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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2015 Physicians of Excellence Awards!

Is your doctor the BEST in Orange County?

Nominate him or her for the 2015 Physicians of Excellence Awards!

OC Register Magazine in conjunction with the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA), will publish its annual list of Orange County Physicians of Excellence in the February 2, 2015 issue of OC Register Magazine, and is currently seeking nominations. The Physicians of Excellence program was designed to honor outstanding physicians practicing in Orange County. The selection criteria that will be used to determine physician excellence were developed by a multi-specialty collaboration of the OCMA. Anyone can nominate a physician to be considered for the Physicians of Excellence program. Physicians need to be nominated only once to be eligible to apply for selection as a Physician of Excellence. Multiple nominations for the same physician are discouraged. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Once nominated, an application packet will be mailed to the nominee with the details of the application process. Membership in the OCMA is not a requirement for selection.

Minimum criteria for Physicians of Excellence include:

  • Hold board certification within specialty of nomination.
  • Maintain a primary practice location in Orange County, California for the last 5 years.
  • Be in good standing with the Medical Board of California
  • Have been in practice within his/her specialty field for the last 5 years consecutively
Nominators are not required to certify that the physician they are nominating meets these criteria.


Nomination forms are located at: 
www.ocma.org/ForPhysicians/Programs/PhysiciansofExcellence.aspx

You may also download the form by simply clicking here.
 
Submit your nomination form to the Orange County Medical Association by July 10, 2014
 
Send to:
OCMA, 17322 Murphy Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614 or 
fax to (949) 398-8120. 
For questions call (949) 398-8100 ext 106 


Medical Community Loses Richard F. Kammerman, M.D.

It is with great sadness that we announce that Richard F. Kammerman, M.D., past president of OCMA, passed away at St. Joseph Hospital on January 9, 2014.  He was 83.
 
Dr. Kammerman was board certified in family medicine.  He was a Clinical Professor of the UCI Department of Family Medicine. 
 
Dr. Kammerman was president of OCMA in 1991-92.  In 1997, he was named OCMA's Physician of the Year.  Even after he retired, Dr. Kammerman could be counted on to assist OCMA whenever he was needed.  He was a popular mentor in OCMA's "Speed Mentoring" program that OCMA organized for UCI medical students.  In recent years, Dr. Kammerman served on the Physicians of Excellence Selection Committee.  In addition, Dr. Kammerman founded and served as president of OCMA's Toastmasters Club (chapter 3773).  
 
Dr. Kammerman contributed countless hours to service and leadership positions within OCMA and other professional associations and hospitals since the early 1960's.  In addition to his work within OCMA, Dr. Kammerman served as president of the Orange County Chapter of the Academy of Family Physicians and served as a representative to the California State Academy of Family Physicians and the California Medical Association.  He served on the hospital staffs of St. Joseph Hospital, CHOC, and Western Medical Center, and was elected chair of the Family Medicine Department in each of these hospitals. 
 
Dr. Kammerman's greatest influence on the community has been the positive impact on the lives of the uninsured and under-insured in Orange County.  His tireless work and unwavering commitment to the poor resulted in the unprecedented launching of CalOptima, the county's Medi-Cal managed care organization.  He was involved with the program's design and was instrumental in forging the partnership among the county government, private physicians, hospitals and community clinics that continues to this day.
 
While serving as part of the UCI Volunteer Faculty, Dr. Kammerman was devoted to educating future physicians and volunteered many hours each week to mentor medical students. 
 
In a written statement, Dr. Ralph Clayman, dean of the UCI School of Medicine, said:  "A member of the School of Medicine Alumni Board since its inception, Dr. Kammerman had knowledge and appreciation of the roots and foundation of the School of Medicine and therefore was often looked to as a historian for the group.  As co-president in 2011, Dr. Kammerman helped reengage and reenergize the board. Dr. Kammerman received the Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumni Award for the UC Irvine School of Medicine in 2011 in recognition of the tremendous amount of time and energy he devoted to making the UC Irvine School of Medicine the great institution that it is today."
 
Dr. Kammerman volunteered his time and service to many groups and organizations, including the Discovery Science Center, the Santa Ana Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Lions Club.  He received commendations for service from the Boy Scouts of America, the Orange County Board of Supervisors, the California State Senate, the California State Assembly, and the U.S. House of Representatives.
 
A few years ago, the UCI Department of Family Medicine created the Richard Kammerman, M.D. Award.  This award is presented each year to a volunteer faculty member in recognition of outstanding service to the department and the community.  Dr. Kammerman was the first recipient and the award has continued to be named in his honor in recognition of his service - displaying the characteristics that form the selection criteria for this honor. 
 
Richard F Kammerman, M.D. will be missed by his family, friends and the medical community at large.

Upcoming Fundraising Event for Dr. Richard Pan, Assemblymember

Please Join the OCMA Board of Directors

for a Dinner Reception in Support of


 

DR. RICHARD PAN, ASSEMBLYMEMBER 

Friday, June 28, 2013


7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Orange County Medical Association Conference Center

17322 Murphy Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614



$1,000 Host * $500 Co-Host $250 Supporter 

* $100 Friend * $50 Ticket


Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and former UC Davis educator, currently represents the people of Sacramento and San Joaquin counties in the California State Assembly and serves as Chairman of the Assembly's Committee on Health.  He also continues to practice medicine. Dr. Pan has served in numerous capacities for his county, state, and national medical associations. He is past-President of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society and past-Chair of the CMA Council on Legislation. He is also the past-Vice-Chair of the California American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as well as past-Chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education and has served on the board of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.  For a full bio, please see: http://www.asmdc.org/members/a09/biography. 



Please RSVP to Linda Johansen at: 


949-398-8100 Ext. 102 or ljohansen@ocma.org



Click here for the RSVP/Donation form



Please make checks payable to:

Dr. Richard Pan for Senate for 2014

915 L Street, Suite C415 Sacramento, CA 95814

 

You may also contribute on line at rally.org/panmd/donate

 


May Tip of the Month from OCMA Physician Advocate, Mitzi Young

May Tip:

"The Health Exchange is coming...get ready now!  With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (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.

We have developed a toolkit to educate physicians on the exchange and ensure that they are aware of important issues related to exchange plan contracting. The toolkit is available free to OCMA /CMA members only at www.cmanet.org/exchange."

Receiving practice management guidance from Mitzi is a FREE OCMA member benefit!

Mitzi Young
Physician Advocate, Center for Economic Services
888.236.0267
myoung@cmanet.org


2014 Physicians of Excellence Nominations

Orange Coast magazine, in conjunction with the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA), will publish its annual list of Orange County Physicians of Excellence in the January 2014 issue and is currently seeking nominations. The Physicians of Excellence program was designed to honor outstanding physicians practicing in Orange County. The selection criteria that will be used to determine physician excellence were developed by a multi-specialty collaboration of the OCMA. 

Anyone can nominate a physician to be considered for the Physicians of Excellence program. Physicians need to be nominated only once to be eligible to apply for selection as a Physician of Excellence. Multiple nominations for the same physician are discouraged. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Once nominated, an application packet will be mailed to the nominee with the details of the application process. Membership in the OCMA is not a requirement for selection. Minimum criteria for Physicians of Excellence include:


- Hold board certification within specialty of nomination
- Maintain a primary practice location in Orange County, California for the last 5 years
- Be in good standing with the Medical Board of California
- Have been in practice within his/her specialty field for the last 5 years consecutively


Nominators are not required to certify that the physician they are nominating meets these criteria.


You may also download the form by simply clicking here.

Submit your nomination form to the Orange County Medical Association by 
June 14, 2013.
 
 
Send to: OCMA, 17322 Murphy Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614 or fax to (949) 398-8120. 

For questions call (949) 398-8100 ext 106 

OCMA Women Physician Leadership Conference Proves to be Huge Success

Women Physicians Share Insights at Local Conference

Article written by Physicians News Network,
 
www.physiciansnewsnetwork.com/orange_county

Presentations from Women's Conference speakers available at the end of the article

A women’s conference last week offered local female doctors an unprecedented opportunity to learn from each other, and gain critical insight from top women leaders on how to achieve work-life balance, while taking on leadership roles.

The conference, entitled Retreat, Relate, Reform: Women Physicians Leading Change, took place on March 15 at the Promenade Gardens in Costa Mesa. It was organized by the Orange County Medical Association.

Dr. Lisa Thomsen, a Glendora-based family practitioner in private practice and a board member of the Cooperative of American Physicians Inc. (CAP), said the conference exceeded her expectations.

“It was great to see examples of women doing it all,” Thomsen said. “They are very strong leaders.”

Dr. Kelly Traver, an internal medicine physician, medical director for Crossover Health, delivered the keynote address. She focused on the importance of physicians dealing with increasing levels of stress. The goal is to to adapt, in order to successfully continue practicing, and deliver the best care.

There is a constant pressure on physicians to deliver better care at a lower cost, but according to studies, physicians who are simply in a better mood can come up with correct diagnosis three times faster.

While physicians address the harmful effects of stress when treating their patients, they often ignore to take care of themselves, said Traver.

When speaking about new reimbursement models and payment systems, she said “the more complex compensation systems become, the less effective they become”.

