Thursday, January 17, 2019

RCMA/CMA's Advocacy Secures $1 Billion+ for Medi-Cal Providers

In 2016, and with a $1 million investment, the California Medical Association (CMA) led a coalition to take on Big Tobacco to improve access to care through Medi-Cal.

California voters overwhelmingly approved Prop 56, which added a $2 tax on tobacco products and stipulated that funds should increase access by improving provider payments. California's 2018-2019 state budget continues to provide over $1 billion annually to improve provider payments so more Medi-Cal patients can access care when they need it most. Other key investments include graduate medical education (GME) funding increases and school loan repayments.

What Does This Mean For Riverside County Doctors?
This supplemental funding affects both fee-for-service Medi-Cal as well as Medi-Cal Managed Care. Click Here to view a comparison of Prop 56 payments by year as well as how these new reimbursements compare to current Medicare Rates in Riverside County.

RCMA has been informed that Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) will be paying FY 2018/2019 at the enhanced rates, including the additional E&M codes, starting July 1, 2018. However, given the lag in encounter data and timing of payments, the first enhanced payments physicians will see this Fall will be 2017/2018 timeframe payments.  The first quarter payment for 2018/2019 will not be until early 2019.  

Look for further communication from IEHP in the next few weeks. Payments will be made directly to IEHP providers based on encounter submissions reflecting the E&M codes shown in the Rate Comparison Chart

For Further Information Please Contact:
Riverside County Medical Assoication
(800) 472-6204

or

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP)
(909) 890-2054
 


IEHP Begins Payment on Prop 56 Supplemental Payments for Physician Services


IEHP has announced that it will begin issuing the first payments for the Prop 56 supplemental payments to providers on March 16th, 2018, prior to receiving funding from the State.

These supplemental paymenst are for claims paid/encounters received on (or before) December 31st, 2017, related to service dates from July 1, 2017 – September 30th, 2017. Prop 56, which funds healthcare, research, and prevention of tobacco use, includes supplemental payments for physicians who participate in Medi-Cal FFS and Medi-Cal Managed Care. The supplemental payments are based on the submission of specific CPT codes through claims or encounters to your IPA or IEHP if directly contracted.

California voters approved the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act (also known as Prop 56), which increased the excise tax rate on cigarettes and tobacco products. As a result, Assembly Bill (AB) 120 was passed to appropriate Prop 56 funds for specified DHCS health care expenditures during the 2017-2018 state fiscal year. Therefore, this supplemental payment for physician services is based on the payment requirements set forth by DHCS.

For more information contact IEHP’s Provider Service Representatives at 909-890-2054 with any questions. Click here for an FAQ on this supplemental payment program, including questions concerning CPT codes.

Visit our Medi-Cal Resource Center for more helpful information.

November 2016 Ballot Initiatives

CMA’s Board of Trustees has approved positions on several ballot measures for the November 2016 election

Prop. 52: California Medi-Cal Hospital Reimbursement Initiative
Position: CMA Supports
Prop. 52 would lock in hospital fees to allow the state to draw down federal health care funds. It would add language to the California Constitution requiring voter approval of changes to the hospital fee program. This will prevent diversion of the funds from the original intended purpose of supporting hospital care to Medi-Cal patients and paying for health care for low-income children.

Prop. 53: California Public Vote on Bonds Initiative
Position: CMA Opposes
Prop. 53 would require voter approval before the state could issue more than $2 billion in public infrastructure bonds that would require an increase in taxes or fees for repayment. This initiative could impact medical care by curtailing the ability of the State of California and local government entities to build or rebuild major infrastructure projects.

Prop. 55: California Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act of 2016
Position: CMA Supports
Prop. 55 would extend the current income tax rates on the wealthiest two percent of Californians – singles earning more than $250,000 and couples earning more than $500,000 a year – for 12 years. Funding would provide local school districts the money needed to hire teachers and reduce class sizes and improve access to health care services for low-income children so they can stay healthy and thrive.

Prop. 56: California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016
Position: CMA Supports
Prop. 56 – supported by a broad alliance of physicians, health care advocates, educators and others – would raise California’s tobacco tax, which is currently among the lowest in the country, to $2.87 a pack. Designed as a user fee on cigarettes and other tobacco products, the majority of the money would be used for existing health programs and research into cures for cancer and other illnesses caused by smoking and tobacco products.

Prop. 58: The Language Education Acquisition and Readiness Now (LEARN) Initiative
Position: CMA Supports
Prop. 58 would give local school districts and their academic staff the option of providing bilingual education. California needs a well-prepared and educated health care workforce that reflects our diverse society. Prop. 58 would break down barriers by removing outdated mandates, helping physicians provide the best patient care for all Californians.

Prop. 61: Drug Price Standards Initiative
Position: CMA Opposes
Prop. 61 would prevent certain state agencies from entering into contracts for the purchase of prescription drugs unless the price paid is the same as or lower than the special discounts provided to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The measure could result in the invalidation of existing agreements between the state and pharmaceutical companies that already provide significant discounts to the state.

Prop. 63: Safety for All Act of 2016
Position: CMA Supports
Prop. 63 would prohibit the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines and would require most individuals to pass a background check and obtain authorization from the California Department of Justice to purchase ammunition. CMA supports Prop. 63 to ensure our communities are safe and healthy places to live.

Prop. 64: Adult Use of Marijuana Act
Position: CMA Supports
Prop. 64 would regulate and control the cultivation and use of non-medical cannabis. The proposal would generate up to $1 billion in taxes for state and local governments, according to a fiscal analysis of the proposal. CMA believes that the most effective way to protect public health is to tightly control, track and regulate cannabis, as well as comprehensively research and educate the public on its health impacts.



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