says Provider Relief Fund payments are taxable as income

Monday, July 13, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has updated its Provider Relief Fund FAQ to clarify that payments from the Provider Relief Fund are taxable. According to the FAQ, such payments do qualify as disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Earn 1.5 CME for participating in our free COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds

Friday, July 10, 2020

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the California Medical Association (CMA) and the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) will host the first in our new series of virtual grand rounds for the state’s clinicians on the on the evolution of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and management of COVID-19 patients.

The Physicians Foundation invites physicians to participate COVID-19 survey

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Physicians Foundation—a national, not-for-profit seeking to advance the work of practicing physicians and facilitate the delivery of high-quality health care to patients—is surveying physicians nationwide to learn how COVID-19 is affecting their practices and their perspectives.

Stories from the Pandemic - a new audio documentary series from the Nocturnists

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Medical Association’s (CMA) partner podcast the Nocturnists began

CMA urges state to convene advisory group to address COVID-19 outbreak in state prisons

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

CMA urged the Newsom Administration to immediately convene an advisory group to address the COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin State Prison and proactively work to prevent similar outbreaks at other state prisons.

CMA opposes new federal rule that would revoke thousands of student visas

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

This week, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced changes to student visa programs that would revoke student visas for thousands of international students

Congress gives small businesses more time to apply for PPP loans

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on July 6, 2020, resumed accepting applications following the passage of the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act. The new deadline to apply for a PPP loan is August 8, 2020.

Reminder: Deadline to apply for relief from Medicaid Targeted Distribution is July 20

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, HHS opened a new  “Medicaid Targeted Distribution” portal  through which Medicaid-dependent physicians can apply to receive a portion of the $15 billion “targeted distribution” for Medicaid providers. Physicians must apply for the funding before July 20, 2020. The funding does not need to be repaid.

CMA partners with State of California and Altais to provide free PPE to physician practices

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

In an effort to ensure California physicians can continue to provide care to patients during the COVID-19 outbreak, the State of California is partnering with the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide free medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) – including N95 and surgical masks, gowns, gloves and face shields – to small and medium sized medical practices across the state.

CMA sponsors bill to protect health officers

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

CMA is sponsoring a bill authored by state Senator Richard Pan, M.D., that will protect California’s public health officers.

First COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds webinar is July 14; Register today

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The first Virtual Grand Rounds – State of COVID-19 with California Public Health Leaders – will be Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 12 p.m.

CMA urges Anthem to delay specialty medication policy

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

CMA and a number of specialty medical associations have asked Anthem Blue Cross to delay implementation of a new policy requiring that specialty pharmacy medications administered in the office or outpatient hospital setting be obtained exclusively through CVS Specialty pharmacy.

CMA President Peter Bretan, M.D., issues a statement in response to state budget signing

Monday, June 29, 2020

This is a budget that protects and reflects California values. California is in the midst of unprecedented economic uncertainty and an ongoing pandemic. This budget protects access to critical health care as we struggle to contain COVID-19.

Physicians can opt out of MIPS for 2020 and be held harmless from payment adjustments

Thursday, June 25, 2020

CMS announced that physicians will have the option to opt out completely or partially from Medicare’s 2020 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.

USMLE opens regional testing center at UCSF

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

In its continued effort to identify alternate-delivery methods, the USMLE Program has opened additional regional testing centers at medical schools, including one at the UCSF School of Medicine.

CMA President condemns President Trump’s racist remarks

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

President Trump’s racist dog whistle remarks have no place in our politics or in the house of medicine. Comments like those made by the president last weekend at a political rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma fuel racist stereotypes about COVID-19.

Podcast: Putting the Public into Health

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

To  inform the public on the latest developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Richard Pan, M.D., launched a new podcast—“Putting the Public Into Health.” 

Newsom issues statewide mask order as California cases reach all time high

Friday, June 19, 2020

After seeing the highest daily spike in COVID-19 cases, Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued an executive order that requires all California residents to wear face coverings while in public, including when shopping, taking public transit or seeking medical care.

OptumRx to reinstate policy requiring e-prescribing for controlled substances on July 1

Friday, June 19, 2020

OptumRx—the pharmacy benefit provider for UnitedHealthcare—will reinstate its mandatory e-prescribing policy for controlled substances effective July 1, 2020. 

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., statement on Gov. Newsom's statewide mask order

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Wearing face coverings in public slows the spread of COVID-19 and saves lives. Wearing face coverings in public is an important public safety measure that will slow the transmission of the coronavirus, and make it more likely our state can stay on a path toward reopening

CMA adds three new COVID-19 webinars

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

CMA has added three new COVID-19 webinars to the schedule. These webinars are free to all interested parties as part of CMA’s ongoing support for physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medicaid targeted distribution portal open now

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

HHS has opened a new “Medicaid Targeted Distribution” portal through which Medicaid-dependent physicians can apply to receive a portion of the $15 billion “targeted distribution” for Medicaid providers.  

