TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2023 PHYSICIANS: There is exciting news on the state legislative and political front. SDCMS’ own Akilah Weber , MD , a Member of the California State Assembly, has just announced her candidacy for the San Diego state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Toni Atkins due to term limits. Dr. Weber is a formidable contender and a rising star in both the Legislature and California politics. So far, no serious opposition has announced against her. Dr. Weber has distinguished herself as an advocate for patient and physician rights and her campaign will be a top priority for both San Diego County Medical Society and California Medical Association. Her campaign website reports that as a State Assemblymember, “Dr. Weber has authored 12 bills that have been signed into law, including important legislation to protect the health of K–12 students, expand access to contraceptive care, keep customer service jobs in California, and improve medical practices for victims of domestic violence.” We hope you’ll join us in vigorously supporting Akilah Weber’s campaign. Please CLICK HERE to visit her campaign website. There is news from the Medical Board! Beginning June 1 , 2023 , the Medical Board of California ( Board ) will no longer accept or process paper – based applications for a Physician’s and Surgeon’s ( P&S ) License . The Board will remove the paper application from their website on May 19, 2023. The Board began transitioning to a paperless application process on February 1, 2023, when it stopped accepting and processing paper–based applications for Postgraduate Training Licenses (PTL) and the application to transition from a PTL to a P&S License. The transition to a paperless application process helps both applicants and the Board by increasing the efficiency of the review process, enhancing security, and reducing costs and impact to the environment. Except under limited circumstances, paper applications submitted on or after June 1, 2023, will not be processed and the Board will notify the applicant they must apply through the BreEZe online system . This year we have combined the respective Annual Galas for San Diego County Medical Society and Champions for Health. It is fast approaching! We hope you’ll participate in this year’s Gala, ‘ Together We Rise ’, on Friday , May 12 th , 2023 , from 6 – 10pm , at the San Diego Natural History Museum at 1788 El Prado in San Diego. Cocktail hour and a silent auction begin at 6pm and the formal dinner with honoree awards and entertainment begins at 7pm. Champions for Health has been doing extensive and impressive work these past few years and they deserve your help to continue to aggressively serve San Diego County’s medically underserved residents. For more information and to purchase tickets CLICK HERE . The next San Diego County Medical Society’s FREE Webinar, held in conjunction with The Doctors Company , will be held on Wednesday, May 24 th , from 6 – 7:00pm and is titled, ‘ Are You Aware and Prepared for New 2023 Laws? ’. 1.0 CME credit is available. As the description states, “It is important to be aware of California laws, effective January 1, 2023, that effect medical practice. Failure to follow California laws for physicians, dentists, and advanced practice providers (APPs) may constitute violation of the California Business and Professions Code, which governs physician practice, as well as the governing boards for APPs and dentists. Violations may result in sanctions or an adverse action on a health care provider licensed by the governing boards. Attend this session to learn about important new rules established for health care providers by the California Legislature. Be aware and prepared!” CLICK HERE to register. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … CAHAN ALERT Health Advisory: Identification, Laboratory Testing, Management and Treatment, and Vaccination for Mpox Virus Infection in California CLICK HERE CMA Statement on Texas Judge’s Ruling to Ban Mifeprestone, Used by Millions of Americans CLICK HERE Competing Abortion Pill Rulings Sow Broad Alarm, Confusion CLICK HERE DOJ to Appeal Texas Court Ruling on Mifepristone CLICK HERE Abortion Ruling Could Undermine the F.D.A.’s Drug Approval Authority CLICK HERE For Uninsured People with Cancer, Securing Care Can Be Like Spinning a Roulette Wheel CLICK HERE Strep is Bad Right Now — an Antibiotic Shortage is Making It Worse CLICK HERE California Bill Would Mandate HPV Vaccine for Incoming College Students CLICK HERE CMA Recommends Priority Solutions to Increase the Nation’s Physician Workforce CLICK HERE CMA Tells DEA New Telemedicine Rules Will Limit Access for Most Vulnerable Patients’ CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … APR 12, 2023 : 12–1pm, FREE Webinar ‘ COVID–19 Test to Treat Equity ECHO : Changing Landscape of COVID–19 Response ’. As the COVID–19 pandemic