CMA News UnitedHealthcare delays outpatient advanced radiology policy until February 1 The new UHC policy—originally scheduled for implementation on Jan. 1—requires prior authorization for advanced imaging procedures, including certain magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance angiography and computed tomography imaging procedures, when performed in the outpatient hospital setting. Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:06:00 Z CMADocs 2019-01-14 12:06 +00:00 2019-01-14 04:06 -08:00 Newsom’s first budget puts health care access, costs front and center The governor is following through on a key campaign promise by investing more than $1 billion in Proposition 56 tobacco tax revenue to increase access for Medi-Cal patients. Thu, 10 Jan 2019 13:16:00 Z CMADocs 2019-01-10 13:16 +00:00 2019-01-10 05:16 -08:00 Gov. Newsom signs executive order expanding health care access The executive order will help control health care costs and expand access to care for millions of Californians. Mon, 07 Jan 2019 16:18:00 Z CMADocs 2019-01-07 16:18 +00:00 2019-01-07 08:18 -08:00 CMA and AMA urge exemptions from Open Payments reporting The AMA, CMA and more than 80 other health care organizations recently submitted a join letter in response to a request from the CMS for feedback on the Open Payments Program reporting requirements. Mon, 07 Jan 2019 10:07:00 Z CMADocs 2019-01-07 10:07 +00:00 2019-01-07 02:07 -08:00 2019 Q1 reports open for comments CMA is now accepting comments on council reports for the first quarter of 2019. The reports represent recommendations from CMA's various councils—informed by testimony from CMA members—that will go before the Board of Trustees at its first quarter 2019 meeting. Fri, 04 Jan 2019 17:01:00 Z CMADocs 2019-01-04 17:01 +00:00 2019-01-04 09:01 -08:00 Reminder! GME grant deadline is Jan. 15 PHC is excited to announce a new grant program, CalMedForce, which will award approximately $40 million to primary care and emergency medicine residency programs in California. Fri, 04 Jan 2019 11:46:00 Z CMADocs 2019-01-04 11:46 +00:00 2019-01-04 03:46 -08:00 New Laws 2019: What physicians need to know The California Legislature had an active year, passing many new laws affecting health care. In particular, there was a strong focus on health care coverage, drug prescribing, public health and mental health issues. Fri, 04 Jan 2019 09:35:00 Z CMADocs 2019-01-04 09:35 +00:00 2019-01-04 01:35 -08:00 CMA recoups $29 million on behalf of physician members California physicians have a powerful ally when it comes to dealing with problematic payors—the California Medical Association (CMA) Center for Economic Services (CES). Thu, 03 Jan 2019 16:04:00 Z CMADocs 2019-01-03 16:04 +00:00 2019-01-03 08:04 -08:00 ABMS seeking physician comments on Maintenance of Certification reform CMA is encouraging physicians to review the recommendations and provide comments on whether they believe that the proposed recommendations would improve their experience with continuing specialty certification. Thu, 03 Jan 2019 13:03:00 Z CMADocs 2019-01-03 13:03 +00:00 2019-01-03 05:03 -08:00 Pharmacy board says “enforcement not a priority” for new security prescription law On January 1, 2019, a new California law took effect that requires all security prescription forms to have a uniquely serialized number. This new law also requires California physicians who prescribe controlled substances to use updated controlled substance prescription forms effective January 1, 2019. Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:36:00 Z CMADocs 2019-01-02 13:36 +00:00 2019-01-02 05:36 -08:00