TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020 PHYSICIANS: I'm happy to share that after much work and effort by the California Medical Association, Noridian, the California Medicare contractor, has recently advised that it will begin reprocessing claims impacted by errors in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Geographic Practice Cost Indices (GPCIs) file. In the proposed 2020 Medicare Physician Payment Rule, CMA physician analysts found numerous errors in the California geographic payments. After CMA notified CMS, those errors were corrected. However, the CMA physician analysts found that CMS had made additional mistakes with the California geographic payments in the final rule. Once again, CMA worked with CMS to get the necessary changes made. Now that the corrected payment amounts are in its system, Noridian has begun this past week to begin to process and mass adjust all affected claims. Physicians do not need to take any action. Physicians with questions can call (855) 609-9960 or visit the Noridian website for more information. CMA is also offering two upcoming webinars that may be of interest to you. On February 27 th , from 12:15 — 1:15pm, Mitzi Young will be conducting a webinar on Customer Service: Improving the Patient Experience . Mitzi is the physician advocate for the CMA and Riverside County Medical Association. She will discuss how to improve the patient experience, having transparency with your patients, and effectively communicating, connecting and building trust with patients and their family members. To register CLICK HERE . On March 3 rd , from 12:15 — 1:15pm, there is a webinar on Medical Staff Bylaws: Help for California Physicians , which will discuss how medical staffs should not be rushed or pressured into adopting bylaws that limit physician rights or divert medical staff authority. This webinar will provide the tools necessary to support effective medical staff operations and self–governance. To register CLICK HERE . As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … Californians Increasingly Concerned About Access to Mental Healthcare and Rising Cost of Care ? CLICK HERE Over Half of Patients Are Not Taking a Drug Due to Cost, Survey Shows ? CLICK HERE Teens Are Still Vaping Flavors, Thanks to New Disposable Vape Pens ? CLICK HERE Americans with Employer Coverage Saw Growth in Drug Spending Outpace Other Medical Costs ? CLICK HERE Would the U.S. Health Systems Be Ready for a Surge in Coronavirus Cases ? CLICK HERE No Quick FIx: Missouri Finds Managing Pain Without Opioids Isn't Fast or Easy ? CLICK HERE Surprise Billing Legislation Unanimously Passes Ways and Means ? CLICK HERE How Runaway Healthcare Costs Are a Threat to Older Adults — and What to Do About It ? CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … FEB 28-29, 2020 : Fundamentals of Obesity Treatment Course, 9.5 CME, Presented by Obesity Medicine Association, Hotel Republic, San Diego ? CLICK HERE FEB 29, 2020 : 8:30am–1:30pm, Change Your Mind: Cutting Edge Treatments for Depression & PTSD CME, Presented by San Diego Psychiatric Society, Sharp Spectrum Center, San Diego ? CLICK HERE MAR 12-13, 2020 : Future of Individualized Medicine, Hosted by Scripps Research Translational Institute, Samuel H. Scripps Auditorium, La Jolla ? CLICK HERE MAR 28, 2020 : 6–9pm, 2 nd Annual Champions for Health Soirée ‘Waves of Wellness’, Birch Aquarium, La Jolla ? CLICK HERE APR 2-5, 2020 : California Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, Paradise Point Resort, San Diego ? CLICK HERE JUN 19, 2020 : 6–10:30pm, SDCMS’ 150 th Anniversary ‘Rendezvous’ Gala & Presidential Installation, The Abbey on 5 th , San Diego ? CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts ? READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Live from DC with Rep. Donna Shalala ? LISTEN HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!