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A week from today we will hold our first full day of videotaping, so our physician members can voice their opinions on how to make MACRA better.

But here’s the challenge: I hear from several physicians that MACRA is egregious; will lead to early retirement for many, further erode physician wellness and compromise the physician-patient experience.

I’ve asked our members to share their personal perspectives on MACRA via the taping sessions to be held Monday, October 3rd from 8 AM to 10 PM at LACMA headquarters (801 South Grand Avenue, Suite 425, Los Angeles, 90017).

Or call our newly established MACRA Hotline (213- 226-0337).

Or call, text or email me directly on the perils of MACRA (760-685-2823 or Gustavo@lacmanet.org).

So far, I’ve heard from five members.

As I’ve said often, “If it matters to you, it matters to me.” If MACRA really matters to you, I have to hear your voice, your opinion, your profoundly important and unique perspective on why MACRA needs to be modified. Physician video testimonials, emails, voice mails, letters and social media posts will be shared directly with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in mid-October. Each voice contributing to the larger whole. That’s how we make a difference.

If we want to modify MACRA, we have to communicate what those modifications could be. I welcome complaints, angst, anger and confusion; but I want us to transition to substantive, realistic solutions. If LACMA is to evolve into a thought leading organization that truly influences the healthcare industry, the medical profession and stands for physicians, we have to speak up.

I encourage you to take advantage of LACMA’s MACRA resources so your voice is shared with MACRA architects as well as policy makers, LACMA members and media.

MACRA Modification Video Taping Sessions
Monday, Oct. 3rd
8 AM to 10 PM
801 South Grand Avenue, Suite 425, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Open to all LACMA Members and Non Members
Email Gustavo if you would like to participate at Gustavo@lacmanet.org

I’d like to thank District 3 for their support for the videotaping. This allows us to put together a powerful visual presentation.

I also wanted to let members know that we are testing our Uber partnership this week as the first initiative of our LACMA Cares program. Soon elderly, retired or physicians in need can contact LACMA and we will arrange a free ride to and from healthcare related destinations. Stay tuned for more details!

Thank you,

Gustavo Friederichsen
Chief Executive Officer
Los Angeles County Medical Association
“If it matters to our LACMA members, it matters to me.”

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