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"News You Can Use" <> October 21, 2016

More than 500 physicians from across California convened in Sacramento this past weekend for CMA’s annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting. The HOD now meets to establish broad policy on current major issues affecting physician members, the association, and the practice of medicine. This year, the major issues discussed were MACRA, maintenance of certification, opioids, physician burnout, ACA changes, and public health. We will share with you the final reports detailing the actions taken by the delegates as soon as they become available.

Several SDCMS members were honored as well, including Dr. Ted Mazer, elected president-elect of CMA, Dr. Al Ray, awarded the Gary F. Krieger Speaker’s Recognition Award for distinguishing himself with his contributions to patients, to the profession, to CMA, and to the HOD, Dr. Bob Wailes, who received the Joseph Boyle, MD, Young at Heart Award from CMA’s Young Physician Section (YPS), given to a CMA member for supporting and mentoring California’s young physicians, Dr. Lase Ajayi, inducted as this year’s CMA YPS chair, and Dr. Susan Kaweski, elected vice chair of CALPAC, CMA’s political action committee.

Finally, for the first time in CMA’s 160-year history, membership has surpassed 43,000 — your California Medical Association is bigger and stronger that it has ever been! Thank you for your support, and, as always, let me know how we can help by emailing me at President@SDCMS.org. — Mihir Parikh, MD, President, SDCMS



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  • The Final MACRA Implementation Rule Executive Summary • READ HERE
  • CMA Response to the Final MACRA Implementation Rule • READ HERE
  • CMA FAQ on Controversial New Law to End “Surprise Billing” • ACCESS HERE
  • CMA Webinar on AB 72: How It Works, Who It Impacts, How to Avoid It • WATCH HERE
  • CMA 2016 Legislative Wrap-up • ACCESS HERE
  • An Open Letter to Dr. Zeiderman From Physicians Across California • READ HERE
  • CAHAN San Diego’s Zika Advisory #6 • READ HERE
  • The County of San Diego’s Oct. 19 Influenza Watch • READ HERE
  • Study Finding 80% of Physicians Overextended or at Capacity • READ HERE

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