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Ending the Chaos I’ve been sharing regular updates on the prescription pad debacle. Pleased to update members that, thanks to the work of CMA, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Monday that will end the confusion caused by flawed implementation of the state’s new prescription pad law. AB 149 will …

Increasingly, patients are complaining about physicians with poor bedside manners.  This leads to an erosion of trust – the foundation of establishing and maintaining a positive doctor/patient relationship. We all recognize this type of physician – they always seem rushed, don’t provide a proper greeting, may not know our name, …

Patient Nutrition-Related CME In a recent conversation with LACMA president-elect Dr. Sion Roy, Dr. Ram Dandillaya and Dr. Neal D. Barnard, Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine and President, Physicians Committee at George Washington University School of Medicine, the topic of nutrition was front and center. …

CalHealthCares is a new loan repayment program that incentivizes physicians to provide care to Medi-Cal beneficiaries by repaying educational debt up to $300,000 in exchange for a five-year service obligation. All awardees will be required to maintain a patient caseload of 30 percent or more Medi-Cal beneficiaries. The inaugural application …

Most healthcare providers know they need a medical website in order to attract new patients to their practice. However, not all providers know exactly what content (text and images) their websites should contain — or how that content should be organized. In a nutshell, an effective medical website includes the content patients expect to …

The California Medical Association (CMA) is pleased to announce that Governor Gavin Newsom will be one of our keynote speakers at the 45th annual CMA Legislative Advocacy Day on April 24, 2019, in Sacramento. This unique event is free of charge to all CMA members. Plan to join more than 400 …

Budgetpalooza is Here The Trump administration unveils its fiscal 2020 budget request today. The spending blueprint was delayed by nearly a month thanks to the partial government shutdown and it’s the first Trump budget during divided government. HHS Secretary Alex Azar will have a busy week dissecting the document. He treks up …

LACMA Hosted AMA President Dr. Barbara McAneny Several LACMA leaders including Dr. C Freeman, Dr. Jerry Abraham, Dr. Omer Deen, Dr. Stephanie Booth, Dr. Maria Lymberis, Dr. Troy Elander and Dr. Laura Halpin joined Dr. Barbara McAneny, President of the American Medical Association (AMA) to discuss the multitude of challenges …

Strong security and encryption are vital to protecting patient and medical data in healthcare organizations. Medical records and patient identities are major targets for hackers and other criminals, so you need best-in-class protection to secure your systems, devices, and data. Data leaks can be very costly for healthcare providers — …