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Local COVID-19 Resources:

County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency

Their website provides Santa Cruz County COVID-19 Data as to the number of cases, FAQ’s and a phone number where questions can be asked.

For Vaccine Information, please visit the Santa Cruz County's Vaccine Information Page.

Monterey County Health Department
Their website provides Monterey County COVID-19 Data as to the number of cases, FAQ’s and a phone number where questions can be asked.

For Vaccine Information, please visit the Monterey County's Vaccine Information Page.

California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response) and CDPH (California Department of Public Health)
The state website provides California COVID-19 Data as to the number of cases, FAQ’s, resources, new releases and a list of Guidance Documents for COVID-19.

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Information for Healthcare Professionals

CDC COCA (Clinician Outreach and Communications Activity)
COCA prepares clinicians to respond to emerging health threats and public health emergencies by communicating relevant, timely information related to disease outbreaks, disasters, terrorism events, and other health alerts. There are recorded recent webinars on COVID-19, including one on pregnant women and children. Information for Healthcare Professionals

AMA (American Medical Association) COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) resource center for physicians

AHA (American Hospital Association) Updates and Resources on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Other Related Resources & Tools

Latest COVID-19 News from CMA

US extends "public health emergency" due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, January 14, 2022

HHS  has  extended  the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for an additional 90 days. This means that the telehealth and other waivers and flexibilities that have been implemented during the PHE will remain in effect until at least April 16, 2022.

Anthem Blue Cross clarifies recent telehealth reimbursement policy update

Monday, January 3, 2022

Anthem Blue Cross has clarified that for California providers, it will continue to reimburse telehealth services billed with either POS 02 or POS 10 at the in-office place of service rate, as currently required by the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC).

State and federal government issue new guidelines and support to fight COVID-19, including mandatory boosters for California health care workers

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

With the highly transmissible omicron variant now accounting

Next Virtual Grand Rounds to focus on COVID-19 therapeutics

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

As we enter a new year, a new variant has emerged, winter conditions are pushing people indoors, and holiday gatherings and travel are increasing potential virus exposure and movement. With this in mind, we are eagerly watching to see how the state of the pandemic evolves as we begin 2022.

Anthem Blue Cross implements fix for pediatric COVID-19 vaccine underpayments

Friday, December 17, 2021

Anthem Blue Cross has reported progress in addressing underpayments tied to the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine for the 5–11-year-old pediatric population. 

Medi-Cal to cover pediatric COVID-19 vaccine counseling by health care providers

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

CMS is now requiring states to cover COVID-19 vaccine counseling visits in which health care providers talk to families about the importance of kids’ vaccination. 

CMA survey finds 70% of practices worried about practice viability after 19 mo of sustained losses

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Almost two years into the pandemic, CMA’s third follow-up survey to reevaluate practice viability found 

Phase 4 Provider Relief Fund payments to be distributed this week

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Today, HHS announced the imminent distribution of approximately $9 billion in Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 payments to health care providers.

CDPH issues universal, statewide indoor mask mandate

Monday, December 13, 2021

Faced with rising COVID-19 cases, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today it will require universal masking beginning Wednesday, December 15, 2021, in all indoor public settings regardless of vaccine status. 

CDPH publishes fact sheet on Omicron variant

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

CDPH is monitoring for the presence of the variant in California through the California SARS-CoV-2 Whole Genome Sequencing Initiative, known as  COVIDNet . This is a public-private partnership that provides California with genomic sequencing to help understand and control the spread of COVID-19.

Anthem Blue Cross underpaying pediatric COVID-19 vaccine claims

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Anthem is reimbursing the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine for the 5–11-year-old pediatric population at unreasonably low rates—less than 20% of the CMS rate.

Clearinghouse corrects problem causing rejection of COVID-19 vaccine claims for children

Monday, November 22, 2021

Shortly after federal approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5-11, the California Medical Association (CMA) began receiving reports that clearinghouse Office Ally was rejecting the claims for 5-11 year olds with a message code stating the CPT codes were invalid.

