COVID-19 Testing Sites
Free COVID-19 testing is now widely available in Kern County through multiple sites. The sites fall into two groups - state-provided and county-provided. More...
Governor Shares a Video by KCMS President Chang Na, MD
Yesterday, Governor Newsom shared a video of KCMS President, Chang Na, MD, on his Facebook page. To see Dr. Na's video go to
DWC increases reimbursement for telephone visit E/M codes
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) on Tuesday announced that it will increase the reimbursement for telephone evaluation and management (E/M) codes (CPT codes 99441, 99442, 99443). According to the order , DWC will increase reimbursement of these telephone services retroactive to March 1, 2020, providing parity with office visit E/M codes for services rendered in person or by audio/video telehealth. More...
Are you interested in COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds? Take CMA's 5-minute survey
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. More...
SBA issues new FAQ on Paycheck Protection Program
The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA)  issued a new FAQ  today to clarify certain rules for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides forgivable loans to physician practices to cover operating expenses. Practices are encouraged to review this document. More...
Speaker Pelosi introduces $3 trillion coronavirus response package
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.  More...
CMA urges lawmakers to protect physicians from unfair lawsuits during public health emergency
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. More...
COVID-19 On-Demand Webinars
The California Medical Association (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.

Other recent COVID-19 webinars available for on-demand viewing include:

Latest COVID-19 Facts
Kern County   ( Kern County Public Health )
Total Resident Cases - 1,393
Non-Resident Cases - 10
Recovered Residents - 892
Kern Resident Deaths - 21

Co nfirmed Cases - 71,141
Deaths - 2,934

Confirmed Cases - 1,384,930
Deaths - 83,947

Confirmed Cases - 4,258,666
Deaths - 294,190

All of these numbers were pulled from the respective websites 5/14/20, 4:00PM.