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Clear as Mud

Clear as Mud

Clear as Mud - a new podcast that brings clarity to the complicated profession of medicine by delivering relevant, purposeful information featuring great guests, inspired conversations, and clear takeaways. Knowing how busy physicians are, each episode of Clear as Mud is 10 minutes long, with bonus coverage available on This show will evolve as medicine does and that is why we want to hear from you! What topics should we cover? Who would be ideal guests?
Many thanks to our sponsor, the Patient Care Foundation for their generosity, and to our production team for all their work.
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003 - Francisco J. Silva - Assembly Bill 890 Nurse practitioners: scope of practice bill.
Recently, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 890. The so-called nurse practitioners’ scope of practice bill.  Among other things, the bill would authorize a nurse practitioner who meets certain education, experience, and certification requirements to perform as a physician does. This bill is so important , we are dedicating the entire 10-minute broadcast to share what’s next for physicians. Data has shown that physician-based care is the model that ensures the greatest patient safety and highest quality care for all Californians, regardless of income. Joining us today is Francisco Silva, General Counsel at CMA who has graciously accepted our invitation to discuss the latest on AB 890, what every doctor needs to know and to counter misinformation. If you would like to learn more about LACMA/CMA and our advocacy efforts, please visit
January 11, 2021
002 - Dave Logan - When 'Pandemic Intersects with Burnout'
In a recent CMA study, nearly 44% of U.S. doctors reported one or more symptom of burnout, depression, or both. One in five doctors reported they’ll reduce clinical hours over the next two years, while one in 50 said they plan to quit medicine for a different career. Physicians are at 50%-300% increased risk for death by suicide compared to professionals in other fields. Physician burnout is costing the nation’s hospitals and health systems $1.7 billion per year, according to the National Taskforce for Humanity in Healthcare. Our topic is about when 'Pandemic Intersects with Burnout' Our guest is Dave Logan, CEO of Well Physician California, part of CMA’s effort to address burnout. Before joining WPC, Dave Logan served as Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer for P3 Health Partners, a population health management organization, focused on improving patient outcomes through value-based care. He was the co-founder and Senior Partner of CultureSync, a management consulting firm that creates high performance through an alignment of strategy, structure, systems and culture and has been on the faculty at the University of Southern California since 1996, teaching in the Executive MBA, Executive Master of Leadership, and Master of Medical Management programs. He holds a Ph.D. in organizational communication from the Annenberg School at USC.
December 7, 2020
001 - Dr. Cesar Chavarria - How the Pandemic Has Changed Lives and Livelihoods.
The pandemic has destroyed lives and livelihoods. We wanted to hear from physicians who have faced tremendous adversity and hear their views as doctors, employers, business owners, parents, partners, caregivers. Joining us for this episode and to talk about his experience during the pandemic is Dr. Cesar Chavarria who owns a pediatric pulmonary practice in Tarzana, California. Dr. Chavarria has more than 30 years of experience in treating pediatric respiratory conditions. He attended undergraduate school at Madrid College and medical school at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, both in Mexico City. He completed his pediatric internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and his pediatric residency at the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine/Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Chavarria is fellowship-trained in pediatric critical care and pediatric pulmonology. Thank you for joining us for this inaugural episode of Clear as Mud.
November 13, 2020