Monday Rx: Monterey Park Shooting, Healthcare Burnout Symposium, Safety Net Coalition and Calhealthcares Loan Repayment

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Statement from LACMA President Dr. Omer Deen

LACMA stands with the San Gabriel Valley Asian American community as they deal with a senseless tragedy.  On behalf of our board of directors and nearly 7,000 members, we support the work of Congresswoman Judy Chu and her legislation to close loopholes in universal background checks to decrease the number of those who shouldn’t have guns. 

We also send prayers to our newest group partners, Allied Pacific IPA and Garfield Medical Center as they, too, have been impacted by this violence during the Lunar New Year celebrations.  It is for these reasons LACMA is hosting a critical panel discussion on gun violence at next month’s burnout symposium at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center.  It is my hope that all physicians and healthcare leaders attend.  Here is the link to register:

If you would like to donate to support the victims, please CLICK HERE.


30 Days Until Healthcare Burnout Symposium

The recent shootings in Monterey Park and the impact these types of shootings have on physicians, and first responders will be the topic of a panel discussion at the burnout symposium on February 24-25 at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center. Please register today, as room rates are increasing soon, and LACMA members get significant discounts!

Contact Stephanie Mares at for the member discount code.

Safety Net Coalition

Kudos to Dr. Hector Flores and Dr. Omer Deen for supporting the Los Angeles County Safety Net Coalition, led by L.A. Care CEO John Baackes to address the issue of physician pay parity. The local safety coalition comprised of multiple stakeholders representing community clinics, private practices, reimbursement experts, and LACMA is now transitioning to a statewide effort to raise dollars for Medi-Cal providers. Stay tuned for more details as the fight for reimbursement balance continues. 

Welcome Back, Sheila Hoyer

I wanted to welcome back Sheila Hoyer to the LACMA team after a few years of being on “hiatus”! Sheila will oversee organizational management, schedules, jury duty, and much, much more. Welcome back, Sheila!

Calhealthcares Loan Repayment Application Cycle Now Open

A new application cycle for the CalHealthCares Loan Repayment Program is now open. CalHealthCares provides loan repayment on educational debt for California physicians and dentists who provide care to Medi-Cal patients.

Eligible physicians can apply for a loan repayment award of up to $300,000 in exchange for a five-year service obligation. Eligible dentists can apply for a loan repayment award of up to $300,000 in exchange for a five-year service obligation or a Practice Support Grant of up to $300,000 in exchange for a 10-year service obligation. The program is funded by Proposition 56 (2016) voter-approved, state tax revenues.

The application window runs from January 18 through March 3, 2023. Apply today!

Medicare Changes: 2023 and Beyond


This presentation will provide your practice with an overview of the policy changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), and other Medicare Part B issues, effective for the Calendar Year 2023 and beyond.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Telehealth Services 
  • Updates to Other Evaluation and Management (E/M) Visits
  • Behavioral Health Services 
  • CY 2023 Quality Payment Program
  • Noridian Compliance  
  • Other Medicare Part B issues
  • You will walk away with the resources to help you maneuver regulatory and procedural challenges that impact your practice.

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Location: Zoom

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


COSi: How to Build a Profitable & High Growth Business

Due to growing demand and feedback after the last COSi workshop on How to Build a Profitable & High Growth Medical Practice held in September and October, we have scheduled a third session on January 28, 2023. This FREE WORKSHOP will be taking place at the LACMA Headquarters in Downtown LA. Register to reserve your spot today! 

This is an exclusive invitation to a networking breakfast for Presidents, CEOs, Senior Vice Presidents, Executive Directors, and Owners of medical practices in Southern California that want to reach significant growth this year, sponsored by COSi, Cycle of Success Institute ( Feel free to bring 1-2 of your key managers.

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023

Location: Los Angeles County Medical Association, 801 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM




Your Monday morning thoughts set the tone for your whole week. See yourself getting stronger, and living a fulfilling, happier and healthier life.



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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