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September 24, 2020
Invite you to join them for a CME event entitled:
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Registration is Required
Local Doctor Looking to Share Space
John B. Schlaerth, MD has office space available at 2011 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301.

The office is 1730 square feet. There are 2 exam rooms, 2 doctors offices, 2 file rooms, a laboratory, a break room, 2 bathrooms and a small waiting room. We are looking for someone who would like to share the costs, office times flexible (2 1/2 to 4 days per week and/or Saturdays & Sundays).

If interested, please contact Louise Denning at 661-326-1401, 661-932-7974 or [email protected] for more information.
Virtual Meeting of the Local AAPC Chapter: Talk to the Hand - Coding for Hand Surgeries
The local chapter of AAPC is hosting a virtual meeting: Talk to the Hand - Coding for Hand Surgeries on October 7, 2020 from 6:00-7:15PM. The presentation is worth 1 CEU.

For further information and registration email Kandi Knudsen, Chapter President.
CMA publishes guide for patients impacted by recent wildfires
On August 16, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency related to the extreme heat and wildfires across California that have destroyed structures, threatened homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents. As a result, health plans and insurers are taking action to ensure patients in the affected areas have continued access to care. More...
CMA Wellness expands peer coaching support to more health care workers
The California Medical Association (CMA) has long been dedicated to wellness because up to 60% of physicians and residents report burnout, and the physician suicide rate is twice that of the general population. Studies have also found that burnout can erode quality of care, patient safety, physician retention rates and patient satisfaction. More...
CMA president issues statement on allegations of forced hysterectomies at ICE detention centers
CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., issued the following statement in response to allegations of forced hysterectomies at ICE detention centers:

"The California Medical Association (CMA) is gravely concerned by the recent whistleblower allegations regarding an irregularly high number of hysterectomies on women being held by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. More...
Paid market research opportunity for independent physicians
Altais, a proud partner of California Medical Association (CMA) Physician Services, is evaluating product designs to develop new tools to help independent physicians enhance their practices.

To assist, Altais is seeking independent primary care and specialist physicians utilizing the Athena, Epic, Cerner and AllScripts electronic health records to help. Physicians will be compensated $350 for 90 minutes of participation in health product demos, surveys and/or discussions. More...
AMA adds two new CPT codes related to COVID-19
The American Medical Association (AMA) has added two new codes to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set 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. More...
UnitedHealthcare transitions from paper claim acknowledgements
Beginning September 1, 2020, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) will stop mailing claim acknowledgement letters and instead post them online in its Document Vault. Per UHC, acknowledgement letters will be available online the day they are generated and will remain available to download for up to 24 months. The date the document is loaded in the Document Vault will be considered the date the notification was sent. More...
UnitedHealthcare alters claim denial letters
Beginning November 7, 2020, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) will transition the communication of initial claim denials to a consolidated Explanation of Denial statement that outlines all claim denials processed each day. More...
The Central Valley Medical Societies have partnered to bring you:

Debra Phairas, President Practice & Liability Consultants

There will be many operational, HR and telemedicine/technology changes needing to be implemented to re-invent the "New Normal." New staffing and practice operations changes are necessary and "thinking outside the box" is imperative.

Advanced registration is required. Space is limited.
FREE for Physician and/or 1 Staff Member
Upcoming FREE CMA Webinars
Lung Cancer and COVID-19 in the Outpatient Setting: What Clinicians Need to Know *CME Available

September 29, 2020 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Regulating the Stress Response for Kids: Practical Tips for Primary Care Providers

September 30, 2020 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Telehealth Series for Small and Medium Sized Practices: (Pt. 4) Telehealth Strategies for Treating Vulnerable Patient Populations

October 1, 2020 | 12:15PM - 1:15PM

Virtual Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Updates in Therapeutics *CME Available

October 13, 2020 | 12:00PM - 1:30PM