The LACMA ensures local physicians have a
voice in shaping healthcare policy
The Los Angeles County Medical Association is dedicated to ensuring all those living in Los Angeles County have access to quality medical care. As physicians, we know the impact efficient and effective treatment can have on the outcomes of patients. Access is essential for increasing prevention, tracking infections, and most of all, protecting the public health of our greater Los Angeles communities.
LACMA ‘s key accessibility advocacy areas have included:
LACMA members passionately believe in keeping their communities healthy by ensuring affordable access to preventive services, all while providing them with crucial information outlining healthy choices relating to nutrition, exercise, and the environment.
LACMA’s key public health advocacy areas have included:
As Los Angeles County’s population grows rapidly, the demand for physicians increases as well. Our county is culturally and ethnically diverse, and many areas that have traditionally been medically underserved are expected to see the greatest growth in population.
At the same time, many of Los Angeles County’s physicians are approaching retirement age, and the pipeline designed to replace them is experiencing bottlenecks at both the medical school and residency training levels. Medical school debt is growing faster than physician income, and it is one of the primary reasons that the supply of primary care physicians is lagging, even further behind that of specialists.
LACMA is committed to expanding efforts to encourage the education and training of more physicians in Los Angeles County.
Physicians view the doctor-patient relationship as sacrosanct, the very foundation of healthcare. This relationship stems from a physician’s primary ethical obligation – to place a patient’s welfare above their own self-interest and above obligations to other groups, and to advocate for their patient’s welfare. LACMA has passionately fought to protect this precious doctrine on multiple fronts.
Physicians and their practices are frequently plagued by payment issues with insurers and the government. Underpayment or lack of payment jeopardizes the economic viability of physicians and their practices, and in so doing, threatens patients’ access to care.
LACMA has championed laws designed to protect patients by ensuring physicians are financially capable of providing service for patients. Physicians must be protected from HMO abuse in order to protect the public interest in a viable health care delivery system. LACMA staff work to support and ensure physician economic stability in several critical ways:
Under the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, or the “Stimulus Act”), physicians are eligible for incentives for making the transition to electronic health records (EHRs).
Given California’s size, this incentive program could bring hundreds of millions of new federal dollars to the state, and generate thousands of new high-paying jobs in the health information technology (HIT) sector.
LACMA has been at the vanguard in helping Los Angeles County physicians to understand this opportunity and to retool their practices to access these federal funds. Some of our efforts have included providing:
LACMA will continue to be a trusted resource for physicians who are accessing this unprecedented opportunity.
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