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September 5, 2017

LACMA’s Labor of Love

This Tuesday’s message for Members is abbreviated in observance of Labor Day, the first Monday in September which was created by the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  In keeping with this theme, the labor of love we all share is to support physicians in whatever way that we can, each and every day.

Later this month, we will launch a campaign to educate non-members about the value of membership.  Akin to a marathon, not a sprint, the campaign will reach a crescendo on March 3, 2018 when we hold our second annual Saving Private Practice Consortium.  The goal is double the number of attendees, preferred partners and new members.

Late last month I started to meet with senior leadership representing various medical groups, IPAs, management service organizations to unveil a dramatically new and improved LACMA model. Gone are the days of offering a “one size fits all” membership organization.  The transformed membership agency delivers real value to both independent physicians and groups by first listening to their challenges, leveraging our problem solving expertise and communications platform to help physicians thrive and groups grow, address business related issues and fight bad policy.

What Ending DACA Means for Our Local Communities
As I was writing this week’s message, the Trump Administration announced it is rescinding the previous Administration’s memorandum creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and has begun to end the program.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security explaining that DACA was not statutorily authorized and was therefore an unconstitutional exercise of discretion by the executive branch.

Under the change announced today, current DACA recipients generally will not be impacted until after March 5, 2018, six months from now. That period of time gives Congress the opportunity to consider appropriate legislative solutions.  California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders have already weighed in, pledging to work on behalf of DACAs.  Many of our members have voiced concerns about today’s announcement.  I’m equally concerned about what it means for our young physicians, students and residents and their patients who could be affected.

By the Numbers
From August 1, 2017 to August 20, 2017, Tom K. Wong of the University of California, San Diego; United We Dream (UWD); the National Immigration Law Center (NILC); and the Center for American Progress fielded a national survey to further analyze the economic, employment, educational, and societal experiences of DACA recipients. This is the largest study to date of DACA recipients with a sample size of 3,063 respondents in 46 states as well as the District of Columbia.

As research has consistently shown, DACA has not only improved the lives of undocumented young people and their families but has also positively affected the economy more generally, which benefits all Americans.

The data illustrates that DACA recipients continue to make positive and significant contributions to the economy, including earning higher wages, which translates into higher tax revenue and economic growth that benefits all Americans. In addition, DACA recipients are buying cars, purchasing their first homes, and even creating new businesses. The survey’s results also show that at least 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies employ DACA recipients. Moreover, 97 percent of respondents are currently employed or enrolled in school.

In Summary


Policy does impact patients, providers and communities and we must do whatever we can to protect the sanctity of the patient/physician relationship regardless of politics.  Finally, in my 18 months at the helm of LACMA, I’ve never offered my opinion on federal or state policy because LACMA is non-partisan, objective and agnostic when it comes to the political winds of change.  I do hope that common sense prevails since what has been prevailing has been an avalanche of rhetoric that divides us all.

Call me a dreamer.

What do you think of today’s announcement?  How does it impact you?  Your patients? Your community?

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Events

September 9th – Special Screening for LACMA Members
“Art of Storytelling: The Human Experience of Being a Psychiatrist”
Several LACMA Members are involved with the PER Foundation.
PER is inviting LACMA members to join them as they screen this moving and provocative documentary for an insider’s look at mental health care and treatment. Click here for more details and to RSVP.

September 16th – Celebration of Women in Medicine Awards Luncheon
11am – 2pm at DoubleTree Hotel in Downtown LA
120 S. Los Angeles Street, LA 90012
LACMA’s Women Physicians’ Action Committee is hosting this awards luncheon to recognize exceptional leadership and service by women physicians. Click here to RSVP.

November 1st-Save the Date: Los Angeles Healthcare Awards
5:30 PM Cocktail Reception
6:30 PM Dinner and Awards
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Call Grant & Associates for More Information: 323.904.4400
RSVP by clicking here.

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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