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Physician Magazine is published by Physicians News Network and is the official publication of the Los Angeles County Medical Association.

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  • FEBRUARY 2015

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    R E P O R T I N G O N T H E E C O N O M I C S O F H E A L T H C A R E D E L I V E R Y

    T H R E E I P A s C O M B I N E R E S O U R C E S T O F O R M T H E N E W A L L I E D P A C I F I C I P A

    Billing, Cash Flow & ICD-10PLUS: Smart Ways to Cut Your Income Taxes in 2015

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  • FEBRUARY 2015 | W W W. P H YS I C I A N S N E W S N E T WO R K .COM 1

    Volume 146 Issue 2

    Physician Magazine (ISSN 1533-9254) is published monthly by LACMA Services Inc. (a subsidiary of the Los Angeles County Medical Association) at 707 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 3800, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Periodicals Postage Paid at Los Angeles, California, and at additional mailing offices. Volume 143, No. 04 Copyright 2012 by LACMA Services Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Physician Magazine, 707 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 3800, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Advertising rates and information sent upon request.

    FEBRUARY 2015 | TABLE O

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    COVER STORY

    10 BILLING, CASH FLOW & ICD-10ICD-10 implementation is at the top of the list of physician concerns for 2015. For many physicians, especially for those working out-of-network, knowing how to maximize recovery of pay will be a key consideration. In this article, we will address how you can prepare now to improve collections, and we will pro-vide helpful tips and resources for get-ting on track to maximize your revenue.

    6 Independent Practice Associations Combine Resources to Form the New Allied Pacific IPA

    8 Prescription for Home Ownership

    20 Five Smart Ways to Cut Your Income Taxes in 2015

    FROM YOUR ASSOCIATION

    4 Presidents Letter | Pedram Salimpour, MD

    22 United We Stand | At Work for You

    24 CEOs Letter | Rocky Delgadillo

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    Todays turbulent healthcare environment places a premium on fundamental analysis and innovative management. Get the analytical, financial, business, and leadership tools you need to move your practice forward.

    The UCLA Executive Program in Health Policy & Management

    v Ranked among the Top Ten Healthcare Business Programs for Physician Executives by Modern Healthcare

    v Executive format with convenient weekend classesv Two-year, fully-accredited MPH degree in Health Policy & Managmentv Diverse cohort structure and team-based learning environmentv Dynamic healthcare and professional network centered

    at world-renowned UCLA and spanning the enterprising Southern California marketplace.

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  • SUBSCRIPTIONSMembers of the Los Angeles County Medical Association: Physician Magazine is a benefit of your membership. Additional copies and back issues: $3 each. Nonmember subscriptions: $39 per year. Single copies: $5. To order or renew a subscription, make your check payable to Physician Magazine, 707 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 3800, Los Angeles, CA 90017. To inform us of a delivery problem, call 213-683-9900. Acceptance of advertising in Physician Magazine in no way constitutes approval or endorsement by LACMA Services Inc. The Los Angeles County Medical Association reserves the right to reject any advertising. Opinions expressed by authors are their own and not necessarily those of Physician Magazine, LACMA Services Inc. or the Los Angeles County Medical Association. Physician Magazine reserves the right to edit all contributions for clarity and length, as well as to reject any material submitted. PM is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts.

    The Los Angeles County Medi-

    cal Association is a profes-

    sional association representing

    physicians from every medical

    specialty and practice setting

    as well as medical students,

    interns and residents. For more

    than 100 years, LACMA has

    been at the forefront of cur-

    rent medicine, ensuring that its

    members are represented in the

    areas of public policy, govern-

    ment relations and community

    relations. Through its advocacy

    efforts in both Los Angeles

    County and with the statewide

    California Medical Association,

    your physician leaders and staff

    strive toward a common goal

    that you might spend more time

    treating your patients and less

    time worrying about the chal-

    lenges of managing a practice.

    LACMAs Board of Directors consists of a group of 30 dedicated physicians who are working hard to uphold your rights and the rights of your patients. They always welcome hearing your comments and concerns. You can contact them by emailing or calling Lisa Le, Director of Governance, at lisa@lacmanet.org or 213-226-0304.

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    HEADQUARTERS

    Physicians News NetworkLos Angeles County Medical Association707 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 3800Los Angeles, CA 90017Tel 213.683.9900 | Fax 213.226.0350www.physiciansnewsnetwork.com

    LACMA OFFICERS Pedram Salimpour, MDPeter Richman, MDVito Imbasciani, MDWilliam Averill, MDMarshall Morgan, MD

    LACMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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