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CMA Works With DOJ to Identify Short-term Solution to CURES Upgrade Problem

June 24, 2015 In response to concerns raised by the California Medical Association (CMA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) has agreed to a short-term solution to prevent thousands of Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) prescribers and dispensers from losing access when the new system is launched on June 30. DOJ has committed to keeping the current version of CURES accessible for users who cannot access the new version because of browser compatibility issues. Without intervention, there would have been immediate and greatly reduced access to this valuable ...

CURES July 1 Upgrade Will Jeopardize Physician Access to Critical Information

From the California Medical Association, June 19, 2015 The California Medical Association (CMA) has been tracking Department of Justice (DOJ) efforts to update CURES, California’s prescription drug monitoring database. We have become aware of a major issue that will impact controlled substance prescribers if the new system is released as planned on July 1, and we want to alert you to this concern. According to DOJ, accessing the new version of CURES will require Internet Explorer version 11, Firefox, or Chrome Internet browsers. DOJ has indicated that, effective July 1, users of Internet Explorer 10 or ...

What Has CMA Done for You Lately?

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CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: June 10, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Long Legislative Days, Dry Summer Nights It was a frantic week in Sacramento, with hundreds of bills passed by the Senate and Assembly as the Capitol wrestled with deadline week. Last week, it was the house-of-origin deadline. All bills that started in the Assembly or Senate had to clear that house by Friday. The results were long legislative days, swarms of lobbyists huddled outside the Assembly and Senate chambers, and hundreds ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: May 26, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Only Time Will Tell As a bill to require children to receive vaccinations before entering public school moved off the Senate floor, the tactics of the California Chiropractic Association were brought into question through a number of independent journalism reports. The California Medical Association will continue to fight hard for what we believe is good public health policy. And while we understand that there can be honest and open disagreement about ...

SDCMS-CMA Applauds California State Senate for Passing Landmark Legislation

Senate Bill 277 Will Increase Community Health and Safety by Removing Personal Belief Exemptions for Vaccinations Senate Bill 277 (Pan / Allen) hit a major milestone in its journey through the state legislature today, passing through the Senate with overwhelming support. The bill moved forward with 25 votes. CMA is part of a large coalition of health advocates, education organizations, community groups, local governments, and elected leaders across the state that have shown support for the bill. SB 277 now advances to the Assembly for further consideration. “SB 277 would protect ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: May 11, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Ballot Measures and Budgets The fight for 2016 is officially underway, as initiative proponents begin to file their ballot proposals with the attorney general’s office. Among the major policy proposals beginning the process is a new tobacco tax backed by health care providers to help ensure network adequacy for California’s poor. The new Save Lives California Coalition, which includes the American Heart and Lung Associations, as well as the California Medical ...

MACRA Summary / Timeline From AMA

HR 2, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” or “MACRA,” was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 26 (by a vote of 392 to 37) and the Senate on April 14 (by a vote of 92 to 8), and signed into law on April 16, 2015. This bipartisan legislation permanently repeals the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and stabilizes Medicare payments for physician services with positive updates from July 1, 2015, through the end of 2019, and again in 2026 and beyond. It ...

Long-overdue Legislation to Update Medicare Passed by U.S. Senate and Signed by President Obama

California Medical Association Applauds President Obama's Signing HR 2 The California Medical Association (CMA) congratulates the U.S. Senate for passing monumental Medicare reform and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) extension, and thanks President Obama for signing the legislation. The 92–8 Senate vote demonstrates the extreme need for the overhaul. The legislation, HR 2, known as the “The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act,” will reform the broken Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) physician payment system and extend the expiring Children’s Health Insurance Program. Both of these important reforms will help ...

I Heart Immunity Campaign

I Heart Immunity Campaign Announces New Wave of Support for SB 277 Ahead of Senate Education Committee Hearing Broad, Bipartisan Base of Support Includes Family and Child Advocates, Healthcare Providers, Public Health Officials, Educators, Unions, Local Governments, and Many Others Sacramento — The I Heart Immunity Campaign, a group of public health advocates dedicated to increasing California immunization rates, today announced new support for Senate Bill 277 (Pan/Allen), which would eliminate the personal belief exemption option from required school vaccinations in California. The bill, which recently passed the Senate Health Committee ...