OCMA Blog 4492 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/avoiding-medical-board-discipline-when-prescribing-opiates.aspx?PostId=4492&tabid=1144 Alert,General Avoiding Medical Board Discipline when Prescribing Opiates <div><br> </div> <p>There are a host of new, ever changing, and conflicting guidelines from a multitude of regulators and academic societies.&nbsp; This evolving and uncertain landscape is making the life of a practicing pain physician in the midst of today&rsquo;s nationwide opiate epidemic&hellip;painful.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><strong>Here are 10 Tips to help you avoid Medical Board discipline when prescribing opiates:</strong></p> <p><strong>1.&nbsp; Don't Prescribe Opiates Unless . . .&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>The patient has exhausted all reasonable alternatives.</li> <li>There is medical indication</li> </ul> <p><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>o&nbsp; &nbsp;Recently documented objective evidence of/consistent with Patient's Pain Complaints</p> <ul> <li>You have conducted a comprehensive history, initial exam, imaging, UDT's, CURES, ORT's, have a signed Pain Contract, and have provided Informed Consent.</li> </ul> <p><strong>2.&nbsp; Treat the 2014 MBC Guidelines as Dictating the Standard of Care (i.e., rules you must follow) - Deviations from these Guidelines must be justified and documented.</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/Nossaman%20-%20Blog%20-%20August%2014%202018.pdf?ver=2018-08-14-105450-933" target="_blank">Click here</a>&nbsp;to read the remaining tips.&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:59:22 Z 2018-08-14 17:59 +00:00 2018-08-14 10:59 -07:00 4480 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/distracting-devices-in-healthcare-malpractice-implications.aspx?PostId=4480&tabid=1144 TDC Risk Tip Distracting Devices in Healthcare: Malpractice Implications <h1></h1> <p class=""><em>By:&nbsp; Shelley Rizzo, MSN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, The Doctors Company</em></p> <p class=""><span style="color: black;">Digital distraction in healthcare is emerging as a great threat to patient safety and physician well-being.</span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><sup><span style="color: blue;"><a href="https://www.thedoctors.com/EPiServer/Cms/#1">1</a></span></sup></span><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;This phenomenon involves the habitual use of personal electronic devices by healthcare providers for nonclinical purposes during appointments and procedures.</span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><sup><span style="color: blue;"><a href="https://www.thedoctors.com/EPiServer/Cms/#2">2</a></span></sup></span><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;Some call it &ldquo;distracted doctoring.&rdquo; </span></p> <p class=""><span style="color: black;">But the threat might more aptly be called &ldquo;distracted practice,&rdquo; as it impacts all healthcare workers and staff. Personal electronic devices can create a digital distraction so engaging that it consumes awareness, potentially preventing healthcare providers from focusing on the primary task at hand&mdash;caring for and interacting with patients. And the consequences can be devastating.</span></p> <p class=""><span style="color: black;">Distraction can be both a&nbsp;<em>symptom of</em>&nbsp;and a&nbsp;<em>contributor to</em>&nbsp;healthcare provider stress and burnout. As a symptom of burnout, digital distraction is a way to escape a stressful environment. As a contributor to burnout, digital distraction impedes human interaction because of the sheer volume of data demanding our attention.</span></p> <p class=""><span style="color: black;">For most healthcare providers, distractions and interruptions are considered part of the job; it is the nature of their work. If we consider healthcare distraction on a continuum, on one end are distractions&nbsp;<em>related to clinical care</em>&nbsp;(e.g., answering team member questions or responding to surgical equipment alarms). On the other end of the continuum are distractions&nbsp;<em>unrelated to clinical care</em>&nbsp;(e.g., making personal phone calls, sending personal text messages, checking social media sites, playing games, or searching airline flights).</span></p> <p class=""><span style="color: black;">From a litigation perspective, the distinction between distractions related to clinical care and those unrelated to clinical care is important. In a medical malpractice claim where there is an allegation that an adverse event was caused by distracted practice, a distraction caused by a clinical-care-related activity may be found to be within the standard of care and is, therefore, often defensible. But where it can be shown that the distraction was caused by non-patient matters, the plaintiff&rsquo;s attorney will certainly use that against the defendant. In these situations, the defendant&rsquo;s medical care may not even enter the equation, because during eDiscovery the metadata (i.e., cell phone records, scouring findings from hard drives) serves as the &ldquo;expert witness.&rdquo; Even if the defendant&rsquo;s clinical care was within the standard, the fact that there are cell phone records indicating that the healthcare provider was surfing the Internet or checking personal e-mail may imply distraction and could potentially supersede all other evidence.</span></p> <p class=""><span style="color: black;">Two new CME courses from The Doctors Company,&nbsp;<em>How Healthcare Leaders Can Reduce Risks of Distracted Practice in Their Organization</em>&nbsp;and<em>&nbsp;The Risks of Distracted Practice in the Perioperative Area</em>, address addiction to personal electronic devices and provide strategies that individuals and organizations can use to minimize the patient safety risks associated with distractions from these devices.</span></p> <p class=""><span style="color: black;">Find these courses and explore our extensive catalog of complimentary CME and CE activities at&nbsp;</span><span class=""><a href="http://www.thedoctors.com/patient-safety/education-and-cme/ondemand/">http://www.thedoctors.com/patient-safety/education-and-cme/ondemand/</a></span><span style="color: black;">.</span></p> <ol> <li class="" style="color: black;"><em><span>Distracted Doctoring: Returning to Patient-Centered Care in the Digital Age</span></em></li> </ol> <p class=""><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: blue;"><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Distracted-Doctoring-Returning-Patient-Centered-Digital/dp/331948706X">https://www.amazon.com/Distracted-Doctoring-Returning-Patient-Centered-Digital/dp/331948706X</a></span></p> <ol> <li class="" style="color: black;"><span>Treat, Don&rsquo;t Tweet: The Dangerous Rise of Social Media in the Operating Room</span></li> </ol> <p class=""><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: blue;"><a href="https://psmag.com/social-justice/treat-dont-tweet-dangerous-rise-social-media-operating-room-79061">https://psmag.com/social-justice/treat-dont-tweet-dangerous-rise-social-media-operating-room-79061</a></span></p> <p class="">Contributed by The Doctors Company. For more patient safety articles and practice tips, visit <span class=""><a href="http://www.thedoctors.com/patientsafety">www.thedoctors.com/patientsafety</a></span>. </p> <p class="" style="background: white;"><span style="color: rgb(98, 98, 98);">The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider in light of all circumstances prevailing in the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.