60-day Provider Relief Fund grace period ends November 30

Friday, November 19, 2021

Providers who fail to meet this reporting deadline will be required to return their PRF payments by December 30, 2021, and will be subject to further enforcement actions such as exclusion from future PRF payments.

CMS to hold physicians harmless from 2023 MIPS penalties amid COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

CMS recently announced that it will again this year be granting automatic exceptions from reporting requirements for clinicians and providers participating in Medicare quality reporting programs due to the ongoing disruptions the COVID-19 public health emergency is having on physician practices.

UnitedHealth will repay providers underpaid for COVID-19 vaccine administration

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

UnitedHealthcare has said it will reprocess claims for COVID-19 vaccine administration after federal investigators found the insurer had underpaid “millions” of providers—paying 40% less than the Medicare rate for administering the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Next Virtual Grand Rounds to focus on COVID-19 and the holidays

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Join us on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, for the 18th installment of our monthly Virtual Grand Rounds — COVID-19 and the Holidays - Where do we stand and Updates on Testing and Outpatient Treatment.

CMA-sponsored law requires payors to cover cost of COVID-19 testing and vaccine admin

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Ensuring physicians can administer tests and vaccines is critical to putting the COVID-19 pandemic behind us. This is why the California Medical Association (CMA) sponsored legislation that requires health plans and insurers to cover COVID-19 testing and vaccinations during the pandemic without barriers like patient cost-sharing or prior authorizations.

CMS requires health care workers at participating facilities be vaccinated

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

CMS issued an Interim Final Rule mandating that health care workers at facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs be fully vaccinated.

Change coming to Medicare Advantage claims for vaccine administration services

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Effective January 1, 2022, CMS will change the way physicians bill for COVID-19 vaccine administration for Medicare Advantage enrollees.

California physicians encourage caregivers to get children vaccinated against COVID-19

Monday, November 8, 2021

In the wake of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) emergency-use approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 for kids ages 5 through 11, a coalition of physician groups and immunization experts is urging parents and caregivers to get all eligible children vaccinated as soon as possible.

PHC requesting proposals to increase CalVaxGrant awareness and applications

Friday, November 5, 2021

PHC is  soliciting proposals  from organizations to conduct outreach to physician practices between November 8 – December 15, 2021.

COVID-19 Webinar: How to Have Effective Conversations about COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy and Fertility

Friday, November 5, 2021

Please join ob-gyns LaTanya Hines, M.D., and Michael Policar, M.D., for a webinar training on how to effectively communicate with your patients about COVID-19 vaccines, fertility and pregnancy. The free one-hour webinar is Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 12:30 p.m

Join us on November 9 for Virtual Grand Rounds—Spotlight on COVID-19 Vaccines

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

As we head into the winter, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to meet to discuss some major questions and developments around the COVID-19 vaccines.

DMHC urges payors to proactively prepare for pediatric COVID-19 vaccine admin claims

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

DMHC recently issued an all-plan letter encouraging plans to take steps now so they can proactively prepare for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to children between age 5 to 11 years as soon as the vaccine is approved for use in that population.

Please take CMA’s follow-up Financial Health Survey

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Please check your emails for your unique survey link and share your experience by responding to our brief 5-minute survey no later than Friday, November 5, 2021. This information will help us better focus our advocacy to support the financial health and other needs of physician practices.

CMA urges state to push payors to proactively prepare for pediatric COVID-19 vaccine admin claims

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

CMA sent a letter to DMHC and CDI asking the agencies to encourage payors to proactively prepare their claims...

ALL physicians eligible for 4th and final Provider Relief Fund distribution; Apply by Oct. 26

Thursday, October 14, 2021

As with previous distributions, Provider Relief funds do not need to be repaid.