shifts from crisis–mode to “normal operations” and with wide availability of rapid antigent testing and therapeutics, COVID–19 Test to Treat Equity ECHO aims to assist clinics and community–based sites in implementation of their own test to treat programs. This month’s webinar will cover the changing landscape of the response to COVID–19 CLICK HERE APR 13, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, sponsored by California Medical Association supported by a grant from CA Health & Human Services Agency, ‘ CMA Data Exchange Explainer Series #2 — Data Exchange Policy & Legal Environment ’. Starting January 31, 2023, California Health & Human Services Agency (CHHS) is launching the CHHS Data Exchange Framework. Over the next 3 years this Framework will require all CA physician practices to exchange data with other practices, health plans, hospitals, and others. To help physicians prepare CMA has partnered with CHHS and developed the ‘CMA Data Exchange Explainer Series’ to walk practices through various considerations in implementing robust data exchange CLICK HERE APR 20, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ Introduction to Value–Based Care for Physicians ’. California Medical Association (CMA) Physician Services Organization (PSO) is proud to partner with Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) on providing this webinar and other resources to help physician practices, community health centers and other stakeholders improve encounter data quality. 1 CME Credit CLICK HERE APR 25, 2023 : 12–1pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ Virtual Grand Rounds — After the Public Health Emergency : Post–COVID Clinical Care ’, sponsored California Medical Association (CMA). The public health emergency is officially over in California while May 11 marks the end of the federal public health emergency. How will this impact your practice and your patients? Join Erica Pan, MD, MPH, and colleagues to hear about the state of COVID–19 in California and to learn how the end of the “emergency” changes care delivery in California and beyond. 1 CME Credit CLICK HERE MAY 12, 2023 : 6–10pm, Champions for Health and San Diego Medical Society Gala, ‘ Together We Rise ’. San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, San Diego. Cocktail Hour and a Silent Auction begin at 6pm. Formal Dinner with Honoree Awards and Entertainment at 7pm CLICK HERE MAY 18-19, 2023 : 8:30am daily, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) 15 th Annual Palliative Care Summit ‘ Learning , Listening , & Leading : Shaping the Future of Serious Illness Care ’, Hyatt Regency Orange County, Earlybird rates thru 2/24. All in the palliative care and end–of–life communities are encouraged to participate. CMEs/CEs available CLICK HERE MAY 19, 2023 : 8am–12:15pm, 35 th Annual ‘ Virtual Conference on Physicians ’ Well – Being ’, Sponsored by Riverside County Medical Society. $189 for Registration, $50 for Resident and Medical Student Registration CLICK HERE MAY 24, 2023 : 6–7pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ Are You Aware and Prepared for New 2023 Laws? ’, sponsored by San Diego County Medical Society and The Doctors Company. Earn 1 CME Credit. It’s important to be aware of new California laws that effect medical practice. Failure to follow CA laws for physicians, dentists, and advanced practice providers (APPs) may constitute violation of the California Business and Professions Code which governs physician practice. Violations may result in sanctions or an adverse action on a health care provider licensed by the governing boards. Attend this session to learn about important new rules established for health care providers by the CA Legislature. Be aware and prepared! CLICK HERE JUNE 15, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ CMA Data Exchange Explainer Series #3 — Deep Dive into the Data Exchange Framework and Data Sharing Agreement ’. Starting January 31, 2023, California Health & Human Services Agency (CHHS) is launching the CHHS Data Exchange Framework. Over the next 3 years this Framework will require all CA physician practices to exchange data with other practices, health plans, hospitals, and others. To help physicians prepare CMA has partnered with CHHS and developed the ‘CMA Data Exchange Explainer Series’ to walk practices through various considerations in implementing robust data exchange. This webinar dives into the Data Exchange Framework; requirements, implementation, technical and funding resources. Also receive an update on the latest DxF developments and important dates practices will need to know CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ The ‘Unwinding’ of Medicaid LISTEN HERE CMA Webinar: Telehealth Reimbursement and Privacy Laws: COVID–19 Emergency WATCH HERE CMA Webinar: What is Value–Based Care and What Does it Mean for My Practice? 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