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CMS Published The Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule For 2019

CMS published the proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule for 2019. It includes provisions for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2019 as well as the physician fee schedule. AMA staff is reading the 1,473-page proposed rule and will provide a summary in the near future. We will work with our Federation colleagues to develop our comments on the rule. Comments are due to CMS on September 10, 2018.

Leading Health Organizations Announced Filing Of Statewide Soda Tax Measure For 2020

This 2020 ballot initiative would implement a statewide tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, providing at least $1.7 billion in revenue for critical health programs and constitutionally preserving the ability of California’s local communities to make their own decisions regarding future soda taxes.

CMA Defeats Dangerous Rate Setting Proposal

The California Medical Association killed a reckless legislative proposal that would have put a new government bureaucracy in charge of health care. Assembly Bill 3087 (Kalra) would have created a commission of unelected political appointees empowered to arbitrarily cap rates for all health care services in all clinics, hospitals and physician practices in California.