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Carol Chaker

Carol Chaker

Health Information Exchange for Southern California I had the privilege of attending a meeting with my colleagues from Orange County, Riverside and more than 20 healthcare leaders on the topic of a Southern California Health Information Exchange (HIE). The purpose was to discuss how providers, health plans, electronic health records, …

The California Medical Association has learned that two health plans, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and Molina Healthcare are terminating their contracts with Vantage Medical Group. Two other plans, Blue Shield of California and Care1st Health Plan, have issued notices of material breach with an intent to terminate.  The plans …

Summary This is an alert to public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners to important new developments in the evolving opioid overdose epidemic, which increasingly involves illicitly manufactured fentanyl and an array of potent fentanyl analogs (i.e., compounds that are chemically related to fentanyl). …

Statewide Soda Tax Measure for 2020 Last week, the CMA and the California Dental Association filed a ballot measure to protect public health through a state soda tax for the 2020 ballot. This announcement came four days after the multibillion-dollar soda industry held the state of California hostage with a dangerous ballot …

On July 2nd, a ballot measure to protect public health through a state soda tax was filed for the 2020 ballot by two of California’s leading health care provider organizations – the California Medical Association (CMA), representing 43,000 California physicians, and the California Dental Association (CDA), representing 27,000 California dentists. …

CMA On-Call—the California Medical Association (CMA) online health law library—has been updated with 2018 content. One of CMA’s most valuable member benefits, the health law library contains nearly 5,000 pages of up-to-date legal information on a variety of subjects of everyday importance to practicing physicians. The searchable online library contains …

Article originally appeared here New Jersey-based Kennedy Health (now Jefferson Health) recently made a remarkable discovery: Within one six-month period, just 21 patients accounted for 903 visits to its ED. Many of them, of course, were ultimately readmitted to the hospital. “We were having difficulty getting a handle on [the …

San Francisco voters recently passed Proposition E by a 68-32 percent margin to uphold the city’s law prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products that are regularly marketed to children and young adults in the City and County of San Francisco. The California Medical Association (CMA) strongly supported this sensible, public health …

As we head into the holiday week, I would like to wish all members a happy 4th of July and hope that you have some time to spend with family and friends.Over the summer, we will be making significant progress to engage multiple medical groups and health systems in LACMA’s …

Health care providers diagnosing or providing treatment to Parkinson’s disease patients will be required to report each case of Parkinson’s disease to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) beginning July 1, 2018. All providers who will be required to report must first register with CDPH through the designated provider …