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Brown & Toland Selected as a Top-Performing Physician Group

The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) has released a list of the top-performing and most-improved physician groups in California as part of a pay-for-performance initiative. Several Bay Area groups were recognized, including Brown & Toland Physicians, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and Sutter Medical Group.

Palmetto GBA Loses Medicare MAC Contract

The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) yesterday announced that Noridian Administrative Services (NAS) has been named the new Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Medicare Parts A and B in California, Nevada, and Hawaii, as well as the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands (Jurisdiction E, previously called Jurisdiction 1).

Mandatory Influenza Vaccination or Masking of Health Care Workers During Flu Season

The Department of Health has issued a Health Officer order mandating that all hospitals, skilled nursing, and other long term care facilities in the City and County of San Francisco require their health care workers (HCWs) to receive an annual influenza vaccination or, if they decline, to wear a mask in patient care areas during this flu season.