CMA News Court of Appeals decides appropriate measure for future damages under MICRA The California Court of Appeal issued an opinion in BC v. Contra Costa County, addressing the issue of determining future medical expense damages, and what evidence the jury is allowed to consider in medical 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Governors revised budget diverts tobacco tax revenue for general fund obligations instead of improving access to care for Medi-Cal patients Last week, Governor Jerry Brown released his revised state budget, which applied $1.2 billion in tobacco tax revenues to cover general fund responsibilities in the Medi-Cal program. Instead of using that 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Anthem-Cigna merger agreement terminated The mega-merger of health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna was dealt a final blow when a federal court in Delaware denied Anthem's request for a temporary restraining order to stop Cigna from walking 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Study finds physicians spend more time on computers than they do treating patients Physicians spend more hours on computer work than they do meeting with patients, according to a study published in the April issue of Health Affairs. Researchers found that primary care physicians spend 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 DHCS gets federal grant to increase access to opioid treatment in California The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has received a $90 million grant from the federal government to expand drug treatment services in California, primarily in counties and tribal communities 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA joins partnership to raise awareness of the association between diabetes and cardiovascular disease CMA has joined the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease to raise awareness of the co-occurrence of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The program, “Making 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 6 tips to help mothers prevent diabetes, make healthy choices Preventing type 2 diabetes requires self-management, motivation, and healthy lifestyle changes — but how do you encourage patients to improve their health while caring for the health of others? This 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Important information about 2016 and 2017 Medi-Cal EHR incentive program attestations, including delays for groups The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has extended the attestation deadline for the Medi-Cal electronic health record (EHR) incentive program reporting for the 2016 program year. The 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Delay in EFT payment for some Medi-Cal physicians The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced a slight delay in payment for approximately 8,500 individual providers who normally receive their Medi-Cal payments via electronic fund transfer 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 California Congressional delegation urges Gov. Brown to restore tobacco tax funds California's Democratic Congressional delegation urged Governor Jerry Brown to restore $1.2 billion in tobacco tax funds and use them for their intended purpose: to improve access to and quality 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Ask the Expert: Can I be reimbursed for copying medical records? QUESTION: My office is receiving an increased number of medical record requests from various payors. Can I bill the payor for copying medical records requested by the plan? ANSWER: It depends. There are 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 U.S. House votes to strip Medicaid, leaves millions without health care coverage The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to pass H.R. 1628, an amended version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMS to issue MIPS participation status notices Starting in late April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began notifying physicians whether they will be subject to Medicare's new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). MIPS 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA announces sponsored bill package for 2017 CMA's powerful government relations team works tirelessly to support the development of valuable health care policy that protects and enhances the practice of medicine 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Still time to register for Western Health Care Leadership Academy this weekend in San Diego and earn 16.75 CME Register today and join us in San Diego May 5-7 for the West Coast's premier health care leadership conference! Attendees can earn up to 16.75*units of continuing medical education. Leadership Academy 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00