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Carol Chaker

Carol Chaker

Special Edition of the Monday Message to Membership The flu epidemic has reached catastrophic levels with one doctor stating, “The emergency room at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica typically treats about 140 patients a day, but at least one day this week we had more than 200 patients — …

The California Legislature had an active year, passing many new laws affecting health care—with a strong focus on health care coverage, drug prescribing, public health and workers’ compensation issues. The California Medical Association has published a summary of the most significant new health laws of interest to physicians. For more …

On January 10th, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that influenza (flu) activity is elevated and is increasing throughout Los Angeles County. To protect the public’s health, Public Health urges flu vaccinations for everyone aged six months and older. To date, there are 36 confirmed influenza-associated deaths in …

Saving Private Practice Consortium 2.0 Saturday, March 3, 2018 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM The LA Hotel Downtown 333 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071 Los Angeles, CA 90012 Free Event for Physicians and Practice Administrators     Event Program & Agenda (subject to change) 9:00 AM: Registration 9:45 …

Courtesy of Vasquez & Company 1) On Nov. 29, 2017, the Senate voted 52 ‐ 48 to begin debate on the tax reform bill clearing the last procedural hurdle. 20 hours of debate and the so‐called “vote‐a‐rama” process began late on the 29th with a vote expected on Dec.1. 2) …

Dr. John Villanueva is a Board-Certified Physician in Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) practicing in Burbank, CA. He is the co-founder of Innovative Pain and Spine Physicians, which focuses on the multi-disciplinary approach of treating pain from a variety of disease processes including neck and back spinal …

On the first Monday Message to Members of 2018, I have several essential items to share. First, I hope all of you enjoyed a great holiday season and happy new year! The Saving Private Practice Consortium 2.0 is less than 90 days away! The event is designed to help physicians …

With the new year soon upon us, physicians are urged to be diligent in verifying patients’ eligibility and benefits to ensure they will be paid for services rendered. The beginning of a new year also means that both calendar year deductibles and visit frequency limitations reset. And, with open enrollment, …

With 19 flu-related deaths reported so far in LA County this season, public health officials are urging more people to get vaccinated as the flu continues to be widespread. This year’s dominant strain, Influenza A (H3N2) has caused an uptick in flu cases and increased patient visits to the emergency …