</span></p> <p class=""><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class=""><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <br> Wed, 08 Aug 2018 18:25:26 Z 2018-08-08 18:25 +00:00 2018-08-08 11:25 -07:00 4440 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/welcome-to-cmas-next-generate.aspx?PostId=4440&tabid=1144 Alert,General Welcome to CMA's Next Generation <p class="">Earlier this week, CMA launched its new branding initiative along with its updated website. The initiative called, &ldquo;Next Generation of CMA,&rdquo; has been in the planning process for over a year.&nbsp; You can check out information on it by <a href="https://www.cmadocs.org/" target="_blank" style="">clicking here</a>.</p> <p class="">OCMA was one of the early adopters at the county level and we released our new logo at the same time.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class=""><img src="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/OCMA%20Logo_RGB_primary_full%20color%20-%202018%20-%20resized%20for%20newsletter.jpg?ver=2018-07-17-181311-497" width="262" height="82"></p> <p class="">As you can see, the logo is consistent with CMA other than its color, and the new logo design will soon be adopted by all the county medical societies in California.&nbsp; Each will have its own color.&nbsp; Over the next few months, OCMA will be upgrading its website making it easier for our member physicians to navigate and get the information they need.&nbsp; Stay tuned.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:16:19 Z 2018-07-18 01:16 +00:00 2018-07-17 18:16 -07:00 4420 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/sexual-harassment-allegations-in-healthcare-rising-risks.aspx?PostId=4420&tabid=1144 TDC Risk Tip Sexual Harassment Allegations in Healthcare: Rising Risks <div><br> </div> <p>By:&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Richard Cahill, JD, vice president and associate general counsel, The Doctors Company</em><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Healthcare providers are not immune from the growing number of reported incidents of alleged sexual harassment in the workplace. Accusers may be employees, patients, third-party vendors or visitors. Individuals alleged to have acted inappropriately may include co-workers, both supervisors and subordinates, professional staff&mdash;and even patients.&nbsp;</p> <strong><br> Repercussions of Harassment Claims&nbsp;</strong><br> After complaints are filed, costly and potentially embarrassing investigations are often conducted by law enforcement, human resources departments, and administrative agencies. Depending on the nature and scope of the findings, serious adverse consequences and often irreparable harm to a person&rsquo;s reputation may follow.<br> <strong><br> Adopt and Enforce Zero Tolerance</strong><br> Healthcare practitioners and facilities are strongly encouraged to develop and consistently enforce a zero-tolerance policy. Protocols must be written, periodically reviewed, and updated as necessary, detailing:<br> <br> &bull;<span> </span>The types of conduct that will not be tolerated, regardless of the identity of the alleged perpetrator.<br> &bull;<span> </span>A clear methodology for reporting claimed instances of wrongdoing.<br> &bull;<span> </span>The process to be followed in investigating complaints, and rules that should be observed to help insure that confidentiality and due process are appropriately protected.&nbsp;<br> &bull;<span> </span>Documentation to be completed and maintained.<br> &bull;<span> </span>The range of sanctions, up to and including termination, for both employees and patients, should the allegations ultimately be determined to be true.<br> <br> Staff should receive proper training as part of the on-boarding process and on a regular basis thereafter. Offices should develop and retain attendance sign-in sheets of such training in the regular course of business to demonstrate, in the event of a subsequent problem, the good faith and due diligence as continuing efforts of the clinic, provider or facility to comply with federal and state requirements.<br> <strong><br> Be Sure You&rsquo;re Covered</strong><br> Healthcare providers are also strongly encouraged to consult with their personal or corporate attorney to understand the potential financial risks of claims involving allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct. They should then confer with their insurance agent or broker to determine pro-actively what coverages might be available in their respective states to protect the provider in the event of such a claim.<br> <br> Most practitioners carry professional liability coverage in the event of a claim for medical malpractice. Not uncommonly, however, medical professional liability policies specifically exclude coverage for acts of sexual misconduct committed by a physician against a patient.&nbsp;<br> <br> It&rsquo;s also prudent to consult with insurance brokers and agents about the availability of Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI). EPLI may provide coverage for certain types of workplace harassment, which may include sexual misconduct involving the policy holder and an employee.<br> <br> And finally, claims of inappropriate sexual behavior against a physician or other licensed healthcare practitioner may result in administrative proceedings by a state medical board, or the privileges committee of a hospital or other facility regulated by The Joint Commission. Endorsements are widely available as part of medical professional liability policies to pay legal defense costs in the event of an investigation or subsequent disciplinary hearing.<br> <div><br> </div> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 21:24:25 Z 2018-06-29 21:24 +00:00 2018-06-29 14:24 -07:00 4417 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/ocma-partners-with-carr-healthcare-realty-to-encourage-orange-county-physicians-to-capitalize-on-their-highest-negotiable-expense-real-estate.aspx?PostId=4417&tabid=1144 Alert,General,Press Release OCMA partners with Carr Healthcare Realty to encourage Orange County Physicians to capitalize on their highest negotiable expense - real estate. <p class=""> <p class=""><span>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Contact: Katie Tomarchio, OCMA</span></p> <p class=""><span>25 June 2018&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Phone: 949-398-8100</span></p> <p class=""><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Email: ktomarchio@ocma.org</span></p> <p class=""><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p class="" style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>OCMA partners with Carr Healthcare Realty to encourage Orange County Physicians to capitalize on <span style="background: white; letter-spacing: 0.15pt; color: black;">their highest negotiable expense - real estate</span></span></strong></p> <p class=""><span style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; letter-spacing: 0.15pt;">[Newport Beach, CA] - OCMA has officially approved Carr Healthcare Realty as business partner.&nbsp; To level the playing field between </span>landlords and sellers, Carr Healthcare Realty is <span style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; letter-spacing: 0.15pt;">committed to <em>only</em> representing the interests of physicians with their leasing or purchasing needs.</span>&nbsp; &nbsp;They are <span style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; letter-spacing: 0.15pt;">the nation&rsquo;s leading provider of commercial real estate services for those in the healthcare industry, and only represent tenants and buyers.</span> By not listing properties or representing landlords<span style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; letter-spacing: 0.15pt;"> they assure their clients that their interests are always protected, resulting in the most favorable terms possible.