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CMA welcomes new Director of Medi-Cal Managed Care plan relations

The CMA Center for Economic Services is thrilled to welcome Kari Perry-Ailstock as the new Director of Medi-Cal Managed Care Relations. Kari will focus on providing assistance to CMA members with Medi-Cal fee-for-service or Medi-Cal managed care questions, concerns or issues, including Proposition 56 payments.

CDPH to host COVID-19 vaccine administration billing and reimbursement webinar

CDPH is hosting a COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Billing and Reimbursement webinar on Wednesday May 25, 2022,

MICRA initiative that would have devastated health care delivery in CA withdrawn from ballot

As part of the landmark agreement to modernize MICRA, proponents of the so-called Fairness for Injured Patients Act today withdrew the initiative from the November ballot, precluding a costly political battle.

Gov. Newsom’s revised budget proposal continues to prioritize health care

On Friday, May 13, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised budget proposal for the 2022-23 fiscal year. The $300.7 billion budget proposal prioritizes health care and demonstrates a continuing commitment to providing universal health care access and coverage for all Californians.

California legislature passes MICRA modernization legislation

AB 35 (MICRA modernization legislation) passed its final hurdle in the legislature on May 12, when it passed unanimously out of the California State Assembly.

CMA publishes June 2022 Voter Guide

View CMA's June 2022 Statewide Primary Election Physician Voter Guide, which includes endorsements for two CMA-supported physicians running for their first terms in office.

HHS advisor seeking physician input on NSA good faith estimate requirements

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, an official advisor to HHS, has put together a short survey to gauge how challenging the good faith estimate mandate required under the No Surprises Act will be.

Regulator issues guidance on COVID-19 testing and vaccination reimbursement

A CMA-sponsored law that took effect on January 1, 2022, requires health plans and insurers to cover COVID-19 testing and vaccine administration with no patient cost-sharing, no prior authorization and regardless of the provider’s network status, retroactive to March 4, 2020 .

CMA president issues statement in response to shooting that took the life of OC physician John Cheng, M.D.

Today, we learned that one of our own – John Cheng, M.D. – took heroic measures to stop another act of senseless gun violence, and in the process gave his life to save others. 

CMA president issues statement in response to Gov. Newsom's May budget proposal

CMA President Robert E. Wailes, M.D., issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom's May Budget Revision: