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CMA installs infectious disease specialist Steven E. Larson, M.D., as 2015-16 president

At the California Medical Association’s (CMA) 2015 House of Delegates meeting in Anaheim, Steven E. Larson, M.D., was installed as the association’s 2015-16 president. “It is an enormous honor to serve the 40,000 plus members of CMA as their president,” said Dr. Larson. “As we face some of the most rapidly changing times in health care that this country has ever seen, I look forward to working with the county medical societies and my colleagues across the state in unifying together as one voice to tackle whatever obstacles lie ahead.” Dr. ...

CMA delegates urge the state to restore public health funding

On Friday, October 16th, the California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates meeting in Anaheim voted unanimously to urge the State of California to restore public health funding. The resolution (Resolution 112-15) calls on CMA to work with state health and legislative officials, through the state budget process, to develop a plan to repair California’s public health infrastructure and funding for vital prevention services that have been eliminated or drastically reduced since 2007-08. It is estimated that over $226.7 million per year has been lost in California Department of Public ...

CMA passes resolution urging U.S. Chamber of Commerce to cease tobacco advocacy efforts

The California Medical Association (CMA) reinforced its long-established stance against tobacco use today, with the CMA House of Delegates voting in favor of a resolution (Res. 107-15) that strongly objects to pro-tobacco efforts by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in other parts of the world. With the resolution’s passage, CMA calls on the Chamber to immediately halt all advocacy efforts on behalf of tobacco companies and urges all conscientious companies that are members of the Chamber to either take similar action or quit their membership to protest such anti-health efforts. “As ...

Physicians warn of Halloween eye risks

Every Halloween, costume contact lenses fly off the shelves as people look to accentuate their outfits with those appealing visual accessories. These non-prescription lenses, however, can cause potentially blinding infections. To help prevent eye damage and vision loss, the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (CAEPS) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) are warning costume shoppers about over-the-counter decorative lenses after a recent study found that several varieties tested positive for chlorine and other harmful chemicals. “While Halloween costumes complete with over-the-counter contact lenses can be fun, many people ...

Outgoing president urges delegates to remain steadfast in a time of CMA governance reform

Outgoing California Medical Association (CMA) President and Humboldt County physician, Luther Cobb, M.D., today addressed the 144th House of Delegates (HOD), looking back at his year of service to the association. “This was a fascinating year,” he said, characterizing it as one of change, full of challenges, and “the experience of a lifetime.” In his speech before the more than 500 physicians, residents and medical students in attendance, he outlined for the delegates the victories that CMA has achieved in the past two years. “Our greatest victory came just before I took ...

CMS announces 30-day period of Physician Compare

On October 5, 2015 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) opened the 30-day preview period on October 5, 2015 for the 2014 quality measures that will be reported on the Physician Compare website later this year. The Affordable Care Act required CMS to create a website that would allow consumers to search for and compare physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services. That site—the "Physician Compare" website, initially launched in 2010—provides contact information, specialties and clinical training, hospital affiliations and group practice information. In 2014, the ...

State issues new report cards for HMOs, PPOs, and large medical groups

The California Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) recently released its 15th annual “California Health Care Quality Report Cards,” which rates the state's health plans and medical groups on a four-star scale. Available in English, Spanish and Chinese, the report cards allow consumers to compare the quality of care that more than 16 million commercially insured consumers receive from the state’s 10 largest HMOs, six largest PPOs and more than 200 medical groups. The data for the report cards is drawn from claims data and patient surveys from 2013. Users can ...

State Public Health Officer Warns of Invasive Mosquitoes Detected in California

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is warning Californians to protect themselves from two invasive mosquito species recently found in California. Both species can transmit infectious diseases, such as dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever. This warning comes as two more counties are added to the list of counties where Aedes aegypti (the yellow fever mosquito) and Aedes albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito) have been detected. “It is important to know these species of mosquitoes because they are not ...

6 tips to ace video interviews for residency

Application fees and travel expenses for residency can be costly, which is why program directors are piloting new ways to interview applicants via videoconferencing. Take time to prepare. Follow these expert tips for success, should your prospective residency programs offer video interviews. “The use of videoconference interviews for residency and fellowship programs … has been associated with positive feedback from candidates, cost savings for candidates and increased time efficiency,” according to a study authored by internal medicine residency directors at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. The study was published in ...

8 benefits to negotiate for your next job offer

Negotiation is about more than compensation. It’s an artful form of communication that entails asking for exactly what you deserve—and that means employee benefits. Wondering which ones to secure in your employment contract? Here’s a must-have list of benefits every new physician should ask for when negotiating a job offer. Health care attorney Catherine Hanson has provided legal and employment counsel to physicians, medical associations and other health care professionals for more than 30 years. Hanson said to residents when it comes to negotiation, although salary obviously rises to the top ...