</span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="" style="background: white; margin-bottom: 12pt;"><span style="background: white; letter-spacing: 0.15pt; color: black;">&ldquo;Our </span><span style="background: white; letter-spacing: 0.15pt;">only goal at CARR Healthcare Realty is to protect the interest of our doctor clients in their real estate endeavors.&nbsp; We are excited that the OCMA has recognized that our core value aligns with their mission</span><span style="letter-spacing: 0.15pt;">.&nbsp; This is a great partnership that will provide another benefit to OCMA members with unparalleled results.&rdquo;&nbsp; &ndash; Tricia McCarroll, Orange County Agent</span></p> <p class="" style="background: white;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.15pt; color: black;">Real estate is the second highest expense for most healthcare practices.&nbsp; The difference between a properly or poorly negotiated transaction can benefit or cost a practice hundreds of thousands of dollars.&nbsp; With this much at stake, maximizing every opportunity is paramount to increasing profitability.&nbsp; </span><span>Achieving the most favorable terms goes far beyond just lease rates or purchase price; there are many substantial concessions available when a doctor is properly represented.</span></p> <p class="" style="background: white;">&ldquo;The services Carr provides are critical to our members as they take major steps with their practices.&nbsp; We&rsquo;re excited to work with Carr&rsquo;s professional and dedicated Orange County team to better the experience of our Members.&rdquo; &ndash; Katie Tomarchio, Director of Public Affairs &amp; Strategic Partnerships, OCMA.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p class="" style="background: white;"><span>Services Provided:</span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in; list-style-type: disc;"> <li class="" style="color: black; background: white;"><span>Start-ups</span></li> <li class="" style="color: black; background: white;"><span>Lease Renewals</span></li> <li class="" style="color: black; background: white;"><span>Additional offices</span></li> <li class="" style="color: black; background: white;"><span>Expansions</span></li> <li class="" style="color: black; background: white;"><span>Purchases</span></li> <li class="" style="color: black; background: white;"><span>Relocations</span></li> <li class="" style="color: black; background: white;"><span>Practice Acquisitions</span></li> </ul> <p style="background: white; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">These services are always free to clients. <span style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; letter-spacing: 0.15pt;">In both residential and commercial real estate, the industry standard is for landlords and sellers to pay commissions to both their agent as well as the buyer&rsquo;s or tenant&rsquo;s agent.</span> Commissions are being paid out regardless, so it is in the best interest of the doctor to put that money to good use and have their own representation.&nbsp;</p> <p class="">&nbsp;</p> <p class="" style="text-align: center;">###</p> </p> Thu, 28 Jun 2018 19:14:35 Z 2018-06-28 19:14 +00:00 2018-06-28 12:14 -07:00 4386 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/thank-goodness-for-a-good-tpa.aspx?PostId=4386&tabid=1144 Alert,General Thank Goodness for a Good TPA <div style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/Photo%20-%20Michael%20Gorelick%20-%20BEI.jpg?ver=2018-06-04-124023-133" style="text-align: center;"><br> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Michael I. Gorelick, APR<br> President<br> Accredited Pension Representative</strong></p> <p>Have you ever used these words?&nbsp; If you have, you know the value that a good TPA brings to your practice.</p> <p>I received a call from a CPA friend a few months ago.&nbsp; He was telling me about a medical practice that had 5 Doctors and 20 employees.&nbsp; Each Doctor had set up their own SEP IRA or 401(k) or Profit Sharing Plan, many years ago.&nbsp; They merged their individual practices into one group, but the employees were never included in any of the doctor&rsquo;s plans and a plan was never established for the employees. No one had asked the question, &ldquo;What should we do for our employees or Do we have to do anything for our employees&rdquo;?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <div> <p>They wanted to do things right but no one was giving them advice. Finally, their CPA advised them to get a TPA involved. Thank goodness they called me before the government stepped in.</p> </div> <p>I explained the government&rsquo;s rules that require employers to cover their employees if the owners have plans for themselves.&nbsp; They quickly figured out that they had a liability and what was at stake and proceeded to add a new 401(K)/ Profit Sharing Plan for their employees.&nbsp; Additionally, each Doctor was able to keep their own plan in-tact and some of the doctors were able to increase their savings.&nbsp;</p> <p>It is not unusual for employers to overlook the myriad of governmental rules if their advisors do not bring issues or the rules to their attention. Most 401k/profit sharing record-keepers do not see it as their job to probe into how employers run their businesses&rsquo;. This means either running afoul of the rules or missing out on law changes that can benefit them.</p> <p>If you haven&rsquo;t reviewed the operational and design aspects of your retirement plan, you may be violating rules or missing out on increased contributions for yourself or reductions in the overall cost to cover your employees.&nbsp;</p> <p>Benefit Equity is a premier local Third Party Administrator who has proudly participated in the Business Partnership program with the OCMA for the past 6 years.&nbsp; Contact us for a no-cost plan review today!</p> <p><strong>Michael Gorelick, Accredited Pension Representative (APR)</strong><br> <strong>President<br> Benefit Equity, Inc</strong>.&nbsp;<br> <a href="mailto:mgorelick@nenefitequity.com" class="ApplyClass">mgorelick@nenefitequity.com</a><br> <strong>(714) 480-1364 x220</strong><br> <div><br> </div> </p> Mon, 04 Jun 2018 16:40:02 Z 2018-06-04 16:40 +00:00 2018-06-04 09:40 -07:00 4348 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/californias-physicians-proudly-endorse-gavin-newsom-for-governor.aspx?PostId=4348&tabid=1144 Alert California’s Physicians Proudly Endorse Gavin Newsom for Governor Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) formally endorsed Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom&rsquo;s 2018 bid to become California&rsquo;s next governor.&nbsp;<br> <br> &ldquo;California&rsquo;s physicians are proud to support Gavin Newsom for Governor,&rdquo; said CMA President Theodore M. Mazer, M.D. &ldquo;Gavin is a lifelong champion for health care in California, and we know he will continue to fight for pragmatic solutions to our most crucial health care challenges, including working to achieve universal access and tackling our state&rsquo;s physician shortage.&rdquo;<br> <br> As Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, Newsom worked with health care providers to bring the nation&rsquo;s first universal access health system to all residents, regardless of income or immigration status. He fought alongside CMA to restore hundreds of millions of dollars in harmful statewide cuts to Medi-Cal services and vowed to protect access to care for all Californians. Newsom was also the first statewide official to support Proposition 56 and its full state budget allocation to health care delivery.