Dr. Sharon Levine, president of the California Medical Board, talked about lessons in physician leadership and the importance of cultivating leaders inside the organizations themselves. She discussed creating a culture that motivates people, fosters new ideas and recognizes those who contribute to the organization.

While the older generation of women physicians felt privileged to have a chance to become doctors, to take on leadership roles, and were eager to take on extra work load at the expense of their personal lives, we cannot expect the current generation to do the same, she said.

Dr. Tanya Spirtos, CMA trustee, gave updates on the current state of the ACA implementation and the issues that directly affect physicians, such as the problem with a three-month grace period for people who will be subsidized on the exchange, which can result in physicians not getting reimbursed by the insurance companies when patients default on their monthly payments.

Spirtos said physicians need positive incentives, not penalties, and they have an unprecedented opportunity now to affect how incentives will work as the ACA gets implemented.

Thomsen said she was impressed with the speakers and their take-away messages. She pointed to Levine’s “quiet strength” as exemplary female physician leadership.

As Levine noted, for many women, their appointment to leadership roles is often accidental, but they take on those roles and rise to the challenge.

Thomsen welcomed the views of a presenter who noted that women can become physician leaders by taking small steps and engaging in different organizations throughout their lives. The gained confidence often catapults women to the next stage, and ultimately, into leadership roles.

She said there was one thing in particular that the keynote speaker said that struck a note with her. “Life is really long,” Traver said. “You don’t need to do everything at once.”

Presentations:

"The Healthiest You" - by Kelly Traver, MD

"Lessons in Leadership: The Challenges of Change" - by Sharon, Levine, MD

"Gender Equity, Ensuring a Positive Work Environment & Executive Contracts"                          -By Shannon Jenkins, Esq.

"Health Care Reform Impact on Physicians" - by Tanya Spirtos, MD - For a copy of this presentation, please contact Ashley Buchwald at abuchwald@ocma.org


OCMA Specialty Spotlight: Doctor Recognizes a Need for Fewer Loopholes in the Delivery of Healthcare in California

Recently Dr. Johnson took on a complicated case involving a 13 year old male suffering from a symptomatic left mandibular cyst.

 

The young patient complained of swelling, pain and recurrent headaches. Before finding Dr. Johnson the patient had been turned away from treatment due to insurance. After initial consultation with the patient, Dr. Johnson found he was unable to treat the patient's urgent condition due to insurance constraints.  The patient was referred back to his insurance for definitive care. Later, the patient's mother and father called, frustrated with the inability of the insurance company to properly refer to a surgeon for definitive and prompt care.

 

The patient was re-examined and noted to have increasing pain, swelling and was now damaging other dental structures. Dr. Johnson's staff subsequently called the insurance company on behalf of the family, urging them to assign a person responsible to get their son treated. Unfortunately this took several months, and many phone calls from Dr. Johnson's staff to get the required approval to treat the patient in a hospital setting.

 

Once the services were approved, Dr. Johnson was able to perform the initial recommended biopsy and decompression at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.  The pathology report showed an inflamed dentigerous cyst with a prominent hyperplastic follicle and segments of dental papilla.  There was no evidence of malignant growth histologically.  

Cyst-pre operative tennis ball sized 

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Home and office care continued over the next several months from the initial decompression, sometimes referred to as marsupialization, proved successful as the size of the cyst was reduced by approximately half its original size. The tooth and periodontal structures which were initially compromised by the growth of the cyst began to heal.  The boy's headaches and jaw pain improved over the next several months.    


Cyst-now golf ball sized (about 1/2 the initial size)

The recommended treatment was extraction of tooth #17, supernumerary tooth and cyst under general anesthesia.  During surgery, the original tumor and the initial cyst was identified. The cyst components, including soft cystic material as well as osseous material, mass and other hard tissues appearing to look like teeth were all removed.  The area was examined for any residual areas of cyst.  The remaining osseous structure in the jawbone appeared to be intact without any evidence of infiltration or fracture.  The boy, now 14, has continued to heal, although now a consultation with a dental orthopedist is recommended to evaluate for a dento-facial skeletal deformity.

 

The case illustrates the need for fewer loopholes in the delivery of healthcare in California. The difficulties with case assignment, surgeon contact, treatment authorization and follow-up care were all compromised in this situation.  There were several unnecessary dental/doctor consultations, as well as visits to the emergency department in order to finally alert the insurance company of the urgency of the patient's needs.  The insurance company also failed to find a treating surgeon in-network within a 50 mile radius.  It seems unimaginable that a qualified, contracted surgeon could not be secured in a timely manner.  The delay in treatment  likely caused the need for more extensive care, causing missed days at school and work days for the parents.

