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NYCU April 23, 2019

San Diego County Medical Society

Paul HegyiPHYSICIANS: An important deadline is approaching at the end of this week. As I've previously written, CalHealthCares, the non-profit foundation affiliated with the California Medical Association, is accepting applications for a new statewide loan repayment program that offers up to $220 million in tobacco tax revenues to pay off education debt for physicians who agree to see more Medi-Cal patients.

Individual awardees will be eligible to receive as much as $300,000 to repay education debt incurred in pursuit of a medical degree. The program is for currently licensed physicians, residents and fellows who are enrolled Medi-Cal providers and commit to maintaining a 30% Medi-Cal caseload. $190 million has been set aside for physicians over the next five years.

The application deadline is this Friday. To apply, CLICK HERE.

Please also mark a worthwhile event on your calendar. CMA is hosting a webinar to discuss how to utilize the Independent Dispute Resolution Process (IDRP) to appeal interim payments made under California's out-of-network billing and payment law (AB 72). This members-only webinar will be May 22, 2019, from 12:15-1:15 pm.

The webinar will review the out-of-network billing and payment law, including when the law applies, appropriate billing practices, the new payment structure and the basics of how to appeal for additional reimbursement. To register, please CLICK HERE.

I'm currently in Sacramento preparing for the visit of a number of San Diego physicians who are taking part in the CMA's Legislative Advocacy Day. Attendees will hear from Governor Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, and a number of state legislators. This event is a powerful reminder of the tremendous influence CMA has on the health care policy process in Sacramento. I look forward on reporting back in the near future on our trip.

As always, let me know if you have any questions!  Paul Hegyi, CEO

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