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Monday Rx: Updates on Physician Leadership, Mentorship and Provider Opportunities

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Leadership Means Jumping In!

The California Medical Association Board of Trustees, via its Committee on Nominations, is seeking recommendations for physicians who are interested in and willing to serve on its standing Councils and Subcommittees for 2021-2022.

All current appointments expire at the conclusion of the California Medical Association House of Delegates in October 2021. New appointments will begin their terms at that time, with the new terms expiring at the conclusion of the 2022 House of Delegates. Councils and committees meet as needed, with up to four meetings per year via teleconference and potentially one in-person meeting.

Please note that current members who are eligible for reappointment must submit an application for the 2021-2022 term. Even if you previously submitted an application and there are no changes, you must complete the new online form. The new form includes optional information regarding diversity and demographics. Due to this requested personal demographic information, applicants are encouraged to fill out their own forms; however, applications submitted by a third party are also acceptable.

In developing nominations, CMA urges special consideration for recruiting the talent and experience of your younger colleagues, as well as ethnic and women physicians, who will bring new perspectives to the Association’s policy-developing committees.

Please submit applications through the form on the California Medical Association website. The deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 7, 2021.

For questions, contact Jessica Arthur at

Mentoring Can Be a Game Changer

As healthcare becomes more complex and demands on physicians increase, it is essential to find ways to mentor a young physician. Likewise, if you are a young physician, there should be opportunities for being mentored, guided, inspired and supported.

We have many seasoned physicians who possess an abundance of wisdom as many young physicians continue navigating the profession, oftentimes on their own. At the same time, as our Well Being Index kicks off next week, the chance to help a young physician helps both mentee and mentor. It gives physicians a chance to help, make a difference and listen.

If you are interested in either being a LACMA Mentor or Mentee, email me: and let’s get started.

COVID-19 Variants, J&J and News for Providers

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health updates its website daily. For the latest on variants, news on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and important news to share with patients click here.

As of today, there were 255 new cases, 390 hospitalizations and no deaths reported.

Best Practices to Manage CME Compliance and Future Trends of Telemedicine

We are thrilled to host a luncheon with Mocingbird to discuss the best practices to manage CME compliance, the future of telemedicine, and how it's changing. Telehealth is here to stay, and even tech giants like Amazon have joined the medical race.

Join us for an hour of impactful discussion on how to use innovation to better manage CME compliance for your providers, how telehealth impacts healthcare in general, and how to prepare providers to adapt to the future trend.

Your lunch is on us - 20 attendees will receive a GrubHub gift card as our thank you to you for joining us. RSVP today!

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021        

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PST      

Format: Zoom

Register Here or email Lisa Le at

Free On-Demand Webinar: The 2021 E/M Billing and Coding Updates Your Practice Needs to Know

On January 1, 2021, significant changes to outpatient E/M coding and documentation requirements took effect. In the one-hour on-demand webinar, Understanding 2021 Updates to E/M Billing and Coding, presented by the Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP), you will learn how the new E/M billing and coding changes benefit you and your practice. Healthcare business operations expert Mary Jean Sage provides recommendations on implementing the new guidelines to ensure appropriate reimbursement.

View the Webinar


The webinar addresses:

  • Which E/M services guidelines have changed
  • CPT’s new Table of Medical Decision Making – what each element means
  • How to document the elements of MDM
  • How to document time for new and established patient visits

CAP, a leading provider of medical malpractice coverage for California physicians, offers a wide array of risk and practice management benefits, such as these free programs, to its members.

To learn more about becoming a CAP member, please call 800-356-5672 or email Request an Instant Quote today to see how much you can save on medical malpractice coverage through CAP.

Calling All Physicians Looking for Non-Clinical Opportunities

As many physicians face challenges within the profession, some are looking to lead, impact and make a difference in non-clinical settings. 

Gentem, our strategic partner, transforms the reimbursement experience by not only handling the end-to-end billing and revenue cycle processes, but also reimbursing physicians upfront. Leveraging automation, data science, and the latest financial technologies, Gentem is able to increase cash flow while drastically reducing account receivable days and uncovering opportunities to increase revenue.

Gentem invited Dr. John Jurica to share opportunities for physicians, click here to learn more.

Virtual Grand Rounds: COVID-19 and Pregnancy - What are the risks for mom and baby?

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that COVID-19 infection can pose an increased risk during pregnancy and to newborns. During this virtual grand round, physicians engaged in research and clinical care of parents-to-be and current parents who are infected with or have been infected with COVID-19 will share the latest knowledge on COVID-19 infected parents and their newborns. The California Medical Association will also feature Erica Pan, M.D., the state epidemiologist, who will review the epidemiology of the disease, give vaccination updates and report on COVID-19 variants. 

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021          

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.      

Register Here

District 17: Changing Physician Strategies in Post Pandemic Healthcare

Join us for a presentation with Dr. Jacque J. Sokolov to discuss the 'Changing Physician Strategies in Post Pandemic Healthcare'.


Date: Thursday May 20, 2021          

Time: 7:00 p.m

Location: Zoom      


For more information or to RSVP please contact Vitelio Aguilar at



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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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