CMA News Gov. Newsom relaxes state’s health care privacy and security laws to facilitate telehealth Governor Newsom issued an executive order that relaxes certain state privacy and security laws for health care providers, so they can provide telehealth services without the risk of being penalized. Sat, 04 Apr 2020 17:55:00 Z CMADocs 2020-04-04 17:55 +00:00 2020-04-04 10:55 -07:00 CMA urges additional steps to mitigate the financial impact of pandemic on physician practices CMA submitted a letter to Gov.Newsom urging him to take quick action to ensure that our financially distressed physician practices remain viable so they can continue to provide care to patients. Fri, 03 Apr 2020 15:56:00 Z CMADocs 2020-04-03 15:56 +00:00 2020-04-03 08:56 -07:00 Small business practices can apply for forgivable loans of up to $10M The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will provide small businesses with less than 500 employees  with forgivable, zero-fee loans of up to $10 million or 2.5 times their average monthly payroll costs. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 17:19:00 Z CMADocs 2020-04-02 17:19 +00:00 2020-04-02 10:19 -07:00 Medical board warns against improper prescribing of medications related to COVID-19 According to the Medical Board of California, there have been reports of a few prescribers wrongfully hoarding and prescribing for themselves and family members certain medications referenced in the media relating to COVID-19. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:03:00 Z CMADocs 2020-04-02 16:03 +00:00 2020-04-02 09:03 -07:00 Important new guidance on billing Medicare for professional telehealth services during the public health emergency When billing professional claims for non-traditional telehealth services, you should bill with the place of service equal to what it would have been in the absence of a public health emergency. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 08:51:00 Z CMADocs 2020-04-02 08:51 +00:00 2020-04-02 01:51 -07:00 Some physician licensing requirements waived during COVID-19 response The Medical Board of California is working closely with DCA to determine what licensing requirement waivers would best allow individuals to continue assisting with the COVID-19 pandemic response. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 18:12:00 Z CMADocs 2020-04-01 18:12 +00:00 2020-04-01 11:12 -07:00 CMA backs Newsom’s call for Californians to take additional action to slow coronavirus spread Gov. Gavin Newsom urged Californians to cover their noses and mouths when going out in public to help stop asymptomatic individuals from inadvertently spreading the coronavirus. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:19:00 Z CMADocs 2020-04-01 16:19 +00:00 2020-04-01 09:19 -07:00 Physicians can prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder based on telephone evaluation Physicians managing patients with opioid use disorder can now prescribe buprenorphine to new or existing patients based on a telephone visit as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:56:00 Z CMADocs 2020-04-01 09:56 +00:00 2020-04-01 02:56 -07:00 CMA COVID-19 webinar series available for download The California Medical Association (CMA) has launched a series of free webinars to guide physicians through some of the most pressing COVID-19 issues.  Tue, 31 Mar 2020 22:20:00 Z CMADocs 2020-03-31 22:20 +00:00 2020-03-31 15:20 -07:00 DHCS advises of paper remittance advice detail print delays DHCS announced that provider payments will be delivered separately from the RAD due to additional time required to process COVID-19 systematic changes.  Tue, 31 Mar 2020 18:20:00 Z CMADocs 2020-03-31 18:20 +00:00 2020-03-31 11:20 -07:00