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Confidential Physician Compensation Information Last week I shared the latest on AB 1404 (Santiago) which is headed to the state Senate Appropriations Committee. Santiago and the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West union specifically cited Kaiser Permanente, which entails the not-for-profit hospital and clinic arm Kaiser Foundation Hospitals; the not-for-profit Kaiser Foundation …

How Physicians Can End Opioid Abuses Opioid overdoses continue to be a leading cause of injury and death in the United States, surpassing deaths from motor vehicle accidents and gun homicides. Among new illicit opioid users, 4 out of 5 reported using prescription drugs prior to using heroin. It is …

AB1404 – Take Action Now! This morning I sent an urgent message to all members urging them to join me in contacting their city council representative and ask them to vote NO on resolution AB 1404. See Bill: bit.ly/AB1401-Bill-Info ________________________________________________________ AB 1404 (Santiago) will on the Los Angeles City Council agenda …

Historic Martin Luther King. Jr Community Hospital Partnership Last week was a blend of a groundbreaking partnership as we rekindled old ones. As you’ve heard, LACMA entered into a 5-year agreement with Martin Luther King. Jr Community Hospital’s new medical foundation model. Nine young physicians have joined MLK, and those …

Healthcare and Homelessness in California Plenty to share in spite of the season. Dr. Sion Roy, LACMA’s new president, hit the ground running with several meetings with key legislators to talk about healthcare in California and specifically Los Angeles County. From a positive discussion with state Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon including …

  Celebrating The Life of Dr. Frank Meza This past Saturday, I was honored to attend a service in tribute to Dr. Frank Meza, who passed away on July 4th unexpectedly. One could see, feel, and hear the impact Dr. Meza had on so many lives over four decades of …

The 2019 Medical Group Advocacy Symposium is on physician wellness: tools, resources and best practices for the prevention of burnout, and treatment solutions. The California Medical Association (CMA) has convened the best and brightest thought leaders to this venue so that attendees can engage, consider and build initiatives that address …

Tribute to Dr. Frank Meza We send our condolences, thoughts, and prayers for a beloved physician, mentor, and innovator, Dr. Frank Meza who passed away last week. He touched many lives, inspired countless residents, students, current physicians, and families, and has left an indelible mark on medicine.  Dr. Meza will be …

During last month’s Installation I announced the Docs4LA initiative. I am very excited to lead this initiative which will provide the impetus for our organization to be a leader and policy partner on issues that we have not always traditionally weighed in on, but are some of the most significant …

Celebrating History and Independence! Summer is officially here as is the time to provide additional good news for providers.  The passage of Proposition 56 was, in many ways, a historic feat. On one hand, it strives to put a severe dent in tobacco products as the price of one pack of cigarettes …