Two-thirds of physician practices in California, responding to a survey by the California Medical Association (CMA), report routine problems with health plans engaging in unfair payment patterns. These violations include repeated delays in the adjudication and correct reimbursement of provider claims, and attempts to rescind or modify authorizations after service is rendered. A state law passed in 2000 is not being effectively enforced by the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). To address this problem, CMA is sponsoring AB 2674, which would require DMHC to investigate provider complaints under the 2000 law and require penalty amounts equal to the amount of underpayment plus interest, at minimum. Physicians are reminded that ACCMA/CMA members have access to our free personal practice management assistance with contracting, billing, and payment problems. Contact the ACCMA at (510) 654-5383 or