Governor signs 15 of CMA's priority bills

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The 2021 legislative bill signings concluded last week with all seven California Medical Association (CMA)-sponsored bills on the governor’s desk being signed into law

CDPH updates vaccine eligibility chart for providers

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The California Department of Public Health has updated it’s COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Chart for providers. The chart can be used to help determine which COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for a patient, by age or health conditions.  

Deadline to apply for Phase 4 of Provider Relief Fund is October 26

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

All  physicians may now apply for this  Phase 4 funding .  Applications must be received by October 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  

Next Virtual Grand Rounds to focus on variants, vaccines and epidemiology

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

As we enter our second year since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we still hold many questions about the nature of the virus and how to best combat it:

CA becomes first state to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for students

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Last week, Governor Newsom announced that California would become the first state to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students after the FDA grants full approval of the vaccine for school-aged children.

Application now open for new Provider Relief Fund distribution

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

All physicians may apply for this  Phase 4 funding  starting on September 29, 2021. CMA urges physicians to  get their applications in  as soon as possible. 

Newsom renews order aligning CA with feds on telehealth and patient data; allows patient consent waiver to expire

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Gov. Newsom has renewed most of  Executive Order N-43-20, which aligns California with federal emergency...

CMA updates COVID-19 vaccine reimbursement toolkit and guide

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

CMA has updated two resources to help physician practices avoid delays and denials of claims for COVID-19 vaccine administration—the COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for Medical Practices  and  COVID-19 Vaccine Reimbursement Quick Guide .

HHS announces 60-day grace period for Provider Relief Fund reporting

Monday, September 27, 2021

Physicians who received PRF payments will now have an extra 60-days to complete the post-payment reporting process.

CMA hosts webinar on California’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and workplace issues

Monday, September 27, 2021

CMA is hosting a webinar on COVID-19 compliance obligations for California physician employers, COVID-19 testing/vaccination issues and best practices in response to the recent vaccination orders for health care workers.

CDC recommends booster dose for health care workers who received Pfizer vaccine

Friday, September 24, 2021

Today, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC ACIP recommendation for a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations and also recommended a booster dose for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings, including health care.

Final round of CA Small Biz COVID-19 Relief Grant Program closes 9/30

Friday, September 17, 2021

Eligible small businesses and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic — including physician practices — can now apply for the final round of California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. The program is administered by California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA).

Spreading COVID-19 vaccine misinformation may put medical license at risk

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

FSMB recently released a statement in response to a dramatic increase in the dissemination of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and disinformation by physicians and other health care professionals.

New Provider Relief Fund distribution to physicians: Applications open Sept 29

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Biden Administration just announced it will release the remaining $25 billion of the $185 billion HHS Provider Relief Fund.

CDPH Webinar: How to Have Crucial Conversations About COVID-19 Vaccines

Friday, September 3, 2021

CDPH is hosting a webinar with CDPH Director Tomás Aragón, M.D., and other health care experts on how to have effective, proactive conversations with patients about COVID-19 vaccines. 

CMA files declaration in district court in support of masks in schools

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

CMA recommends and advocates for universal masks (subject to limited exemptions) and face coverings for the reopening and returning to schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CMA updates two resources to help physicians avoid COVID-19 vaccine claim delays

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

To help physician practices avoid delays and denials of claims for vaccine administration, CMA has updated its COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for Medical Practices and COVID-19 Vaccine Reimbursement Quick Guide with the latest information

New webinar on Telehealth and COVID-19 Vaccine Administration: How to Avoid Billing Challenges

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

CMA is hosting a webinar to provide physician practices the information they need to avoid billing challenges with both of these crucial services.  

CMS issues new Comparative Billing Reports on impact of the PHE on telehealth

Monday, August 30, 2021

CMS has released a new Special Edition Comparative Billing Report on the impact of the Public Health Emergency on Medicare Part B claims for telehealth.

Virtual Grand Rounds: The Nocturnists and Variants vs Vaccines

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

In the next installment we will hear about the state of COVID-19 in California, efforts to keep the virus at bay, progress on vaccinations and the hope for keeping schools open this year.

