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Register Now for “Malpractice and MICRA Reform: What Every Doctor Must Know”

February 21, 2014

Free CME/CE for UAPD Members.  Space Limited.
Four (4) Complimentary CME or CE Credits  Available for Physicians, Podiatrists, and Dentists.

Register online here.

Saturday, April 26, 2014
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Manhattan Beach Marriott, 1400 Parkview Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Box Lunch Provided

MICRA opponents want to eliminate the $250,000 cap on non-economic damages and require random drug tests for doctors.   Learn how to protect yourself and your patients from harm.   Hear from experts in the field, including:

  • Erin Muellenberg, J.D., Counsel in Health Care Practice Group, Arent Fox
  • David J. Weiss, Esq., Principal at the Law Offices of David J. Weiss
  • Bruce Fagel, M.D., J.D., Principal at Bruce G. Fagel and Associates
  • Richard Thorp, M.D., President of the California Medical Association

For complete information, download the flyer for the course.

Some BU 16 Doctors Still Waiting for CME Payment

February 19, 2014

Most of the Bargaining Unit 16 doctors who are eligible to receive an automatic payout of $1000 in CME funds have received their checks from the State.   However, doctors in some facilities are still waiting for payment.  UAPD has contacted CalHR to urge them to work with the affected departments to issue those checks quickly.  We will update you about their response.
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Legal Consultation Fund for UAPD Members

February 19, 2014

Any UAPD member who has received a formal written notice of suspension, termination, or limitation of medical staff privileges can apply to receive up to $1000 per case and per year to pay for legal consultation. The fund will be used to pay for attorneys who have been approved by UAPD to provide this service. UAPD will continue its practice of offering non-lawyer representation at the initial stages of disciplinary proceedings.

To determine if they are eligible to receive funds under this policy, the member must apply to a three person screening committee appointed by the UAPD President. The decisions of this Committee shall be final. Other restrictions apply– please contact the Oakland office at 510-839-0193 for details and to submit an application to the screening committee.

Los Angeles Physicians Ratfiy New Contract

February 13, 2014

UAPD members in Los Angeles County Bargaining Unit 324 (Physicians) have voted overwhelmingly in favor of approving the Tentative Agreement reached in January, with 96% of the votes in favor of ratification.  In total, salary and benefits will increase by as much as 15% over the next 18 months.

The terms of the new agreement will go into effect pending approval by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.  Once the County reaches a Tentative Agreement with BU 325 (Psychiatrists and Dentists), the County Supervisors will review and vote on both agreements.  Because the first pay increase under this agreement is retroactive to December 1, 2013, physicians will not lose money while waiting for Supervisor approval.  UAPD will update members once the Supervisors have acted.

UAPD Demands That Santa Clara County Cease and Desist

February 13, 2014

On February 12th, UAPD represented physicians were ordered to provide night, weekend, and holiday coverage at EPS, BAP, and Custody Services without prior notice to the Union.  UAPD immediately sent the following communication from our attorney to County counsel asking for immediate rescission of those work directives:

UAPD formally demand[s] the County rescind a unilateral change last night of mandating psychiatrists take night shift work starting this Saturday. Last night’s directive was issued without prior notice and bargaining with UAPD and therefore under MMBA needs to be rescinded and the matter negotiated with UAPD first… The County has known of its problem with night shifts and Emcare for many months, and has not dealt seriously with a UAPD proposal many weeks ago for a night premium which would encourage doctors to take these shifts (because it would be closer to the rate prevailing in the Bay Area), and thus any emergency here is of the County’s own creation.

The County’s directive is creating an unsafe situation creating risks for all patients and staff in the area.  Accordingly it seems to me the doctors legally might be entitled to refuse to take such unsafe assignments, though obviously no one wants to escalate the dispute here to that level. The County’s representatives should contact Patricia Hernandez at UAPD directly for the purpose of negotiations.”

 

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