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Mental health after devastating Northern California wildfires focus of July 31 conference

Recovery from the mental health impacts of the October wildfires, retaining and recruiting doctors to the area and key legislation affecting medicine will be among the topics at the North Bay Business Journal / Western Health Advantage Health Care Conference on July 31, a Project Rebuild event. Addressing the recovery of the North Bay from the mental health impacts will be a panel moderated by Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane and the following leaders. Read More

A Letter to Doctors from CMS Administrator Seema Verma

In a letter addressed to doctors, CMS Administrator Seema Verma reaffirmed the federal agency’s commitment to “turning the tide” of rising rates of physician burnout and reducing clinical documentation requirements to cut provider burden.   A Letter to Doctors from CMS Administrator Seema Verma Dear Doctor, Thank you for the difference you make in your patients’ lives. Many of our nation’s best and brightest students go into medicine – the competition is intense for every spot. To become a practicing physician, you had to put in years of training, hours of studying, and ...

Health Net to rescind recently announced payment policies

Since Health Net first notified physicians in March of planned changes to its modifier 25 and emergency services payment policies for Medicare and Medi-Cal lines of business, the California Medical Association (CMA) has been working to educate the payor about physician concerns with the new policies. Last month Health Net agreed to delay implementation of the new policies until July 1, 2018, to allow time to review provider concerns with the new policies and to continue discussions with CMA and other stakeholders. “We believe a more collaborative approach to identify alternative ...

New Medicare Card Mailing Update – Wave 3 Begins, Wave 1 Ends

New Medicare Card Mailing Update – Wave 3 Begins, Wave 1 Ends We started mailing new Medicare cards to people with Medicare who live in Wave 3 states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  We continue to mail new cards to people who live in Wave 2 states and territories (Alaska, American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon), as well as nationwide to people who are new to Medicare.  We finished mailing most cards to people with Medicare who live in Wave ...

Medi-Cal Update

Several physicians report receipt of a notice from the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) regarding the decommissioning of their point of service (POS) device and request for its immediate return. This is another demonstration of DHCS’ desire to move claims processing, eligibility and the majority of interactions to be electronic-based.   The Medi-Cal POS device is supplied to physician practices to verify recipient eligibility and clear share of cost liability. Per the notice, identified physicians have 30 days to return the device to DHCS from the date of ...