For Patients

This site offers general medical information, resources to assist you in solving problems with physicians and other health care providers and contact information for numerous local and regional medical organizations, including hospitals and specialty societies. The Physician Locator will help you find information about specific Ventura County area physicians and to help you locate new physicians as needed.

Don't hesitate to contact VCMA at (805) 484-6822 with any questions.

Physician Locator

The Physician Locator will help you find information about specific Ventura County area physicians and to help you locate new physicians as needed.
Click here for more information.

Medicare: Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program

HICAP (the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) offers free, one-on-one Medicare counseling. Trained volunteer counselors can answer your questions and help you understand your Medicare rights and benefits, including how to appeal denials of coverage; Medicare supplemental insurance (Medigap policies); Medicare Advantage plans; employee and retiree coverage; and long-term care insurance. Legal help and representation at Medicare appeals or administrative hearings are also available.

HICAP provides free educational presentations on Medicare and related topics.
Call 1-800-434-0222 or visit for more information

For the Ventura County HICAP office, call 805-477-7310 or visit

The California Department of Aging administers this volunteer-supported program and CHA supports the HICAPs through trainings, technical assistance and up-to-date consumer materials, including our website and fact sheets.

Advance Health Care Directive Kits 

California law provides individuals the ability to insure that their health care wishes are known and considered if they become unable to make these decisions themselves. The California Medical Association publishes an Advance Health Care Directive Kit which includes an Advance Health Care Directive form and wallet cards as well as information which answers the questions commonly asked about Advance Directives. For additional information about the Advance Health Care Directive, click here


*Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Do Not Resuscitate Forms 

The Pre-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form developed by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority in conjunction with the California Medical Association instructs EMS personnel to forgo resuscitation attempts in the event of a patient's cardiopulmonary arrest.

To order an Advance Health Care Directive, call VCMA @ (805) 484-6822.
For orders above 100, or to order forms in Spanish - please call the CMA publications department at (800) 882-1262, or log on to

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from the California Emergency Medical Services Website.

POLST - Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment

    POLST works in conjunction with the Advance Health Care Directive Kit to ensure informed end of life care decisions.

The Medical Board of California

The Medical Board of California is a state regulatory agency charged to protect health care consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied health care professions and through the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act, and, to promote access to quality medical care through the Board's licensing and regulatory functions.

The Medical Board of California is the only authority in the state that may take disciplinary action against the license of the physician(s) to whom your complaint relates. The toll-free number of the Medical Board is 1-800-633-2322, and the Medical Board is located at 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200, Sacramento, CA 95815.

Home   |   About Us   |   Member Benefits   |   VCMA Programs   |   Practice Resources   |   Advocacy   |   For Patients   |   Calendar
Copyright (c) 2021 Ventura County Medical Association