Having trouble with reimbursement for COVID-19 vaccine administration services?

Friday, August 20, 2021

While the federal government has purchased hundreds of millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and is providing those at no cost, vaccinating providers are still able to be reimbursed for administering the vaccine.

Medical board says inappropriate mask exemptions may subject physicians to discipline

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Physicians who grant a mask or other exemption without conducting an appropriate prior exam and without a finding of a legitimate medical reason supporting such an exemption within the standard of care may be subject to disciplinary action.

Governor Newsom takes action to support California’s health care system during Delta surge

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

With the faster-spreading Delta variant driving an increase in new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in California, Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday signed an executive order to ensure the state’s health care facilities

CMA president statement on rogue physicians selling bogus mask exemptions

Monday, August 16, 2021

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., issued the following statement in response to rogue physicians selling bogus mask exemptions:

CalVaxGrant extends application deadline to Sept. 10; expands provider eligibility

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

CalVaxGrant , a new state program to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates, has expanded its scope and extended the application cycle to reach more Californians.

California health care workers must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 30

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

California health care workers have until September 30, 2021, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 vaccine, under  a new order issued on August 5, 2021, by Tomás J. Aragón, M.D., the state’s public health officer.

CDPH issues guidance on coadministration of COVID-19 and other vaccines

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

CDPH has issued guidance on coadministration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines . The guidance states that COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may be administered without regard to timing.

On-Demand Webinar: How to Have Crucial Conversations about COVID-19 Vaccines

Friday, August 6, 2021

CDPH recently hosted a webinar with CDPH Director Tomás Aragón, M.D., and other health care experts on how to have proactive conversations with patients about COVID-19 vaccines.

CMA updates return-to-work FAQ with information on new vaccination mandate

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

To help physicians understand the new COVID-19 vaccine mandate, CMA has updated its return-to-work FAQ— Returning to the Physical Workplace: Legal parameters and considerations for employers . 

CMA webinar to help physicians navigate HHS Provider Relief Fund reporting

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

To help physicians understand how they must report on their Provider Relief Fund expenditures, CMA is hosting a webinar with Moss Adams on August 11, 2021, at 12:15 pm.

CMA president statement on California's increasing COVID-19 rates and need for vaccination

Friday, July 30, 2021

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., issued the following statement in response to a recent uptick in California's COVID-19 

Governor Newsom introduces new state and health care worker vaccine mandate

Thursday, July 29, 2021

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across California, Governor Gavin Newsom took action this week

CMA president statement supporting mandatory COVID vaccines for health care workers

Monday, July 26, 2021

CMA President Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin 

US extends "public health emergency" due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

HHS  extended  the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency for an additional 90 days. This means that the telehealth and other waivers and flexibilities that have been implemented during the PHE will remain in effect until at least October 20, 2021.

Blue Shield corrects system error causing COVID-19 vaccine administration denials

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Blue Shield of California has identified a system issue that caused COVID-19 vaccine administration

CMA joins Safely Open Schools campaign to urge full-time, in person school this fall

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

CMA has joined the Safely Open Schools campaign, which is urging school districts across the state to safely reopen schools in the fall, full-time, for all K-12 students.

Provider Relief Fund reporting portal now open; First reporting deadline is Sept. 30

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The HHS Provider Relief Fund reporting portal is now open for providers who need to report on the use of funds in Reporting Period 1. 

CalVaxGrant providing physician practices up to $55,000 for COVID-19 vaccine administration

Monday, July 12, 2021

CalVaxGrant is now accepting applications and will award eligible practices up to $55,000 in grant

July 12: Apply to CalVaxGrant to help vaccinate your community against COVID-19

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Individual practices may receive up to $55,000 to support vaccination efforts, as well as one-on-one myCAvax support and vaccine administration resources.

Next Virtual Grand Rounds to feature California HHS Secretary Mark Ghaly, M.D.