Legislature passes budget that protects health care

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

On Monday, the California Legislature passed a balanced budget for fiscal year 2020-2021, rejecting many of the health care cuts proposed by Governor Gavin Newsom in his May Revise budget proposal.

Coalition of physician orgs urges Congress to pass liability protections for physicians

Friday, June 12, 2020

CMA—in conjunction with AMA and 42 other state, specialty, and national medical associations representing hundreds of thousands of physicians—sent a letter to Congressional leaders, urging them to pass legislation to protect physicians from unfair lawsuits during COVID-19 pandemic.

CMA urges Congress to provide aid to states and physicians  

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The California Medical Association (CMA) and six other large state medical associations signed a joint letter asking the U.S. Senate to prioritize the stability of our state-federal partnerships that form the foundation of our health care delivery system.

HHS announces $15 billion in relief payments for Medicaid and CHIP providers

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Today, HHS announced approximately $15 billion in relief for providers that participate in state Medicaid  programs and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). T

CMA deeply disturbed by unfair attacks on local health officers

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The California Medical Association is deeply disturbed and saddened by unfair attacks on California’s county and city health officers. 

CMA seeks waiver to allow residents to obtain postgrad training license without clinical skills exam

Friday, June 5, 2020

On May 26, 2020, the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) program announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unique, human-to-human delivery mode of the Step 2 Clinical Skills examination, testing would be suspended for the next 12-18 months to protect the health of examinee.

New funding available for safety-net practices to implement virtual care

Friday, June 5, 2020

Community health centers and independent physician practices that predominantly serve low-income communities are eligible to apply. 

DCA extends physician licensing waivers

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Under the new waiver extension, physicians with licenses that expire between March 31, 2020, and July 28, 2020, will have six months after the public health emergency is lifted to complete their required CME. This waiver applies to physicians licensed by the Medical Board of California and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California.

CMA President Peter N. Bretan statement in support of county and city health officials

Thursday, June 4, 2020

CMA is deeply disturbed by the news that some local health officers, many of whom have been working tirelessly over the last three months, have been subject to unfair and uninformed attacks and have become political targets for those seeking to vent their frustrations about what must be done to protect the public at large.

Congressional leaders demand answers to why HHS hasn’t disbursed relief funds to Medicaid providers

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Key Congressional leaders wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar raising concerns about the delay in disbursing provider relief funds to Medicaid-dependent providers.

CMA publishes templates for communicating with patients about reopening

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

As medical practices begin the process of reopening after the COVID-19 shut down, one of the more difficult parts of the process may be communicating with patients and others.

Provider relief expected soon for specialties without heavy Medicare caseloads

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is beta testing a new portal to facilitate distribution of provider relief funds to physicians who were not eligible for the first two traunches.

CMA hosting SBA webinar for physicians on June 3

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be joining the California Medical Association (CMA) on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 12:15 p.m. to present a webinar on the economic relief available to physicians under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act.

REMINDER! Tomorrow is deadline to apply for 2nd round of HHS provider relief funds

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Physicians who believe they are eligible to receive payments from the second $20 billion distribution from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provider Relief Fund must apply for the funding before June 3, 2020.

Bill introduced to protect physicians from unfair lawsuits during COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, May 29, 2020

Congress will be considering a bill  that would provide health care professionals, and the facilities in which they work, protections from COVID-19-related lawsuits. 

House passes bill to provide flexibility for PPP loans

Friday, May 29, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the “ Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act ” (HR 6886) to give small businesses more time and flexibility  to use their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

HHS awards nearly $500 million to expand testing capacity in California

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

HHS recently awarded to California $499,203,180 in new funding to support testing for COVID-19. This funding will provide critical support to develop, purchase, administer, process and analyze COVID-19 tests, as well as to conduct surveillance, trace contacts and related activities.

Deadline to apply for 2nd round of HHS provider relief funds is June 3

Friday, May 22, 2020

Physicians who believe they are eligible to receive payments from the second $20 billion distribution from the HHS Provider Relief Fund must apply for the funding before June 3, 2020. 

CMA backs new PBGH initiative to support primary care in California

Thursday, May 21, 2020

CMA has joined a coalition of physician, health care and business leaders who are calling on state lawmakers to ensure health insurance companies pay their fair share to maintain our health care infrastructure, and to ensure we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis with a health care system that can meet patients’ needs.

Senators introduce medical student loan relief parity for California and Texas physicians

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would clarify the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program that inadvertently excluded many California and Texas physicians from education loan forgiveness because of state laws.

CMA hosts COVID-19 webinar for medical staffs and hospital-based physicians

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The California Medical Association (CMA) is hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 21, 2020, to look at the most significant waivers of state and federal laws during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and how these changes have impacted care delivery.

Provider Relief Fund attestation deadline approaching

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Physicians who were allocated a payment from the initial $30 billion general distribution from the HHS Provider Relief Fund must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agree to the terms and conditions within 45 days of payment. 

AMA cautions about limitations of antibody testing for COVID-19 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

AMA has published guidance to help ensure physicians and the general public are aware of the limitations and potential uses of serological testing, also known as antibody testing.