<br> <br> More recently, he has reaffirmed his support for a comprehensive legislative approach that creates a pathway to universal health access, renewed investment in prevention and wellness, and bold reforms that bend the cost curve without exacerbating the provider gap. Newsom has long advocated that any strong and successful universal access plan must address California&rsquo;s critical physician shortages and expand medical residency programs so patients can access timely and affordable health care, as well as standardize and reduce administrative burdens so physicians can spend more time on patient care than paperwork.<br> <br> He will also continue working to protect Medicare and raise Medi-Cal reimbursement rates &ndash; currently among the nation&rsquo;s lowest &ndash;&nbsp; to help increase access for the nearly 14 million Californians, including half of the state&rsquo;s children, currently covered by the program.<br> <br> &ldquo;After more than a decade of partnership working side-by-side with California&rsquo;s physicians to expand health access and improve health outcomes for every Californian, it is a high and humbling honor to receive their endorsement for Governor,&rdquo; said Newsom. &ldquo;The promise of universal health is within our grasp, and we need everyone at the policy table working in common cause to achieve it, especially the physicians Californians depend on day in and day out to deliver high-quality patient care.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> <br> For more information on Gavin Newsom&rsquo;s candidacy, please visit <a href="https://gavinnewsom.com/" target="_blank">https://gavinnewsom.com/</a><br> <br> <br> <br> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:13:55 Z 2018-04-19 17:13 +00:00 2018-04-19 10:13 -07:00 4345 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/universal-financial-systems-most-docs-are-leaving-150000-on-average-on-the-table-per-yearwhat-could-you-do-with-your-extra-cash.aspx?PostId=4345&tabid=1144 General 10 things you could buy with the money your practice is leaving on the table. <p class="">&nbsp;</p> <p class="">Patient bills. Sitting in your AR.<span>&nbsp; </span>Dollars left on the table.</p> <p class="">It&rsquo;s one of the top problems we hear about from our members at OCMA, and one that we can help you fix through our Business Partner Universal Financial Systems.</p> <p class="">Most docs are leaving <strong>$150,000 on average on the table PER YEAR</strong>&hellip;what could you do with your extra cash?<span>&nbsp; </span>Well, we took it upon ourselves to find out!</p> <p class=""><strong><span>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>A Jet Pack - $100,000</strong></p> <p class=""><img src="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/Jet%20pack.jpg?ver=2018-04-18-083758-093" width="200" height="121"></p> <p class=""><span style="font-size: 10px;"><span style="text-align: center;">By Seg9585 [CC BY 3.0 (</span><a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0" style="text-align: center;">https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0</a><span style="text-align: center;">)], via Wikimedia Commons</span></span></p> <p class="">This is Orange County, you can get some real use from a water jet pack!&nbsp; Wouldn&rsquo;t the 10-year-old version of you be furious to know you have the ability to purchase a jet pack and haven&rsquo;t yet flown through the sky?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class=""><span><strong>2.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Duffy Boats - $52,000/each</strong></span></p> <p class=""><img src="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/Duffy%20Boat.jpg?ver=2018-04-18-084844-007" width="200" height="132">&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class=""><span style="font-size: 10px;">See page for author&nbsp;<span style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons</span></span></p> <p class=""><span style="text-align: center;">You and 36 of your friends could be out on the water brunching and cruising every weekend!&nbsp; Call UFS now and get out there this summer!&nbsp;</span></p> <p class=""><span style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class=""><span></span></p> <p class=""><strong><span>3.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Permits, Guides, and Gear for THREE Everest Climbs ($40-80,000/person)</strong></p> <p class=""><img src="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/Mount%20Everest.jpg?ver=2018-04-18-090100-390" width="200" height="121"></p> <p class=""><span style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">By Mount_Everest_as_seen_from_Drukair2.jpg: shrimpo1967derivative work: Papa Lima Whiskey 2 [CC BY-SA 2.0 (</span><a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0" style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0</a><span style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">)], via Wikimedia Commons</span></p> <p class="">Even if Everest isn&rsquo;t on your bucket list, imagine what bucket list items your savings could help you cross off!</p> <p class="">&nbsp;</p> <p class=""><strong>4.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span>A litter of California&rsquo;s most expensive dogs ($50,000/each)</span></strong></p> <p class=""><span style="text-align: center; font-size: 10px;">s</span><span><img src="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/French%20Bulldog.jpg?ver=2018-04-18-090530-787" width="200" height="121"></span></p> <p class=""><span style="font-size: 10px;"><span style="text-align: center;">By danny O. (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (</span><a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0" style="text-align: center;">https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0</a><span style="text-align: center;">)], via Wikimedia Common</span></span></p> <p class="">French bulldogs are some of the most expensive dogs on the planet, especially when they come from a top breeder &ndash; why not ensure you get the best?</p> <p class="">&nbsp;</p> <p class=""><span><strong>5.<span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Team up with another doc and you could control the Bellagio Fountains ($250,000)</strong><br> </span></p> <p class=""><span><img src="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/Bellagio%20Fountains.jpg?ver=2018-04-18-091030-463" width="200" height="121"></span></p> <p class=""><span style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">By Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada (Bellagio Fountain - Las Vegas, CA - USA - 02) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (</span><a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0" style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0</a><span style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">)], via Wikimedia Commons</span></p> <div><br> </div> <p class="">If it&rsquo;s money you were leaving on the table, why not do something fun with it?&nbsp; You&rsquo;ve been living without it for years!&nbsp; Seriously, stop leaving money on the table and reach out to our trusted partner UFS today!</p> <p class="">&nbsp;</p> <strong>6.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span> </span>Tickets to Game 7 of the NBA Finals ($50,000/each)</strong><br> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class=""><img src="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/NBA%20Game%207%20Finals.jpg?ver=2018-04-18-091303-733" width="162" height="150"></p> <p class=""><span style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">By Eric Kilby (originally posted to Flickr as Tangle Underneath) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (</span><a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0" style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0</a><span style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">)], via Wikimedia Commons</span></p> <p class=""> </p> <p class="">NBA Finals Game 7 tickets have gone for up to $90,000/ticket.