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Monday Rx: LA Healthcare Awards Nov. 8th, House of Delegates, District 5 Tax Law Event, and MAT Waivered Prescriber Support Initiative (WPSI)

Monday Rx: LA Healthcare Awards Nov. 8th, House of Delegates, District 5 Tax Law Event, and MAT Waivered Prescriber Support Initiative (WPSI)

11th Hour Call to Arms

The Patient Care Foundation annual Los Angeles Healthcare Awards dinner is November 8th to benefit needy medical students and while the fundraising has been brisk as we recognize perhaps the most diverse group of honorees ever including Cedars Sinai, Venice Family Clinics, Skid Row Housing Trust and Los Angeles Rams to name a few, ticket sales have been sluggish.

I’m personally asking members to join your colleagues for one night of celebration, of camaraderie, to impact medical students who face incredible obstacles.

Tickets are $325 each and a table of ten is $3,000 with plenty still available.

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Email Eve

Here are some great photos from last year’s event!


Please join me, Dr. Troy Elander, Chair of the Patient Care Foundation board of directors, LACMA leaders, sponsors, and partners, to make this the most successful event in our history!

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House of Delegates is Here

The 148th Annual Session of CMA’s House of Delegates (HOD) will tackle four major issues when it convenes later this week in Anaheim.

CMA physician delegates meet annually to establish a broad policy on current major issues that have been determined to be the most important issues affecting members, the association and the practice of medicine. This year’s major issues are:

Augmented Intelligence: Technology continues to transform the way physicians serve patients, creating opportunities and exposing challenges that prevent quality, timely and affordable care. While CMA has adopted policies addressing telemedicine, electronic health records, and interoperability, it’s time to explore pragmatic solutions that address medical decision-making, new liabilities and privacy concerns inherent with augmented and artificial intelligence. With few laws and regulations on the books, CMA needs to proactively develop a new policy that keeps physicians at the center of health care delivery.

Cannabis: CMA has adopted extensive policies concerning cannabis use and regulation, including our 2011 white paper, “Cannabis and the Regulatory Void.” As the state’s legal cannabis industry continues to grow and evolve, CMA must continue to weigh in on pressing issues, including health impacts associated with cannabis use, public health protections, federal legalization, data and surveillance efforts, high-quality research, marketing and advertising practices, cannabis equity programs and more.

Homelessness: Physicians witness the homelessness crisis in emergency rooms, clinics and on the streets of our communities. The multi-faceted challenges of housing, case management, intervention programs, and public health considerations require California’s physicians to weigh in on evidence-based solutions that address the health care and social needs of those at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: When it comes to trauma-informed care, CMA supports efforts for data collection, research, and evaluation of screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), recognizing there is a growing need to increase familiarity on the what, when and how to incorporate ACE screening practices into routine care. California physicians need tools, resources, and funding to address their patients’ cumulative ACEs, which has a strong correlation to numerous health, social and behavioral problems throughout their lives.


Preferred Partner to Share the Latest on Tax Laws

I want to thank Dr. Kian Karimi, District 5 President for hosting what will be an informative dinner next Tuesday, October 29th at the DoubleTree Hilton in Santa Monica. Our tax advisors, ACap Advisors & Accountants CEO Ara Oghoorian, CFA, CFP, CP, will present on the new tax law and how it affects practices. 

As of today, we have 20 RSVPs but there is plenty of room for more! This will be a great opportunity to network with other physicians and learn at the same time! 

October 29th | 7pm - 9pm |

DoubleTree by Hilton

1707 Fourth Street

Santa Monica, CA 90401
Free Event

See attached invite or reach out to our District Coordinator Vitelio Aguilar below.


MAT Waivered Prescriber Support Initiative (WPSI)

If you are seeking resources to help patients struggling with opioid use, or if you have questions about best practices to provide medications for addiction treatment (MAT) for patients with complex needs, you can request free technical assistance thanks to the Waivered Prescriber Support Initiative (WPSI) which provides free mentorship, training, and other technical assistance to address barriers for prescribing buprenorphine and ultimately to expand access to medications for addiction treatment (MAT). 

This unique program connects X-waivered prescribers with experienced buprenorphine providers throughout California to receive direct consultation. Continuing medical education (CME) is also offered at no cost. For additional information contact or call 310-794-8127. Our contact at UCLA is Gloria Meile, Ph.D. and her email is


Promoting your practice effectively in 2019: How to capitalize on the consumerization of healthcare 

Three in four people have gone online to find out about a doctor or dentist, and more than 57 percent do so regularly. Attracting and retaining patients in this environment requires improving each digital touchpoint for patients, both before and after their visit.

Join LACMA and PatientPop in this webinar replay to learn how technology can create a better experience across the patient journey, and how every practice can benefit along the way.  

Webinar Replay


I want to let you know about the opportunity to learn from Japanese experts in radiation exposure.

A seminar is planned for Saturday, November 9th from 2 PM to 4 PM, in Torrance. It will be hosted by HICARE* and HMA.

Physicians from HICARE come to Los Angeles every other year to provide medical care to atomic bomb survivors. This year, HICARE medical experts are holding an educational seminar to explain the program to anyone who is interested. The lectures are aimed at physicians, but everyone is invited.

At the seminar, Kazunori Kodama, M.D., Ph.D., will speak on, “Studies on Radiation Health Effects in Atomic Bomb Survivors.”

Ryo Maeda, M.D., Ph.D. will explain “Medical Check-ups & Care of Aging Atomic Bomb Survivors.”


When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 2 pm to 4 pm

Where: Osato Medical Clinic - 3440 Lomita Blvd. Suite 320 Torrance, CA

Cost: Free

To reserve a seat, email your full name to:

If you want to read about HICARE go to and click on “English” in the upper right-hand corner of the page. 

I am happy to answer questions if you email me back at

I hope to see you there.

Best Regards,



Stephanie Booth, MD



“A successful team is a group of many hands and one mind.”
-Bill Bethel


Gustavo Friederichsen
Chief Executive Officer
Los Angeles County Medical Association
“If it matters to our LACMA members, it matters to me.”