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Every practice understands the importance of collecting up-to-date demographic information from patients, including changes to a patient’s address, phone number, insurance, and eligibility and benefits. Ensuring that these items are up-to-date guarantees that the practice can quickly communicate with the patient about test results or other medical issues, as well …

On Wednesday, January 21st, LACMA President Pedram Salimpour joined KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO’s discussion on the state of Obamacare as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enters its second year. Topics for discussion included the health care exchange, insurance subsidies, perspectives on current enrollments statistics, and more. Below is a complete recording of …

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sept. 30 confirmed the first U.S. case of Ebola, and developments associated with the virus continue to unfold.  In the past week, two Dallas nurses have been diagnosed with Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first U.S. ebola patient, who …

If your practice accepts virtual credit card (VCC) payments from payors, you put yourself at risk of losing a significant amount of your contractual reimbursement to high interchange fees. When paying claims, some payors have shifted to electronic payment methods where a payor sends credit card payment information and instructions …

Due LACMA’s and CMA’s efforts, the optometrist scope expansion bill was moved to the inactive file on the Assembly Floor yesterday. As we expected, Senator Ed Hernandez has signaled that he will no longer be pushing for this bill to move forward this year, due to the significant changes that LACMA spearheaded. Senate …

On July 31st, Congress sent a $17 billion landmark bill to President Obama that will help U.S. veterans avoid long waits for health care within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). There was overwhelming support in both the Senate (91-3) and House (unanimous) for the bill, which will provide …

A report by the Institute of Medicine shows that the U.S.  should significantly reform the federal system for financing physician training and residency programs to ensure that the public’s $15 billion annual investment is producing the doctors that the nation needs. Current financing – provided largely through Medicare – requires …

The October 2014 implementation of ICD-10 will change everything – from the way codes are reported, selected and reimbursed, to how health care providers document their services. This forces medical staff to see computers as partners rather than simple tools. The arrival of ICD-10 will standardize practices and require everyone …

CMA Capitol Insight is a biweekly column by veteran journalist Greg Lucas, reporting on the inner workings of the state Legislature. The second year of the current two-year legislation session starts on January 6. Lawmakers don’t need to take another oath saying they’ll uphold the constitution like they did at …

The Los Angeles County Medical Association today announced the formation of the African-American Physicians Advisory Committee to provide leadership in healthcare policy and advocate for improving the quality and availability of health care in underserved communities. The committee’s founders said they will address state and federal initiatives such as the …