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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 …