Monday Rx: New Surgeon General, Burnout Symposium, Solutions Portal, Initiatives, Vacancies and Events

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Governor Newsom Names New Surgeon General

Former Orange County Medical Association president Dr. Diana Ramos was appointed California’s Surgeon General last week. Dr. Ramos, adjunct assistant clinical professor at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, was the first Latinx woman and public health physician to hold the position of president of OCMA. Dr. Ramos has more than three decades of cross-cutting experience and expertise with a focus on health equity and reproductive health. She currently serves at the California Department of Public Health’s Center for Healthy Communities, where she oversees the state’s public health and prevention programs.

The Governor established the role of Surgeon General in 2019 on his first day in office as part of a series of major health care proposals and actions. The California Surgeon General is a key spokesperson on public health issues throughout the state and advises the Governor on efforts to address health risks and challenges as effectively and as early as possible.

Southern California Burnout Symposium Set for February 23-25, 2023

Mark your calendars for next February as LACMA presents the first Southern California Burnout Symposium coordinated by International Conference Development Events. US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra is the confirmed keynote speaker, and the UCLA Luskin Conference Center will be the site! Featuring the most dynamic and relevant program covering two full days, there will also be a panel featuring eight physicians who will share their stories dealing with mass shootings and the impact of gun violence on physicians and first responders. Stay tuned for more details and reach out if you have any questions.

LACMA Solutions Portal is Open!

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.

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Welcome, Promise Health Plan!

Welcome, Promise Health Plan and 18 new physicians who joined LACMA last week! Special thanks to Dr. Hector Flores, LACMA board member, who was a consistent influence, and Dr. James Cruz, Chief Medical Officer for Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, which is Blue Shield of California’s Medi-Cal (Medicaid) health plan.

Is Illegal Street Racing a Public Health Crisis?

Numerous injuries, gun violence, and a threat to public safety -- the success of the "Fast and the Furious" franchise has increased hospitalizations and deaths. One neighborhood is rallying against the filming of "Fast X," the 10th installment in the franchise, which residents say glamorizes street racing and illegal takeovers. Should physicians get involved? Let me know what you think. 

We Are Here to Support Your Practice Needs!

We are here to support your practice needs! If your practice needs additional assistance to hire staff, invest in technology, engage any one of LACMA’s 100+ preferred partners, or needs assistance to improve billing, reimbursement, and revenue generation, simply fill out the application.

  • The deadline for the Fall 2022 cycle is September 14, 2022.
  • Six medical practices will be selected to receive financial grants and free practice assessments.
  • Additional details and FAQs for this member-exclusive program are available here.

LACMA is here to help! We encourage you to APPLY TODAY!

Still have questions? Email Stephanie Mares.

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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 regional health officer. Click here to apply.


How to Build a Profitable & High Growth Medical Practice





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.

Attendees will receive a free digital copy of the #1 Best Selling Business Book, “The Profit Pattern” by John Mautner,    Founder and CEO of COSi.

Breakfast will be served. Seating is limited to only the first 40 practices.

During the session, you and your team will:

  • Brainstorm and then capture $1,000,000+ of bottom-and top-line opportunities within your practice right now
  • Learn about advanced business tools, techniques, processes, and skills necessary to transform your operation into a profitable high, growth business
  • Discover step-by-step how to get your practice on the fastest path possible to growing patients, cash flow, and profitability, despite today’s economy
  • Learn how to empower your people to work together, growing revenue and profitability
  • Gain proven steps to creating teamwork, quality, communication, and accountability

Date: Saturday, Sept. 10

Time: 9 –11 am PDT

801 S Grand Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA





"Teamwork is the secret that makes people achieve uncommon results."

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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