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OCMA Selects Credential Protection LLC as Preferred Business Partner

Southern California tech company will assist OCMA physician members in battling and improving their online reviews and cyber reputation.

Irvine, Calif., Nov. 4, 2013 - The Orange County Medical Association is pleased to announce another benefit of membership. The OCMA has designated Credential Protection LLC (CP) to assist members in protecting and improving their online reputation.
 
OCMA members may receive complimentary consultations and discounted rates on every reputation and review package that Credential Protection offers.
 
The company was born from the mind of a practicing physician who received some negative reviews before opening his practice! Dr. Doan set out to create a solution for physicians to combat negative reviews without compromising their ethics or costing them their valuable time. "The solution to pollution is dilution." According to Andrew Doan, M.D., PhD, founder and managing partner of Credential Protection. "I chose the name because we spend so much time earning our credentials only to have them smeared online from a couple of angry people with an ax to grind. It seemed like happy patients wouldn't review me even though I handed out campaign cards in the office. So my staff came up with a creative and honest way to give our happy patients a voice online, and this is still the backbone of CP's system. It's really cool to watch it grow and help other physicians."
 
Credential Protection offers a unique and effective way to harvest reviews and get them online for your marketing benefit. CP also offers a suite of other services to help you challenge negative reviews on other sites, track your reputation and grab more spots in the SERP (search engine results pages) for your practice.
 
"No Black hat SEO or astroturfing here," said Daniel Hunt, CEO of Credential Protection. "We have trademarked the Verified Review®. The only certifiably authentic review from your patients that can be digitized and optimized to the front page of the search engines. Many companies offer to place reviews out there on the web for you, but we actually oversee a medical review site with over 20,000 unique visitors a month. Moreover we keep a physical copy of each review our doctors send us. Every review must be signed by the patient and legible to be verified.  Every year we add about 12,000 of these reviews to our website... that's a lot of filing."
 

The strategic business partnership with Credential Protection reinforces OCMA's commitment to bring added value to its members by aligning with companies who offer business practice expertise, allowing physicians to focus their attention on patient care.

About Credential Protection
Credential Protection is a young tech company based in Temecula, California enjoying its third year in business.  It was awarded a top 5 spot in the Vator Splash Los Angeles competition for tech start up companies in 2012. Credential Protection's SEO team is Google Adwords and Analytics certified as of June 2013.  Its designers are Adobe Certified (ACA & ACE) in Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. www.credentialprotection.com


Award Created for OCMA Past President

The first Standiford Helm, M.D., award bestowed upon Dr. Helm last Saturday

Orange County – The California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (CASIPP) presented Standiford Helm, M.D., M.B.A., with an award that was also named in his honor on Saturday, September 21, 2013. 

The Standiford Helm, M.D., award will be presented to individuals who demonstrate outstanding service in promoting and protecting the specialty of Interventional Pain Management. Recipients of the award will be chosen by the board of directors based on an exceptional record of commitment to advancing the field of Interventional Pain Management through scholarly activity and advocacy on behalf of the specialty. 

“I am both humbled and honored to have such an award named after me,” Dr. Helm said. “I have dedicated my career to ensuring that patients suffering from chronic pain conditions have access to safe, quality care that allows them to live as fully as possible. CASIPP’s creation of an award recognizing that work will hopefully encourage other physicians in the specialty to keep working toward better solutions for patients.” 

Dr. Helm is a past president of CASIPP, the Immediate Past President of the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA), and a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Medical Association (CMA), representing over 37,000 physicians statewide. He was named one of the “Top Docs” by US News & World Report in 2012.

“We are lucky to have physicians like Dr. Helm as part of CMA and in the workforce treating patients,” said Paul R. Phinney, M.D., CMA president. "The management of chronic pain is complex but vitally important for affected patients and their families, all of whom stand to benefit greatly by Dr. Helm's tireless commitment."   

Dr. Helm has been practicing interventional pain management since 1982 and both works and lives in Orange County. He is the Medical Director at The Helm Center for Pain Management. The presentation of this first Standiford Helm, M.D., Award took place during the Annual Meeting of CASIPP at the Terranea Resort in Ranchos Palos Verdes. 

OCMA Member Update on Dual Eligibles Demonstration Project

February 25, 2013

 

Over the last 8 months as CalOptima has been building the foundation for the duals demonstration in Orange County, the OCMA has worked consistently and diligently to represent the interests of physicians and their patients.  The critical decision during this early stage of the demonstration was CalOptima board approval of a health care delivery system to serve the duals patients.

Click here for detailed background information.

 

The OCMA strongly advocated that individual physicians, currently serving the duals patients, be included in the delivery system.  A number of these physicians see their duals patients through Medicare Fee-for-Service, and it is important that duals patients continue to have access to their current physicians.

 

OCMA sent a letter to the CalOptima CEO outlining the reasons for the individual contract option.  This letter is the culmination of months of work and summarizes the many points we carried to individual CalOptima board members and their senior staff.  

Click here for the letter to sent to the CalOptima CEO on behalf of OCMA. 

 

We are very pleased to inform our members that the CalOptima board approved a health care delivery system that will include the individual physicians.  At the February meeting of the board, they considered a number of options and, in the end, agreed to develop a network model that will offer an individual contract option to physicians.  

Click here for the approved actions that were passed by the CalOptima board.

 

There remain a number of other important decisions relative to the duals demonstration, but we have achieved the major milestone noted above.  The OCMA will continue to be an active participant in the duals demonstration, decision-making processes and will continue to update the membership as we reach other critical decision points.


Physician Killed by Patient at Hoag Health Center

A recent shooting at Hoag Health Center in Newport Beach has resulted in the death of Ronald Franklin Gilbert, MD. A troubled patient shot the physician in an exam room, however it has not been confirmed if the patient was under the care of Dr. Gilbert. In response to the terrible event, Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) President Standiford Helm II, MD, issued the following statement:

"It is with deep remorse that my colleagues at OCMA and I recognize the tragic incidence that occurred on Monday, January 28 at the Hoag Health Center in Newport Beach. We extend our sincerest condolences and sympathies to the family members, friends, patients and colleagues of Dr. Gilbert.

"This devastating occurrence has shocked and confused many of us and although we will never fully understand the chain of events, we can only hope for better awareness and preparation to avoid such circumstance in the future.

"Physician groups in California, including the California Medical Association (CMA) and OCMA, have a long history of carefully evaluating issues related to gun control and safety, and have thoroughly debated policy for decades. We believe that open communication and education about firearm safety should be available for physicians and their patients, and that public health officials and physicians work together on these tough issues.

"In light of recent events, OCMA is taking a proactive approach and has partnered with ARIXMAR, a firm that is owned and operated by former FBI Special Agents, to provide Orange County physicians with a seminar series on "Work Place Violence Prevention & Response."

"Dr. Gilbert will be greatly missed by his loved ones, his friends, his many patients and the entire Orange County medical community."

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