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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 …

The California Health Care, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 (Prop 56) created new revenues dedicated to the Medi-Cal program. Physicians receive supplemental payments in both fee-for-service and Medi-Cal managed care when providing Medi-Cal services under certain CPT codes. While the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) began …

In 2016, and with a onetime $1 million investment, the California Medical Association (CMA) led a coalition of health care advocates to take on Big Tobacco to drastically expand funding for existing health programs and research into cures for cancer and other illnesses caused by tobacco products. Under CMA’s leadership, …

The Practice Growth Podcast is an educational resource for doctors, dentists, and other healthcare providers about how to market and manage a thriving healthcare practice. In Episode 2, host Jessica Neyer is joined by Joel Headley, PatientPop director of local SEO and marketing. The pair discusses the kinds of information …

Webinar (Recording) Presented By PatientPop Duration: 30 minutes About the Webinar Consumers today review virtually any type of business online, including medical, dental, and other healthcare practices. And, to maintain an excellent reputation, yours should be continually monitored. Join Sr. Content Manager Norm Schrager and Dr. Emil Avanes for a …

Community Forums The Los Angeles County Health Agency invites community leaders, agency staff, County departments, and other stakeholders to provide input on the Center for Health Equity Action Plan and identify ways we can work together to build a movement for health equity. Join the Movement! To download a copy …

Effective July 1, 2018, physicians and licensed independent practitioners are now required to report cases of Parkinson’s disease to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Licensed independent practitioners holding the following credentials who diagnose or treat Parkinson’s disease patients are required to report: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of …

This article first appeared on athenahealth.com Does the size of a patient’s balance following care influence his or her decision to return to a provider in the future? That was the question researchers sought to answer in a recent analysis of data from the athenahealth network. Most practice managers know how …

WorkWise Law, PC, is offering their A to Z Employment Compliance Manual to LACMA members for a special price of $1100 (valued at $1500) through September 30, 2018. This manual is the perfect guide for any small business that wants to be in compliance with the myriad of employment and …