FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2019 PHYSICIANS: Many of you have received notice from the Medical Board about new security requirements for prescription pads, effectively invalidating existing pads. While these regulations are in keeping with recently passed AB 1753, implementation guidance was only recently issued, creating limited access to these new pads. CMA reached out to the Department of Justice and Medical Board on December 21 st requesting a transition period to protect continuity of care and allow prescribers to acquire new materials when needed. CMA's security prescription partner, RxSecurity , is now taking orders for the new uniquely serialized prescription forms. You can read more about CMA's advocacy if you CLICK HERE . You can also read CMA’s letter to the Department of Justice if you CLICK HERE . I would also like to announce that on December 3, 2018, SDCMS's Nominating Committee convened and is recommending a proposed slate of SDCMS Board of Directors candidates for 2019-2020. CLICK HERE to see the list of the nominees and information for anyone who wishes to seek nomination through petition. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … California Reports Show Changes in Drug Spending as Two Companies Sue Over Disclosure • CLICK HERE How the Government Shutdown Affects Health Programs • CLICK HERE House to Vote Next Week on Intervening to Defend Obamacare in Court • CLICK HERE Gavin Newsom's First Hires Suggest the California Governor Has Big Health Care Plans • CLICK HERE Drugmakers Begin 2019 with Price Hikes: Report • CLICK HERE Judge Blocks Trump Administration Cuts to 340B Hospital Drug-Discount Program • CLICK HERE Opioid Deaths in Teens, Children on the Rise: Study • CLICK HERE California Nurses Union Sees Opening for Single-Payer After Texas Ruling • CLICK HERE Vast Majority of Physicians Say Data Reporting Detracting from Satisfaction in Their Work • CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … FEB 7, 2019: SDCMS Physician Networking Opportunity and Social Mixer, 6-9 pm, National Geographic Fine Arts Gallery La Jolla, CA. • CLICK HERE FEB 15-18, 2019: The 32nd Annual Practicing Physician's Approach to the Difficult Headache Patient. Carlsbad, CA. • CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts • READ HERE Podcast "What the Health" Ask Us Anything • LISTEN HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!