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In early July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that for a period of one year, it will allow for flexibility in claims payment, auditing and quality reporting processes as the medical community gains experience using the new ICD-10 code set. CMS specifically clarified its statement that …

Richard Baker, M.D., Secretary of the Los Angeles County Medical Association and Ophthalmologist, has been appointed the new Vice Dean of Medical Education for Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich. “Dr. Baker’s experience and credentials will greatly assist us…in our work to improve the School of Medicine …

Today, the American Medical Association and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) jointly announced that agreement has been reached on important elements of a one-year “grace period” for the October 1, 2015, implementation of the ICD-10 diagnosis code set. In guidance that is being transmitted today (click here for …

Maria de Fátima Reyes of the Keck School of Medicine of USC is among 21 outstanding U.S. medical students to receive 2015 Minority Scholars Awards from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation. The program promotes diversity, encourages the elimination of health care disparities and helps alleviate the high cost of …

Marshall T. Morgan, M.D., clinical professor of medicine and chief of emergency medicine at UCLA School of Medicine, died of an illness of brief duration. From 2013 to 2014, he served as the president of the Los Angeles County Medical Society (LACMA). He also served in the California Medical Association …

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 …