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The practice of taking multiple drugs to treat one or more medical conditions or polypharmacy is prevalent due to the growth of the pharmaceutical industry making more drugs available.  In many situations polypharmacy is...
This spring, your office will be contacted by L.A. Care for our annual Access and Availability survey. This survey is a Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) requirement. Please make sure you and or your staff answer and...
Your patients don't always know where to go or who to call when they have medical concerns, especially after office hours. They may end up with an unnecessary Emergency Room visit, not knowing about other services like Urgent...
It's been 21 years since L.A. Care received its Knox-Keene license, and began operations as a Medi-Cal health plan for Los Angeles County. Today, with 2.2 million members and nearly 2,000 employees, L.A. Care is recognized...
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has announced that they will distribute the new Medicare cards to California beneficiaries from April to June 2018. During this time, L.A. Care will begin updating its...
As the opioid overdose epidemic continues to worsen, L.A. Care is sharing some of the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.   The guideline...
Are your patients in need of substance use treatment services?  If alcohol or drug use is negatively impacting their health, relationships, work, school or home life, they can call the Department of Public Health's ...
Your patients don't always know where to go or who to call when they have medical concerns, especially after office hours. They may end up with an unnecessary Emergency Room visit, not knowing about other services like Urgent...
Some topics are hard to discuss with patients. No one enjoys talking to someone about sensitive issues like losing weight, opioid use or quitting smoking, especially when you expect an emotional response. You might be...
We know it’s not too late to vaccinate, especially during this deadly flu season. Please let your patients know that L.A. Care covers both the Influenza and Pneumococcal vaccinations. We have some information below to assist...