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LACMA has recently partnered with athenahealth to improve care coordination within its integrated healthcare network and across the community. LACMA physicians have been using athenahealth’s cloud-based services for practice management, electronic health record and patient communications. Through this partnership with athenahealth, LACMA is now able to offer the athenahealth services to …

Governor Brown signed 8 new laws that affect employers.  Below is a short description of each law: ***SB 1343: EMPLOYERS WITH 5 OR MORE EMPLOYEES: this bill requires employers with 5 or more employees, including temporary or seasonal employees, to provide at least 2 hours of sexual harassment training to all …

This blog originally appeared on the PatientPop website and is Part 1 of a three-part series on improving the patient experience to build patient retention at your practice. Also check out Part 2 and Part 3. Most providers today recognize the patient experience extends beyond the exam room. In fact, the patient experience begins before a person …

147th House of Delegates This is officially CMA House of Delegates week!  Each year, the “House” consists of nearly 500 delegates elected by members of component medical societies, specialty societies, and CMA sections and forums, representing virtually every mode of practice and region of the state.  CMA’s House of Delegates convenes …

On January 1, 2019, Blue Shield of California will complete the integration of Care1st Health Plan into its operations, and Care1st’s name will change to Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan. The newly renamed health plan will remain a separate company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Shield …

MIPS Scores Deadline Looming Normally I don’t begin the Monday Message with critical dates to remember. That said, I’m breaking from tradition since October is both important and historic. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance scores and payment adjustment information for the …

Effective October 2, 2018, physicians must consult California’s prescription drug monitoring database (the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, or CURES) – prior to prescribing Schedule II, III or IV controlled substances. To help physicians understand this new mandate, the California Medical Association (CMA) has prepared a document that answers the …

To see the full article, including citations, view it here in the September/October 2018 issue of  Rx for Prevention, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s online publication for practicing in LA County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released this season’s flu vaccine recommendations and health care …

On August 28, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an update to the Initial Preventive Physician Examination and Annual Wellness Visit benefits, highlighting that a review of patient opioid use is now a component of medical and social history assessments. Per CMS, the review of opioid use during these annual preventative exams will help physicians identify …

Physician Burnout and the EHR Discussion Burnout continues to be a top priority for us. Recent reports show that technology impacts surgeons and their time with patients and how physician fatigue is at historic highs for physicians.The fact that electronic health records distract primary care physicians and clinicians from making eye contact with …