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News Break
September 27, 2018
2019 Coding Books on Sale Now!!!
Order your 2019 Editions of CPT, ICD-10, HCPCS, and RBRVS books from MMCMS to receive our discounted pricing. We offer free shipping and if you are an MMCMS member you get an additional 10% off of the total order. Books will be shipped directly to you from the distributor as they become available. For further information contact MMCMS at 209-723-2976 or .
To take advantage of MMCMS’ discounted pricing click here .
Check out CMA's new and improved website!
Have you received your supplemental Medi-Cal managed care payments?
The California Health Care, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 (Prop 56) created new revenues dedicated to the Medi-Cal program. Physicians receive supplemental payments in both fee-for-service and Medi-Cal managed care when providing Medi-Cal services under certain CPT codes.

Plans were required to issue supplemental payments to qualifying physicians within 90 days. The 90-day window ended August 31 and physicians should have already received their supplemental payments . More...
Opioid Advocacy Update from CMA President
From the beginning of the opioid epidemic, the California Medical Association (CMA) has been one of the most engaged and determined stakeholders working to strike a balance between patient access to necessary medicine and preventing and addressing abuse.

CMA has been a leader in advocating for increased funding, access and availability of preventive services, opioid-use disorder treatment programs and non-opioid therapies, including mental health services and medication-assisted treatment (MAT). We have successfully worked to stop legislation that interferes with the practice of medicine and creates barriers to care, such as government-mandated dosage and duration limits. More...

In addition to the introduction on the topic from the CMA President, the following topics are included in this article:

  • Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES)
  • Ensuring Fair Enforcement
  • Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment and Overdose Reversal Medications
  • Individual Patient Care
  • Federal Funding and the Congressional Opioid Crisis Response
  • Physician Education on Safe Prescribing and Treatment

Also included are additional resources on this topic:

  • White Papers
  • Webinars
  • Health Law Library Documents

MIPS Reporting for 2018

The Health Services Advisory Group and the California Health Information Partnership & Services Organization (CalHIPSO) are hosting a free educational webinar on Thursday, October 4, 2018, on the Medicare Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). This webinar will cover what you and your practice need to know as you look forward to MIPS reporting for the 2018 performance year. More...
Did You Know?
Did you know that any CMA member can be a part of making CMA policy and shaping healthcare in California?
You can shape the next generation of CMA policy by submitting and voting on resolutions . The California Medical Association (CMA) is proud of its resolutions process because it preserves the value of each members perspectives and experience and empowers physicians to shape the ever-changing health care landscape and ensure that CMA is speaking with its members’ voice in its advocacy.
From internal procedures to ambitious statewide legislation, every policy is crafted, reviewed and approved by the dedicated team of physician leaders that make up CMA's organizational structure  - and you can help!

To learn more about CMA's resolutions process and how you can get involved click here .