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Following Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of a sweeping package of tobacco bills into California law, including one that will raise the legal age to buy products from 18 to 21, and another that dramatically tightens restrictions on e-cigarettes, a campaign to raise California’s cigarette tax by $2 announced last week …

Today, the California State Senate passed a landmark package of bills that will not only save thousands of lives, but also help reduce teen smoking rates and decrease the number of tobacco-related illnesses and deaths throughout the state. “This is the most sweeping set of tobacco-related bills in decades,” said …

Event Recap Value-Based P4P For Underserved Populations, CME Program Over 130 physicians gathered downtown at The Center at Cathedral Plaza for the 2016 Physician Summit on January 30, 2016. The full day of CME programming was titled “Value-Based P4P For Underserved Populations”. Guest speakers lead presentations and panel discussions covering …

Spotlight – LACMA’s New Medical Student Councilors Vamsi Aribindi, Keck School of Medicine & Annie Wang, David Geffen School of Medicine  Physicians-in-Training & the Future of Medicine in California  “We are in medical school where so many people have dreamed to be but so few make it in. We will …

Surviving Medicare Tsunami & Optimizing Reimbursements LACMA District 2, Glendale/Pasadena On Thursday, November 5th at the Phoenicia in Glendale, LACMA District 2 presented special program, “Surviving Medicare Tsunami & Optimizing Reimbursements”. The event, sponsored by the Cooperative of American Physicians and Diowave Laser Systems, invited members and physician guests to …

The Save Lives California coalition praised Senate and Assembly Democrats for announcing a bold package of bills to fight the No. 1 cause of preventable death in California: tobacco use. The bills will be taken up during the second extraordinary session, called by Governor Jerry Brown to address healthcare. In …

Despite three-digit temperatures, dozens of coalition partners came together to rally one last time for Senate Bill 277 (Pan/Allen). The bill passed out of the State Assembly on Thursday and cleared the final hurdle in the State Senate Monday. Governor Brown signed the bill today. “This is a monumental day …

Two bills aimed at making it harder for California’s youth to use tobacco products passed in the state Senate on Tuesday. Senate Bill 151 (Hernandez) would raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21. SB 140 (Leno) would regulate e-cigarettes similar to combustible cigarettes, including banning their …

As published in LA Daily News. Written by LACMA President Pedram Salimpour, MD. Click here for the published article. The opening paragraph to my dad’s biography reads, “I miraculously survived my mother’s difficult labor and in the years that followed, I fought and survived measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, typhoid fever, …

In all the activity and publicity surrounding Senate Bill 277, which abolishes the personal belief exemption (PBE) from immunization for children entering public schools and institutions, the physician plays the crucial role of weighing in equipped with an informed opinion, backed by scientific expertise. In Los Angeles County alone, there …