&nbsp; With the money your practice leaves on the table, you could be sitting court-side every year&hellip;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class=""><strong>7.<span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Live at the Versace Mansion for 2 Months ($1600/night)</strong></p> <p class=""><img src="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/Versace%20Mansion.jpg?ver=2018-04-18-091649-597" width="162" height="125"></p> <p class=""><span style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">By Daniel Di Palma [CC BY-SA 4.0 (</span><a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0" style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0</a><span style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">)], from Wikimedia Commons</span></p> <p class="">OC can get taxing, why not take a break living in luxury at one of the most infamous mansions in South Beach?&nbsp; What&rsquo;s $100k for two months of high fashion luxury?!</p> <p class=""><strong><br> </strong></p> <p class=""><strong>8.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Hire an up and coming celeb for a party ($100K)</strong></p> <p class=""><img src="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/Fetty%20Wap.png?ver=2018-04-18-091925-257" width="115" height="150"></p> <p class=""><span style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">By glenjamn [CC BY 3.0 (</span><a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0" style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0</a><span style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">)], via Wikimedia Commons</span></p> <p class="">Sorry, an act like Elton John will set you back millions, but if your son of daughter wants to hire a new artist like Fetty Wap (ask them who he is), your $100K savings from hiring UFS could come in handy&hellip;</p> <p class="">&nbsp;</p> <p class=""><strong>9.<span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span>You could eat nearly 30 pounds of European White Truffles ($3600/pound)</strong></p> <p class=""><img src="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/White%20Truffle.jpg?ver=2018-04-18-092148-167" width="172" height="100"></p> <p class=""><span style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">By Mortazavifar [CC BY-SA 4.0 (</span><a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0" style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0</a><span style="font-size: x-small; text-align: center;">)], from Wikimedia Commons</span></p> <p class="">You&rsquo;ll never have to go out to dinner again if you can freshly shave white truffle on every meal!&nbsp; Once you start, you won&rsquo;t be able to stop&hellip;and you won&rsquo;t have to with that new $100K truffle budget&hellip;</p> <p class="">&nbsp;</p> <p class=""><strong>10.<span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span>And for the practical folks, a one-bedroom Condo in Sacramento ($104,000)</strong></p> <p class=""><img src="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/Sacramento%20Condo.jpg?ver=2018-04-18-092444-190" width="184" height="150"></p> <div><br> </div> OCMA encourages our members to be vocal about the rights of physicians and patients, with your very own condo in Sacramento you can be in on the action at your home away from home in Sac Town! <div><br> </div> <div> <p class="">Ready to get started?&nbsp; Call UFS today!</p> <p class=""><strong><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; padding: 0in; border: 1pt none windowtext;">OCMA members receive a complimentary Insurance &amp; Patient Collection Performance Analysis ($300 value), as well as bundled pricing for billing and collection services.&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p class=""><strong><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; padding: 0in; border: 1pt none windowtext;">Contact:&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;">George Christidis, 310-502-3580,&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:georgec@ufsworks.com%20%20%20" class="ApplyClass"><span style="color: rgb(0, 102, 204); background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; padding: 0in; border: 1pt none windowtext;">georgec@ufsworks.com</span></a></p> <p class="">&nbsp;</p> <br> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:53:20 Z 2018-04-18 16:53 +00:00 2018-04-18 09:53 -07:00 4342 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/survey-how-would-the-ab-3087-price-fixing-proposal-affect-your-practice.aspx?PostId=4342&tabid=1144 Alert,General Survey: How would the AB 3087 price fixing proposal affect your practice? Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) last week announced a <a href="http://www.cmanet.org/news/detail/?article=take-action-now-to-stop-radical-physician-rate" target="_blank">radical physician rate setting proposal </a>(AB 3087) that would increase patient out-of-pocket costs, create state-sanctioned rationing of health care for all Californians and force physicians out of state or into early retirement.<br> <br> The California Medical Association is asking physicians to <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ab3087" target="_blank">answer a few questions</a> about how AB 3087 will impact their practices. The survey is anonymous and the results will help in our legislative efforts to fight this dangerous and irresponsible legislation.<br> <br> Take the survey now at: <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ab3087" target="_blank">www.surveymonkey.com/r/ab3087<br> </a> <br> And, if you are among California's physicians that will be forced into early retirement or out of state if AB 3087 passes, we want to tell your story. Drop us a line at <a href="mailto:communications@cmanet.org" class="ApplyClass">communications@cmanet.org</a>.<br> <div><br> </div> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:51:06 Z 2018-04-17 20:51 +00:00 2018-04-17 13:51 -07:00 4202 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/long-time-ocma-member-nick-anas-md-passed-away.aspx?PostId=4202&tabid=1144 General Long-time OCMA Member Nick Anas, M.D. Has Passed Away <p class="" style="text-align: center;">In Memoriam</p> <p class="" style="text-align: center;">Nick G. Anas, M.D.</p> <p class="" style="text-align: center;">June 14, 1950 - April 3, 2018</p> <p class="" style="text-align: left;"> <p class="">It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Nick G. Anas, M.D., long-time member of OCMA.<span>&nbsp; </span>Dr. Anas passed away peacefully on April 3, 2018.</p> <p class="">To read the entire tribute, please <a href="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/In%20Memoriam%20-%20Nick%20G.