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Carol Chaker

Carol Chaker

Written by Lisa Shue, BS and Sonali Saluja, MD, MPH Governor Gavin Newsom recently unveiled plans to expand health insurance to young undocumented people—a proposal that would continue to pave California’s path towards universal health insurance within the state. While the Affordable Care Act has considerably decreased the number of …

More than one-quarter of physicians (28%) report the prior authorization process required by health insurers for certain drugs, tests and treatments have led to serious or life-threatening events for their patients, according to a new survey by the American Medical Association (AMA). The survey of 1,000 practicing physicians found that prior authorization continues …

The California Medical Association (CMA) – which proudly represents over 44,000 physicians across all modes of practice and specialty – has joined the California Dental Association, health stakeholders and legislators in support of a bill package aimed at reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. The legislation targets soda, energy drinks, sweet …

Update on Growing Healthcare Affordability Crisis in California In this special edition of the Tuesday message to members, I wanted to share some quick updates on issues impacting the state, new offerings for members and a survey to gauge what kinds of vacations members like taking. Recently, the Legislature held a …

Key MessagesThere has been an increase in clusters of pertussis cases among 11 to 18-year-olds across Los Angeles County. Health care providers should consider pertussis even in vaccinated persons with minimal to mild symptoms.Pertussis is highly contagious. Treated cases remain communicable through the 5th day of appropriate antibiotic treatment. Patients …

California’s drug diversion program allows first-time offenders to avoid a criminal record if they complete program requirements. But if that person is a licensed healthcare provider, their ordeal does not end there. Recently, a California appellate court ruled that licensing boards can now incorporate evidence from a criminal drug investigation …

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! The Los Angeles County Medical Association is holding its 148th Annual Election this coming June.  Active members of LACMA and CMA have the privilege of voting for their preferred candidates.  At the end of May, you can expect to receive a voting ballot via email and you …

This article originally appeared on the PatientPop website It’s no secret that patient feedback is an important component of online reputation management for healthcare providers and their practices. And yet, about 71 percent of providers receive reviews from 5 percent or fewer of their patients, according to the PatientPop 2018 survey …

Lower Reimbursement Rates Impacting Patient Access to Mental Health Providers  I begin by focusing on a couple of important areas often overlooked in the healthcare space. First, recent studies showing lower reimbursement rates for mental health services may be impacting local providers and patients. Commercial and Medicare Advantage plans pay …

On July 1, 2017, a California law took effect that changed the way that non-contracted physicians bill and are paid for providing non-emergency care at in-network facilities including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and laboratories. This out-of-network billing and payment law (AB 72) was designed to reduce unexpected medical bills when …