SBA publishes Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application; Funds still available for new loans

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

On Friday, May 15, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of the Treasury  published  the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application.

HHS again updates Provider Relief Fund allocation rules

Friday, May 15, 2020

On May 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updated and clarified the distribution of Provider Relief Funds and how to estimate the second allocation of payments.

U.S. House passes $3 trillion COVID-19 response bill

Friday, May 15, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass “The Heroes Act” (HR 6800) Friday evening, a comprehensive $3 trillion package to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and outlines the priorities of the democratic leadership for a new COVID relief bill.

Revised state budget proposal includes major health care cuts

Friday, May 15, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom released his updated state budget proposal this week for the fiscal year 2020-21. While the governor’s January proposal provided billions in new revenues and health care spending, the revised proposal reflects an economy battered by the fallout from COVID-19, and sets up a month-long fight over program priorities in the Legislature and with the Newsom Administration. 

DWC to reimburse for telehealth services retroactively to March 1

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation on Tuesday announced that it has retroactively updated the effective date for coverage of telehealth services for injured workers.

DWC increases reimbursement for telephone visit E/M codes

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation  on Tuesday announced that it will increase the reimbursement for telephone evaluation and management (E/M) codes (CPT codes 99441, 99442, 99443).

Are you interested in COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds? Take our 5-minute survey

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The California Health and Human Services Agency is partnering with the California Medical Association and academic medical centers across the state to host a regular series of virtual grand rounds for the state’s clinicians on the evolving understanding and management of COVID-19 patients.

SBA issues new FAQ on Paycheck Protection Program

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

SBA issued a new FAQ today to clarify certain rules for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides forgivable loans to physician practices to cover operating expenses. Practices are encouraged to review this document.

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., Statement on Speaker Pelosi’s "Heroes Act"

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., issued the following statement in response to the $3 trillion coronavirus response package introduced yesterday by U.S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Speaker Pelosi introduces $3 trillion coronavirus response package

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a new $3 trillion coronavirus relief plan on Tuesday that includes $1 trillion in direct aid for states, increases federal matching payments for Medicaid and offers an additional $100 billion in direct aid to physicians and hospitals that does not need to be repaid.

New COVID-19 webinars in CMA's on-demand library

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

CMA has added new COVID-19 webinars to its library of on-demand education. These webinars are available free to all interested parties as part of CMA’s ongoing support for physicians during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

CMA announces new twice-weekly publishing schedule

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Starting this week, CMA will be shifting to a twice weekly schedule for our member communications. Our Daily COVID-19 Roundup will become a weekly COVID-19 specific update sent out on Friday, and we will resume distribution of CMA Newswire on a weekly schedule (on Tuesdays).

CMA urges lawmakers to protect physicians from unfair lawsuits during public health emergency

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The California Medical Association (CMA) and the California Hospital Association (CHA) are urging Congress to pass legislation that includes protection against unfair lawsuits for health care workers.

Signs of COVID-19 stability lead California to Stage 2 of reopening  

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom  on Thursday announced  that the state will begin   moving into Stage 2 of his reopening plan and begin  granting  counties  additional jurisdiction over  the  pace of   reopening  in their communities. 

HHS clarifies providers should receive 2% of gross patient revenue from Provider Relief Fund

Thursday, May 7, 2020

This week HHS clarified the Provider Relief Fund payment allocation methodology and eligibility. A provider’s estimated total allocation should be approximately 2% of their 2018 gross patient revenue. 

CMS announces additional temporary regulatory flexibilities

Thursday, May 7, 2020

On April 30, 2020, CMS released an interim final rule that establishes new regulatory flexibilities.

HHS extends Provider Relief Fund attestation deadlines

Thursday, May 7, 2020

HHS has extended the deadline for physicians to attest to receipt of payments from the Provider Relief Fund and accept the  terms and conditions . Physicians

Governor signs order to make it easier to receive workers’ comp for COVID-19 claims

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed an executive order to ensure that employees who contract COVID-19 during the course of their employment can receive workers’ compensation benefits.

AMA urges international medical graduates be exempted from immigration bans

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

AMA is urging the Trump Administration to exempt J-1, H-1B and O-1 international medical graduates (IMGs) from any future immigration bans or limitations.

Amwell extends fee waiver through June 2020  

Monday, May 4, 2020

CMA Physician Services’ telehealth partner Amwell is offering has extended its waiver on fees through June 2020 to help physicians transition to telehealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

CMA releases regional summaries of COVID-19 survey results

Monday, May 4, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented threat to the viability of physician practices. The fallout from this crisis threatens to fundamentally alter California’s health care delivery system not just during the COVID-19 outbreak, but for years to come.

CMA schedules three new COVID-19 webinars

Friday, May 1, 2020

The California Medical Association (CMA) has scheduled three new COVID-19 webinars. These webinars are available free to all interested parties as part of CMA’s ongoing support for physicians during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

CMS announces payment parity for audio-only telephone visits

Thursday, April 30, 2020

CMS announced on Thursday a significant expansion of telehealth services so physicians and other providers can deliver a wider range of care to Medicare patients in their homes. 

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