%20Anas%20M.D._.pdf?ver=2018-04-05-124151-607" target="_blank">click here</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </p> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:42:20 Z 2018-04-05 19:42 +00:00 2018-04-05 12:42 -07:00 4170 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/dr-bennet-omalu-supports-sb-1303.aspx?PostId=4170&tabid=1144 Alert,General Dr. Bennet Omalu Supports S.B. 1303 to require physician-conducted autopsies <span style="color: rgb(29, 33, 41);">Senate Bill 1303 (authored by&nbsp;</span><a class="profileLink" href="https://www.facebook.com/RichardPanMD/?fref=mentions" style="color: rgb(54, 88, 153);">Dr. Richard Pan</a><span style="color: rgb(29, 33, 41);">&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;</span><a class="profileLink" href="https://www.facebook.com/SenatorCathleenGalgiani/?fref=mentions" style="color: rgb(54, 88, 153);">Senator Cathleen Galgiani</a><span style="color: rgb(29, 33, 41);">), says&nbsp;</span><a class="profileLink" href="https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Bennet-Omalu-647704828595181/?fref=mentions" style="color: rgb(54, 88, 153);">Dr. Bennet Omalu</a><span style="color: rgb(29, 33, 41);">, is about moving our state forward, applying best practices &amp; protecting the public trust. Hear more from Dr. Omalu on this important legislation to create an independent medical examiner's office at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.cmanet.org/sb1303" target="_blank" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;-U&quot;}" rel="noopener nofollow" data-lynx-mode="async" data-lynx-uri="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cmanet.org%2Fsb1303&amp;h=ATMFm0yzEYZnZShr4Dk-jJPl_5tcfmi1QH8rYVeCfpWlORqc8hs1eotPnm8Gx_4qFJrAW6SNhcgi9I09SYoMh9K2Lk7GSVrk_c0sv08dqMQMIKZ4yM48Ukiol047GjbmeISbLbogEr22Wk9X22CFbc7qSSAteEzaShg" style="color: rgb(54, 88, 153);">www.cmanet.org/sb1303</a><span style="color: rgb(29, 33, 41);">.</span> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:19:41 Z 2018-03-20 16:19 +00:00 2018-03-20 09:19 -07:00 4145 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/california-medical-association-applauds-cdi-and-dmhc-probe-into-aetnas-practice-of-denying-medically-necessary-care.aspx?PostId=4145&tabid=1144 Alert,General,Press Release California Medical Association Applauds CDI and DMHC Probe into Aetna’s Practice of Denying Medically Necessary Care This week, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) and the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) <a href="https://californiahealthline.org/news/californias-two-health-insurance-regulators-to-investigate-aetnas-medical-coverage-decisions/" target="_blank">announced</a> an investigation into Aetna Inc.&rsquo;s coverage denials that appear to put profits before patients. The investigations were launched, in part, after a former Aetna medical director <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/11/health/aetna-california-investigation/index.html" target="_blank">admitted</a> he never looked at patients&rsquo; records when deciding whether to approve or deny health care. Denying coverage without a physician ever reviewing medical records is a potential violation of law.<br> <br> &ldquo;California physicians are increasingly concerned with the growing trend of for-profit insurance companies adopting policies that restrict access to care while their profits soar,&rdquo; said California Medical Association (CMA) President Theodore M. Mazer, M.D. &ldquo;We applaud the CDI and DMHC for investigating whether health insurers are using their market power to unjustly and illegally deny medically necessary care recommended by the treating physician. The burden of proof should rest with insurers to prove &ndash; with an expert medical and thorough review &ndash; why treatment should be stopped, not on treating physicians or patients.&rdquo;<br> <br> What&rsquo;s more, nearly 60 percent of the total Independent Medical Reviews (IMR) filed against Aetna with DMHC in 2016 were overturned or reversed. This follows a growing trend of the regulator denying or reversing health plan decisions by almost 20 percent over the last three years (51 percent in 2014 to 69 percent in 2016).<br> <br> &ldquo;The growth of IMR reversals is troubling and suggests that for-profit insurance companies are inappropriately denying care without evaluating the specific clinical issues,&rdquo; said Dr. Mazer. &ldquo;For-profit insurance companies should not be allowed to set aside the decision of a treating physician without demonstrating that the treatment in question conflicts with scientific evidence, professional standards or expert opinion.&rdquo;<br> <br> CDI Commissioner Dave Jones has asked Californians who believe they may have been adversely impacted by Aetna&rsquo;s decisions to contact the agency: <a href="http://www.insurance.ca.gov/" target="_blank">http://www.insurance.ca.gov/</a><br> &nbsp; Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:21:09 Z 2018-02-15 17:21 +00:00 2018-02-15 09:21 -08:00 4135 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/winter-2018-oc-incare-newsletter.aspx?PostId=4135&tabid=1144 Alert,General Winter 2018 OC In+Care Newsletter <p>In+Care Newsletter Issue 11 Winter 2018 for providers serving people living with HIV in Orange County:</p> <p><a href="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/InCare%20Newsletter%20Issue%2011%20Winter%202018.pdf?ver=2018-02-07-083931-663">InCare Newsletter Issue 11 Winter 2018.pdf</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:39:51 Z 2018-02-07 16:39 +00:00 2018-02-07 08:39 -08:00 4091 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/paul-lubinsky-md-2018-orange-county-physician-of-excellence.aspx?PostId=4091&tabid=1144 Alert,General,OCMA Specialty Spotlight Paul Lubinsky, M.D. - 2018 Orange County Physician of Excellence <div> <p style="color: rgb(79, 79, 79); padding: 0px; border: 0px;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px;"><span style="background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px;">OCMA is proud to recognize our incredible members who are leaders in medicine here in Orange County.&nbsp; This year, we want to spend time honoring our 2018 Physicians of Excellence and sharing more information on what makes them so excellent.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong></p> </div> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/Lubinsky,%20Paul%20-%20resized.jpg?ver=2018-01-25-131847-950"></p> <p><strong>Name:</strong> <strong>Paul Lubinsky, M.D.</strong></p> <strong>Specialty: Pediatric Critical Care</strong><br> <strong><br> What is the most rewarding thing about practicing medicine?</strong><br> Helping Kids set the course for the rest of their lives. Children are resilient and tend not to dwell on the past, it is a privilege to care for them.<br> <br> <strong>Why did you choose to practice in Orange County?</strong><br> From the first day I started my American Medical career as a CHOC intern I could not think of any institution I would rather work at. I have been at CHOC for 34 years and we provide care to whomever needs it.<br> <strong><br> What&rsquo;s a great experience you had through your OCMA Membership?</strong><br> The advocacy work that OCMA is involved in provides a voice for the physicians, that helps to direct and ensure their patients care. As a Pediatric provider we have enhanced Pediatric Board representation and established a Pediatric workgroup to specifically focus attention on Children&rsquo;s needs&nbsp;<br> <strong><br> Do you have a word of advice for today&rsquo;s students and residents?</strong><br> If I had it to do over I would choose a career in medicine, and once again Pediatric Critical Care. There are tough days but we can make a positive difference in every patients life story and I cannot think of a more fulfilling career.<br> <br> <strong>Social Media:</strong><br> <strong>Facebook</strong>: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CHOCChildrens/" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/CHOCChildrens/</a><br> <strong>Twitter</strong>: <a href="https://twitter.com/CHOCDocs" target="_blank">https://twitter.com/CHOCDocs</a>&nbsp;<br> <strong>Instagram</strong>: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/chocchildrens/" target="_blank">https://www.instagram.com/chocchildrens/</a><br> <div><br> </div> Thu, 25 Jan 2018 21:23:36 Z 2018-01-25 21:23 +00:00 2018-01-25 13:23 -08:00 4089 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/ocma-is-moving.aspx?PostId=4089&tabid=1144 Alert,General OCMA is Moving! As of February 1, 2018, OCMA&rsquo;s new address will be: <div><br> 5000 Campus Drive<br> Newport Beach CA&nbsp; 92660</div> <div><br> Our phone number will remain the same:&nbsp; (949) 398-8100<br> <br> <p>The week of January 29 is a transition week, so please be patient if the staff does not respond to calls or E-mails as quickly as usual.