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CMS Issues FAQs on Change Healthcare/Optum Payment Disruption Accelerated & Advance Payments

On March 13, CMS published FAQs related to the Change Healthcare/Optum payment disruption accelerated and advance payments. These go into detail about what services qualify for accelerated and advance payments, application criteria, terms of repayment, financial concerns, and other topics.  As a reminder, the AMA has a website on the Change Healthcare cybersecurity issue that outlines the latest developments, information for physician practices, and related AMA advocacy.

CMS Statement on Continued Action to Respond to the Cyberattack on Change Healthcare

Press Releases CMS Statement on Continued Action to Respond to the Cyberattack on Change Healthcare Mar 09, 2024  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is continuing to monitor and assess the impact that the cyberattack on UnitedHealth Group’s subsidiary Change Healthcare has had on all provider and supplier types. Today, CMS is announcing that, in addition to considering applications for accelerated payments for Medicare Part A providers, we will also be considering applications for advance payments for Part B suppliers.  Over the last few days, we have continued to meet with health plans, ...

Honorable Senate President Pro Term Mike McGuire to Keynote CMA Legislation Day

The California Medical Association (CMA) is honored to announce that Senate President pro Tempore Mike McGuire will be our featured speaker at CMA's 50th Legislative Advocacy Day, happening on April 10, 2024, in Sacramento! Register now to receive hands-on experience and learn the essentials of advocating for your patients and profession. About Our Speaker The President pro Tempore of the California State Senate is the presiding officer of the Senate. They are elected by their fellow senators and serve as the Senate's leader in the absence of the Lieutenant Governor. Senator McGuire ...

Kaiser looks to build a new California hospital, demolish current one

Becker's Hospital Review – Feb. 28 Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente has proposed a project that would demolish its existing San Jose (Calif.) Medical Center and construct a new hospital. After demolishing the current 250,000-square-foot medical center, the health system would build a 685,000-square-foot hospital, a new central utility plant and a parking structure, according to Kaiser environmental review documents. The existing hospital would maintain function at full capacity as the new hospital is being built.  "We are prepared to make substantial investments in upgrading our facilities to support our South Bay members and the ...