CMA survey finds physician revenue has declined by 64% during COVID-19 crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented threat to the viability of physician practices. The California Medical Association (CMA) today released the results of its  COVID-19 Physician Financial Health Survey , which found that 95% of physician practices are worried about their financial health due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Practice revenue has declined by 64% since March 1, 2020, with 75% of practices experiencing a revenue decline of 50% or greater. The results highlight the immediate need for financial assistance. More...
CMA issues guidelines on reopening California’s health care system
The California Medical Association (CMA)  issued guidelines and recommendations for reopening the health care system . The document was developed by a taskforce of practicing physicians from different parts of the state and different sized practices, and speaks to both policy makers and practicing physicians. More...
$485 billion interim economic relief bill heads to president for his signature
On April 23, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan “Interim Economic Relief” agreement that contains $485 billion in new COVID-19 pandemic funding assistance. The bill already passed the U.S. Senate and now goes to President Trump for his signature. During Thursday’s White House press briefing, Trump said he expects to sign the bill as soon as this evening. More...
FREE CMA Webinar: Medicare for California Physicians During the COVID-19 Crisis
In this webinar, Noridian Medical Director Arthur N. Lurvey, M.D., will discuss Medicare financial updates related to COVID-19, types of telemedicine covered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and many private insurance companies, suspension of some Medicare audits and waivers, and a brief look at eases in documentation and E&M changes.
April 28, 2020 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm
HHS allocates $10 billion to cover COVID-19 treatment for uninsured
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a process for allocating approximately $10 billion of the $100 billion Public Health and Emergency Fund enacted as part of the CARES Act to cover treatment of uninsured patients diagnosed with COVID-19. In addition, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act appropriated $1 billion to reimburse providers for conducting coronavirus testing for the uninsured. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will begin distributing funds on April 27, 2020. More...
HHS to release additional $20 billion in payments from CARES Act Provider Relief Fund
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a $20 billion second wave of funding for providers from the $100 billion  CARES Act Provider Relief Fund . These payments do not need to be repaid. More...
CMA and Mercury Ins. partner to provide wellness care for frontline health care workers
SACRAMENTO and LOS ANGELES – The California Medical Association’s Wellness Program (CMA Wellness) and  Mercury Insurance  April 23 announced a partnership on a new initiative, Care 4 Caregivers Now, that provides frontline health care workers with mental and emotional wellness support and coaching. Care 4 Caregivers Now will train and connect volunteer physicians, nurses and health care workers to provide peer-to-peer coaching to assist those serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. More...
Medicare QPP deadline approaching; reporting optional during COVID-19
Physicians who plan to report on 2019 measures for the  Medicare Quality Reporting Program  (QPP) must do so by April 30, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, reporting for 2019 measures is optional. Clinicians who have not submitted any Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data by April 30, 2020, will qualify for the automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy and will receive a neutral payment adjustment for the 2021 MIPS payment year. Physicians do not need to take any additional action to qualify for the automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy. More...
Essential COVID-19 Resources for Physicians
The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP) is committed to providing California physicians and medical practices with the most up-to-date information, resources, and best practices for meeting the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to offer you access to our COVID-19 resource page, which is continually updated with the latest information covering the following areas:

  • Business Relief
  • Telemedicine
  • On-Demand Coding and Financial Relief Webinars
  • Medical Practice Employment
  • CMS/Medicare/MediCal
  • Healthcare Provider Guidance
  • And more

For more than 40 years, CAP has protected our physician members with trustworthy medical malpractice coverage bolstered by thoughtful, personalized guidance on risk management and practice management issues. To learn more about our affordable medical malpractice coverage options as well as the benefits we offer to our physicians, like guaranteed issue life and disability insurance programs*, please call 800-356-5672 or email [email protected].

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Latest COVID-19 Facts
Kern County   ( Kern County Public Health )
Total Resident Cases - 699
Non-Resident Cases - 9
Recovered Residents - 327
Kern Resident Deaths - 4

Co nfirmed Cases - 37,369
Deaths - 1,469

Confirmed Cases - 828,441
Deaths - 46,379

Confirmed Cases - 2,549,632
Deaths - 175,825

All of these numbers were pulled from the respective websites 4/23/20, 8:30PM.