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Federal Update

This update covers the following issues: • Medicare MACRA Implementing Regulation • Medicare 2017 Physician Fee Schedule Regulation + CA GPCI/Locality Update • Veteran’s Administration Advanced Practice RN Scope of Practice Expansion • Department of Education Medical Student Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program • Physician Reimbursement Rate Reduction for Medicare Part B Drugs • Opioid Update: Congressional and HHS Action • Additional Legislation

AB 72 Wrongly Rewards Health Insurance Plans for Carrying Inadequate Networks; Action Requested from Physicians

AB 72 (Bonta) would hamper physicians’ ability to effectively negotiate fair rates with health insurance plans by setting out-of-network payments at a statutory default rate. Your legislators need to hear from physicians now! SFMS asks that physicians and their colleagues CALL, EMAIL or FAX your legislators, and urge them to oppose AB 72 unless amended!