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Hours after a gunman opened fire in the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, killing 12 people before turning the gun on himself, the NRA told “anti-gun” doctors to “stay in their lane” after a series of research papers about firearm injuries and deaths was published in the Annals …

With Sincere Gratitude On behalf of the entire LACMA organization, I wish all physicians, both members and nonmembers alike, a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday this week. As always, we are grateful for our members who are constantly working to improve healthcare in our local communities and thankful for all that you …

Winston Churchill once said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Those words are emblematic of the past two weeks. The shooting in Thousand Oaks, which took the lives of twelve innocent victims and impacted countless more, physically and emotionally, followed by the wildfires resulting in more casualties and loss …

LACMA’s Patient Care Foundation Annual Los Angeles Healthcare Awards Twenty-five days until the Los Angeles Healthcare Awards hosted by the Patient Care Foundation and much progress is being made with honorees, sponsors and event logistics. This year’s event will be on November 30th at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. …

Remembering Dr. Jack McCleary I don’t usually begin with unfortunatenews but wanted to share that Dr. Jack McCleary, passed away on September 22. He was 91 years old. Dr. McCleary was a dermatologist who helped thousands of patients over the more than 60 years in practice serving the Sherman Oaks …

Dr. David H. Aizuss Becomes the 151st President of the California Medical Association This past weekend was historic in so many ways. The California Medical Association (CMA) installed David Aizuss, M.D., as its 151st president during the organization’s annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting. In his address to the delegates, Dr. …

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 …

Last week I shared with membership about the push for Medicare Advantage (MA) arrangements to count towards requirements for Advanced Alternative Payment Models or APMs. In fact, 24 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have written CMS asking the agency to do just that. LACMA member Dr. Fredrick Russo …

Shana Tova – Wishing everyone health and happiness for the New Year this Rosh Hashanah! As LACMA enters the Fall season and our final quarter, we, as well, are poised for a successful 2018 close. Membership Growth We are making progress with such institutions as Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center where …

Is it me or are there more distractions, more noise, more crisis around medicine and society as a whole than at any period in our lifetimes?  Or, is it simply we read more, listen more, are easily distracted and share more? One thing is certain: Despite local, national, and professional …