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Riverside County Medical Association Sponsors Group Long-Term Disability Program

As a physician, you probably know better than anyone else how quickly a disability can strike and not only delay your dreams, but also leave you unable to provide for your family. Whether it is a heart attack, stroke, car accident or fall off a ladder, any of these things can affect your ability to perform your medical specialty.

Don't Miss Out On Increased Medi-Cal Payments

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will soon be implementing rate increases for primary care physicians who treat Medi-Cal patients, as authorized under the Affordable Care Act. The increase also applies to services provided by physicians to Medi-Cal managed care patients. In order to see the bump in pay, providers must first attest to their eligibility. According to DHCS, less than half of eligible providers have completed the brief self-attestation process as of September 24. Have You?

California Health Benefits Exchange Opens

Sacramento – As Covered California, the state’s Health Benefit Exchange, opened today, California Medical Association (CMA) physicians remain optimistic. Throughout the health care reform debate, CMA strongly advocated for affordable access to care for California’s uninsured and for an expansion of health insurance coverage.

Riverside County Public Health Ready For Meaningful Use Stage 2

The County of Riverside Department of Public Health (DOPH) is committed to the improvement of our health information systems and to ensuring our local providers and medical facilities attain meaningful use certification as defined by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. As part of this process, this letter is to inform you that DOPH is declaring readiness for Meaningful Use Stage 2 (hereafter MUS2). Incentive payments you may receive or will receive under meaningful use may be affected if you or your facility is not able to meet the requirements for MUS2, including the public health integration objectives. In addition, your Medicare payments may be adversely adjusted in 2015 if you are not a meaningful user of electronic health record (EHR) technology, which include MUS2 requirements.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2013 RCMA Outstanding Contribution Awards

The RCMA is soliciting nominations to recognize and honor deserving individuals for the 2013 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 31, 2014.

CMA Launches Exchange Resource Center

In 2010, Congress passed historic sweeping health care legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which reformed the individual and small group health insurance markets and, beginning in 2014, will provide health insurance to much of the nation's uninsured. Under the ACA, two-thirds of California's uninsured may be may be eligible to purchase coverage through the health benefit exchange. The exchange's goal is to begin open enrollment on October 1, 2013 – with coverage beginning on January 1, 2014.

Legislative Alert: Urge Legislators to Oppose Bill that would Require Medical Board Investigations for Prescription Drug Deaths

On June 26, the Assembly Business and Professions Committee will be considering a bill that would require a coroner to file a report with the medical board when a controlled substance is found to be a contributing factor in a death.

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