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Warning: Beware of Doctor SCAM with DEA Posers

The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as DEA Special Agents or other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scheme. The criminals call the victims and identify themselves as DEA agents or law enforcement officials from other agencies. The impersonators inform their victims that purchasing drugs over the internet or by telephone is illegal, and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine. In most cases, the impersonators instruct their victims to pay the "fine" via wire transfer ...

William Parrish Jr to Retire as SCCMA CEO

Press Release Contacts: Bill Parrish Jr. - April Becerra - May 1, 2018 It is with a heavy heart that I announce the retirement of our beloved CEO, William Parrish. His skills and leadership are well regarded and recognized throughout California and the nation. Bill began his tenure at SCCMA in March of 1995 and will retire from his daily responsibilities at the end of June; from July until the end of December Bill will serve as a consultant to the Executive Committee and the new CEO. Bill played an integral part in the ...

SCCMA/MCMS Members Lead at CMA’s Legislative Advocacy Day

  The California Medical Association kicked off its 44th Annual Legislative Advocacy Day on April 18th. The SCCMA and MCMS has approximately 30 physicians, residents and students who joined over 500 California physicians, residents and medical students to meet with legislators to share their voice and concern over AB 3087.  With a record turnout of physician leaders and a unified voice advocating around the potential negative impact of AB 3087, it was a tremendously successful day at the Capitol. The day kicked off with a briefing delivered by Janus Norman, CMA’s ...

CMA survey finds rampant health plan payment abuses

Despite a California law passed in 2000 to address widespread payment abuses by health care service plans, many payors continue to flout the law. A recent survey by the California Medical Association (CMA) confirms that health plans regularly engage in unfair payment practices, with two-thirds of physician practices reporting routine payment abuses in violation of state law. The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has been slow to address provider complaints and has taken few enforcement actions against health plans that unlawfully underpay providers. When DMHC has acted, the penalty ...

House passes 'right to try' drug bill

The House passed “right to try” legislation on experimental drugs largely along party lines Wednesday, sending a bill backed by President Trump to the Senate. Last week, House Republican leaders put the bill on the floor under suspension of the rules. Democrats objected, expressing safety concerns over how the measure would bypass the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and it fell short of the necessary two-thirds support it needed. Read More