Monday, June 28, 2021

CMA will host a physician who has had a birds-eye view of the pandemic in California: Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, Mark Ghaly, M.D., MPH. 

Avoid delays and denials by submitting COVID-19 vaccine administration claims to the right place

Monday, June 28, 2021

CMA has recently received several inquiries regarding challenges with reimbursement of COVID-19 vaccine administration services. 

The Nocturnists podcast launches Part 2 of its Stories from a Pandemic series

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Nocturnists have launched the second installment of Stories from a Pandemic , which explores what the murky, middle part of the pandemic has been like for health care workers.

CMA hosts return-to-work webinar for physician employers

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

To help employers understand their rights and obligations CMA is hosting a webinar with employment lawyer Oscar Rivas of Landegger Rivas Verano & Davis.

Ask the Expert: Are changes coming soon to telehealth payment parity?

Thursday, June 17, 2021

With the State of California having recently lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions, CMA has begun to receive inquiries from physician practices asking if there are changes to telehealth payment parity coming soon,

CA lifts most COVID-19 restrictions; Masks still required in all health care settings

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Under the new guidance from the California Department of Public health masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals, except in the following settings where masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status:

HHS revises Provider Relief Fund reporting requirements

Monday, June 14, 2021

The new requirements expand the amount of time providers will have to report information, reduces burdens on smaller providers and extends key deadlines for expending provider relief fund payments

DMHC reminds payors they must continue to cover COVID-19 testing

Friday, June 11, 2021

Health plans must continue to cover certain COVID-19 testing for their enrollees pursuant to federal law.

CMS increases payments for at-home COVID-19 vaccinations

Friday, June 11, 2021

CMS recently announced an additional payment amount for administering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to Medicare beneficiaries who have difficulty leaving their homes or are otherwise hard-to-reach.

CMA develops COVID-19 return-to-work resources for employers

Monday, June 7, 2021

As California businesses begin to transition back the physical workplace, employers understandably have many questions about what is, and is not, allowed as we continue to grapple with the fallout of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Next Virtual Grand Rounds to focus on ethics in a pandemic and the state of COVID-19 in CA

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

During the next installment of our Virtual Grand Rounds on June 8, 2021, we will hear from experts on medical ethics who will discuss how these ethics relate to the individual and collective experience of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccine webinar TONIGHT for providers of pediatric services

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

CDPH and CMA are hosting an  free webinar  for physicians who provide pediatric services and are interested in participating in the state's COVID-19 vaccination program.

HHS earmarks $4.8 billion for COVID-19 testing for the uninsured

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

HHS announced that it is dedicating $4.8 billion from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to support the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program.

CMS to hold physicians harmless from unfair evaluations in the MIPS cost category

Friday, May 21, 2021

CMS announced that the MIPS Cost Performance Category will be reweighted for the 2020 reporting period to 0%

CMA encourages federal gov’t to support community providers as COVID-19 vaccinators

Monday, May 10, 2021

CMA is urging the Biden Administration to take actions to support increased participation by community providers, including independent and small physician practices, in the COVID vaccine network, such as.

HHS announces new funding to increase vaccinations in rural communities

Monday, May 10, 2021

HHS recently announced the availability of nearly $1 billion for rural clinics and hospitals to strengthen COVID-19 response efforts and increase vaccinations in rural communities across the country.

FDA approves vaccine for 12+; CMA hosts webinar for those interested in administering vaccine in teens

Monday, May 10, 2021

The FDA granted the highly anticipated approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 to 15. 

HHS launches new reimbursement program for COVID-19 vaccine fees not covered by insurance

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Today, HHS announced a new program that will cover the costs of administering COVID-19 vaccines to patients enrolled in health plans that either do not cover vaccination fees or cover them with patient cost-sharing.

Governor signs bill that will allow physicians to deduct PPP expenses on state income taxes

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill supported by the California Medical Association (CMA) that would bring full conformity between California state tax code and federal law with regards to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, making forgiven PPP loans tax-deductible and delivering $6.2 billion in tax cuts for small businesses hit hardest by the pandemic.

