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Practice Check-Up: How scheduling strategies can reduce disruptions and long patient wait times

This is the second in a series of articles aimed at highlighting key areas practices should examine in an effort to improve practice performance. This month we focus on how effectively managing the appointment schedule can have a positive impact on both patient and practice satisfaction.

It's Finally Over! The Medicare SGR is Dead!

Last night the Senate approved H.R. 2: The Medicare SGR Reform and the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act which repeals Medicare’s sustainable growth rate formula, hours before double-digit payment cuts to physicians were set to take effect. The bill has been sent to the White House where President Obama is expected to sign it into law.

House Landslide Vote to Pass SGR

Today, RCMA/CMA congratulates the U.S. House of Representatives for passing monumental Medicare reform and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) extension, and urgently asks their colleagues in the Senate to do the same before spring recess. The 392-37 vote clearly shows that now is the time to make Medicare reform a reality.

Measles Health Advisory

Measles activity continues to increase in California. As of January 30, 2015, 79 cases of measles in patients from 11 different jurisdictions have been reported to the California Department of Public Health. Fifty-two California cases and 14 out-of-state cases are epidemiologically linked to Disneyland Park in Orange County. Five confirmed and two probable cases are Riverside County residents. Students without documentation of two MMR vaccinations have been excluded from two high schools pending the end of the 21 day surveillance period.

The Ultimate Measure - CMA's 2014 Legislative Wrap Up

For more than 150 years, the California Medical Association has upheld the banner for practicing physicians. Year after year, the state medical society has partnered with the local medical societies to diligently strive to ensure the care and well-being of patients and to protect public health by working for the betterment of the profession. In years of prosperity, the challenge of carrying out this duty is restrained. In years of controversy, the same duty is laborious. This year was full of controversies.

RCMA Member Honored

CMA President Tarek Mahdi, M.D., has been named November 2014 Member of the Month from among the 8,700 members of the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). RCMA congratulates Dr. Mahdi on being recognized as a leader transforming primary care

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