COVID-19

Latest COVID-19 News from CMA

Anthem Blue Cross underpaying pediatric COVID-19 vaccine claims

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Anthem is reimbursing the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine for the 5–11-year-old pediatric population at unreasonably low rates—less than 20% of the CMS rate.

Clearinghouse corrects problem causing rejection of COVID-19 vaccine claims for children

Monday, November 22, 2021

Shortly after federal approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5-11, the California Medical Association (CMA) began receiving reports that clearinghouse Office Ally was rejecting the claims for 5-11 year olds with a message code stating the CPT codes were invalid.

60-day Provider Relief Fund grace period ends November 30

Friday, November 19, 2021

Providers who fail to meet this reporting deadline will be required to return their PRF payments by December 30, 2021, and will be subject to further enforcement actions such as exclusion from future PRF payments.

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CMA PPE Relief

Due to the PPE Relief Program's overwhelming success, CMA is extending support to practices and physicians with direct shipment of PPE supplies. As supplies become available, CMA will contact past program participants. If you have questions or would like to register your practice, please email memberservice@cmadocs.org.

The State of California made millions of medical-grade PPE pieces – including N95 masks, surgical masks, shields, gowns, and gloves – available FREE to physician practices. The California Office of Emergency Services partnered with CMA to distribute this equipment to qualifying small and medium-sized medical practices at live events in July and August. CMA is now distributing PPE Relief kits via direct shipment to practices that did not register for the first round of distribution. PPE Relief kits include up to a two-month supply (exact amount may vary by practice size, specialty and location). Questions?  See the FAQ.

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