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Carol Chaker

Carol Chaker

Organizational Updates I wanted to share the latest in the organization’s transformation. Most of you have had to adjust your practices, your technology, staffing models and reimbursement models to keep pace with the massive changes in healthcare. That said, LACMA is in exciting negotiations with Medical Practice Purchasing Group (MPPG) …

Webinar Presented By PatientPop Date: Tuesday, August 28,2018 Time: 3:30pm ET / 12:30pm PT Duration: 30 minutes About the Webinar Consumers today review virtually any type of business online, including medical, dental, and other healthcare practices. And, to maintain an excellent reputation, yours should be continually monitored. Join Sr. Content Manager …

The Department of Public Health has released a first-of-its-kind series of health profile reports for 86 Los Angeles County cities and communities (62 cities, the 15 Los Angeles City Council Districts, and 9 unincorporated Census designated communities). These reports provide the most detailed information available to date on the health of …

Effectively care for angry, flaky, and other “problem” patients to increase satisfaction and boost patient retention. All doctors will encounter a “problem” patient at some time in their career. Maybe a patient is highly irritable and can be set off by small inconveniences, such as a long wait. Or maybe …

Participation in capitated reimbursement contracts (financial arrangements where physicians are paid a fixed amount for each patient assigned to them) can offer physicians a routine and sustained source of monthly income for their practice. Capitation, however, can be a complicated process. It is essential that physicians monitor their monthly capitation …

Yesterday, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas along with the Los Angeles County Health Agency and community partners announced the release of a new plan that promotes health equity across LA County. Over the next five years, the Health Agency will join with others to sustain efforts to reduce and eliminate some of …

A Physician’s Nightmare Each week I share what’s new for members. This week, I begin with some sobering news: how physicians manage online reputations, the power and influence of social media and what options there are to regain what has been lost due to false claims and erroneous reviews, statements …

The Value of Your Membership I get asked all the time, “What is the value of today’s LACMA membership?” We have over 25 corporate partners to help physicians in private practice and our medical group and hospital-based relationships with the problems they face each day. Let me share what one …

MEDICARE: For prroviders who participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017, the MIPS final score and performance feedback is available for review on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website. For more information on understanding the MIPS performance feedback, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has prepared a …

On June 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. It includes more than 55 opioid-related bills intended to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, …