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The American Medical Association members voted for New Mexico oncologist Dr. Barbara McAneny as their president-elect during the organization’s annual House of Delegates meeting in Chicago today.

The Legislature and Governor have come to an agreement regarding the allocation of the tobacco funds for the Medi-Cal program.  AB 120 allocates $325 million for Medi-Cal supplemental payments for physician services and $140 million for Denti-Cal services.  Additional allocations of $81 for women’s health, HIV/AIDs, and Developmentally Delayed health services.  The remaining $700 million will go to backfill the Medi-Cal budget for the expansion population. For more information click here and go to California News.

CMS is readying a fraud intervention initiative that removes Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identify theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars. The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) currently used on the Medicare card. For more information click here and go to CMS News.

ASH is now accepting nominations for members to participate in its seventh annual Advocacy Leadership Institute that will take place September 27-28, 2017, in Washington, DC. This two-day workshop is an exciting opportunity for ASH members who wish to learn about legislation and health policy affecting hematology research and practice. For more information click here and go to National News.

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June 13, 2017