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Medi-Cal PCP Rate Increase

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will soon be implementing rate increases for primary care physicians who treat Medicaid patients, as authorized under the Affordable Care Act. In order to see the bump in pay, providers must first attest to their eligibility. According to DHCS, less than half of eligible providers have completed the brief self-attestation process as of September 24.

SFDPH Health Advisory: Meningococcal Disease

Two cases of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) have been diagnosed in San Francisco, with onset of symptoms on 9/14/13 and 9/16/13. SFDPH has issued a health advisory on September 20, 2013 and ask all clinicians to report suspected cases of meningococcal disease.

Noridian/Medicare Transition Update

September 16, 2013, marked the transition to the new Medicare Administrative Contractor, Noridian. In the first few days, SFMS heard about only minor problems with technology, including unstable phone system connectivity, a few issues with the online provider service tool and problems with printing of PDF files from the Noridian website. Most issues have been resolved.

Survey Reveals Confusion in California About ACA Insurance Coverage

Recent survey finds that three out of four California residents who will qualify for federal subsidies to help them purchase health plans through the state insurance exchange incorrectly believe they are not eligible for assistance or do not know if they qualify for subsidies. SFMS to host educational luncheons in October to educate providers about the basics of Covered California and how to speak to patients about plan and eligibility.