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Members of the LA County Medical Community are invited to join LACMA and our Patient Care Foundation for the Annual Los Angeles Healthcare Awards for an extraordinary celebration of individuals and institutions who have positively impacted healthcare delivery in their local communities. EVENT DETAILS November 30 | Cocktail Reception at 6:30 p.m. …

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 …

On Saturday, September 22nd, top female physicians from LA County enjoyed an afternoon of camaraderie, education and celebration. Dr. Stephanie Booth, Chair of LACMA’s Women Physicians’ Action Committee, joined by her fellow board members, Susan Bradshaw, MD, Monya De, MD, C. Freeman, MD, MBA, Karen Miotto, MD, Christine Phan, MD, Susan …

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 …

Join us for the inaugural Southern California Women in Medicine Conference! The Southern California Medical Societies are proud to present an inspiring day dedicated to the education and empowerment of our female physicians. Topics will include: creating balance the business of medicine importance of advocacy and legislative involvement and finding …

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 …

The U.S. Senate was expected to vote this past week a bipartisan package of over 70 proposals intended to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis. Known as the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, the package includes legislation intended to reduce opioid use, encourage recovery, support caregivers and families, and drive innovation …