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Monday Rx: Election Transition, Rapid Response 3.0 and COVID-19 Updates

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Now that President-Elect Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the election, he is making the transition from campaigning on healthcare issues to governing.

It remains unclear how much Biden will be able to accomplish in Congress, as control of the Senate will come down to two runoff elections in Georgia that will be held in January. Still, the likely change in executive branch will have big implications for the healthcare industry.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the Supreme Court's eventual ruling on the Affordable Care Act will also be major factors. Experts said Biden would tackle the virus straight away with a renewed emphasis on public health measures aimed at trying to stop its spread.

That said, the president elect today announced the COVID-19 advisory team. The group will be led by three physicians: Vivek Murthy, MD, David A. Kessler, MD, and Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD.


Vaccine News

Pfizer and BioNTech said their COVID-19 vaccine achieved "more than 90%" efficacy in an interim analysis, after 94 infections were recorded -- but with few other details.

COVID-19 Cases

The U.S. is the first country to pass 10 million cases for COVID-19 cases with 237,584 dead. Daily averages over the past week reached 109,000 new cases and 940 deaths and for Los Angeles County, 322,207 cases, 2,238 in last 24 hours, more than 7,000 deaths and 2 in last 24 hours reported.

Road To Economic Recovery Los Angeles County Works Initiative 

Kudos to Dr. Sion Roy, LACMA's immediate past president for being named to serve on the  Los Angeles County Works Initiative to rapidly respond to business needs during the pandemic.  The panel will be addressing ways L.A. County and nonprofits can relieve current pressures while also planning for economic recovery. Congratulations Dr. Roy!

Date: November 10, 2020
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PST

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LACMA COVID-19 Rapid Response 3.0 To Launch Next Week

Pleased to share that LACMA will kick off its 3rd Rapid Response initiative next week with free PPE for members (4-month supplies) and non-members (2-month supplies). We will send out alerts and instructions a week from today!

Also, on the horizon is the launch of the new LACMA podcast “Clear as Mud” sponsored by the Patient Care Foundation. Next week’s episodes feature Dr. Dave Logan with CMA Wellness, Dr. Cesar Chavarria on surviving the pandemic from a private practice perspective and Francisco Silva, general counsel, CMA on AB 890, what’s next?

We will send you information on how to access the podcast. I also want to thank Dr. Troy Elander, chair of the Patient Care Foundation for his support.

If you would like to give to the foundation to help medical students in need, click here.


Your Chance to Win PPE!


We are raffling off 2 boxes of PPE every 2 weeks until December 31, 2020.  There will be 2 winners (every 2 weeks) and each box contains a 2 month supply of PPE valued at nearly $4,500.

Individual self-paying members are eligible for this raffle. 

How to enter:
To be eligible for this raffle, simply renew your annual membership online or send in your renewal check in the mail and you will automatically be entered for the raffle drawing during that 2-week time frame.  Please note that your name will be entered for only one raffle.

Winner Announcement:
You will receive an email from Lisa Le informing you that you’ve won.

Email Lisa Le at

Enter the current raffle now by clicking the renewal link below.

Renew Membership

Morning Brew: November 9, 2020

Read the full Morning Brew 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.”