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Becoming the Practice of the Future Today: 10 Steps to Transform Your Practice and Provide Individualized Care

Current business and care delivery models, even if combined with innovative or sustainable technologies, will not lead to future success. Practices must create new care delivery and business models while incorporating technological advances to effectively compete today and in the future. New payment models, disruptive technology, and care delivery vehicles (e.g., e-visits, home monitoring, retail clinics), along with changing consumer demands for immediate access and transparency, require medical practice transformation. Here are the top 10 steps you should be taking now to transform your medical practice in order to succeed now and in the future.

Call For Nominations: 2015 RCMA Annual Outstanding Contribution Awards

The RCMA is soliciting nominations to recognize and honor deserving individuals for the 2015 Annual Outstanding Contribution Awards. Nominations will be screened by the Awards Committee, with final selection determined by the Board of Councilors. The awards will be presented at the RCMA Installation of Officers Dinner on Friday, January 29, 2016.

RCMA/CMA Works with CMS to Mitigate Medicare ICD-10 Disruptions

With implementation of the ICD-10 code set just around the corner, many physicians have been understandably wary about the transition and the potential for payment disruptions and claims processing errors that could interfere with patient care. Fortunately, the California Medical Association (CMA) – working closely with the American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical associations – has secured provisions that will ease this transition, particularly for physicians in practices with limited resources.

California State Budget Update

Today, the Governor and legislative leaders announced an agreement on the 2015-16 State Budget Act and have settled the major issues and spending priority differences between the administration and the Legislative branch. One key point is that the budget includes $40 million to expand Medi-Cal to cover all low-income undocumented children effective May 1, 2016 ($132 million when fully implemented).

Practice Check-Up: How scheduling strategies can reduce disruptions and long patient wait times

This is the second in a series of articles aimed at highlighting key areas practices should examine in an effort to improve practice performance. This month we focus on how effectively managing the appointment schedule can have a positive impact on both patient and practice satisfaction.

It's Finally Over! The Medicare SGR is Dead!

Last night the Senate approved H.R. 2: The Medicare SGR Reform and the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act which repeals Medicare’s sustainable growth rate formula, hours before double-digit payment cuts to physicians were set to take effect. The bill has been sent to the White House where President Obama is expected to sign it into law.

House Landslide Vote to Pass SGR

Today, RCMA/CMA congratulates the U.S. House of Representatives for passing monumental Medicare reform and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) extension, and urgently asks their colleagues in the Senate to do the same before spring recess. The 392-37 vote clearly shows that now is the time to make Medicare reform a reality.

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