Resources & Links

Legislative/Bill Tracking

New Web Site for Accessing California Legislative Information

Communicating with Lawmakers:

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Communicating with Intermediaries and Carriers:

Medicare contracts cover the rights and obligations of Intermediaries, Carriers, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Requests for action or information not specifically authorized by such contracts should not be made. Any questions in this regard should be addressed to the Office of Internal Customer Support, Acquisition and Grants Group, Division of Medicare Contractors. Email to: OICS-AGG-DMC@HCFA.GOV

Understanding MICRA: Facts and Basics

CMA Legislative Hot List Updates

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CMA’s Legislative Hot List provides a summary and current status of CMA-sponsored bills, as well as the progress of other significant legislation followed by CMA’s Center for Government Relations. The hot list represents only a small sampling of the hundreds bills CMA is following this year. For the current status or more information on a specific bill, please contact the appropriate lobbyist identified at the end of each bill summary by e-mail or by calling CMA’s Center for Government Relations at 916/444-5532.
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Health Insurance Company Quality Rating System

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Assistance with Coding & Billing Issues:


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Technology Sites:

California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF)

Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) spearheads the California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF), which was established to assess new and emerging medical technology. CTAF is one of the preeminent independent medical technology assessment organizations in the country. A multidisciplinary group of medical providers, researchers, ethicists, and consumer advocates work to discuss and formulate positions on the safety and effectiveness of new and emerging technologies. Approximately 15 new technologies are reviewed each year, including devices, procedures and diagnostics.

CTAF uses the following criteria in its assessment process:  1) the technology must have final approval from the appropriate government regulatory bodies; 2) the scientific evidence must permit conclusions concerning the effectiveness of the technology regarding health outcomes; 3) the technology must improve net health outcomes; 4) the technology must be as beneficial as any established alternative(s); and 5) the improvement must be attainable outside the investigational setting.


EHR Resources

Visit the ONC Health IT Web site for more information regarding the new EHR incentives and  “meaningful use” requirements

Government Sites:

County Medical Societies:

Humboldt-Del Norte County Medical Society

Siskiyou County Medical Society

Lassen-Plumas-Modoc-Sierra County Medical Society

North Valley Medical Association

Tehama County Medical Society

Mendocino-Lake Medical Society

Butte-Glenn Medical Society

Yuba Sutter Colusa Medical Society

Placer-Nevada County Medical Society

Sonoma County Medical Association

Napa County Medical Society

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

Marin Medical Society

Solano County Medical Society

Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association

San Joaquin Medical Society

San Francisco Medical Society

San Mateo County Medical Association

Santa Cruz County Medical Society

Santa Clara County Medical Association

Stanislaus Medical Society

Tuolumne County Medical Society

Monterey County Medical Society

San Benito County Medical Society

Merced-Mariposa County Medical Society

Fresno-Madera Medical Society

Inyo-Mono County Medical Society

Kings County Medical Society

Tulare County Medical Society

San Luis Obispo County Medical Association

Kern County Medical Society

Santa Barbara County Medical Society

Ventura County Medical Association

San Bernardino County Medical Society

Los Angeles County Medical Association

Orange County Medical Association

Riverside County Medical Association

San Diego County Medical Society

Imperial County Medical Society