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"News You Can Use" <> June 3, 2015

CONTENTS CMA Removes Opposition to Physician Aid in Dying Bill Is Your Office Working on ICD-10 Compliance? June 6 Members-only 3.5-hour Workshop on Legal & Financial Literacy Your Member Services Quiz ER Visits Continue to Climb Under Affordable Care Act Vaccine Bill Receives Overwhelming Support From Senate, While Calif. Democratic Party Adopts Policy on Issue Governor’s Revised Budget Contains No Significant Increases for Medi-Cal Broad ...

"News You Can Use" <> May 13, 2015

CONTENTS Is Your Office Working on ICD-10 Compliance? Members & Office Staff: Do You Know How to Effectively Discipline Your Staff? June 6 Members-only Workshop on Financial & Legal Life Skills Mingle, Socialize, and Network With Your Fellow Docs on Friday, July 10 Your Member Services Quiz Summary and Timeline of HR 2, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” or “MACRA” Physicians Have Until May ...

"News You Can Use" <> April 22, 2015

CONTENTS Doctors: Mingle, Socialize, and Network With Your Fellow Physicians THIS FRIDAY, April 24, 5:30pm–8:00pm June 6 Workshop on Financial & Legal Life Skills So What Have We Done for Our Members Lately? Here’s a Great Example Your Member Services Quiz Senate Bill 277 Clears Senate Education Committee Today 7–2 April Is National Organ Donation for Life Month • Be a Hero • Sign up to Save Lives ...

Special SDCMS “News You Can Use” <> It's Finally Over: The SGR Is Dead!

Thursday, April 16, 2015 After a decade of battling, the U.S. Senate, in a whopping vote of 92–8, passed HR 2 on Tuesday, the monumental, bipartisan Medicare SGR Payment Reform and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act — both Senators Feinstein and Boxer voted in the affirmative. Two weeks ago, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted the legislation in a landslide vote of 392–37. A 21% cut to physicians’ Medicare payments was set to take place on April 15. Instead, HR 2 provides positive annual payment updates of 0.5% starting ...

"News You Can Use" <> April 7, 2015

CONTENTS Senate Delays Vote on SGR Until mid-April • CMS to Delay 21% Cuts Until Mid-month Mingle, Socialize, and Network With Your Fellow Physicians on Friday, April 24 Supreme Court Limits Avenues Providers Can Use to Sue States Over Medicaid Funding CMA Submits Letter to CMS Requesting Assessment of Medi-Cal Rates So What Have We Done for Our Members Lately? Work-Life Balance Workshop on Saturday, May 2 June ...

Special "News You Can Use" <> March 27, 2015

First the Good News: The House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to move HR 2. I have included the major terms of HR 2 at bottom. CMA's long-term work at the grassroots and in Washington resulted in landslide-level support for HR 2: Only 2 of California's 53 representatives did not support HR 2. I cannot over-emphasize the fact that member dues paid for this long-term work, and that's why we were able to get landslide-level support for HR 2. Now the Bad News: The Senate “kicked the can down the road” for two ...