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Announcement: Noridian Transition Dates Set

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the cutover to the new Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Jurisdiction E (including California) will begin in August. The Part A cutover will be August 26 and the Part B cutover will be September 16.

 

CMA has and will continue to work closely with CMS and the new contractor to ensure a smooth transition.

 

Jurisdiction E (previously called Jurisdiction 1) covers California, Nevada and Hawaii, as well as the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Jurisdiction E includes over 3.5 million Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries, 500 Medicare hospitals and 86,500 physicians. MACs process Part A and Part B claims and perform other critical Medicare operational functions, including enrolling, educating and auditing Medicare providers.

 

To help physicians understand what is changing, Noridian is offering a series of Implementation 101 and EDI Support Services web-based workshops. Noridian is also holding in person "Meet and Greet" workshops throughout the state.


 Important Dates:

August 26, 2013 - Part A implementation

September 16, 2013 - Part B implementation

Orange County Meet and Greet:


July 9 - July 11

Embassy Suites Anaheim South

11767 Harbor Blvd

Garden Grove, CA 92840

Registration is required to attend these workshops. Specific times and registration information are available on the Noridian website: 

https://www.noridianmedicare.com/je/schedule.html

    

Other programs will be added as they progress through the transition. CMA encourages physicians to join the Noridian mailing list to stay apprised of changes.


If you have any questions or concerns on how this might impact your practice, members may contact OCMA's Physician Advocate, Mitzi Young:

Phone: 888-236-0267

Email: myoung@cmanet.org 


MICRA ALERT: Trial Lawyers Start Voter Mail Program

The trial lawyers and their front group "Consumer Watchdog" are taking the MICRA battle up another notch. With the start of their direct mail campaign to registered voters, it is clear they are looking to score a victory this year. Below is a photo of their mailer including a "38 Is Too Late" story card and an ever-so-subtle "morgue toe tag." Over the top tactics are to be expected.

Your help is critical to our continued success. Share the details of the trial lawyers efforts with your colleagues. Also, donating to CALPAC to your fullest ability and asking your colleagues to donateCMA/OCMA membership is crucial, so please consider becoming a member to help us with this fight. If you are already a member, we sincerely thank you for your membership.

CMA and our MICRA coalition members at Californians Allied for Patient Protection (CAPP) are fully engaged. With increased legislative visits and the preparation of our own mail and updated materials, we are telling the full story of MICRA and its important role in maintaining access for all. We completed our field poll testing and just received the results. This crucial data will help guide our campaign and ensure we deliver the strongest defense of MICRA at both the legislative level and to the voters of California.

Share this email with others and follow up to join and donate. We don't win unless the physicians of California are united and committed to beating back the trial lawyers. You have the strongest possible message to urge your fellow physicians to join the efforts to protect MICRA. And have no doubt, the fight will get more intense over the coming days and months.

We will win this fight once again because MICRA is a nationally-respected best-practice with overwhelming bipartisan support that has worked successfully in California for decades and, if changed, would result in higher health care costs for every Californian. Your commitment and efforts motivate our incredible staff at CMA. Thank you for all you do and will do. We will be back to you shortly with an update on our latest efforts.



Orange County Medical Association Selects Solution21 as Preferred Business Partner

Irvine, Calif., May 21, 2013 - The Orange County Medical Association is pleased to announce another benefit of membership. The OCMA has designated Solution21 Inc., as its Business Partner for physicians seeking to generate more patient leads through custom design websites and internet marketing.

 

OCMA members may receive complimentary consultations and discounted rates on a wide range of internet marketing and website development services, including  custom built websites that are search-engine friendly, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Media Marketing, and internet marketing solutions (Google Adwords and remarketing).

 

"We are knowledgeable about medical and dental practices and have streamlined the process to minimize the amount of time you need to spend on each website and marketing project. Our focus is on bringing the maximum number of new patients to your medical or dental practice by developing the best websites and marketing programs." said Fred Parvini, CEO at Solution21. "We look forward to offering our services to OCMA members through this special arrangement with OCMA."

 

Solution21 Inc., now celebrating its 10th year, provides service from its office in Irvine, California. The company is known for its support of local college graduates, graphic designers, web developers, and internet marketers. The Solution21 design team is known for its ability to develop websites that are comprehensive, state-of-the-art, and search-engine friendly, fulfilling both the professional and personal needs of its clients. The firm is focused solely on medical and dental practices and business with the medical community.

 

The strategic business partnership with Solution21 Inc. reinforces OCMA's commitment to bring added value to its members by aligning with companies that offer business practice expertise, allowing physicians to focus their attention on patient care.

 

 

About Solution21

Solution21 was established to fulfill a worldwide demand for cost-effective medical and dental custom website solutions and marketing services. The company is staffed by experienced healthcare, medical professionals, website designers, computer programmers, and marketing specialists who combine their talents to create an unrivaled lineup of products that will enable any practice to increase its production. For more information, visit www.solution21.com.

Upcoming Fundraising Event for Dr. Richard Pan, Assemblymember

Please Join the OCMA Board of Directors

for a Dinner Reception in Support of


 

DR. RICHARD PAN, ASSEMBLYMEMBER 

Friday, June 28, 2013


7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Orange County Medical Association Conference Center

17322 Murphy Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614



$1,000 Host * $500 Co-Host $250 Supporter 

* $100 Friend * $50 Ticket


Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and former UC Davis educator, currently represents the people of Sacramento and San Joaquin counties in the California State Assembly and serves as Chairman of the Assembly's Committee on Health.  He also continues to practice medicine. Dr. Pan has served in numerous capacities for his county, state, and national medical associations. He is past-President of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society and past-Chair of the CMA Council on Legislation. He is also the past-Vice-Chair of the California American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as well as past-Chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education and has served on the board of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.  For a full bio, please see: http://www.asmdc.org/members/a09/biography. 



Please RSVP to Linda Johansen at: 


949-398-8100 Ext. 102 or ljohansen@ocma.org



Click here for the RSVP/Donation form



Please make checks payable to:

Dr. Richard Pan for Senate for 2014

915 L Street, Suite C415 Sacramento, CA 95814

 

You may also contribute on line at rally.org/panmd/donate

 


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