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CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: September 15, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. The End of the Road After years of having his way in the state legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown suffered a series of defeats at the end of this legislative year. Some came at the hands of Republicans — like Brown’s failure to muster support for new gasoline taxes to pay for road construction and repairs. Others were handed out by fellow Democrats, including a cluster of members in the state ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: September 1, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Where Legislation Goes to Die This week was the virtual thinning of the herd for legislation, as the Senate and Assembly appropriations committees held their annual suspense file hearings. The hearings involved every bill from the opposite house that had made its way through the entire committee process in its house of origin, and through all policy committees in the second house. Many of those proposals were effectively shelved for ...

Offer for Discounted Padres Tickets

Discounted Games for Remainder of the Season Friday, September 4 (7:10pm) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers • Beerfest Presented by Southwest Airlines and Supported by Maui Jim Sunglasses Sunday, September 6 (1:10pm) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers • Kidsfest & US Air and Air National Guard Appreciation Day Tuesday, September 8 (7:10pm) vs. Colorado Rockies • Taco Tuesday Presented by Cholula Hot Sauce Tuesday, September 22 (7:10pm) vs. San Francisco Giants • Taco Tuesday Presented by Cholula Hot Sauce Thursday, ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: August 17, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Cars, Care, and Climate As lawmakers return from their summer recess, Sacramento is getting ready for the final legislative sprint of 2015. Hundreds of bills will be debated and voted on, but the focus will be centered on three areas of policy debate: transportation, healthcare, and climate change. The four-week stint also offers Gov. Jerry Brown another opportunity to burnish his legacy as he wraps up the first year of his ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: August 5, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Recess, but Not Rest It may be recess for the Legislature, but that doesn’t mean a rest for politics. While lawmakers were scattered off to their districts or far-away lands for the summer junket season, the anti-vax forces were busy gathering signatures to recall Senator Richard Pan, MD, for authoring Senate Bill 277, which removes the personal belief exemption from school vaccination requirements. While it is unclear whether an actual referendum ...

Dr. Richard Butcher Named NMA's Practitioner of the Year

San Diego physician Richard Butcher, MD, SDCMS-CMA member for nearly 50 years, was named the National Medical Association’s (NMA) Practitioner of the Year at the NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly on Saturday. This prestigious award signifies peer recognition for demonstrated service and characteristics that exemplify the highest standards of professionalism and sense of community. The award is given to a physician who is highly regarded in his community as both a physician and a person, who shows the quality of compassion and has worked toward bettering problems in his ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: July 22, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. An International Impact Gov. Jerry Brown is at the Vatican this week, where he will join Pope Francis and leaders around the globe for a climate change conference. The gathering weaves together threads throughout the former Jesuit seminarian governor’s life that have all shaped him in profound ways. Before Brown was an elected official, he was a student at a Jesuit seminary at Sacred Heart Novitiate in Los Gatos. He ultimately ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: July 7, 2015

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Signatures and Special Sessions A controversial measure was signed into law last week by Gov. Jerry Brown — Senate Bill 277 (Pan), which eliminates the personal belief exemption from mandatory vaccinations for all public school children. The real question now is what comes next. Brown’s signature sets off a 90-day clock for opponents of the bill to qualify a referendum. If the requisite signatures are gathered, the measure would not go ...

CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Get Ready for ICD-10

Click Here to Read the AMA-CMS News Release Click Here to Read CMS's FAQs Today, July 6, the American Medical Association and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) jointly announced that agreement has been reached on important elements of a “grace period” for the October 1, 2015, implementation of the ICD-10 diagnosis code set. In guidance that is being transmitted today, CMS announced that: For a one-year period starting October 1, Medicare claims will not be denied solely on the ...

DOJ Modifies CURES Implementation Plan Again

From CMA's Center for Medical & Regulatory Policy July 1, 2015 Since our last update on the CURES upgrade issues, CMA and other stakeholders continued to express concerns to the Department of Justice (DOJ) about the readiness of CURES 2.0 and the system capacity to run versions 1.0 and 2.0 concurrently. We are pleased that the DOJ has now agreed to undergo real-world testing of the system on a limited basis as the next step, and will delay implementation of the new version statewide. Click here to read their official announcement. In ...