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The California Medical Association (CMA) COVID-19 Update

The California Medical Association (CMA) COVID-19 Update - March 19, 2020

CMA launches weekly COVID-19 newsletter and resource center

The California Medical Association (CMA) has been working closely with Governor Gavin Newsom and California public health officials as they respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. In order to keep our physician members updated on the latest news, research and developments, we will be distributing a weekly special edition of CMA Newswire that is specific to this topic. It will automatically be sent to all physicians in our database.

CMA also publishes daily news clips that provide an overview of the day’s health care news, including the COVID-19 outbreak. You can sign up to receive CMA Newswire and CMA’s Daily Press Clips at

CMA has set up a COVID-19 resource page, where you will find links to the latest news, research and developments on the COVID-19 outbreak for physicians and other health care providers. This page will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

We Know You Have Questions
CMA is working around the clock to get the physicians of California the information they need in this rapidly evolving situation. High priority COVID-19 questions we are hearing include ones on:

  • Telehealth (including billing and coding)
  • Coronavirus testing
  • Practice management (including personal protective equipment, human resources and CalOSHA issues)

We will be developing an FAQ over the next few days to address these questions and will share the information with you as it becomes available. (In the meantime, if you have any specific questions, please contact CMA's Member Resource Center at (800) 786-4262 or

We also want to hear from you, the physicians who are on the front lines dealing with this outbreak and helping to guide your patients and your communities through these harrowing times. Hearing from you will help us advocate for you and your patients. If you have stories to share, please email

California takes steps to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19

In an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Sunday that California is taking additional measures to protect those most at risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19. The measures include urging those most vulnerable to COVID-19 to socially isolate at home, such as people age 65 and older and those with underlying medical conditions that make them more susceptible to serious illness from the coronavirus.

CMA urges governor to address barriers encountered by physicians during COVID-19 outbreak

CMA has been working closely with Governor Gavin Newsom and public health officials as they respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. On Friday, CMA delivered a letter to Gov. Newsom with CMA’s recommendations for addressing the barriers that physicians are encountering during this public health emergency.

U.S. House passes COVID-19 economic relief package

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reached an agreement on Friday on a new far-reaching coronavirus response package. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislative package early Saturday morning with a bipartisan vote of 363-40. It is expected to be voted on in the U.S. Senate as early as Monday.

CMA cancels annual Legislative Advocacy Day

The spread of COVID-19 has put our nation in unchartered territory. Over these last couple of weeks, we have seen our daily routines disrupted and upended. Things are changing quickly. School districts are closing. Public gatherings are being canceled. As of this writing, it's unclear whether the Capitol will be open for business as the COVID-19 issue continues to evolve.

New CPT code announced to report COVID-19 test

The American Medical Association (AMA) on Friday announced that the CPT Editorial Panel approved a new addition to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set that will help streamline data-driven resource and allocation planning in the battle against the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the United States.

State of emergency will allow greater flexibility to address COVID-19 crisis

President Donald Trump Friday declared a national state of emergency over the novel coronavirus outbreak. He said the move would free up additional funding and waive requirements to speed up COVID-19 testing and care.