Physician Survey: Tell us how COVID-19 is affecting your practice
The California Medical Association (CMA) knows that physician practices across California are hurting. Many physicians are experiencing high levels of financial uncertainty and are making difficult choices about the future of their practices. CMA has been advocating at the state and federal level to ensure financially distressed physician practices remain viable to provide care to patients during and after this public health emergency.

To help us advocate on your behalf, CMA wants to hear about your experiences during this public health emergency. Please respond to our  brief five-minute survey  no later than April 15, 2020.

New Health Order Imposes Stricter Directives
April 7, 2020

MERCED COUNTY, CAIn response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, Merced County Health Officer, Dr. Kenneth Bird, issued an order today that directs health care providers, employers, and residents to follow more aggressive directives to contain the spread of COVID-19.  More...

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Local COVID-19 Calls
Joerg Schuller, MD, VPMA is hosting a conference call every Monday and Thursday afternoon from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM. He will be giving an update on the COVID-19 situation and there will be a question/answer period at the end of the call.  CALL IN INFORMATION (UPDATED 4/8/20).

The Daily COVID-19 from the Merced County Department of Public Health takes place at 9:30 AM.  CALL IN INFORMATION.
Financial Assistance for Medical Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic, physician practices are confronting operational and business challenges as they continue to deliver high quality care to their patients. Medical practices will need to make difficult choices about whether to make significant changes that could include changing how they deliver care or even closing their practices. CMA has developed a financial toolkit to help physician practices during this crisis.

CMA and AMA Federation urges immediate action to provide financial relief to physician practices
During the coronavirus pandemic, physician groups and practices nationwide are faced with severe financial hardships, putting many in the untenable position of laying off staff and physicians due to lower financial revenues while preparing for, and in some areas of the country, responding to a surge in patients with COVID-19. More...
DMHC issues new guidance on billing for telehealth services
On April 7, 2020, DMHC issued a follow-up  All Plan Letter (APL) and an FAQ  that provides specific guidance on billing for telehealth services. According to the new APL (20-013), practices should document telehealth visits as if they had occurred in person, select the most appropriate CPT code, bill with place of service 02 to indicate it was provided via telehealth, and use modifier 95 for synchronous telemedicine or GQ for asynchronous telemedicine. More...
Amid growing uncertainty, CMA steps up state and federal advocacy for physician practices
Since the COVID-19 crisis began, the California Medical Association (CMA) has been aggressively lobbying federal and state leaders to ensure physician practices can stay afloat amid the COVID-19 outbreak. While medical professionals are in more demand than ever amid the surge, for thousands of doctors across California – and across the country – the outbreak has meant the shuttering of doors, furloughing of employees and uncertainty about the future. More...
CMA’s 2020 Model Medical Staff Bylaws provide guidance for medical staffs during COVID-19
The California Medical Association (CMA) has released its  2020 Model Medical Staff Bylaws . These bylaws are the definitive guide for  medical staffs , providing details on professional and legal structures to support effective medical staff operations and self-governance. More...
Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions
UPDATED 4/8/2020
CMA has developed a great FAQ on COVID-19. It is updated frequently, so keep checking back. It answers questions by topic and topics include:

  • Personnel
  • Financial
  • Telehealth
  • Testing
  • Prescribing
  • Miscellaneous

Latest COVID-19 Facts
Positive Tests - 34
Deaths - 1

Mariposa County ( Mariposa County Public Health)
Positive Tests -0
Deaths - 0

Confirmed Cases - 16,957
Deaths - 442

Confirmed Cases - 395,011
Deaths - 12,754

Confirmed Cases - 1,356,780
Deaths - 79,385

All of these numbers were pulled from the respective websites 4/8/20, 4:30PM.
Merced County is asking that we help raise awareness around the Stay-at-Home order
A #StayHomeSaveLives social media campaign has been launched to encourage people to stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. People are being asked to amplify the message on social media. Following are images they have provided for use in amplifying the message:
More information: .