CMA Foundation News

The latest news from CMAF.

Opportunity to help efforts to increase Medi-Cal rates

Civil rights investigation puts a new twist on the fight for Medi-Cal patients’ access to healthcare.   The investigation seeks to improve access to care for all Medi-Cal recipients by challenging the adequacy of reimbursement rates and administrative roadblocks; arguing that resulting healthcare inadequacies violate California anti-discrimination law because they coincide with the program becoming disproportionately Latino.  Physicians and their organizations should contact Miranda Galindo, Staff Attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) at to learn about opportunities to support this effort. 

American College of Cardiology: Cardiologists Perceptions of Access to New Therapies survey

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) recently published results from its Cardiologists Perceptions of Access to New Therapies survey. The key findings of the survey, which are summarized below, underscore the importance of elevating both the patient and provider voice to eliminate access barriers and ensure timely quality care. Takeaways include: Cardiologists say the top two issues that stand in the way of prescribing the newest evidence-based/guideline-directed therapies are cost (co-payment, co-insurance, deductibles) and administrative burden (prior authorization documentation); Cardiologists would like to see the ACC take a leadership role to reduce the administrative burden; ...

NEPO mourns the loss of Dr.Richard Butcher

NEPO mourns the loss of Dr.Richard Butcher and celebrates the wonderful contributions he made to the practice of medicine. He was adored by his patients for his personalized approach to care and admired by colleagues for his dedication to serving California’s diverse communities.   To read more about Dr. Butcher's impact on medicine and his community: 

November is National Diabetes Month: Help your patients prevent type 2 diabetes

Help your patients prevent type 2 diabetes by identifying those with prediabetes and referring them to a diabetes prevention program. The California Medical Association Foundation and NEPO are teaming up with the American Medical Association to raise awareness and educate physicians and health care providers about tools and resources available to help reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes within the communities they serve. In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the AMA has created a special online toolkit to help physicians and care teams: • Identify and refer at-risk patients to a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle ...

Creating a Movement for Change: Latino Physicians of California Symposium

Latino leaders, healthcare professionals, legislators, and experts throughout California will come together to discuss and lead a movement to better serve the healthcare needs of Latinos at the inaugural Latino Physicians of California Symposium this month. Highlights of the Symposium include  opportunities to: Meet, greet and network with legislators, physician leaders, health executives, and health professionals; Discuss how to better serve the health care/access needs of Latinos; Find out about mentoring initiatives needed to employ to train and support Latinos on their path to the healthcare professions; and, Help develop ...

National Minority Quality Forum 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Awards, Applications Open

The National Minority Quality Forum announced it is accepting nominations for the 2017 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Awards, honoring influential young minority leaders making a difference in healthcare. They encourage a wide range of health professionals to apply: physicians, pharmacists, dentists, anesthesiologists, nurses, policy experts, researchers, and others. All nominations are to be submitted online here. Nominations will be accepted until January 16, 2017. Honorees will be awarded at the Congressional Black Caucus Spring Health Braintrust Gala in Washington, DC with special guest CBC Health Braintrust Chair Congresswoman Robin Kelly. Please direct any questions to 

Draft HHS Essential Community Provider (ECP) List Released

For the Marketplace’s 2018 benefit year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the updated Essential Community Provider (ECP) Petition to collect more complete data from providers who qualify as an ECP and wish to appear on CMS’s ECP list for the 2018 benefit year.  The ECP petition is a web-based questionnaire that is available at the following link:  The Draft HHS ECP list for the 2018 benefit year is embedded within ECP petition and can be viewed by clicking the button “Check to see if you are on the list” under question 6 of the petition ...

Community Immunity in California Healthline

Dr. Ruth Haskins, California Medical Association president-elect, was featured in an article in California Healthline! In her interview Dr. Haskins discussed the importance of vaccines for people at every age and every stage, as well as the recent release of the two adult immunization public service announcements.  To read the article visit:  To view the PSAs and other  #CommunityImmunity resources, check out our resources page here.  

CMA Foundation recruiting LA-based practices for pneumococcal vaccination effort

The CMA Foundation was recently awarded funding for a 9-month project to increase the rate of pneumococcal vaccination among ethnic minority and low income adult populations in Los Angeles County.   While pneumococcal vaccination coverage rates in California are close to national rates, coverage rates in LA County are much lower, especially among communities of color and low income populations. Between 2009 and 2014, black residents in LA were over 50% more likely than white residents to experience an incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD).                                                                   The CMA Foundation and NEPO are currently recruiting 10 primary care practices in LA County ...

Important Deadlines for Physicians Coming July 1

Important deadlines for physicians are coming on July 1st! Read the information below to learn about these deadlines, and click the links to learn more. CURES Registration Under California law, all individuals practicing in California who possess both a state regulatory board license authorized to prescribe, dispense, furnish or order controlled substancesanda Drug Enforcement Administration Controlled Substance Registration Certificate (DEA Certificate) must register to use the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES)by July 1, 2016. Click here for full details. Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption July 1 is the deadline for physicians to file meaningful use hardship exception applications to avoid Medicare payment penalties in ...

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