CMA <strong>NEWS</strong> 2018 Q3 resolutions open for testimony As part of its policy-making process, CMA allows members to submit resolutions for debate and discussion throughout the year. These resolutions will be considered by 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 President Trump wants to strip $7 billion from Childrens Health Insurance Program President Donald Trump recently announced his intention to strip more than $15.4 billion out of the $1.3 trillion federal spending bill approved by Congress in March &ndash; of which the Children&rsquo;s 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Medical Students: Apply now for a student community leadership grant Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) is now requesting proposals for its Medical Student Community Leadership Grant Program. Through this program, PHC (formerly the California Medical Association 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Gov. Browns May budget maintains tobacco tax funding for Medi-Cal provider payments On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown released his revised budget proposal for fiscal year 2018-19. The proposal includes total General Fund expenditures of $137.6 billion, an increase of $10 billion (8.3 percent) 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA Doc: Ron Chambers, M.D. "You cant open up many medical textbooks that have any information about human trafficking in them. How do we know what labs to order? How do we know what medications are appropriate? Its heavy duty PTSD that were dealing with." 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Pro tip: Vote early and stop the robocalls and campaign mailers With the California primary election less than a month away, you've undoubtedly noticed an increase in robocalls and political mailers. Did you know there&rsquo;s a way to put a stop to this season&rsquo;s 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Physicians: Act now to stop dangerous rate setting proposal On Wednesday, May 16, the Assembly Appropriations Committee will be considering AB 3087 (Kalra), which would create a commission of unelected political appointees empowered to arbitrarily cap rates for 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMA urges DOJ to take steps to ensure smooth transition to CURES mandate The California Department of Justice (DOJ) has certified that as of April 2, 2018, the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) &ndash; California&rsquo;s prescription drug 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 UnitedHealthcare updates emergency department facility E/M coding policy Citing the need to address inconsistencies in coding, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) recently altered its Emergency Department (ED) Facility Evaluation and Management (E/M) Coding Policy to include an analysis 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMS renames EHR Incentive Programs and Advancing Care Information The Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services (CMS) is renaming both the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Advancing Care Information 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 CMS to offer QPP frequently asked question and answer session The Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a webinar on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, to answer the most frequently asked questions about the new Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP). 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Health Net to delay modifier 25 and emergency services policy changes until July 1 Health Net has advised CMA that it will delay implementation of its recently announced modifier 25 and emergency services payment policies for its Medicare and Medi-Cal 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Nominate an outstanding colleague for 2018 CMA service awards Every year, CMA honors inspirational physician members during its House of Delegates. CMA is now accepting nominations for the following awards: Compassionate Service 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Serve on CMAs councils and committees! The CMA Board of Trustees is seeking applications or nominations for members interested and willing to serve on CMA's councils and committees for 2018-19. Appointments 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00 Act now to avoid costly virtual credit card fees on Aetna physician payments CMA has learned that Aetna will no longer allow contracted physicians to receive payment via check. According to a February 1 notice, Aetna is asking providers to choose 0001-01-01 00:00 +00:00 0001-01-01 00:00 -08:00