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Orange County Superior Court Judge Kim G. Dunning has issued an order that opens the door for Los Angeles County to locally prosecute civil claims against opioid manufacturers. The judge’s action comes after the County, acting to protect the health of its residents, moved to join a lawsuit that accuses …

The California Health Care, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 (Prop 56) created new revenues dedicated to the Medi-Cal program. Physicians receive supplemental payments in both fee-for-service and Medi-Cal managed care when providing Medi-Cal services under certain CPT codes. A total of $325 million were allocated for physician payments …

Physicians can’t cure burnout alone. Using a framework called “capability,” however, healthcare organizations can help. Capability doesn’t refer to providers’ quality or commitment. Instead, it pinpoints how empowered physicians feel to do their jobs by assessing three forms of organizational support: the tools, resources, and latitude they need to care for patients. According to athenahealth’s …

News updates, ACO enrollment and more from LACMA. Last week, LACMA partnered with Healthcare Executives of Southern California (part of the American College of Healthcare Executives) and held a physician panel discussion hosted by Dr. Don Larsen, chief medical officer, Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Topics included how physicians can navigate …

The California Medical Association (CMA) has learned that Aetna will no longer allow contracted physicians to receive payment via check. According to a February 1 notice, Aetna is asking providers to choose one of two options to receive electronic payments – via electronic funds transfer (EFT) or through a virtual …

Dr. C. Freeman is set to make history when she becomes the Los Angeles County Medical Association’s first African American and African American female President on June 21st at the organization’s Annual Installation of Officers in Santa Monica. C. Freeman, MD, MBA, is the daughter of the famed educator and …

Recognizing the importance of independent physician practices in bringing about the movement to value-based health care, a group of leading health care organizations have joined together to form the Partnership to Empower Physician-Led Care (PEPC). The founding members of PEPC are: Aledade, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), California …

Last week, the California Medical Association (CMA) killed Assembly Bill 3087 (Kalra) – dangerous legislation that would have created a commission of unelected political appointees empowered to arbitrarily cap rates for all health care services in all clinics, hospitals and physician practices in California. Due in large part to staunch …

This blog was first published on the Patient Pop website It happens every day: A person searches for a healthcare provider online and quickly narrows their choice to two options. What’s the determining factor? Which provider gets the appointment and the new patient? The one with the stronger online reputation. A whopping …

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) announces since 2012, rates of syphilis among both men and women have been steadily increasing in Los Angeles County and in California. Cases in women rose by 50% from 2016 to 2017, affecting individuals in almost every area of the county. …