AOA Extends Deadline for 2013-2015 cme cycle
The AOA has announced that the deadline for AOA members to meet the 2013-2015 CME requirements has been extended to May 31, 2016. AOA members will have the option to apply credits earned between January 1, 2016 and May 31, 2016 to the 2013-2015 CME Cycle. If you wish to take advantage of this option, you must sign this release form and submit it with your CME certificate(s) to the AOA's Customer Resource Center at email@example.com or by fax to 312-202-8202. Please note that any credits applied to the 2013-2015 Cycle may not be used for the current Cycle, ending in 2018. Questions regarding your California CME requirements? Please visit http://www.ombc.ca.gov/licensees/cme.shtml for information or contact OPSC at (800) 638-6772 for assistance. Remember, you can check to see what credits OPSC has on record for you by selecting "My CME" from the CME menu on any page at www.opsc.org and logging at the prompt.
California facing potential health budget hole in 2016
California faces a potential health budget deficit of up to $1.1 billion next year due to the termination of its "managed care organization tax" on Medi-Cal managed care health plans. The tax may no longer be assessed, as it doesn't meet federal regulations.
Discussions are underway to replace or salvage the tax. One potential solution, assessment of all managed care plans - not just those serving Medi-Cal enrolled participants, faces opposition from the plans.
California currently use the tax to draw matching funds from the federal government, ultimately returning some funds to the Medi-Cal plans. The new proposal would tax all managed care plans but only return funds to those providing for Medi-Cal patients, thereby drawing opposition. As a result of the tax changes, it is anticipated that the proposed 2016 state budget may contain cuts to some health and human services programs.