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CMS Awards Approximately $100 Million to Help Small Practices Succeed in the Quality Payment Program

CMS awarded approximately $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year program to provide on-the-ground training and education about the Quality Payment Program for clinicians in individual or small group practices. CMS intends to invest up to an additional $80 million over the remaining four years.

In Landmark Victory, Court Strikes Down NRA-Backed Gag Rule on Doctors Discussing Guns

A federal appeals court struck down an NRA-backed Florida law that restricted doctors from talking to their patients about the risks of guns. The decision by the full panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta is a victory for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Ropes & Gray, who brought the lawsuit on behalf of doctors who believed the law violated their First Amendment rights.

Communicable Disease (CD) Quarterly Report

San Francisco Department of Public Health Communicable Disease (CD) Quarterly Report 2016 Quarter 3

Victory: Anthem-Cigna Merger Blocked by Court

In a significant win for organized medicine and the nation’s patients, federal judge Amy Berman Jackson blocked the proposed Anthem-Cigna merger. The judge found that the merger would have substantially lessened competition for the sale of health insurance to national employers resulting in higher prices and diminished prospects for innovation.

California Medical Association Applauds Federal Court’s Ruling against President Trump’s “Travel Ban”

Executive order could have harmed patients, exacerbated physician shortage.

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