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Carol Chaker

Carol Chaker

The California Medical Association (CMA) has received numerous calls from physicians whose prescriptions are being turned away by pharmacies for being non-compliant with state law. Specifically, the forms in question do not have checkboxes to indicate refills. California law requires 14 elements that must appear on California security prescription forms, including …

Article by Curbside Real Estate Founder, Peter Kim, M.D Almost every day, I am asked about student loans. Most of us have it. Most of us have A LOT of it! And most of us have a hard time qualifying for a conventional home loan as a result of it. …

By Janus L. Norman, CMA Senior Vice President “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.” -Muhammad Ali In modern California politics, there is no …

Partner Spotlight: Jonathan M. Barrera of WestPac Wealth Partners Jonathan M. Barrera is the exclusive Financial Wellness Advisor to the Los Angeles County Medical Association, serving over 3,000 physicians in the Los Angeles community of medical professionals. WestPac Wealth Partners may be a new name for many in the LACMA …

The U.S. House of Representatives, with the leadership of California Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Modesto), recently passed HR 3922, “The Community Health and Medical Professionals Improve our Nation (CHAMPION) Act of 2017,” which would reauthorize for two years the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program (THCGME) that trains primary care …

As a Los Angeles native, Dr. Arash Ari Nowain is thrilled to practice where he grew up. He earned his medical degree from USC’s Keck School of Medicine, where he received the Clinical Medicine Scholarship. After graduation, he completed three years of residency training in Internal Medicine at the Los …

 Preparing for MACRA’s Quality Payment Program isn’t a simple task. The Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) provides services to physician offices in California to prepare for and participates in the Quality Payment Program (QPP), established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). HSAG offers a Countdown to MIPS …

Previously, small businesses across California came together to purchase health insurance in order to obtain cheaper rates with their larger pool of enrollees. However, after a sequence of these “association health plans” failed, state legislators worked tirelessly to pass laws throughout the 1990s that nearly eradicated these bands. Today, President …