 

Arthur Johnson, III, DDS, MD  

 Arthur Johnson, III, DDS,MD earned his degree in dentistry at the University of Michigan in 1993.  He continued his studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in medicine in 1998.  Dr. Johnson completed his residency program at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He maintains hospital affiliation at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. Sustaining a private practice in Southern California for more than ten years, Dr. Johnson has volunteered with Health Care International since 1993, where he provides medical and dental care to the underserved regions of Jamaica. He is a member of the Laguna Niguel Rotary Club whose mission is service, volunteerism and goodwill.  He's an active member of the California Medical Association and Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

 

Dr. Johnson's concern with a patient's dental health expands beyond tooth removal. Dr. Johnson takes pride in helping to change or improve a patient's smile with bone grafts and implants and correcting facial and jaw abnormalities or traumatic injuries with reconstructive surgery.  His attention to detail and philosophy of providing optimal, quality care with the least amount of invasive surgery has earned him the trust from patients and confidence from referring doctors.  


2013 Physicians of Excellence Reception Pictures

Pictures from the January 23, 2013 Physicians of Excellence Reception are up on the OCMA Facebook page.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152478454530721.955051.250822655720&type=1&l=60016902fd to view them. Feel free to tag yourself, your friends and your colleagues.

Photos by www.lisareneephotography.com

Don't forget to "like" the OCMA Facebook page!


OCMA Needs Your Help with an Important Survey Regarding Dual Eligibles

Your participation is needed! Please consider taking a short, 10 question survey regarding the dual eligibles demonstration project.

Those who participate in this survey may enter to win one of three $100 Visa gift cards. By leaving your name at the end of the survey, you will be entered in the drawing! OCMA staff will contact the winners on or before February 7, 2013. 

The CalOptima board of directors is scheduled to make a critical decision regarding dual eligible patients (eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal) in Orange County at their February 7 board meeting. The decision could impact many physicians and their dual eligible patients. Your immediate input is necessary.

 

The OCMA has been working with CalOptima to advocate that the board adopt a very open health care delivery model for the duals patients; a delivery model that includes contracted health plans and individual physicians, via individual contracts. The broad health care delivery model will allow for patients to continue seeing their individual physician even if that physician is not affiliated with a CalOptima health plan for the purposes of Medicare managed care.

 

In order to effectively advocate for the physicians providing Medicare services, we need accurate and current information to share with the CalOptima staff and board members. This survey will enable us to provide a substantial portion of the important information that we need. The CalOptima board is uncertain, at this time, on the type of health care delivery model they will utilize for the duals patients in Orange County, so your immediate response is requested and will be of great value. Thank you for your time and participation.


For a more detailed update on the duals demonstration in Orange County, please go to the OCMA web site under the Local Advocacy section.

 

To continue to the survey, click the link below.


Survey Link: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CB9QHJR


Orange County Medical Association Selects Farmers & Merchants Bank as Preferred Business Partner

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Dec. 19, 2012 -  Farmers & Merchants Bank (F&M) has been selected by the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) as a Preferred Business Partner for physicians seeking personal and professional banking products and services.

 

"F&M is dedicated to delivering tailored products and services for the medical community," said Daniel K. Walker, F&M's Chairman and CEO. "We have served the community for more than a century and have worked with medical professionals in our Memorial Hospital branch for more than 30 years. This rich history and depth of experience allows us to ensure physicians' banking needs are met with the utmost efficiency and convenience."

 

F&M's Physician Banking Suite of Services provides attentive service and specialized products to the medical community, including concierge services, account analysis, business credit cards, remote deposit capture, lockbox service, online business banking, merchant services and lines of credit and loans. OCMA members will receive a 15 percent credit toward their analysis fees as part of the partnership.

 

F&M and OCMA also will join forces to provide educational seminars and resources geared toward effective financial planning and practice management and will feature insights from some of the region's leading medical and financial professionals.

 

The strategic business partnership with F&M Bank reinforces OCMA's commitment to bring added value to its members by aligning with companies who offer specialized services for physicians, allowing physicians to focus their attention on patient care.

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About Farmers & Merchants Bank


Founded in Long Beach in 1907 by C.J. Walker, Farmers & Merchants Bank has 21 branches in L.A. and Orange counties. The Bank specializes in commercial and small business banking along with business loan programs. Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach is a California state chartered bank with deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (Member FDIC) and an Equal Housing Lender. For more information about F&M, please visit the website at www.fmb.com or contact Brian Nakamura, Vice President/Physician's Banking Suite Coordinator  at: 

(714) 472-6611 or brian.nakamura@fmb.com.



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