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Organizational Updates I wanted to share the latest in the organization’s transformation. Most of you have had to adjust your practices, your technology, staffing models and reimbursement models to keep pace with the massive changes in healthcare. That said, LACMA is in exciting negotiations with Medical Practice Purchasing Group (MPPG) …

A Physician’s Nightmare Each week I share what’s new for members. This week, I begin with some sobering news: how physicians manage online reputations, the power and influence of social media and what options there are to regain what has been lost due to false claims and erroneous reviews, statements …

The Value of Your Membership I get asked all the time, “What is the value of today’s LACMA membership?” We have over 25 corporate partners to help physicians in private practice and our medical group and hospital-based relationships with the problems they face each day. Let me share what one …

Health Information Exchange for Southern California I had the privilege of attending a meeting with my colleagues from Orange County, Riverside and more than 20 healthcare leaders on the topic of a Southern California Health Information Exchange (HIE). The purpose was to discuss how providers, health plans, electronic health records, …

Statewide Soda Tax Measure for 2020 Last week, the CMA and the California Dental Association filed a ballot measure to protect public health through a state soda tax for the 2020 ballot. This announcement came four days after the multibillion-dollar soda industry held the state of California hostage with a dangerous ballot …

As we head into the holiday week, I would like to wish all members a happy 4th of July and hope that you have some time to spend with family and friends.Over the summer, we will be making significant progress to engage multiple medical groups and health systems in LACMA’s …

What a Night it Was On June 21st, LACMA hosted a historic evening as we held the 147th annual Installation of President and Officers, honoring C. Freeman, MD, MBA, FAPA, as the new president of LACMA and the first African American female president of the organization. The evening was filled …

LACMA’s Historic Week  This Thursday evening, LACMA will celebrate the installation of its first African American and African American female president, Dr. C. Freeman. A Geriatric Psychiatrist affiliated with California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Freeman is now the Program Director for the newly accredited Psychiatry Residency …

National ACO June 19th Deadline Quickly Approaching One of my priorities at LACMA is to help members ensure that the business demands of running a private practice do not overshadow the original model of the medical profession — healing patients and keeping our communities healthy. Every day, we are finding …

A Big Win for California’s Physicians and Patients Last week, the power of LACMA and CMA’s collective voice was demonstrated when the California Medical Association (CMA) killed Assembly Bill 3087 (Kalra) – dangerous legislation that would have created a commission of unelected political appointees empowered to arbitrarily cap rates for …