September 22, 2017
Area(s) of Interest: Advocacy Physician Leadership
The 146th Annual Session of the California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates (HOD) will tackle three major issues—health care reform (on both the federal and state level), physician workforce and mental health care—when it convenes October 21-22, 2017, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.
CMA physician delegates meet annually to establish broad policy on current major issues that have been determined to be the most important issues affecting members, the association and the practice of medicine. Reports on these major issues are now available for comment. All members are welcome to submit comments online at www.cmdocs.org/hod.
Health Care Reform: While the future of federal health care reform remains unclear, CMA continues to work with federal and state lawmakers to ensure that the health care system works for physicians and patients. The CMA House of Delegates will discuss recommendations and regulations that will assist with health care reform at both the state and national levels.
Physician Workforce: Maintaining a physician workforce that ensures all patients have sufficient and timely access to quality medical care continues to be a challenge for California. The delegates will discuss barriers that impact the practice medicine in California and will analyze various strategies and policies that will promote solutions to address the physician workforce problem.
Mental Health: For decades, CMA policy has strongly supported adequate funding and provisions for high-quality mental health care. However, despite raised awareness, mental illness continues to go un-recognized and underfunded in California; many people with mental illnesses do not receive the help they need. The delegates will discuss significant factors affecting the mental health system including access and infrastructure, and will consider policies to support and improve the mental health system.