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Reminder: Blue Shield/Care1st to complete integration Jan. 1, 2019

On January 1, 2019, Blue Shield of California will complete the integration of Care1st Health Plan into its operations, and Care1st’s name will change to Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan. The newly renamed health plan will remain a separate company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Shield of California.

Application now open! PHC announces new CalMedForce GME grant program

Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) is excited to announce a new grant program, CalMedForce, which will award approximately $40 million to primary care and emergency medicine residency programs in California.

Anthem Blue Cross correcting ultrasound recoupment issue

The California Medical Association has learned that Anthem Blue Cross is correcting a system error that has resulted in the erroneous recoupment of payment for prenatal ultrasound services dating back to 2017 dates of service.

Save the Date for AAPC’s HEALTHCON 2019, April 28 to May 1

AAPC, a training and credentialing association for the business side of health care, is hosting its 26th annual HEALTHCON on April 28 to May 1, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Reminder: Be prepared for Covered California changes in 2019

With a limited number of changes set to occur for 2019, it remains critical that physician practices understand their participation status, which products are being offered and what changes to expect.

Time to verify your patients’ eligibility and benefits for 2019

With the new year soon upon us, physicians are urged to be diligent in verifying patients' eligibility and benefits to ensure they will be paid for services rendered.

Coding Corner: CPT 2019 preview

CPT 2019 includes over 200 new Category I and III codes, including major changes in nearly every section of the codebook, except anesthesia. Here’s a review of some of the more significant changes.

CMA announces opposition to proposed Trump immigration rule

New “Public Charge” rule would deter millions from accessing critical health care

CMA publishes guide for physicians impacted by wildfires

CMA reached out to the major payors to understand whether they had relaxed any administrative requirements. We’ve compiled this information and published a guide to help physicians navigate these issues.

Urge the Trump administration to withdraw the "public charge" rule

CMA is encouraging California physicians to submit public comments to urge the Administration to withdraw the proposed rule. The deadline to submit is December 10, 2018.