CMA publishes 2020 annual report

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

To learn more about how CMA continued its fight for the practice of medicine through a comprehensive program of legislative, legal, regulatory, economic and social advocacy, download CMA’s  20 20 Annual Report .

Federal public health emergency renewed through July 19, 2021; Additional renewals expected

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently  announced  that the Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration for COVID‑19 will be renewed for another 90 days, beginning on April 21, 2021, and extending through July 19, 2021

Next Virtual Grand Rounds to focus on COVID-19 and pregnancy

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The next installment of our COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds will feature physicians engaged in research and clinical care of parents-to-be and current parents who are infected with or have been infected with COVID-19

Final round of CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program begins 4/28, open to new applicants

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The sixth and final round of the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program opens Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 9 a.m.

Legislature passes bill that would allow physicians to deduct PPP expenses on state income taxes

Monday, April 26, 2021

A bill making forgiven PPP loans tax deductible and delivering tax relief to businesses hit hardest by the pandemic passed the legislature today.

2% Medicare sequester cuts delayed through end of 2021

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The law was signed by President Joe Biden on April 15, 2021, and extended the pause on the Medicare reimbursement cut through the end of 2021 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccinated health care workers can enter to win free concert tickets

Monday, April 19, 2021

Tickets for the event are free of charge for fully vaccinated front-line health care workers (and a fully vaccinated guest of their choosing), and will be awarded by lottery.

CoveredCA opens special enrollment period so enrollees can benefit from new stimulus subsidies

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

To help consumers benefit from these new subsidies, Covered California launched a special open enrollment period starting April 12, 2021, which will continue through the end of 2021.

Most physicians experienced little relief from prior authorization as COVID-19 cases soared

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Nearly one-third of physicians reported that prior authorization requirements have led to a serious adverse event for a patient in their care, according to the AMA survey.

State issues waivers to expand workforce available to administer COVID-19 vaccines

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has issued a number of new waivers related to ordering and administering of COVID-19 vaccines that impact physicians, physician assistants, medical assistants and medical students.

CMS begins recouping accelerated and advance COVID-19 payments

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced it had begun recouping COVID-19 accelerated and advance payments on March 30, 2021.

Next Virtual Grand rounds to focus on post-acute COVID-19 syndrome

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The next installment of our COVID-19 Virtual Grand Grounds will feature physicians working clinically to monitor and care for patients with prolonged sequelae and a researcher who is investigating the epidemiology and causes of post-acute COVID symptoms.

Federal stimulus improves affordability of private health coverage; CoveredCA to open special enrollment period

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Current Covered California consumers will pay an estimated $119 less per month per household on average, which translates to an average savings of $1,428 per year.

Reminder: MIPS hardship exception deadline for groups is March 31

Monday, March 29, 2021

The hardship exception application for group practices, virtual groups and alternative payment model entities who missed the previous 2020 deadline. The re-opened application deadline is March 31, 2021.

Newsom announces plans to further expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Anticipating a new influx of vaccine supply, Gov. Newsom announced he state would soon be loosening eligibility requirements to get residents vaccinated as quickly as possible.

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Statewide Resources

CMA PPE Relief

Due to the PPE Relief Program's overwhelming success, CMA is extending support to practices and physicians with direct shipment of PPE supplies. As supplies become available, CMA will contact past program participants. If you have questions or would like to register your practice, please email

The State of California made millions of medical-grade PPE pieces – including N95 masks, surgical masks, shields, gowns, and gloves – available FREE to physician practices. The California Office of Emergency Services partnered with CMA to distribute this equipment to qualifying small and medium-sized medical practices at live events in July and August. CMA is now distributing PPE Relief kits via direct shipment to practices that did not register for the first round of distribution. PPE Relief kits include up to a two-month supply (exact amount may vary by practice size, specialty and location). Questions?  See the FAQ.

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