Monday Rx: Basic Healthcare, General Election, Allied Pacific IPA Event, Solutions Portal, LACDPH Vacancies and Upcoming Events

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Local CEO Fights for Increasing Payments for Physicians

The community is short 1,400 doctors, according to Dr. Elaine Batchlor, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital's chief executive. She said her facility in South Los Angeles is drowning under a surge of sicker patients in surrounding communities. Batchlor has been lobbying the Newsom administration and state lawmakers to fix basic healthcare for the state’s poorest residents. She believes that increasing payments for doctors and hospitals that treat Medi-Cal patients could lead to improvements in both quality and access.


General Election in Near!

Mail-in ballots for November 8, 2022, California General Election will soon arrive in the mail. We hope that you will mail in your ballot or show up to the polls to help ensure the voices of physicians are heard loud and clear. View the California Medical Association's (CMA) November 2022 General Election Physician Voter Guide, which includes CMA’s positions on statewide ballot measures and endorsements for two CMA-supported physicians running for their first terms in office. Kermit Jones, M.D., is a candidate for the new Congressional District 3, a district based in the Sierra foothills and Placer County, and Jasmeet Bains, M.D., is a candidate for the new Assembly District 35, a district based in Kern County and largely the city of Bakersfield.


LACMA Presentation at Allied Pacific IPA Annual Retreat and Meeting

This past weekend, I joined LACMA president Dr. Omer Deen and LACMA board member Dr. Hector Flores as we presented before the Allied Pacific IPA annual leadership summit in Las Vegas. Over 150 physicians attended, and it was our opportunity to present the value of membership, the synergy between our respective organizations, the fight for Medi-Cal payment parity, AB 35, the minimum wage ordinances, and much more. Allied recently signed a 3-year partnership with LACMA!


American Academy of Legal Medicine Event


The American Academy of Legal Medicine is holding its annual meeting titled “Medical Legal Issues: COVID and Post COVID” on October 14th at the California Club. LACMA board member Dr. Robert Bitonte is sharing the information with LACMA members.

Register Today


10th Annual Los Angeles Healthcare Awards 

Meet This Year’s Honorees!


The Patient Care Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s honorees being honored at the 10th Annual Los Angeles Healthcare Awards on Friday, November 4th at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Learn more about the event here.

Join Us as We Recognize the 2022 Honorees!


Date: Friday, November 4, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM PDT

Location: Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills 300 Doheny Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90048

Purchase Your Ticket

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LACMA Solutions Portal

With more than 100+ solutions for independent practices to medical groups, why wouldn’t members at least check out the new offerings? Built around the challenges physicians face each day, the new Portal is easy to use, navigate and derive discounts and incentives. Click below to take advantage.

Visit the Portal

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Hiring: Chief Physician II - Regional Health Officer

In the spirit of sharing career opportunities, LAC DPH is hiring a health officer. Click here to apply.



Gentem New Practitioner Survey Reminder

Attn: New Practitioners!

We know establishing a private medical practice can be daunting. At LACMA, we want to make sure we’re providing the right resources to help you and your practice succeed.

As we look to bolster our physician resources, we’re working with one of our partners, Gentem Health, to learn more about our members’ billing and revenue cycle management (RCM) needs.

Please take a minute to answer a brief survey about your financial/billing/RCM needs. These responses will guide the direction of future member resources!

Take Survey

Date: Friday, October 21, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Marriott LA LIVE, Diamond Salon 10



Understanding the Climate Health Crisis & How Californian Physicians Can Make an Impact

This will be an engaging two-part panel discussion that will explore the health impacts of climate change in California and the opportunities for California's physicians to advance policy-level climate solutions with enormous public health co-benefits. Sponsored by Climate Health Now and the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy (CFEE) in coordination with CMA.

Please note: This event is available to attend either in-person or virtually via Zoom. During registration, please choose the registration option for how you intend to view this discussion. 


"Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can."




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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