</p> <p>We look forward to seeing you at our new location.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <div><br> </div> </div> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:27:13 Z 2018-01-24 19:27 +00:00 2018-01-24 11:27 -08:00 4085 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/connie-bartlett-do-orange-county-physician-of-the-year.aspx?PostId=4085&tabid=1144 Alert,General,OCMA Specialty Spotlight Connie Bartlett, D.O. - 2018 Orange County Physician of Excellence <p><strong><span style="background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252); color: rgb(79, 79, 79);">OCMA is proud to recognize our incredible members who are leaders in medicine here in Orange County.&nbsp; This year, we want to spend time honoring our 2018 Physicians of Excellence and sharing more information on what makes them so excellent.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <div style="text-align: center; display: inline !important;"><span style="white-space: pre;"> </span><img src="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/Bartlett,%20Connie%20.jpg?ver=2018-01-18-134854-670" style="text-align: center;" width="120" height="130"></div> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong style="text-align: left;">Name</strong><span style="text-align: left;">:&nbsp; Connie Bartlett, DO</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"> <strong> Specialty:</strong>&nbsp; Pediatrics<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br> <strong> What is the most rewarding thing about practicing medicine?</strong>&nbsp; The relationships I&rsquo;ve been able to build with my patients and their families is extremely rewarding &ndash; it&rsquo;s the best thing about practicing medicine for me. As a pediatrician, I&rsquo;m able to take a special part in &ldquo;raising" the children who have seen me since birth &ndash; watching their development and seeing them transition into adulthood is the best gift.<br> &nbsp;<strong><br> Why did you choose to practice in Orange County?</strong> Besides the great weather, I chose Orange County because it&rsquo;s home for me and my family, which always comes first for me. It&rsquo;s also a great benefit to be surrounded by reputable academic institutions and hospitals. I feel blessed to be part of a health system and medical group that takes such great care of me and my patients.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> <strong> What&rsquo;s a great experience you had through your OCMA Membership?</strong>&nbsp; I really appreciate the various advocacy efforts from OCMA &ndash; championing important issues for our medical community. I also really enjoy the various lectures and workshops available to help me keep up with clinical decision-making and practice management.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> <strong> Do you have a message for the rest of your POE honoree colleagues?</strong> I am humbled and honored to be selected. I hope we can spread the word for next year and recruit more of our colleagues to participate in this great tradition. Congratulations to all.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> <strong> Do you have a word of advice for today&rsquo;s students and residents?</strong>&nbsp; It is a gift and a privilege for us to be in the healing profession.&nbsp; I encourage all students and residents to study hard the science of medicine, but not to forget to learn the art of medicine as well.&nbsp; It's the compassion, empathy and connection to others that will bring joy to our days and comfort to our patients.&nbsp;<br> <br> <strong> Follow Dr. Bartlett on Social Media!</strong><br> <strong> Facebook:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.ocma.org/news/www.facebook.com/sjhmg" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/sjhmg</a><br> <strong> Twitter:</strong> @stjoehealth<br> <div><br> </div> </p> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:43:55 Z 2018-01-18 21:43 +00:00 2018-01-18 13:43 -08:00 4080 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/eric-ball-md-2018-orange-county-physician-of-excellence.aspx?PostId=4080&tabid=1144 Alert,General,OCMA Specialty Spotlight Eric Ball, M.D. – 2018 Orange County Physician of Excellence <p>OCMA is proud to recognize our incredible members who are leaders in medicine here in Orange County.&nbsp; This year, we want to spend time honoring our 2018 Physicians of Excellence and sharing more information on what makes them so excellent.&nbsp; Our staff spent some time interviewing honorees to bring you this series, and we hope you enjoy this series as we kick off the New Year!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/Ball,%20Eric%20-%20resized%20for%20blog.jpg?ver=2018-01-11-105452-713"></p> <p><strong>Name</strong>: Eric Ball, M.D.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span></p> <strong>Specialty:</strong> Pediatrics<br> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br> <strong>What is the most rewarding thing about practicing medicine?</strong><br> I chose to become a pediatrician because I am drawn to preventative medicine.&nbsp; I enjoy the ability to educate parents and families about healthy lifestyles in an effort to prevent diseases in the future.&nbsp; It is a true privilege to be able to play a small role in the life of a growing child, and I am grateful every day for this opportunity.<br> <strong><br> Why did you choose to practice in Orange County?</strong><br> My wife grew up in Orange County and we always knew that we would come back here to practice and raise a family.&nbsp; It is an ideal spot for our children and, as a pediatrician, southern Orange County is the perfect place to practice.<br> <br> <strong>What&rsquo;s a great experience you had through your OCMA Membership?</strong><br> This year I had the opportunity to attend the California Medical Association House of Delegates meeting, where physician leaders from all over the state gather to discuss policy and set the priorities for the medical community.&nbsp; At the HOD, we heard from medical and government leaders and had vigorous discussions about the future of medicine in California.&nbsp; As Orange County physicians with OCMA, we had the ability to influence these discussions and help shape state policy.<br> <strong><br> Do you have a message for the rest of your POE honoree colleagues?</strong>&nbsp;<br> It is always an honor to be selected a Physician of Excellence.&nbsp; In these times of upheaval and change in the medical community, it is refreshing to know that an organization like the OCMA is single minded in its efforts to advocate for the success of the physicians of this county.&nbsp; I know that through the efforts of organizations like the OCMA, the future of the practice of medicine is bright.<br> <strong><br> Do you have a word of advice for today&rsquo;s students and residents?</strong><br> Choose medicine and choose your specialty because you love them.&nbsp; I would have made more money, or worked fewer hours, in other professions or other specialties.&nbsp; I chose pediatrics because I am passionate about the health and well-being of children.&nbsp; When I leave the office every day, I have a sense of pride and purpose; each day, I feel that I made a small difference in the life of a child or a family.