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The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recently announced that its 24 member boards would be implementing changes aimed at better assisting physicians in staying up to date with advances in their fields. The changes support the recommendations released in a report earlier this year by the independent, multi-stakeholder Continuing …

“Clear Lungs, Clear Minds Coalition” LACMA has partnered with the Los Angeles Pediatric Society and Dr. Tony Kuo, director of the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to form the “Clear Lungs, Clear Minds Coalition” and launch efforts to combat …

Physicians are reminded that the changes to the Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer Participating Physician Agreement and fee schedule will take effect July 1, 2019. According to a notice issued to approximately half of its PPO network, Anthem will be increasing payment for the more commonly billed Evaluation and Management (E/M) services. …

In response to recent health concerns around a skid row encampment, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) deployed teams of environmental health inspectors last week that checked area businesses for compliance with existing storage and trash removal regulations. Eighty-five businesses were issued notices of violation, and, this …

A 2018 California law expands existing sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training requirements for employers. Under the new law, employers with five or more employees must provide two hours of sexual harassment training to supervisors and one hour to all other employees within six months of their hire (or …

What Steps Can We Take to Alleviate Physician Burnout? This week, we’re continuing our look at the issue of physician burnout and how we can assist in alleviating the pressures that doctors face in their work life. There will be two extraordinary events this summer that feature panels and solutions that I …

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is assessing a non-resident measles case that traveled through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) while infectious and is also looking to identify others who are at risk for measles and may have been exposed to this person. Public Health urges …

The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has proposed new regulations that would allow paramedics to triage and transport patients to locations other than a general acute care hospital with an emergency department. The California Medical Association (CMA) has submitted comments raising concerns with the proposed regulations. Patients call for emergency services with …

Welcome Back! I hope our members had a restful holiday weekend. Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed burnout as a medical condition adding it to the International Classification of Diseases, or ICD-11 handbook that guides medical providers in diagnosing diseases. What was striking to me is that there was …

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed the first death due to West Nile virus (WNV) for the 2018 season in Los Angeles County. The patient, a resident of the San Fernando Valley area, was hospitalized in early September and died from WNV- associated neuro-invasive …