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MMS News Briefs


April 2017

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Public Health Priorities: Interview with MMS’ Own Matt Willis, MD

Matt Willis, MDWith issues like opioid addiction, low vaccination rates and unequal access, being a public health officer has never been more important. Read the interview in Marin Magazine with MMS Board Member, Matt Willis, MD.

CMA Federal Health Reform Update

On Friday, March 24, House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) after it failed to garner enough votes within the House Republican caucus. The move followed a six-week sprint to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read more.

California Attorney General to speak at CMA's Legislative Advocacy Day

Save The Date-April 18, 2017April 18, 2017
Sheraton Grand, Sacramento

The California Medical Association (CMA) will host its 43rd annual Legislative Advocacy Day on April 18, 2017. Join MMS at the State Capitol to learn about legislative issues affecting medicine, foster relationships with state legislators, and gain hands on experience in the practical aspects of physician advocacy. MMS members will have the opportunity to meet with legislators. All meetings with legislators will be scheduled and coordinated by MMS. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Please note this is a member-only event, and registration fee is waived for all MMS members. To register, please contact Erin Henke at or (415) 561-0850 extension 268.

CHPI Publishes Physicians' Quality Ratings for Cycle 2

On March 22, 2017, the California Healthcare Performance Initiative System (CHPI) released its second cycle of physician quality ratings to the public. The ratings can be accessed at CHPI’s newly launched website,, which allows consumers to search ratings on approximately 10,000 California physicians.

Study Shows Burnout Best Addressed at Organizational Level

Physician BurnoutA study published in the February issue of JAMA Internal Medicine found that interventions implemented at the organizational level are more effective in combating physician burnout than interventions directed at individuals. Read more.

CMA Foundation Launches Program to Increase Diversity in Clinical Trials

The CMA Foundation and its Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) have launched a campaign to increase minority participation in clinical studies. The "Encouraging Diversity in Clinical Trials" campaign hopes to increase clinical trial participation among California's multi-ethnic patient populations. The campaign is part of the CMA Foundation's ongoing commitment to raising awareness about critical health disparities and their impact on California's underserved communities. Read more.

CMA Urges CMS to Create "Administrative Burden" Hardship Exemptions

The CMA has joined the AMA and other medical associations to urge CMS to establish a new "administrative burden" category of hardship exemption for the 2016 meaningful use and physician quality reporting system (PQRS) performance year. Read more.


Video Help Is On Way for Family Caregivers Who Must Draw Blood or Give Injections In December, 15 organizations joined a new national consortium, the Home Alone Alliance, devoted to providing better training and instructional materials for family caregivers. This summer, nine videos on wound care and topics will be added and include dealing with newly sutured wounds, bed sores, cellulitis and diabetic foot care, among other topics. By the end of the year, another 20 videos should be available. Read more.

ChecklistCMA Updates MACRA Preparation Checklist The CMA’s Center for Economic Services has published an update to its Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) preparation checklist. The checklist, “MACRA: What Should I Do Now to Prepare?”, is available in CMA's MACRA resource center at

CMA published this important checklist to help physicians understand MACRA payment reforms and what they can do now to start preparing for the transition. Also available in the MACRA resource center is an overview of MACRA, and a comprehensive list of tools, resources and information from CMA, the American Medical Association and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

$14 Million Reasons To Be a CMA Member The CMA Center for Economic Services (CES) has recouped $14 million from payors on behalf of CMA member physicians over the past eight years. These monies represent actual physician reimbursements that would have likely gone unpaid without the intervention of the CES team.

CES staff helps members with issues ranging from underpayment or denials by payors to assisting with contract analysis during negotiations. Assistance from CES also includes education on how to increase practice efficiency and direct intervention with payors or regulators. This support is reserved exclusively for CMA members.

For practice management tools and other online assistance, visit


CMA Legislative Advocacy Day
Sheraton Grand, Sacramento

24th Annual HIV/AIDS Review
Finley Community Center, Person Auditorium, Santa Rosa
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Western Health Care Leadership Academy
5/5 - 5/7
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

San Francisco Addiction Summit
6/9, 8:30am - 5:30pm
UCSF Laurel Heights Auditorium Join us for an action-oriented forum with leading multidisciplinary faculty covering opiates, pain management, alcohol abuse, tobacco, advances in addiction medicine and primary care, and more. For more information, contact Steve Heilig at or (415) 561-0850 x270.


Gender Identity and Cultural Competency in Health Care
April 19, 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) /Quality Payment Program (QPP) Update
April 20, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Aligning Clinical Practice with Diabetes Prevention: Screen, Test and Refer
April 26, 12:15pm - 1:15pm