Health Care Reform

Are you registered to vote this year? This year is an election year for many local, state, and federal offices.  Elections are about voting for initiatives, and legislators who make decisions about programs like Medi-Cal and Medicare and many services that affect our communities.  You can get involved early by registering to vote now and encouraging […]

As we close in on October 1st, the opening of the Covered CA enrollment period, community health centers (CHCs) need to be as visible as possible in order to be successful in the new health care arena being ushered in by health care reform.  To assist CHCs with their visibility, the California Primary Care Association […]

by Khae Saetern On June 27th, 2013 Governor Brown signed the 2013-14 California State Budget and historic Medi-Cal Expansion bills which includes these major highlights: Partial Restoration of Adult Dental Benefit in Medi-Cal The budget includes the partial restoration of the adult dental benefit under Medi-Cal, with coverage beginning no later than May 2014.  Services […]

by Pamela Tran After several delays, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is sticking firm to the ICD-10 CM implementation date of October 1st, 2014. ICD (International Classification of Diseases) CM (Clinical Modification) codes are used nationwide by coders, billers, and physicians when completing claim forms for reimbursement of medical services provided. All CHCN […]

by Molly Hart CHCN clinics have been working hard to get in 2012 submissions for Meaningful Use incentive payments.  Many clinics had new providers who qualified for their first Meaningful Use payment of $21,250 in 2012 for Adopting, Implementing or Upgrading (AIU) their electronic health record system.  Two of our clinics have providers who are […]

What is Covered California? Covered California, often referred as the California Health Benefit Exchange, is the state’s new “health insurance marketplace” and was created as part of the Affordable Care Act.  Starting in January 2014, most people will be required to have health insurance.  Health center patients who are citizens or legal permanent residents (LPRs) […]

As you know, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010. Since then, Washington has slowly begun implementing new laws that change how health plans and providers conduct business. The newest of these laws is centered on reducing paperwork and administrative costs, which is scheduled to go into effect […]

***Affordable Care Act Update*** On Thursday, June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. Read responses to this ruling from two of our trusted affiliations; the California Primary Care Association and the National Association of Community Health Centers.

Early Implementation Highlights In California we are now starting to see some of the early implementations of health reform programs approved by the federal government. These reforms are contained in California’s 1115 Waiver, entitled “Bridge to Reform.” One area of change is the County Medical Services Programs (CMSP) program. The County’s CMSP Program has been […]