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Increasingly, patients are complaining about physicians with poor bedside manners.  This leads to an erosion of trust – the foundation of establishing and maintaining a positive doctor/patient relationship. We all recognize this type of physician – they always seem rushed, don’t provide a proper greeting, may not know our name, …

CalHealthCares is a new loan repayment program that incentivizes physicians to provide care to Medi-Cal beneficiaries by repaying educational debt up to $300,000 in exchange for a five-year service obligation. All awardees will be required to maintain a patient caseload of 30 percent or more Medi-Cal beneficiaries. The inaugural application …

Most healthcare providers know they need a medical website in order to attract new patients to their practice. However, not all providers know exactly what content (text and images) their websites should contain — or how that content should be organized. In a nutshell, an effective medical website includes the content patients expect to …

The California Medical Association (CMA) is pleased to announce that Governor Gavin Newsom will be one of our keynote speakers at the 45th annual CMA Legislative Advocacy Day on April 24, 2019, in Sacramento. This unique event is free of charge to all CMA members. Plan to join more than 400 …

Budgetpalooza is Here The Trump administration unveils its fiscal 2020 budget request today. The spending blueprint was delayed by nearly a month thanks to the partial government shutdown and it’s the first Trump budget during divided government. HHS Secretary Alex Azar will have a busy week dissecting the document. He treks up …

LACMA Hosted AMA President Dr. Barbara McAneny Several LACMA leaders including Dr. C Freeman, Dr. Jerry Abraham, Dr. Omer Deen, Dr. Stephanie Booth, Dr. Maria Lymberis, Dr. Troy Elander and Dr. Laura Halpin joined Dr. Barbara McAneny, President of the American Medical Association (AMA) to discuss the multitude of challenges …

Strong security and encryption are vital to protecting patient and medical data in healthcare organizations. Medical records and patient identities are major targets for hackers and other criminals, so you need best-in-class protection to secure your systems, devices, and data. Data leaks can be very costly for healthcare providers — …

Written by Lisa Shue, BS and Sonali Saluja, MD, MPH Governor Gavin Newsom recently unveiled plans to expand health insurance to young undocumented people—a proposal that would continue to pave California’s path towards universal health insurance within the state(1). While the Affordable Care Act has considerably decreased the number of …

More than one-quarter of physicians (28%) report the prior authorization process required by health insurers for certain drugs, tests and treatments have led to serious or life-threatening events for their patients, according to a new survey by the American Medical Association (AMA). The survey of 1,000 practicing physicians found that prior authorization continues …

Update on Growing Healthcare Affordability Crisis in California In this special edition of the Tuesday message to members, I wanted to share some quick updates on issues impacting the state, new offerings for members and a survey to gauge what kinds of vacations members like taking. Recently, the Legislature held a …