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I want to give credit where credit is due.

Howard Krauss, MD and Chester Griffin, MD addressed guests at last week’s District 5 event titled, How to Thrive & Survive in Private Practice networking event. David Ghozland, MD, President of District 5, said: “I thought the evening was well planned, beautiful and informative. I want to thank all of you and especially Kian and Joy for doing such an outstanding job. So many people came up to me and expressed how impressed they were with the evening and its content. Joy informed last evening that we gained 4 new members and more people are interested in joining (LACMA).”

Imagine if we coordinated an event like this each week? Imagine if every event, social, mixer, summit and webinar resulted in four new members? I wanted to personally thank physician leaders like Drs. Krauss, Griffin and Ghozland for not just orchestrating a wonderful event but for actually inspiring others to join the organization.

allianceI’d like to challenge our committed District presidents to follow suit – Let’s get 4-5 new LACMA members at each District event in 2017! Emil Avanes, MD District 2 President, is just one of our district leaders working diligently to achieve this and he needs the support of his colleagues. Next week I will share a best practice model for our districts and LACMA to work better together to achieve unprecedented membership growth and an improved member experience.

As we continue to develop our overall growth strategy, we’re pleased that the LACMA Alliance shares our enthusiasm for reinvigorating and reimagining both organizations. The Alliance is dedicated to connecting physician families and working on social issues relevant to healthcare. Look for more announcements about the collaboration between LACMA and the Alliance!
Politics As Usual

We recently surveyed our members relative to the two Presidential candidates and which healthcare platform members agree with. If you would like to see a nicely organized, non-partisan, side-by-side comparison, visit kff.org to review positions ranging from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Medicaid, Medicare, Opioids to Prescription Drugs.

Our Survey Results

49 people responded.

50% felt Secretary Clinton’s healthcare plan best suited their needs
29% felt Donald Trump’s healthcare plan best suited their needs
22.5% Didn’t know/Neither

59% felt that either candidate would be able to make major changes to ACA once in office
18% said no candidate would make changes
22% didn’t know

Thanks to all who responded and your thoughtful answers are appreciated!

All Hands on Deck!

We still have spots available for members and non-members at the Health & Wellness Conference on Saturday, November 5th at the Luxe City Center Hotel (near LA Live). The LACMA Women Physicians Action Committee is hosting and coordinating this daylong event. The topic is physician burnout and every physician should take advantage of the information, tools and experts to discuss this national epidemic. Click here for all the details and please send the flyer along to any physicians you know who could use this kind of info for themselves or their staff. Contact Lisa Le at carol@lacmanet.org or call Lisa at 213-226-0304 if you would like to attend! (Earn up to 5 CME credits)

Young Physicians Networking Mixer

Ah, to be young. LACMA’s Young Physician Committee is hosting what will be more of the rule than exception in 2017. This is a great way for young physicians to have fun, network and share; three things experts say are essential to maintain work life balance. To learn more contact Lisa Le at Lisa@lacmanet.org or at 213-226-0304.
Creating a Movement For Change is a gathering of healthcare professionals, healthcare providers, health educators and community advocates who believe that the findings of the Latino Physicians of California survey results warrant action and support. Join us as we develop plans to address disparity, support efforts for change and advance actions that will have a statewide affect! To learn more visit — latinophysiciansofca.org.

The Last Words

We’ve decided to postpone the launch of our Monthly Member Call scheduled for Thursday, 10/27. The dates run very close to the holidays and we’d rather see everyone spend time with friends and family. We’ll start up in January 2017.

I’m pleased to say the LACMA physician videos on MACRA are ready for prime time. All videos are featured on LACMA’s YouTube channel.

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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