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Nominating Committee Report 2013

The Nominating Committee held a conference call on January 16, 2013.  Members participating in the call included:  Drs. Rodney Borger, Victor Ching, Leroy Ounanian, Clifford Walters, Danny Wongworawat, Mohan Mallam and Jim Peterson, Executive Director. Presented January 28, 2013 are the following slate of proposed officers, board members and CMA Delegation: Nomination of Officers One-year term, 7/1/2013-6/30/2014 President: Raman Poola, MD President-Elect: Montri Wongworawat, MD Vice President: Marti Baum, MD Secretary: Michael Sequeira, MD Treasurer: Eric Hansen, DO Past President: Leroy Ounanian, MD Nominations for the Board of Directors Two-year term, 7/1/2013-6/30/2015 District 1: Damodara Rajasekhar, MD, first term, replacing ...

South Coast AQMD Seeking Hearing Board Candidates

South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), located in Diamond Bar, performs work critical to the health and well-being of over 17 million people living in four Southern California counties.  We are seeking two candidates for appointment to our Hearing Board for three-year terms, from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016.  The appointments are: One Medical Member and one alternate Medical Member.  (Both appointments require a licensed physician with two or more years of practical experience).  Since these posts are unusual and traditional advertising is not likely to ...

Health Benefit Exchange Toolkit Now Available

In 2010, Congress passed historic sweeping health care legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which reformed the for-profit health insurance industry and beginning in 2014 will provide health insurance to most of the nation’s uninsured. Under the ACA, two thirds of California’s uninsured will be covered by private insurance through a health insurance exchange purchasing pool. The exchange’s goal is to start pre-enrollment in October 2013. CMA has developed a new toolkit titled, CMA’s Got You Covered: A physician’s guide to Covered California, the state’s health benefit ...

DHCS selects health plans for rural expansion of Medi-Cal managed care

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced last week that it has selected four health plans to provide managed care services to approximately 410,000 Medi-Cal beneficiaries in 28 rural counties. The selections are contingent upon each plan meeting stringent readiness criteria.   The California Legislature authorized, as part of last year's budget, the expansion of Medi-Cal managed care into rural fee-for-service counties, expanding Medi-Cal managed care program into all of California’s 58 counties. This expansion is part of the governor's plan to reduce costs in the Medi-Cal program. Under the expansion ...

2013 Outstanding Awards

Do you know of someone who has made a significant contribution to the healthcare field; displayed extraordinary professional competence; been active within SBCMS; been active in health promotion and disease through public speaking presentations and/or involvement with community organizations; or made charitable, benevolent and humane gifts or participated in acts demonstrating a desire to help mankind? If you answered yes, then this is your chance to nominate that colleague or citizen! Complete the official nomination form and return by fax to 951-787-8795; email lmyers@sbcms.org; or mail to SBCMS, Attn Outstanding Awards, 3993 ...

Need EHR Help or Guidance on EHR Incentives

The Inland Empire EHR Resource Center (IEEHRC) has recently secured additional federally subsidized funding to assist Primary Care Providers with their Electronic Health Records.  The IEEHRC has already assisted 600 Inland Empire providers in receiving $4,300,000 in incentive payments! Has your practice achieved Meaningful Use of your EHR and received incentive payments?  Whether you are implementing your EHR or needing assistance with achieving Meaningful Use, the IEEHRC can help. The assistance for Primary Care Providers is paid for by a federally subsidized grant and  will be provided at no cost to the PCPs ...