&nbsp; To avoid burnout, you must love what you do, and your profession must be more than a &lsquo;clock-in, clock-out&rsquo; job.&nbsp; The act of making an impact in the lives of others will bring purpose and meaning to your own life.<br> <br> Follow Dr. Ball on Social Media!<br> Facebook:&nbsp; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/socpa/" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/socpa/</a><br> <p>Twitter: @DrEricBall (personal)&nbsp; @socpa (practice)</p> <br> <div><br> </div> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:41:04 Z 2018-01-11 18:41 +00:00 2018-01-11 10:41 -08:00 4038 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/act-now-to-avoid-a-4-medicare-penalty-in-2019.aspx?PostId=4038&tabid=1144 Alert,General Act now to avoid a 4% Medicare penalty in 2019 <h3 style="color: rgb(0, 86, 156); background-color: transparent; margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none rgb(0, 86, 156);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none rgb(0, 86, 156); color: rgb(0, 86, 156);">Act now to avoid a 4 percent Medicare penalty in 2019 (Spoiler alert: It&rsquo;s easy!)</span></h3> <span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(58, 58, 58);"> </span> <p style="color: rgb(58, 58, 58); background-color: transparent; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none rgb(58, 58, 58);">This is the first year physicians need to report on quality measures under the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Eligible professionals who fail to report in 2017 face a 4 percent payment penalty in 2019. But did you know that physicians only need to report on one quality measure for one patient during 2017 in order to avoid a payment penalty in 2019?</p> <span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(58, 58, 58);"> </span> <p style="color: rgb(58, 58, 58); background-color: transparent; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none rgb(58, 58, 58);">During the 2017 transition year, CMS will allow physicians to select one of three &ldquo;pick your pace&rdquo; participation options. Participating at <strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none rgb(58, 58, 58);">any </strong>level in 2017 will ensure that you will not be hit with the 4 percent pay cut in 2019.</p> <span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(58, 58, 58);"> </span> <p style="color: rgb(58, 58, 58); background-color: transparent; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none rgb(58, 58, 58);">The most lenient participation option&mdash;reporting on one measure for one patient&mdash;allows physicians to avoid a penalty by "testing" the program to ensure that their systems are working and that they are prepared for broader implementation in 2018 and beyond.</p> <span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(58, 58, 58);"> </span> <p style="color: rgb(58, 58, 58); background-color: transparent; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none rgb(58, 58, 58);">The American Medical Association (AMA) has published a video, &ldquo;<a href="https://www.ama-assn.org/qpp-reporting" style="color: rgb(0, 86, 156); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none rgb(0, 86, 156);">One patient, one measure, no penalty: How to avoid a Medicare payment penalty with basic reporting</a>,&rdquo; with step-by-step instructions on how to report so physicians can avoid a negative 4 percent payment adjustment in 2019.</p> <span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(58, 58, 58);"> </span> <p style="color: rgb(58, 58, 58); background-color: transparent; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none rgb(58, 58, 58);">The California Medical Association (CMA) has also published a MACRA resource page at <a href="http://www.cmanet.org/macra" style="color: rgb(0, 86, 156); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none rgb(0, 86, 156);">www.cmanet.org/macra</a> to help physicians understand the new payment reforms and what they can do now to start preparing for the transition. Also available in the <a href="http://www.cmanet.org/macra" style="color: rgb(0, 86, 156); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none rgb(0, 86, 156);">CMA MACRA resource center</a> is an overview of MACRA, and a comprehensive list of tools, resources and information from CMA, the American Medical Association and CMS.</p> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:25:36 Z 2017-11-13 17:25 +00:00 2017-11-13 09:25 -08:00 3961 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/california-physicians-oppose-graham-cassidy-repeal-bill.aspx?PostId=3961&tabid=1144 Alert,General California Physicians Oppose Graham-Cassidy Repeal Bill The U.S. Senate is currently considering the Graham-Cassidy block grant bill, which would repeal the Affordable Care Act&rsquo;s (ACA) insurance mandate, underfund health insurance subsidies and make drastic cuts to the Medicaid program. Under the bill, traditional Medicaid funding would be capped. Medicaid expansion and ACA subsidies for low- and middle-income families would be subject to an underfunded block grant and phased out in 2027. This bill would be disproportionately harmful to states like California, which embraced Medicaid expansion and increased coverage under the ACA.&nbsp; <div><br> In response, the California Medical Association (CMA), representing over 43,000 physicians in all specialties and modes of practice, called on the California Congressional Delegation to oppose this bill. Congress should work with health care professionals to craft legislation that increases patient access to health care and maintains coverage for the more than 15 million Californians insured through Medi-Cal and Covered California.</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp; <p>&ldquo;This bill would significantly reduce Medicaid funding, which provides health coverage for more than 13 million Californians,&rdquo; said CMA President Ruth Haskins, M.D. &ldquo;A vote for this legislation is a vote to deteriorate public health in California &ndash; especially in areas like the Central Valley, where approximately half of the population relies on Medicaid for health care.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;Patients without coverage seek more expensive care in overcrowded emergency rooms, passing costs on to states, counties, health care providers and taxpayers. These problems would be exacerbated by the reduction of subsidies currently provided to poor and middle class families. The Graham-Cassidy bill also allows states to do away with pre-existing condition protections and other essential health benefits that keep Americans healthy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Congress should engage with physicians and other medical experts on the front lines caring for patients to develop legislation that improves patient access to physicians, protects coverage for our most vulnerable populations and addresses affordability,&rdquo; said Dr. Haskins.</p> </div> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:52:07 Z 2017-09-20 16:52 +00:00 2017-09-20 09:52 -07:00 3958 http://www.ocma.org/news/ocma-blog/honoring-the-work-of-the-waste-not-oc-coalition.aspx?PostId=3958&tabid=1144 Alert,General,Health Care Agency Update Honoring the Work of the Waste Not OC Coalition <p>Today, in the House of Representatives, Congressman Lou Correa honored the work of the Waste Not OC Coalition.&nbsp; His full speech can be read by clicking <a href="http://www.ocma.org/Portals/13/Congressional%20Record%20-%20Waste%20Not%20OC%20Coaltion.pdf?ver=2017-09-13-143443-280">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:35:11 Z 2017-09-13 21:35 +00:00 2017-09-13 14:35 -07:00