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Federal Update From CMA (Sept. 30, 2016)

SUMMARY MACRA Update Budget Update Medicare California GPCI Locality Reform Transition Plan Medicare 2017 Physician Fee Schedule Regulation Medicare Regulations Governing Meaningful Use, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, and the Elimination of the Site of Service Payment Rate Differential Department of Education Medical Student Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program I. MACRA Update: Final Rule Due Before November 1, 2016 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are preparing to release the final rule to ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: August 3, 2016

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. November Ballot Rundown California’s ballot has evolved into an impressive — and daunting — laundry list of policy proposals, running the gamut of fiscal and social policy. While the 17 measures on the ballot are not a statewide record, many of the state’s hot-button political issues — including healthcare, guns, criminal justice, and environmental protection — will all be decided by voters this fall. Tax measures loom large this year, with ...

Seeking Two Physicians for the HOD Resident Fellow Section

SDCMS is seeking two resident physicians to serve on the Resident Fellow Section (RFS) Delegation for this year’s CMA House of Delegates (HOD). Requirements to serve include being an active resident member of SDCMS-CMA and being able to attend all of HOD (October 15–16, 2016 in Sacramento). If interested in being nominated or for additional information, please contact Jen Ohmstede at (858) 300-2781 or via email at JOhmstede@SDCMS.org. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, July 15, 2016. Travel expenses for the RFS delegates are ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: June 7, 2016

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. All Eyes on California The nation’s eyes will be on California this week, as voters here go to the polls in the final major presidential contest of the long primary season. We’ve seen a massive swell in new voter registration this year. State voter rolls grew by more than 646,000 voters in April and May alone, with more than three-fourths of those voters signing up as Democrats. It will be important ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: May 10, 2016

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Budget Battles Begin For the last several years, the California budget has essentially been a non-story. Prop. 25, passed in 2010, changed the legislative vote requirement to pass a budget from two-thirds to a simple majority. In 2012, as the economy continued its incremental crawl out of the great recession, voters passed Prop. 30, which hiked the state’s upper-income tax brackets, providing state coffers with billions more in revenue to ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: April 26, 2016

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. The Legislative Scramble Last week was a frantic one inside the Capitol as lawmakers faced a key deadline to pass bills out of policy committee. Measures that did not receive committee approval last week were shelved for the year. A number of major proposals lived to fight another day, but many efforts were left on the prominent pile of abandoned bill ideas that accumulates each and every year. Among those bills ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: March 28, 2016

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Making the Ballot A deal was reached among Democratic leaders in Sacramento late last week on a plan to bring California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour — the highest in the nation and double the national minimum. The deal comes after years of wrestling in the legislature, and a statewide push that began years ago with a handful of public sector unions in Los Angeles. The accord avoids a fight ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: February 29, 2016

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Rollercoaster of a Week It was a rollercoaster week for Gov. Jerry Brown and his effort to reform the state’s criminal justice system. A judge in Sacramento last week ruled the governor’s initiative violated a new state law regarding amendments to ballot measure proposals. By the end of the week, the state Supreme Court had stayed the ruling, allowing the measure to begin gathering signatures for the November ballot, but ...

CMA Capitol Insight With Anthony York: February 17, 2016

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Anthony York, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. Whirlwinds of Change The California Coastal Commission ousted executive director Charles Lester last week, setting off a political firestorm that reached all the way to the governor’s office. Lester’s critics on the commission characterized the issue as one of management, claiming they had tried for years to get him to be more responsive to commissioners and others with business before the commission. Lester’s backers took the effort to oust him ...

Physicians: Your IMQ Participation Can Make a Difference!

Are you looking for a new activity? IMQ is looking for physicians who may be interested in becoming surveyors for the Ambulatory Care, Corrections, or CME Review Programs. The Ambulatory Program accredits surgery centers, offices, and medical groups in California. The Corrections Program reviews the healthcare in jails and juvenile facilities, and the CME Program reviews providers of CME. All surveyors contribute directly to the improved quality of care. They interact with colleagues throughout the state, and see best practices and innovation beyond their own medical community. ...