Center for Advanced Wound Healing Now Open

August 13, 2017

Four CHA member physicians head up the newly opened Center for Advanced Wound Healing under the auspices of Los Robles Hospital. They include Drs. Trung Bui, Sujay Dutta, Mark Suski, and Andre Yousefia. Dr. Alan Mintz is also on the staff.

The Center for Advanced Wound Healing brought together a comprehensive group of medical specialists for prompt and comprehensive treatment of hard to treat wounds and ulcers. In addition, the Ce... Read More

Two meetings are on tap for CHA members.

August 13, 2017

The first meeting will be the VCFMC-ACO meeting Thursday September 14 at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks.  Dr. Michael Sexton and Catherine Hansen from QVH will be in attendance to provide the latest update and answer questions.

Next, a CHA general membership meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 5 also at the Palm Garden Hotel.  Meeting will start promptly at 7 PM with refreshments and appetizers being served beginn... Read More

The 2017 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times and Medicare and Medicaid Acceptance Rates

August 13, 2017

The 2017 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times and Medicare and Medicaid Acceptance Rates indicates that it now takes an average of 24 days to schedule a new patient physician appointment in 15 of the largest cities in the United States, up from 18.5 days in 2014, 20.5 days in 2009 and 21 days in 2004, previous years the survey was conducted.

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Story behind the CHA Dues Invoices

August 13, 2017

The CHA board of directors had a difficult decision to make.  Send the annual dues notice March 1 as in years past, or, wait until 2018 ACO signups were complete in July as to not confuse current or new members with the billing.  The board opted to wait, sending out the invoice June 1.

Board member Dr. Kashyap explains the numerous changes that went into this decision.  “Starting January 1, 2018, a significant percentage of C... Read More

Thinking About Back Surgery? Think Again.

March 24, 2016

Your spine is an elegant anatomical marvel of 33 individual bones stacked on top of one another that allows you to stand upright, bend and twist. But the strength and flexibility that’s engineered into your lower back also make it susceptible to injury. Over time, a sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, improper lifting, repetitive stress movements or excessive exercise can lead to spinal problems that cause back pain.

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Tips to Manage Chronic Pain

January 20, 2016

With more than 3 million US cases per year, chronic pain is a persistent pain that lasts more than six months. Chronic pain is caused by a variety of factors and can manifest in many areas of the body. Headaches, joint pain, injury and backaches, as well as generalized muscle or nerve pain, can develop into chronic pain conditions.


Dehydration can make some chronic pain conditions, like headach... Read More

A New Toe Hold In the Fight Against Toenail Fungus

February 20, 2015

Drs. Michael Zapf, Darren Payne & Steve Benson

Dreading wearing sandals or flip-flops because of unsightly toenails? You are not alone. An estimated 35 million people in the United States suffer from toenail fungus, a disease that discolors, cracks and thickens toenails.

Toenail fungus is caused by damage to the nail, which leads to fungal infection. Causes include physical activities, genetics, poor cir... Read More

New Hope For a Healthy Heart

December 11, 2014

By Dr. Gholam Mohammadzadeh

In July 2014, a significant heart-healthy milestone was reached at Los Robles Hospital. Instead of undergoing open-heart surgery to replace a defective aortic valve, two patients with severe aortic stenosis, were the first at the hospital to receive new aortic heart valves via a catheter in the femoral artery.

Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve in the heart narrows and r... Read More

Pertussis (Whooping Cough): Responding to the Epidemic

August 12, 2014

by Dr. Edward I. Blackman, M.D., FCAP

Pertussis is commonly referred to as “whooping cough” because of the severe coughing and gasping for breath which produce a characteristic whooping sound, especially in children. The symptoms of pertussis may vary widely, especially in older patients and previously vaccinated patients. Infants are at risk for severe disease.

We a... Read More

Are You Practicing Reactive or Preventive Medicine?

July 17, 2014

by Gilbert Simoni, MD

Advanced Gastroenterology, Inc.

Most would agree that healthcare costs are high. One of the major culprits is reactive medicine. Simply put, many Americans fail to take personal responsibility for their health. They wait until they have a “problem” or react before they seek professional help. Fortunately, over the past several decades, many physicians and health organizations ... Read More

The Obesity Epidemic

April 28, 2014

By Amir Mehran, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Co-director, Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Los Robles

Considered as the most critical threat to public health, it is estimated that by 2030, the obesity epidemic will affect more than half of the U.S. population. The number of deaths attributable to obesity among U.S. adults is ap... Read More

How to Beat Spring Allergies

February 19, 2014

By Patrick Atlee 

Many people suffer with spring allergies. Most cases are mild, but severe outbreaks can cause a person to lose time from work or school and prevent getting routine activities accomplished. There are some things that can be done to help prevent allergic outbreaks from occurring.

Allergies occur from the immune system reacting to certain substances that are in the envi... Read More