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May 8, 2019
MMCMS takes to the capitol in support of physicians and their patients!
On April 24 MMCMS made its annual trip to Sacramento to participate in CMA's 45th Annual Legislative Advocacy Day. Dr. Tahir Yaqub, Dr. Pamela Roussos and Chrisy Muchow joined with more than 600 physicians, residents, medical students and stakeholders (a record attendance!) gathered in Sacramento to bring the voice of medicine to legislators, taking to the halls of the state capitol to educate legislators on physicians and health care policy.

Attendees also heard from keynote speaker, California Governor Gavin Newsom, who told the packed room about his strong commitment to increasing  access to care  for all Californians. “I want to be known as the health care governor,” Gov. Newsom said.  More...
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The Independent Dispute Resolution Process
How Physicians Can Appeal AB 72’s Interim Rate and How CMA Can Help - Join CMA on May 22, 2019
On July 1, 2017, California’s out-of-network billing and payment law (AB 72) went into effect. This law changed the billing practices of non-participating physicians providing non-emergent care at in-network facilities by creating an interim payment rate. This law also created a dispute resolution mechanism for physicians who believe the interim payment to be insufficient. This mechanism, the Independent Dispute Resolution Process (IDRP), uses a third-party arbiter to make a binding decision on the appeal for additional reimbursement and requires payors to participate once a physician initiates the IDRP.

*CMA MEMBER'S STAFF: To receive a promo code for free registration, email  vtravis@cmadocs.org  with your physician's California medical license number.

For more information or to register visit CMA's website.
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The California Medical Association’s (CMA)  Board of Trustees  is seeking applications or nominations for members interested and willing to  serve on CMA's councils and committees  for 2019-20. Appointments begin and expire at the conclusion of the House of Delegates in October. More...
Reminder: Physicians encouraged to review changes to Anthem fee schedule
With Anthem Blue Cross recently  announcing  changes to its Prudent Buyer Participating Physician Agreement and fee schedule effective July 1, 2019, the California Medical Association (CMA) strongly encourages physicians to review their Anthem fee schedules to see what impact the changes will have on their reimbursements.

According to the notice issued to approximately half of its PPO network, Anthem will be increasing payment for the more commonly billed Evaluation and Management (E/M) services. But, some physicians have reported decreases in payment for other services including those for pathology and radiology. More...
CMA announces new statewide collaborative effort to promote physician wellness
The California Medical Association (CMA) announced a new statewide collaborative effort with leading experts on  physician wellness  from the Stanford Medicine WellMD Center: Tait Shanafelt, M.D., center director, chief wellness officer and professor of hematology, and Mickey Trockel, M.D., project co-leader and clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

This new program will promote physician wellness across California and will be the most comprehensive state level effort in the country. Dr. Shanafelt and Dr. Trockel are nationally recognized leaders on physician wellness who bring academic expertise, as well as hands-on experience building successful organizational initiatives to improve physician fulfillment and wellbeing. More...
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Audio-Digest publishes clinical lectures – presented by experts at the nation’s preeminent teaching institutions – that will help you to provide better care for your patients. Each audio program qualifies for Category 1 CME credit and Audio-Digest offers educational programs for most specialties.  Audio-Digest is a convenient way to earn your CME credits; you can listen to a CD in the car, at home or anywhere that you can listen to your iPod or MP3 player. For further information contact MMCMS at 209-723-2976 or  chrisy@mmcms.org .

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