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AMA Releases No Surprises Act Tool Kit

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released an initial toolkit for physicians on the implementation of the No Surprises Act (NSA).  Many of the provisions of the NSA take effect on January 1st and this document provides guidance on several of those provisions. The AMA will be updating this document as additional guidance is available, as well as developing new resources on the remaining provisions of the NSA not included in this toolkit.

CalAIM: Why It’s So Much More Than Another New Health Program

For decades, the state’s Medi-Cal program has delivered essential health services to millions of Californians, and it’s rightfully earned extremely strong public support from Californians as a result. Still, the idea of Medi-Cal as a single program is a bit of a misnomer. It is a patchwork of different health programs among an even greater patchwork of social programs. Having such siloed and disconnected services has made it harder and harder for Californians to access the kinds of people-centered care that evidence shows is most effective and is also fundamental to building ...

Omicron Variant Is on the Rise Globally and in the U.S.; Two Shots Are Not Enough Anymore and Getting a Booster Right Away Is Critical

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – With the Omicron variant rapidly spreading throughout the world and the effectiveness of the initial COVID-19 vaccine series diminishing over time, the County of Santa Clara is strongly urging everyone eligible to obtain a booster shot right away. Booster shots are available, through both appointments and drop-in availability, at many pharmacies, clinics, and mass vaccination locations throughout the County. Everyone 16 and older who is six months out from their second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months out from their Johnson & Johnson vaccine, is ...
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Teen Parent Resource Fair

The Santa Clara Family Health Plan and Blanca Alvarado Community Resource Center in partnership with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and First 5 is hosting a Teen Parent Resource Fair on Saturday, December 18, 2021 for an in-person event for pregnant teens and teen parents. For more information, call (408)874-1750.

Senate Passes Legislation to Halt Medicare Physician Payment Cuts

Last evening, the Senate passed legislation halt Medicare physician payment cuts that were scheduled to take effect on January 1. President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law.   Highlights of the physician payment provisions include:   A delay in resuming the 2% Medicare sequester for three months (January 1- March 31, 2022), followed by a reduction to 1% for three months (April 1-June 30, 2022). A one-year increase in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule of 3% (0.75% less than the conversion factor boost provided for 2021). A one-year delay in the cuts ...