Governor Newsom Signs CPMA Bill Putting DPMs on Equal Footing with MDs and DOs when Providing Services and Billing in California’s Medi-Cal Program

Governor Newsom Signs CPMA Bill Putting DPMs on Equal Footing with MDs and DOs when Providing Services and Billing in California’s Medi-Cal Program

 

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed CPMA's Bill AB 678 (Medi-Cal: Podiatric Services), which removes discriminatory, burdensome barriers to Doctors of Podiatric Medicine when billing and providing services in California's Medi-Cal program.

 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

 SECTION 1. Section 14133.07 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is repealed.

 SEC. 2. Section 14133.07 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

 14133.07. (a) A doctor of podiatric medicine shall not be required
to submit prior authorization for podiatric services rendered in either
an outpatient or inpatient basis if a physician and surgeon providing
the same services would not be required to submit prior authorization
to the department.

(b) A doctor of podiatric medicine acting within their scope of practice and providing services pursuant to subdivision (a) is subject to the same Medi-Cal billing and services policies as required for a physician and surgeon, including, but not limited to, a maximum numerical service limitation in any one calendar month.

 "This is HUGE," says CPMA President Adam Howard, DPM. "This gives CPMA 3-for-3 legislative victories in 2019!"

 “In June, Governor Newsom signed the state budget that fully restored adult podiatric services to California’s Medi-Cal FFS program.

 "In September, CPMA was successful in getting DPMs included under the physician and surgeon exemption category from the the new stricter Independent Contractor rules passed in AB 5.

 “These tremendous VICTORIES would not have been possible without the dogged efforts of Team CPMA\CalPPAC. I strongly encourage you to support the two upcoming CalPPAC fundraisers:

 "NorCal One Voice on Saturday, October 12 at the San Jose Marriott in San Jose, CA. After a morning of Education and Enlightenment, Stay and Celebrate the Night in Black & White by joining your friends and colleagues for a Celebratory evening of Camaraderie, Cocktails & Hors D’oeuvres, Fine Dining, A Dynamite DJ (Certain to Get You Up on Your FEET and Dancing), Exciting Games of Chance, Fabulous Prizes, Surprises and FUN!

"The special guest and keynote speaker for the evening's festivities will be Assemblyman Heath Flora, author of AB 678, and who also helped shepherd our efforts to get podiatric services fully reinstated in Medi-Cal's FFS program through the legislature.

"Then on Saturday, October 19, attend SoCal One Voice for Lunch With Laughter at the The Comedy Club - Hermosa Beach, Hermosa Beach CA, for an afternoon of comedy and camaraderie in support of your Patients, Practice and Profession.

"2020 will be a critical election year! We have to be ready to support those who support us! If you can't join us, please give to CalPPAC at https://squareup.com/store/calppac"

 Adam S. Howard, DPM
President