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CMA Physician Services teams up with Amwell® to offer telehealth solutions to California physicians in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) Physician Services, Inc. and Amwell, the nation’s leading telehealth platform, announced a new partnership to provide all California physicians with access to a turnkey telehealth solution, enabling the delivery of virtual care to patients in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Aligned in mission, this partnership seeks to ensure that California physicians are able to practice in the modality of their choosing, armed with the best-in-class tools and technologies.

“In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, the role of our physicians is more important than ever,” said Peter N. Bretan, M.D., CMA President. “It is fundamental they are equipped with the best tools to stop the spread and prevent further exposure. That tool is telehealth, and Amwell’s is best.”

Through this partnership, California physicians have access to Amwell’s Private Practice platform at a discounted rate for the next twelve months. The telehealth solution can be branded for each private practice and enables physicians to continue to see their own patients and operate under their own payer contracts. Amwell’s Private Practice offering includes:

  • A branded telehealth practice with clinical workflows
  • Online physician enrollment and onboarding
  • E-learning assets with virtual video trainings for physicians and staff
  • Communication and marketing materials to promote your practice
  • Scheduled appointments with your patients
  • Ability to collect patient payments at the time of a visit
  • Reporting and visit summaries to assist with documentation and billing

“As telehealth continues to demonstrate value as a first line of defense against COVID-19, we’re committed to ensuring that all providers have access to telehealth for the benefit of themselves and their patients,” said Peter Antall, M.D., Amwell CMO. “We’re proud to be the telehealth partner of choice for CMA, who is doing important work to expand the reach and the availability of health care services to all those in need.”

To learn more about the partnership between CMA Physicians Services and Amwell, please contact Sarah Summer, J.D., MPH, CMA Physician Services CEO, at

Additionally, and to help meet the surging demand for care, any California licensed physician can also sign up through CMA to see new patients through Amwell’s affiliated clinical partner, the Amwell Medical Group (“AMG”).  AMG is an NCQA-certified virtual medical group that practices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year, delivering urgent care and behavioral health care to patients on Amwell’s telehealth platform. To learn more and sign up for AMG, please visit:

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California Medical Association

The California Medical Association (CMA) proudly represents nearly 50,000 physicians across all specialties and modes of practice. For more than 160 years, CMA has pursued its mission to promote the science and art of medicine, protection of public health and the betterment of the medical profession. Please visit, and follow CMA on FacebookTwitterLinkedInYouTube and Instagram.


Amwell is a leading telehealth platform in the United States and globally, connecting and enabling providers, insurers, patients, and innovators to deliver greater access to more affordable, higher quality care. Amwell believes that digital care delivery will transform healthcare. The Company offers a single, comprehensive platform to support all telehealth needs from urgent to acute and post-acute care, behavioral health, as well as chronic care management and healthy living. With over a decade of experience, Amwell powers telehealth solutions for over 240 health systems comprised of 2,000 hospitals and 55 health plan partners with over 36,000 employers, reaching over 150 million lives. For more information, please visit

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