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Carol Chaker

Carol Chaker

The past two weeks I’ve shared information related to gun violence as a public health issue in the U.S., specifically in the Los Angeles region and most recently in Thousand Oaks. The NRA told doctors to stay in their lanes. I asked membership to weigh in and below are some …

Hours after a gunman opened fire in the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, killing 12 people before turning the gun on himself, the NRA told “anti-gun” doctors to “stay in their lane” after a series of research papers about firearm injuries and deaths was published in the Annals …

Doctors who run their own practices have to be superhuman in a sense. Not only are they expected to practice their medical specialty to a high standard of care, but they are also required to keep abreast of electronic reporting compliance, employment laws, OSHA, payroll, HIPAA requirements, marketing, collections, and …

This message is intended for primary care, urgent care, emergency, pediatric, internal medicine, infectious disease, and laboratory providers. Please distribute as appropriate. Key Messages There is an ongoing outbreak of measles in Israel and New York City as well as several surrounding communities in New York and New Jersey. Consider …

Season’s Greetings! I hope you found time to rest, share and connect with friends and family, especially after two profound tragedies struck our community. As most physicians know, there is a dispute between the National Rifle Association and the medical community.  Physicians released an editorial recently saying they disagree with the …

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 was allocated for physician payments …

The following article was modified from the original. To see the full article, including citations, view it here in the November/December 2018 issue of  Rx for Prevention, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s online publication for practicing in LA County. Winter is coming and influenza season is upon us. Los …

With Sincere Gratitude On behalf of the entire LACMA organization, I wish all physicians, both members and nonmembers alike, a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday this week. As always, we are grateful for our members who are constantly working to improve healthcare in our local communities and thankful for all that you …

Most healthcare providers can accept that patient care is only one part of their job. However, many don’t anticipate just how much time they and their staff will spend completing routine administrative tasks. In total, 42 percent of physicians are burned out, according to the 2018 Medscape National Physician Burnout …

Winston Churchill once said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Those words are emblematic of the past two weeks. The shooting in Thousand Oaks, which took the lives of twelve innocent victims and impacted countless more, physically and emotionally, followed by the wildfires resulting in more casualties and loss …