NEWS FROM THE CEO HR 6331 is funded through reforms to the Medicare Advantage (MA) program: •
Phases out duplicative Indirect Medical Education (IME) payments to health plans that the hospitals already receive ($7.5 billion in savings over five years; $200 million in California).
Requires the Medicare Advantage Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) plans to meet the same quality, marketing, and contracting requirements that all MA plans must meet.
Establishes tough marketing regulation to end abuse in California. Eliminates the ability of PFFS plans to “deem” physicians contracted without a physician’s consent ($4.5 billion in savings over five years).
A great victory? Yes. However, the biggest victory was experiencing
the power of unity. This sends a message to all players that organized physicians are a force to be reckoned with for all future battles. “This big dog will fight, when you rattle his cage.” Let this victory be a rallying cry. Let’s keep this power rolling. Clearly, this could not have happened without an organized effort. Just imagine what we could do if we were bigger, stronger, together. As every physician benefited from our efforts, I think its time for them to get off the bench and join the game. Don’t you? Share the word, take your credit, and ask your non-member colleagues to join the fight. The future is in our hands. How do we want to play it? Your “cage” has been rattled way too much! It’s time to fight for your patients and your profession. The health of the nation depends on it! Unite.
Thank You for Your Support
Thank you to the following 2008 CALPAC and SACPAC supporters! With your help, our voice will be heard in the Legislature and in the local political arena. CALPAC President’s Circle Martin L Fishman, MD James G Hinsdale, MD Edmundo Marroquin CALPAC 300 Club Arthur A Basham, MD Scott W Benninghoven, MD Rajan Bhandari, MD Kenneth S Blumenfeld, MD David H Campen, MD Jeffrey D Coe, MD Len Doberne, MD Kristina G Hobson, MD Michele E Raney, MD Lee Shahinian, Jr., MD Mark A Singleton, MD CALPAC Alliance & 300 Club Suzanne Jackson Debbi Ricks Siggie Stillman CALPAC Alliance Members Jean Cassetta Mary Hayashi Carolyn Miller CALPAC Sustaining Members Salwan S Abiezzi, MD Georgia K Abrams, MD A Richard Adrouny, MD Jeffrey J Anderson, MD Todd S Anhalt, MD Krikor Barsoumian, MD David A Berman, MD George Block, MD Edwin E Boldrey, MD Kristine A Borrison, MD Burt D Brent, MD Romualdas V Brizgys, MD William G Brose, MD Sara J Bunting, MD Hernan H Casanovas, MD
Michael T Charney, MD Richard S Cherlin, MD James R Cohen, MD Sara L Colby, MD Matthew W Cook, MD Eugene D Della Maggiore, Jr., MD Frederick C Delse, MD Michael S Denenberg, MD Morteza Dowlatshahi, MD Christine A Doyle, MD Richard S Eng, MD Stanley E Fischman, MD Christian Foglar, MD Brandt A Foreman, MD Frank C Galli, MD Patrick F Gartland, MD David P Ghilarducci, MD Shahram S Gholami, MD Robert M Gould, MD Robert S Gould, MD Stafford R Grady, Jr., MD Ronald S Greenwald, MD Philip A Grossi, MD B Thomas Hafkenschiel, MD Maury K Harwood, MD Roger M Hayashi, MD Paul F Hoar, MD Barbara M Hom, MD Duke T Khuu, MD Francis H Koch, MD Stuart E Krigel, MD Michael Lam, MD Peter S Levin, MD Zena A Levine, MD David M Lewis, MD William S Lewis, MD Sian R Lindsay, MD Edward C Littlejohn, MD Christine A Litwin-Sanguinetti, MD William A Martin, MD Daniel B Martinez, MD Eleanor M Martinez, MD
Robert J Marx, MD Joseph E Mason, Jr., MD Robert S Mastman, MD Jennifer Maw, MD Reginald V McCoy, MD Marjorie F McCracken, MD Andrew B Menkes, MD Prasanna Menon, MD Martin B Miller, MD Richard L Miller, MD Greg S Morganroth, MD Michael R Nagel, MD Suresh R Nayak, MD Lionel M Nelson, MD Vinh Q Nguyen, MD F Richard Noodleman, MD Narciso T Padua, MD Samuel N Pearl, MD Dennis I Penner, MD Kenneth T Phan, MD Rebecca A Powers, MD William B Ricks, MD Beth Robie, MD Marshal D Rosario, MD Howard L Rosenberg, MD Regina L Rosenthal, MD Ronald M Rossen, MD Jude T Roussere, MD Franklin A Rumore, MD Harmeet S Sachdev, MD Bassam G Saffouri, MD Hamed Sajjadi, MD Randall E Seago, MD Jack S Siegel, MD Mark A Snyder, MD Susan K Sorensen, MD Tanya W Spirtos, MD Philip C Stillman, MD Kevin D Stuart, MD R Lawrence Sullivan, Jr., MD Katherine K Sutherland, MD Connie T Tan, MD Jafar Tay, MD Ernest M Thomas, Jr., MD
Khanh C Tran, MD Huy N Trinh, MD Hugh G Walsh, MD William Waterfield, Jr., MD Gerald A Weiss, MD Patrick E Wherry, MD Susan M Wilturner, MD John M Wortley, MD David D Yeh, MD SACPAC Emil A Anaya, MD Arthur A Basham, MD David A Berman, MD Patrick H Bitter, Jr., MD Barry D Brummer, MD Emiro Burbano, MD Michael Charney, MD Richard Cherlin, MD Rodney D Clark, MD Kimberly P Cockerham, MD Anne Cole, MD James J Davilla, MD Len Doberne, MD Christine A Doyle, MD Stanley E Fischman, MD Martin L Fishman, MD Christian Foglar, MD Brandt A Foreman, MD Susan Gould, MD Stafford R Grady, Jr., MD Ronald S Greenwald, MD Maury K Harwood, MD Jerome E Hester, MD Barbara Hom, MD Seung K Kim, MD Francis H Koch, MD Andrew J Lan, MD Richard D Lee, MD Zena A Levine, MD William S Lewis, MD Edward C Littlejohn, MD William A Martin, MD
Eleanor Martinez, MD Robert J Marx, MD Jennifer Maw, MD Marjorie Mc Cracken, MD Andrew B Menkes, MD Prasanna Menon, MD Kenneth A Miller, MD Martin B Miller, MD Keshav Narain, MD Suresh R Nayak, MD Narciso T Padua, MD Samuel N Pearl, MD Dennis I Penner, MD Kenneth T Phan, MD Angela M Pollard, MD Nelson B Powell, MD Rebecca A Powers, MD Richard Powers, MD Bernard Recht, MD William B Ricks, MD Marshal D Rosario, MD Deborah S Rose, MD Regina L Rosenthal, MD Ronald M Rossen, MD Jude T Roussere, MD Frank A Rumore, MD Bassam Saffouri, MD Randall E Seago, MD Jan Segnitz, MD Kathryn A Shade, MD Mark A Snyder, MD Tanya W Spirtos, MD Philip C Stillman, MD R Lawrence Sullivan, Jr., MD Joseph D Toscano, MD Khanh C Tran, MD Hugh G Walsh, MD William Waterfield, Jr., MD Gerald A Weiss, MD Susan M Wilturner, MD Elizabeth Wu, MD Takashi Yoshida, MD
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