NSMS supports our members in navigating changes affecting your practice, and we advocate for you and your patients. We encourage you to get involved, your participation is vital to our success. Policymakers need to hear from physicians and understand how their decisions in Sacramento and Washington impact you and your patients. Your voice is important!
There are many priorities issues that will be front and center in 2022:
- There is another attack on MICRA on the November 2022 ballot, which will significantly increase malpractice rates for you and your colleagues. The proposed measure would effectively eliminate the cap on non-economic damages for medical malpractice awards and hold physicians personally liable to pay medical malpractice awards.
- Stopping Medicare cuts; although we succeeded in getting bipartisan Congressional action in December to stop cuts of up to 9.75%, additional action will be needed in 2022.
- Reducing administrative burdens by fixing prior authorization requirements and putting the onus on health plans to collect from patients for inpatient procedures.
- The Healthy California for All Commission is expected to present a pathway to single-payer, universal health care in April 2022.
- CMA will host its 48th Annual Legislative Day in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 19th. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with legislators on priority health care issues. Register today!
NSMS is also here to help your practice navigate and comply with changes in the law. Some recent changes you should be aware of include:
- The e-prescribing requirement requires physicians to begin transmitting all prescriptions electronically. Find guidance on implementation of this requirement from NSMS, CMA, and the Board of Pharmacy.
- The No Surprises Act took effect, although CMA has since supported two lawsuits challenging the act. Learn more about what physicians need to know with this new policy in place.
- Medi-Cal Rx transition from managed care to fee-for-service began. Physicians should register for the Secured Provider Portal to access training and other resources.
- Telehealth policies remain in effect until COVID-19 is no longer considered a public health emergency. CMA published a telehealth policy update summarizing what has been done up to this point and next steps to watch out for in 2022.
- Find CMA’s list of New California Health Laws of Interest to Physicians for 2022.
NSMS and CMA work tirelessly for you and your patients, representing physician interests in the Legislature, courts and to regulators.
- Defending MICRA and supporting other laws, litigation, and voter initiatives to create and preserve moderate malpractice insurance rates while ensuring proper compensation for injured patients
- Limiting the scope of practice of various practitioners based on their level of training/education
- Eliminating unfair business practices against physicians and patients
- Preserving physician authority over clinical decision making in health care settings
- Promoting good public health policy (examples: motorcycle and bicycle helmets; smoking bans; childhood immunization requirements)
- Promoting appropriate public health policy at the state and local level
- Working with public health agencies to combat public health threats
- Addressing public health concerns (examples: opioid abuse; end-of-life care; smoking; student health)
- Working with other state and local health care organizations to promote access to care (examples: Solano Coalition for Better Health; Napa Valley School Health Committee)
- Providing direct assistance with practice management or payment recovery issues
- Providing guidance through "how-to" publications, seminars and webinars, and direct assistance
- Providing an extensive online library (over 6000 pages) of guidance on medical-legal, regulatory, practice management and a host of other issues affecting the practice of medicine
- Creating organizations to address key issues affecting physicians (examples: doctor-owned malpractice carriers; health care delivery plans; medical collection agencies; management services organizations)
- Providing group programs to address personal and professional needs (examples: Professional Liability insurance, Life, health and disability insurance; Workers’ Compensation Insurance; HIPAA compliance programs; HR management services; medical waste management svcs.)
- Members receive a free listing in the online NSMS physician directory and printed membership directory
Through the local and state governance processes of NSMS and the CMA, members have the ability to come together to develop well thought-out health care policy and then speak through a unified voice to policymakers and the public to make those policies a reality.
Members stay informed about public health, practice management, healthcare reform, and other breaking health care news through NSMS's free member e‐newsletter and email blasts and CMA's online publications.
The Physician’s Confidential Line, (650) 756‐7787, is a 24‐hour phone service that provides support to physicians with alcohol/chemical dependency or mental/behavioral problems. This service is completely confidential and will not result in any form of disciplinary action or referral to any disciplinary body.
NSMS provides continuing medical education (CME) credits in its seminars and webinars at no cost to members, thanks to its partnership with the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association, a CME-accredited provider.
- Provides financial aid to select medical students each year through the NSMS Medical Student Scholarship Program
- Offers loan repayment through CalHealthCares, where eligible physicians may receive up to $300,000 in exchange for a 5-year service obligation. Awardees are required to have their patient caseload comprised of a minimum of 30% Medi-Cal beneficiaries and within 10% of the medical patient caseload proposed in their application
- Under the Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program, awards up to $105,000 to repay educational loans in exchange for a three-year service commitment in a medically under-served area of the state
- Provides members with a variety of student loan refinancing options, including low-variable and fixed rates with terms ranging from five to 20 years, through a partnership with SoFi, a leader in marketplace lending. NSMS/CMA members also qualify for an additional rate discount of 0.25 percent off the approved loan rate
Members receive a discount up to 8% on top of Mercury’s already low rates for both home and automobile coverage. By combining auto and home coverage, NSMS/CMA members can receive an even deeper discount.
CMA has partnered with PatientPop, the leader in practice growth technology, to help physicians improve their online presence and attract more patients. PatientPop offers an all-in-one technology solution that’s proven to help physicians thrive in the digital age.
- Staples: members receive discounts on office supplies and equipment from Staples, Inc.
- Security Prescriptions: Members receive 15% off tamper‐resistant security prescription pads and printer paper from RxSecurity.
- Magazine Subscriptions: Members get up to 89% off subscriptions to hundreds of popular magazines from Subscription Services Inc.