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Fall 2009 | View/Download PDF

  • President’s Column, A Two Way Street, COA’s 2010 Annual Meeting/QME – Richard Barry, M.D.
  • People in the News
  • CMS Releases 2010 Changes to the Medicare Fee Schedule
  • Understanding the Health Reform Debate by Ralph DiLibero, Editor, COA Report
  • The Increased Cost (Damage) of a HIPAA Breach
  • News of interest
    • 2009 National Health Insurer Report Card
    • Important Timelines for ABOS Recertification
    • Coding Corner: Coding Articles of Interest
  • DWC Intends to Move Forward with Workers’ Compensation Changes in 2010
  • Department of Managed Health Care: Tool to Help Physicians with Claims Payment Problems
  • Legislative Wrap-up 2009
    • Scope of Practice:
      • AB 721 (Nava)
      • AB 1152 (Anderson)
      • AB 356 (Fletcher)
    • Workers Compensation:
      • AB 933 (Fong)
      • AB 361 (Lowenthal)
      • SB 145 (DeSaulnier)
      • SB 186 (DeSaulnier)
    • Other:
      • AB 542 (Feuer)
      • AB 366 (Ruskin)
      • AB 646 (Swanson), AB 648 (Chesbro), SB 726 (Ashburn)—hospital employment of physicians.
  • Important Survey – California Joint Registry

 

Summer 2009 | View/Download PDF

  • President’s Column, 57th President of COA – Richard Barry, M.D.
  • AMA Takes First Steps to Build Physician Web Portal
  • Center for the Health Professions report on the use of Physician Assistants and nurse practitioners in specialty care
  • AAOS Nominations Committee Election Alert
  • News of Interest
    • Massachusetts Considers Capitated Insurance Payments
    • Resource to Obtain the Services of Interpreters . . .
    • Congrats—Orthopaedic Residents
  • Highlights from the COA 2009 Annual Meeting/QME Course
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Grafts for Use in Musculoskeletal Medicine by Kristin S. Tate, MPH
  • People Must Be Healthkeepers Too by Ralph DiLibero, Editor, COA Report
  • News of Interest
    • FTC’s “Red Flags” Rule Will Affect Most Health Care Providers
    • Health Plan Requirements Cost Practices Billions
    • Stimulus Bill Alters HIPPA Rules
    • Cigna Offers Cost Estimator Tools
    • FTC Consent Order—Alta Bates Medical Group
    • Passing the Antitrust Test

 

Spring 2009 | View/Download PDF

  • President’s Column, Change is on the Way – Mark Wellisch, M.D.
  • Health Care and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
  • President Obama Releases 2010 Budget Blueprint
  • Overview - COA 2009 Annual Meeting/QME Course
  • News of Interest
    • Medicare Coding Alert
    • Delegation of Services Agreement—Physician Assistants
  • People in the News
  • Looking Forward in 2010 - Any Hope from the Obama Administration? by Ralph DiLibero, Editor, COA Report
  • New COA Program Discounts - Credit Card Processing Fees
  • QME Revised Regulations Effective February 17, 2009
  • AMA CPT Assistant New Coding Updates
  • “Orthopaedic Outpatient Clinics: Life Vest in Shark (Stark) Infested Water?” by Anthony Hunter Schiff, J.D., M.P.H.
  • Legislative News of Interest
    • AB 356 (Fletcher) – Mini- C-Arm – Physician Assistants
    • AB 366 (Ruskin) Medi-Cal – Orthopaedic Implants for Cancer Patients
    • AB 445 (Salas) Use of X-ray equipment: prohibition: exemptions.
    • AB 542 (Feuer) Adverse medical events.
    • AB 718(Emmerson) Prescription drugs: Electronic transmissions.
    • AB 721(Nava) Physical therapists: Direct Access
    • SB 726(Ashburn) Hospitals: employment of physicians and surgeons.
    • AB 832 (Jones) Licensure of Outpatient Surgical Centers
    • AB 877(Emmerson) Healing arts.

 

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