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Monday Rx: 9th Annual L.A. Healthcare Awards Recap, Vaccine Updates and Physician Benefits

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9th Annual L.A. Healthcare Awards

Thank you to Dr. Troy Elander for his leadership, sponsors such as Cooperative of American Physicians, Wells Fargo, Blue Shield, Charles R. Drew University, Facey Medical Group, L.A. Care, Mercer, Kedren Health and Clínica Oscar Romero for helping us raise nearly $80,000 for medical student scholarships. Without the support from these organizations and the herculean efforts of Lisa Le and staff, this event would not be possible.

Vaccine Update

More than half of California adults have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccination, and nearly a third are fully vaccinated, according to the state’s health agency.

The California Department of Public Health’s most recent data shows 10.1 million people, 31.4% of the adult population, are fully vaccinated. Another 6.5 million have received one shot of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Johnson & Johnson vaccines — the use of which was recently paused in California due to an extremely rare blood clotting issue experienced in six patients out of more than 7 million — only requires one shot. The number of partially vaccinated adults in California still awaiting their second shot accounts for 20.1% of the total adult population. Combined, that means 51.5% of California adults have gotten at least one shot.

California’s progress in rolling out the vaccine is roughly in line with national trends. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Sunday that 50.4% of all adults in the country have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 32.5% are fully vaccinated. Another 17.9% of Americans are still waiting to get their second shot.

Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Update

Emergent BioSolutions has shut down new manufacturing of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine at its Baltimore plant at the request of the Food and Drug Administration after an inspection of the troubled facility last week, Emergent said Monday. The halt in production is another setback for Johnson & Johnson as it attempts to meet its promise to deliver nearly 100 million doses of vaccine to the U.S. government by the end of May.

The Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold an emergency Webcast on April 23, 2021, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Click here for the link for providers with more information.

LACMA Making Rounds for a Reason

As part of our COVID-19 Rapid Response 3.0, LACMA embarked on providing community clinics with PPEs for both staff and patients thanks to a generous donation from

To see the latest summary, click here.

Credit Card Fee Savings

Merchant Advocate helps businesses save money without switching processors. Merchant Advocate is the leading expert on Merchant Services Consulting in the healthcare space. By providing tremendous cost savings to help practices, groups, clinics, and health systems reduce overheard in the increasingly competitive healthcare economy. There are no upfront costs for their services. They are paid out of the savings achieved.


We will feature Merchant Advocate in tomorrow’s Tuesday Rx but if you want to learn more now contact George Stein at / 858.414.122 and visit their web site at:

Cal-HOP Funding for Practices

LACMA members can get funding through the federal/state-funded Cal-HOP program (click here).

The Cal-HOP program helps practices onboard to Health Information Exchanges/Organizations (HIE/HIO), helping to get rid of the obstacle of paying for the interface between their EHR and the HIE. The funding expires in September 2021, so it’s essential that they join LANES, our local HIE partners, to take advantage of this opportunity.

For practices participating in pay-for-performance or who have quality reporting needs this is critical infrastructure to make sure that PCPs get the ER/hospital notifications for the patients that are really theirs – and for routine access to labs/studies and notes from other systems. HIEs allow care teams to securely access and share a patient’s full health history from across EHRs, hospitals, health plans, pharmacies, and other health entities. By joining an HIE, practices can also save time, improve care coordination, and earn more in incentives and payments.

For more information contact our LANES partner, Brad Hibbard, Vice President of Sales and Marketing LANES at 949-633-3900.

VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World

VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World is celebrating the hope that COVID-19 vaccines are offering families and communities around the world. We are calling on world leaders to step up to make sure vaccines are accessible for all so we can end the pandemic for everyone, everywhere.

This television taping is a tribute to all the amazing people like you who have been on the frontlines of the pandemic. Frontline and essential workers showed up every single day to protect global citizens around the world, and Global Citizen couldn't be more grateful.


If you will be fully vaccinated by April 18th, enter the draw at the link below for your chance to win free tickets for you and a guest. (Note: your guest also needs to be fully vaccinated by April 18).

Tickets are limited, so enter the drawing quickly! Winners will be notified by email to collect tickets. To allow as many fellow colleagues/members to be included, Global Citizen would like to stress this is an internal communication. Please do not forward outside of this organization. 

Date: Sunday May 2, 2021          

Time: TBA  

Register Here

Webinar: Understanding Value-Based Care with Aledade

Come learn about value-based care payment models, accountable care organizations (ACO), and related innovation programs (such as the Medicare Shared Savings Program, Direct Contracting Model, and Primary Care First), with insights from and an overview of Aledade’s population health management platform. You will also get to hear from Marc Concepcion, D.O., whose practice works with Aledade through its physician-led ACOs. While this webinar will provide an overview of these models and all are welcome, Aledade’s population health management service supports independent primary care physicians and community health centers. Hope to see you there!

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021          

Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.      

Register Here


"Change happens. One gesture. One person.One moment at a time."


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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