Monday Rx: Spring General Session, Work Life Balance, Premier Health Billing Services and Legislative Advocacy Day

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LACMA Spring General Session Guest, CMA CEO Dustin Corcoran

This year’s spring general session will be on April 20th at 6:00 PM and our guest will be CMA's CEO Dustin Corcoran who will share the latest on MICRA (the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act) which is under attack. 

Click here to register.

CMA’s Janus Norman Named CCTA President, Rocco Named Interim Head of CMA Government Relations

CMA Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Political Operations Janus Norman will become the California Cable and Telecommunications Association’s (CCTA) new President, starting April 25th. 

CCTA is the industry’s largest state cable and telecommunications association, leading the development of video, broadband and communications policy in California.

“For the last eight and a half years, Janus Norman has positioned CMA as a force in the health care advocacy space. His service, passion and dedication to California’s physicians has been a large reason for the unrivalled success of our legislative and political advocacy programs,” said CMA CEO Dustin Corcoran. “The legacy that Janus leaves behind at CMA will be felt for years to come.”

Janice Rocco, CMA Vice President of Health Care Access and Coverage, will serve as interim Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Political Operations. Rocco joined CMA early last year and has been working on issues related to health care access, coverage and reform, as well as addressing matters related to the pandemic. Prior to joining CMA, she was the consultant to the Senate Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response, spent nine years as the Deputy Insurance Commissioner, and worked for over a decade as a Chief of Staff in the State Assembly, after working for Planned Parenthood at the beginning of her career.  

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

NPSTW is observed every second week in April to recognize and celebrate the work of telecommunicators helping to save millions of lives every day. If it were not for the 911 operators’ flawlessly doing their jobs, countless lives would have been lost due to untimely assistance. So, throughout this week, we honor and thank those invisible telecommunicators who have continued to serve in this demanding profession.

Work Life Balance Should be Life’s Work in Balance

A recent survey by CompHealth’s parent company, CHG Healthcare, found the number one factor new physicians are looking for in a job is work-life balance. This was followed closely by work schedule and location. What makes this more interesting is that CompHealth asked a similar question in a CompHealth survey back in 2018. Work-life balance was number one on the list as well. However, in 2018, 63% of physicians listed it as their number one factor, this year that number jumped up to 85%.

Achieving work-life balance is not just good for physicians it is also good for their patients and the facilities they work. Even before the pandemic provider burnout was seen as an issue that caused adverse patient reactions. Add in COVID-19 with physician burnout at an all-time high and negative patient impact is even higher.

For as many as 50% of physicians, burnout symptoms of cynicism, exhaustion, and reduced effectiveness overshadow their personal and professional lives. Like the coronavirus, burnout has reached global epidemic levels. Responses by academic institutions, government, and private industry to systemically address the burnout epidemic are woefully inadequate. 

Click here for the full story.

Click here to take the well-being assessment or access the myriad of LACMA resources for help.

Premier Health Billing Services

We have been looking for a credible billing partner for some time now after working with some vendors who overpromised and underdelivered. Premier Health Billing Services was recommended by three physicians. PHBS is a medical billing and coding solution dedicated to providing expert services to increase revenue for clients. They are known for increasing practice revenue and patient volume, while decreasing liability and overhead. Click here for the link to their site as we add them to ours: Welcome PHBS team!

Bowling, Great Conversation and Good Times!

LACMA’s Young Physicians Committee is hosting its annual Young Physician Mixer on April 29th at the Lucky Strike at LA Live in Downtown LA! 

This is a great way to meet and connect with physicians, fellows, residents, and medical students from all over the county. You can bowl, play table games, or just come hang out!

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

LACMA & CMA members are FREE! Please share with your peers and colleagues. Fellows, residents, and students have free membership.

They can join here.

Date: April 29, 2022

Time: 8:00 pm 

Register here.

Register for Legislative Advocacy Day

The California Medical Association (CMA) will host its 48th annual Legislative Advocacy Day in Sacramento.

CMA's Legislative Advocacy Day consistently brings together more than 400 physician and medical student leaders from all specialties and modes of practice. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with legislators on priority health care issues.

Date: April 19, 2022

Register here.

MICRA Media and Message Training

The California Medical Association (CMA) is hosting a member-only training on the upcoming ballot initiative threatening to end California's long-standing liability reform law - the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) on April 18, 2022. Participants will have the opportunity to receive a comprehensive overview and in-depth media training on the ballot initiative.   

Date: April 18, 2022

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00pm 

Location: Sheraton Grand Hotel: 1230 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Register here.

Webinar: The Future of Telehealth

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many practices implemented telehealth for the first time. Now, physicians and their patients are starting to think about what happens to telehealth if and when the public health emergency comes to an end. Recent developments at the state and federal level are bringing the future into focus. 

Date: April 26, 2022

Time: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm 

Register here.


"You’ll be amazed at what you attract after you start believing in what you deserve."

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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