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Fall 2008 | View/Download PDF

  • President’s Column, Out-of-Network Reimbursement Rates, On-Call Emergency Services – Mark Wellisch, M.D.
  • Court OKs Health Net deal Over Out-of-Network Pay
  • Palmetto Works to Correct Billing Problems - Physicians Continue to Experience Payment Delays
  • Legislative News of Interest
    • AB 1444 (Emmerson) Physical Therapist Direct Access
    • AB 2111 (Smyth) Physical Therapists Scope of Practice
    • AB 2969 (Lieber) Utilization Reviewers to be Licensed in California
    • SB 1115 (Migden) - Discrimination in Disability Evaluations
    • AB 2146 (Feuer) - Never Events
    • AB 2794 (Blakeslee) - Leased Diagnostic Imaging Services
    • AB 623 (Lieu) - Certification of Radiologist Assistant
    • SB 1415 (Kuehl) - Medical Record Retention
    • AB 425 (Adams) - Safety Helmets—Motorcycles
    • AB 632 (Salas) - Whistleblower Protection
    • AB 636 (Levine) – Acupuncture
    • AB 1436 (Hernandez) - Scope of Practice-Nurse Practitioners
    • SB 981 (Perata) - Balance Billing
    • SB 1379 (Ducheny) - HMO Fines
    • AB 1640 (Ashburn) Corporate Ban on the Practice of Medicine
  • News of Interest
    • Carrier Denials—Low-Field MRIs
    • United Healthcare Further Delays Imaging Accreditation
    • Coding Changes: CMS Adds New Code for Claim Denials
  • People in the News
  • Membership in COA is Critical by Ralph DiLibero, Editor, COA Report
  • ICD-10 Is Coming ...

 

Summer 2008 | View/Download PDF

  • President’s Column, COA Working on Your Behalf - Mark Wellisch, M.D.
  • People in the News
  • COA 2008 Annual Meeting Highlights
  • Workers’ Compensation News
    • State Compensation Insurance Fund - Medical Community Liaisons
    • Lewin Group Report is Released
    • How to Effectively Work Within the Workers’ Compensation Utilization Review System by William Warden, III, M.D.
  • AMA Releases CD Archives “The Guides Newsletter, January 2006 - December 2007”
  • COA Members Involved in Advocacy Efforts
  • Palmetto GBA California’s New Medicare Contractor: Beginning the Transition
  • Dispensing DME to Patients - Can it be Done? by Frank Gamma, JD and Douglas Free, JD
  • Practice Management Issues
    • Sutter IPA Works with local Physicians to Implement Integrated Medical Record Initiative
    • The AC Group Releases their 10th Annual Report on Practice Management Systems
  • DWC DME Payment Changes
  • Blue Shield/UnitedHealthcare Make 2008 Contract Changes
  • Next Generation ED On-Call Panels
  • Changes to California Law Regarding Supervision of Physician Assistants

 

Winter 2008 | View/Download PDF

  • President’s Column, Critical Information for Orthopaedic Practices – James Caillouette, M.D.
  • People in the News
  • Medicare News ... No Medicare Cuts for Now
  • In-Office MRIs New United Healthcare Policy by Jan Henstorf, M.D., Chair COA’s Economics Committee
  • Coding Information
  • Workers’ Compensation News
    • State Compensation Insurance Fund - Medical Community Liaisons
    • New Low Back Guidelines are Released
    • Liberty Mutual MPN Uses the Blue Cross Network
  • AMA Releases 6th Edition of the AMA Guides
  • Legislative News of Interest
    • AB 1073 (Nava) Workers’ Compensation Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Services—Good News
    • Action Requested—Urge a “No” vote AB 1444 (Emmerson) Physical Therapist—Direct Access
    • COA has urged its members to contact members of the Assembly Business & Professions Committee to urge a “No” vote on the bill.

 

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