Saturday, December 16, 2017

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Serve on CMA's Standing Councils and Subcommittees

The California Medical Association’s (CMA) Board of Trustees is seeking applications or nominations for members interested and willing to serve on CMA's Standing Councils and Subcommittees for 2017-18. Appointments begin and expire at the conclusion of the House of Delegates, and current members eligible for reappointment must submit a new application for the 2017-18 term.
 
The Committee on Nominations will also contact each Council/Subcommittee Chair for evaluation of their respective committee members, and Component Medical Societies may also inquire about a member’s performance.
 
Please distribute this solicitation to any and all interested parties.

  • Term Length/Duration: One (1) year
  • Time Commitment: Up to four (4) meetings per year with one (1) potentially in-person. Council meets as needed.
  • Requirements: Member of the CMA in good standing.
  • Staff Contact: Michelle Chapanian, (916) 551-2054, mchapanian@cmanet.org

DEADLINE: June 13, 2017.
Please submit to nominations@cmanet.org with a completed application form (PDF or Word), brief CV (less than five pages) and statement of interest.

Attachments:

  • Nominations Form/Application: PDF and Word
  • Councils and Subcommittees Information Packet:
    • Solicitation Letter
    • Councils and Subcommittee Membership Roster
    • List of Councils and Subcommittees and Council/Subcommittee Charges
    • CMA Bylaws Provisions Governing Councils/Subcommittees
    • CMA's Conflict of Interest Policy


Tell regulators how new out-of-network billing and payment law will affect your practice

On July 1, 2017, a new law (AB 72) will take effect that will change the billing practices of non-participating physicians providing non-emergent care at in-network facilities including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and laboratories. The law, signed in 2016, was designed to reduce unexpected medical bills when patients go to an in-network facility but receive care from an out-of-network doctor.
  

To ensure health plans and insurers do not game the system to pay artificially low reimbursement rates to physicians, we need all physicians to take action by contacting the health plan/insurance regulators to express the importance and potentially negative impacts of this law if not implemented correctly.

A sample letter is provided on the CMA website.
 
NOTE: For this effort, phone calls will not be as effective.  We are asking that you submit your statement via email or mail so that there is a tangible record of your comments.  

Description
AB 72, passed by the California Legislature and signed into law this year, would require an “interim payment” to physicians and place limitations on the ability of physicians who do not contract with a patient’s health plan or insurer to collect their full billed charges for non-emergency services performed at a contracting health facility.

 


#UpliftOC with Simple Acts of Kindness

County of Orange, CA Health Officer Dr. Eric Handler describes how practicing simple acts of kindness is actually good for YOUR mental health and well-being, in addition to the folks around you -- and how to implement the practice into the family and school settings. Share your simple acts of kindness with us on social media with the hashtag #UpliftOC!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVimYOug8v8

Summer 2017 OC In+Care Newsletter

Summer 2017 OC In+Care Newsletter for providers serving people living with HIV in Orange County.

InCare Newsletter Issue 10 Summer 2017.pdf


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