If elected I plan to ......
..........Get the word out directly to practicing doctors that the value of membership in CMA far outweighs the financial cost incurred in dues.
I would speak of the power of numbers: how loud our voice can be in the legislature, to the media and to the public when we all speak from our varied backgrounds with the same message.
I would advertise of the access to information from CMA that eases the administrative burden of medical practice: examples include HITECH, On Call documents, CMA Alert, Capitol Weekly, .
I would promote the Economic Services Department, and their amazing success rate at recouping money for doctors that is rightfully theirs. That money is often a multiple of the CMA dues.
.......Encourage all physicians to incorporate health advocacy as an integral part of the practice of medicine. Graduate medical education should include advocacy training as an integral part of every program.
I would demonstrate by example how time spent in advocacy can be accomplished while maintaining that delicate work/life balance.
I would encourage doctors to look at health advocacy as an outlet for enhancing the pleasure of practicing medicine by the empowerment gained by speaking out in the political arena.
........Encourage the participation of all members by optimizing the year-round process of policy-making.
I would focus on making the most of social media, to enable doctors to participate when they have the time, on issues they select.
I would use webinars, phone conferences and other on-line connections to have meetings of the minds that least disrupt participants from their families and practices (and in the process save CMA money on travel and lodging).
I recognize the importance of face-to-face meetings on occasion. I would make them family friendly - always near major airports and always with child care and breastfeeding facilities provided. I would try very hard not to schedule such meetings during major sports events.
.......Regain the respect for the role of the physician by emphasizing our role as teachers, healers, advocates and health partners.
I would encourage doctors to be active in their communities in all areas of wellness and disease prevention for their patients as well as for their neighbors, employees, colleagues and family and friends.
Direct CMA physicians to lead, educate and incorporate the recognition of the importance and the limitations of other health care professionals.
Collaborate with others in the health field to optimize the use of underutilized paraprofessionals to the maximal degree of their training.
........Continue to lead the fight to maintain MICRA.
I would work within existing agencies of CMA, educating legislators and the public about the benefits in terms of access to care by keeping doctors in California with this important safeguard in place.
I would work with other agencies to pursue alternative options for tort reform to improve medical justice.
........Continue to lead the fight for enhanced reimbursement and decreased administrative burden in caring for patients in federal health programs.
I would actively lobby for more funding from the state budget.
I would continue to minimize barriers for underserved patients, whose medical conditions and lack of financial resources prevent them from obtaining medical services.