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CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: December 7, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Whirlwind of a week Jerry Brown set off for Paris but redirected his travel through San Bernardino to meet with law enforcement officials and others on the scene of America’s latest mass shooting. The shooting seems to occupy some strange place between the Paris attacks, which were orchestrated by ISIS, and a very American-style, Fort Hood or office place violence incident. One of the shooters pledged her allegiance to ISIS on ...

Informal Review for 2016 Value Modifier and 2016 PQRS Payment Adjustment Extended to December 16

The informal review period for the 2016 Value Modifier has been extended. All requests must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on December 16, 2015. The informal review process allows groups (as identified by their taxpayer identification number) with 10 or more eligible professionals that are subject to the 2016 Value Modifier to request a correction of a perceived error in their Value Modifier calculations. Additional information about the 2014 QRURs and how to request an informal review is available on the 2014 QRUR website and through the QRUR Help ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: November 24, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Ripples Across the Pond The terrorist attacks in Paris have reverberated through the political world, changing the tenor and tone of the American presidential contest and setting off a debate in statehouses around the country about housing Syrian refugees. Gov. Jerry Brown has said he would like to see California maintain its “traditional role as a place of asylum,” breaking with other governors who have warned that admitting Syrian refugees ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: November 9, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Capitol Happenings The Legislature may be out of session, but there is plenty of political intrigue swirling about Sacramento. With a new set of rules in place for ballot initiatives, thanks to changes passed by lawmakers last year, the calendar deadline to get final measures into the attorney general’s office for review is fast approaching. Over the last two weeks, we saw a broad coalition (with the backing of Napster founder ...

Meaningful Use Hardship Relief Act of 2015

From the AMA We would like to make you aware that Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-GA) introduced HR 3940, the “Meaningful Use Hardship Relief Act of 2015” November 5, 2015. As you know, in order to avoid a penalty under the Meaningful Use program, eligible professionals must attest that they met the requirements for MU Stage 2 for a period of 90 consecutive days during calendar year 2015. However, CMS did not publish the Modifications Rule for Stage 2 of MU until October 16, 2015 — meaning that by ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: October 26, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. On the Election Horizon With the informal deadline for ballot measures for the 2016 campaign fast approaching, there remain very different ideas among those who want to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Conventional wisdom would dictate that unless these forces unite behind a single measure, any effort to legalize pot could be in jeopardy. One of the main efforts in the pot fight is being backed and financed by Sean Parker, ...

Earlybird Deadline: November 16, 2015

SDCMS-CMA Physicians: If you are paying full, non-discounted dues and are with a medical group of 150 or fewer physicians, you will receive a $50 discount on your 2016 SDCMS-CMA dues if you renew and pay in full by November 16, 2015. Click Here to Renew Your 2016 SDCMS-CMA Membership Now! Questions? Call SDCMS at (858) 565-8888 Fax SDCMS at (858) 569-1334 Email SDCMS at Membership@SDCMS.org Thank You for Your Membership!

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: October 13, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Another One Bites the Dust The dust is just settling on hundreds of bills that were signed or vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown in the final flurry of activity for the 2015 legislative year. The session ended with some classic Jerry Brown signing messages and vetoes, and a strong, implicit message for lawmakers in the year ahead. The governor’s most personal and talked-about signing message accompanied his signature on a proposal ...

2015 CMA HOD Reference Committee Reports

Combined Reference Committee Reports Reference Committee A Report: Science and Public Health Reference Committee B Report:  Government Health Programs / Health System Reform Reference Committee C Report: CMA Membership, Finance, and Governance Reference Committee D Report: Insurance and Physician Reimbursement Reference Committee E Report: Quality, Ethics, and Medical Practice Issues Reference Committee F Report: Health Professions and Facilities  

Welcome to ICD-10, by the CMS Deputy Director

Click Here to Read Online Welcome to ICD-10 October 1, 2015 By Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicare Today, the U.S. healthcare system moves to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision: ICD-10. We’ve tested and retested our systems in anticipation of this day, and we’re ready to accept properly coded ICD-10 claims. The change to ICD-10 allows you to capture more details about the health status of your patients and sets the stage for improved patient care and public health surveillance across our country. ICD-10 will help move the ...