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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 ...

Attend SDCMS's Free November 7 "Preparing to Launch" Workshop

Attend SDCMS's Free November 7 Workshop: Preparing to Launch What are you going to do after residency? SDCMS, working with UCSD, has created a one-day workshop titled, "Preparing to Launch: Essentials for Doctors Contemplating Their Future in the Real World." Our goal: Give you the information and situational awareness you need to successfully transition from preparation to practice. While primarily focused on residents, fellows, and young physicians, any SDCMS member (and their significant other) is welcome to attend this once-a-year event. This free workshop will occur in the main auditorium at the ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: September 28, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Shaping the Ballot The Legislature may be in recess, but the political fights in Sacramento continue. With lawmakers gone for the year, attention is turning to the ballot, where spillover from the legislative session, and some infighting among Democrats, is beginning to emerge. The big question will be what, if anything, to do about taxes. In the last couple of weeks, we have seen two different versions of proposals to extend ...

Why Organized Medicine Matters — Another Example!

AB 533 Has Been Defeated! September 17, 2015 Thanks to your assistance, CMA has defeated Assembly Bill 533, which would have transferred negotiating power to health plans at the expense of physicians. AB 533 would have drastically changed the current healthcare marketplace by allowing a massive transfer of negotiating power to the health plans at the expense of physicians. Although CMA is in favor of removing patients from billing disputes between health plans and out-of-network physicians, this specific solution was unacceptable and would have given too much power to health plans. AB 533 ...

County of San Diego Tuberculosis Report, September 1, 2015

Click Here to Download the Complete Report in PDF County of San Diego Tuberculosis Report Volume 1, Issue 1: Data through July 2015; Report released September 1, 2015. Update on Regimens for Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) The number of individuals reported with active TB in San Diego County declined 53% between 1993 (469 cases) and 2014 (220 cases) (1). In recent years, however, the downward trend has slowed locally, as well as across the United States. Modeling studies (2) suggest that to reach TB elimination goals (1 case per million), it will not be enough ...