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"News You Can Use" <> February 6, 2015



Help San Diego Take 25,000 Blood Pressure Readings as Part of Friday, February 13 Love Your Heart Day in Three Easy Steps:

  1. Click Here to Download the Form
  2. On Friday, February 13, Check One BP Range Box for Each (Anonymous) Patient
  3. Fax the Sheet Back to the SDCMS Foundation at (858) 569-1334

Is Your Office Working on ICD-10 Compliance? Click here to see a number of members-only resources, including CMA's ICD-10 Transition Guide for Physicians. October 1 is closer than you think!!!

The SGR Tango Is Coming, the SGR Tango Is Coming …. Click here to read about what to expect on or around April 1 (no fooling) when the oxymoronic Sustainable Growth Rate clicks in (absent congressional action) and Medicare rates drop by 24%.



Question: One of my colleagues told me that there is a new law or procedure when prescribing opiates. I believe it has something to do with having a patient fill out a questionnaire. Is this true? Click Here for the Answer



Measles Resources for Physicians, Including Office Posters: Click Here

CDC Encourages Antiviral Treatment for Influenza: Click Here



Can You Help Spread the Message of Health by Making a Brief Presentation in Your Community? The SDCMS Foundation is partnering with the County of San Diego to educate community members on how to improve their lives and take charge of their health by launching a Live Well Physicians’ Speakers Bureau. Contact Barbara.Mandel@SDCMS.org to say YES, you will volunteer just one or two times a year, quarterly, or however your schedule allows.



Second Year of Sunshine Act Data Submission Begins: Click Here

Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) Continuing to Require Physicians to Revalidate Their Medicare Enrollments: Revalidation notices have been sent out and will continue to be sent out until March 23, 2015. Click Here for Further Information



United Healthcare to Pursue EFT and ERA for All Contracted Physicians in 2015: Click Here

Medical Board Approves Amendment to Regulation Allowing PAs to Conduct Surgery Without Immediate Physician Supervision: Click Here



Ensure Your Demographic Information Is Updated With Payors with which you contract to ensure payment and other vital contractual notices are received and to reduce the potential for delayed or denied payments. SDCMS-CMA members can click here for contact information and steps to update demographic information for Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, CIGNA, Health Net, and United Healthcare.

How to Terminate Contracts and Ensure Continuity of Care Provisions: SDCMS-CMA members can click here for a discussion that explains how managed care contracts should be terminated.

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Enrollment Information and Deadlines:

  • Open enrollment for new coverage or change in plan runs Nov. 15, 2014, to Feb. 15, 2015.
  • Current enrollees will be automatically re-enrolled in their plans (even if there has been a change in the premium rate) if they are making no changes (either tier level or plan).
  • All changes must be made by February 15, 2015, for this enrollment period.
  • Medi-Cal enrollees don’t need to renew until they hear from Medi-Cal about next steps.


Physician Resources:


“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” — Alfred Hitchcock (1899–1980)

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