Federal News & Legislative Updates
CPA president-elect Shannon Suo, MD, wrote to point out that in addition to the proposed shutdown of the Proposition 56 loan repayment program, primary care residency expansion funding was cut in the May Revised budget. Indirectly affecting psychiatry, reducing further the number of primary care physicians who treat and refer [...]
Governor Newsom’s May revised budget repurposes $1.3 billion in cigarette taxes, ending the associated $300,000 per physician loan repayment program. Last year, 270 physicians benefited, including 38 psychiatrists. Average practice achieved 60% Medi-Cal – the targeted policy objective was 30% so, wildly successful. Supplemental payments to physicians for those patients [...]
Amendments rush into print, notice is given, bills aspire to hearing status, in a holding pattern to see if they make the cut. Bills referred to Assembly Health Committee, 111. Bills making the cut, 26. Those include 2 CPA sponsored bills (AB 1976 and AB 2015) as reported last week. [...]
Assembly reconvenes on May 4. Senate, May 11. Strict new rules. Some details unclear. Assembly Health Committee, as an example, meets May 18 to hear bills, that’s it. No more Assembly bills with health as their subject will be heard in the Assembly in 2020. No further Assembly health hearings [...]
Anthem waiving copays, as of March 17, 2020. Applies to any member co-pay, deductible and coinsurance cost share for mental health telemedicine, telehealth or telephonic visits provided by in-network providers or telemedicine networks. This means the psychotherapy visit will be paid by Anthem at 100% of the contract rate. Applies across the board [...]
California will not be giving nurse practitioners independent practice status anytime soon. Read here.