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CMA files brief with U.S. Supreme Court in critical Medicaid case

CMA has filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in a case hat could strip Medicaid beneficiaries and providers of their right to access the courts to enforce state compliance with Medicaid requirements.

Gov. Newsom signs important health care bills

As the 2021-22 legislative session came to a close, Governor Gavin Newsom took action on a number of important bills supported and sponsored by the California Medical Association. For more information, see the articles listed below:

CMA supports Texas physicians in surprise billing lawsuit to ensure there is a fair dispute resolution process

TMA has filed a second lawsuit against the federal government over its misguided implementation of the 

Governor signs bill requiring coverage of COVID-19 therapeutics

Governor Newsom has signed SB 1473, which requires health plans and insurers to cover therapeutics approved or granted emergency use authorization by the federal FDA – to treat COVID-19 or any other disease that the Governor has declared a public health emergency – regardless of the provider’s network status. The bill also prohibits cost sharing and utilization management for such therapeutics, similar to existing rules related to testing and vaccines.

CMA publishes November 2022 physician voter guide

Mail-in-ballots for the November 8, 2022, California General Election will soon arrive in the mail. We hope that you will mail in your ballot or show up to the polls to help ensure the voices of physicians are heard loud and clear.

Governor signs CMA-sponsored bill giving physicians time to interpret test results for patients

SB 1419 sponsored by CMA to provide physicians the opportunity to respect patient privacy and wishes when releasing health Information has been signed by Governor Gavin Newsom.

CMA bill to provide more eRx flexibility for low volume prescribers signed into law

AB 852 sponsored by CMA to exempt low volume prescribers from California’s e-prescribing requirements has been signed by Governor Gavin Newsom

PHC announces 2022 Leadership Award recipients

Each year, the California Medical Association Foundation – Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) – celebrates the commitment, compassion and contributions of physicians and organizations that have positively impacted the health of their communities.

Blue Shield launches new “episode of care” payment model

Blue Shield of California is launching a new value-based, shared savings payment model for specialty care physician practices. The program aims to transform how specialty care services are delivered by shifting away from traditional fee-for-service to value-based care in an “episode of care” arrangement.

CMA webinar to look at the future of primary care in California

The California Quality Collaborative  and the Integrated Healthcare Association have convened a coalition of six large commercial health care payors to work together through the California Advanced Primary Care Initiative to enable primary care practices to transform to a high-performing, value-based care model that reduces costs and improves quality and equity.

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