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Last Thursday, President Trump signed an executive healthcare order designed to increase insurance competition and choice—dealing a fatal blow to the Affordable Care Act. Although the president claims the executive order will give millions of Americans access to more affordable healthcare coverage, critics are beginning to argue that the new …

AB 72, passed by the California Legislature and signed into law effective as of July 1, 2017, is a law that was designed to protect patients from costs associated with out-of-network health services. The legislation caps a patient’s cost-sharing at the in-network amount when he/she received services in an in-network …

Source: CMA Legislative Hot List The California State Legislature has passed two California Medical Association (CMA)-sponsored bills: AB 2121, a life-saving measure requiring alcohol servers and managers to complete a training course on responsible beverage service; and SB 1177, to establish a Physician Health and Wellness Program for California physicians. …

A great deal happens at the legislative level that can affect how physicians practice medicine and most physicians are acutely aware of that. Current research from Physicians’ Practice’s 2017 Great American Physician Survey states that doctors appear to be disillusioned with the healthcare/government sector as a whole. Among the findings, the …

For the last seven years, Republicans in Washington D.C. have rallied around the idea of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, after yet another failed attempt to dismantle the legislation, Republican senators have decided to finally leave ACA alone—for now. On Tuesday, September 26, it was announced …

Republican senators unveiled their new proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last Thursday, and the legislation is receiving immense backlash from the healthcare industry. Doctors, patients, hospitals and insurance companies across the country have banded together against the bill, claiming it can devastatingly result in millions of …
Rx for Prevention

From DPH Rx for Prevention- Diabetes and pre-diabetes continue to remain problematic as a major cause of morbidity and mortality, an important contributor to the rising health care costs and indicator of quality of life across the US. Rx for Prevention recently took at look at the statistics here in LA …
maternal death rates

Vox has had some interesting articles on healthcare recently. Here’s a long, but good read by Julia Belluz on women’s healthcare and how California has instituted protocols that have cut maternal death rates to 7.3 per 100,000 in 2013 while the US average stood at 22 per 100,000.  Belluz writes, …
SB 349

SB 349 Update – On July 7th, a group of nephrologists and LACMA CEO Gustavo Friederichsen will  meet with State Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra to discuss Senate Bill 349 (dialysis center ratios). The Bill is of great concern to these members. See below for a letter LACMA sent to State Assemblyman Jim Wood, Chair …
Hear Me Now

You may have hear of StoryCorps. Their mission is simple –  To preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Now they’re working with the Providence Institute for Human Caring to introduce Hear Me Now. In 2003, founder and CEO …