CMA News Physicians converge in Sacramento for CMA's 43rd annual Legislative Advocacy Day Over 500 physicians, medical students and stakeholders gathered in Sacramento on April 18 to bring the voice of medicine to legislators for the 43rd annual California Medical Association (CMA) Legislative 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Opioid prescriptions in CA dropped 17 percent since 2013 The number of opioid prescriptions written by California physicians dropped 17 percent over the past three years (2013-2016), according to new data from Quintiles IMS. In fact, per capita, California is 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 We want to hear from you! Annual member phone survey CMA will be calling physician members starting in late March to understand the priorities and opinions of our membership. "We do this every year to improve CMA 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Free CME: Diabetes prevention webinar Diabetes remains one of California's fastest-growing and costliest diseases, and the burden is only expected to accelerate in the coming years. An estimated 2.5 million California adults have been 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Encourage your patients to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 29, 2017, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On this day, hundreds of locations throughout California will be accepting and properly disposing of unused prescription drugs, including 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 #MatchedinCA: Making dreams come true for UCR medical students Cheers erupted from a crowd of newly minted physicians at UC Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine on March 17 Match Day when the medical school's first graduating class of students opened envelopes telling them where they would spend the next few years as residents. 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 It's Health Care Decisions Week: Talk to your patients about their end-of-life wishes CMA recognizes National Health Care Decisions week by encouraging physicians to speak with their patients about the importance of completing an advance directive to 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 AMA urges quick action to stabilize individual insurance market With the window quickly closing to properly price individual insurance products for 2018, the American Medical Association (AMA) is urging President Trump and Congressional leaders to commit to continued 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Californias kindergarten vaccination rates hit new high Vaccination rates among California kindergartners are at their highest point since 2001, according to new data from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).  Compared to 2015-16, the percentage 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Future CMA Doc: Milli Desai "I believe we have a commitment to care for patients and keep them healthy beyond the time we spend with them in our offices or operating rooms. The future of health care in California relies on health professionals and future physicians to be aware of health disparities and be dedicated to eliminating them." 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Open Payments review and dispute period now open Drug and medical device manufacturers have completed their submission of data to the Open Payments system on payments or transfers of value made to physicians during 2016. Physicians now have 45 days to 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 IMQ recognizes surveyors at annual awards dinner Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) surveyors, board and committee members and staff gathered to celebrate thier successes at IMQ's annual Awards Dinner on March 31, 2017. Richard O. Butcher, 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMS delays reporting deadline for physician labs The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it will delay the deadline for physician office-based laboratories to meet new reporting requirements. Qualified laboratories now 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Ask the expert: Making a business case to join a payor network When physicians identify a payor network they wish to join, typically their first step is to submit a letter of interest or intent signaling their desire to join. However, physicians often fail to adequately 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CHPI publishes physicians' quality ratings for cycle 2 On March 22, 2017, the California Healthcare Performance Initiative System (CHPI) released its second cycle of physician quality ratings to the public. The ratings can be accessed at CHPI’s newly 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00