TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2023 PHYSICIANS: Congratulations to Dr . David Bazzo , former SDCMS President, on being named by The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) as the 2023 Family Physician of the Year. CAFP presents this prestigious award to an individual who exhibits the finest qualities of family physicians, and who goes above and beyond in service to patients, community, and colleagues. Dr. Bazzo was recently awarded the UCSD Medical Staff Physician Professionalism Award 2023, and recognized in many areas, including: Castle Connolly Top Doctor in 2022, recipient of the San Diego County Medical Society 2023 Jim Hay Award for distinguished service to SDCMS membership and the entire San Diego community, Best in California Magazine — Doctor Edition in the field of Sports Medicine 2022, and San Diego’s Physicians of Exceptional Excellence “San Diego’s Top Doctors” in the field Sports Medicine, San Diego Magazine in 2022. David Bazzo is one of San Diego County ’ s most respected and beloved physician leaders and we are glad to see him once again recognized for his remarkable service to his patients and our region’s medical community. A Final Reminder to Join Your Colleagues at Petco Park this Weekend ! SDCMS and the Padres are partnering up to honor your contributions to the community during Healthcare Appreciation Weekend . Please join us along with your physician colleagues and their families as the Padres take on the SF Giants at PETCO Park! This special event is happening on Saturday evening, September 2 , 2023 at Petco Park. First pitch at 5 : 40 PM . Plus, as a special gift each Theme Game package ticket includes a limited–edition retractable badge reel. Tickets are limited and RSVPs are required, so REGISTER NOW . Hope to see you there. Webinars This Week on Screening for Age and Medically – Related Driving Impairments : The Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety ( TREDS ) program at the UC San Diego School of Public Health and School of Medicine is presenting two upcoming webinars on ‘ Screening and Management of Age and Medically – Related Driving Impairments . This course trains clinicians to assess patients for medical conditions and medications which can adversely affect driving fitness. Risk management issues will be discussed, including the mandated California DMV reporting requirements of impairing conditions. The course is also available as a one–hour tutorial to be taken individually. You can find the tutorial HERE . Email TREDS@ucsd.edu with any questions, or to request a class! Click below to register for one of their upcoming Zoom webinars: Wednesday, August 30 th from 7:30–8:30 am Thursday, August 31 st from 12:15–1:15 pm Valuable SDCMS/The Doctors Company Webinars : SDCMS in partnership with The Doctors Company is sponsoring two FREE webinars this Fall with 1 CME Credit available for participation in each webinar. On Wednesday, September 20 th , from 6:00–7:00pm, is ‘ Managing the Noncompliant and Nonadherent Patient ’. The increase in noncompliant and nonadherent patients is a concerning issue for healthcare professionals. They must evaluate patients who do not follow recommendations for tests, lab, follow up appointments, and referrals to specialists. You can REGISTER HERE for this webinar. On November 8 th , 2023, is the other FREE webinar sponsored by SDCMS and TDC from 6:00–7:00pm, on ‘ Strategies to Enhance the Patient Experience and Reduce Your Risk ’. This program will focus on the role of communication and introduce strategies to enhance the patient’s experience. Patients with higher satisfaction may be less likely to have problems and complaints. You can REGISTER HERE for this webinar. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … New COVID Variant on the Horizon Shows Virus’ Rapid Evolution, As New Booster Nears CLICK HERE As Schools Resume, CDC Reports New Rise in COVID Emergency Room Visits from Adolescents CLICK HERE California Lawmaker Helping Patients Get Life Saving Health Care CLICK HERE Biden Urged to Get Tough as Millions Lose Medicaid CLICK HERE Some Older Adults are Being Charged Over $300 for the New R.S.V. Vaccine CLICK HERE Families Have High Hopes for Gavin Newsom’s CARE Courts. Providers Want to Lower Expectations CLICK HERE Mental Health Spending Surged During the Pandemic CLICK HERE Faulty Oxygen Readings Delayed Care to Black and Hispanic COVID Patients, Study Finds CLICK HERE CIGNA to Remove 25% of Medical Services from Prior Authorization CLICK HERE CDC Expects New COVID Vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax to be Available in Mid–September CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … SEP 2, 2023 : 5:40pm, PETCO Park, San Diego Padres vs . San Francisco Giants . Join your fellow physicians at this SDCMS Event as the Padres honor San Diego’s physicians for ‘ Healthcare Appreciation Weekend ’. Plus, as a special gift each Theme Game package ticket includes a limited–edition retractable badge reel. Tickets are limited and RSVPs are required so please register soon! CLICK HERE SEP 7-10, 2023 : Association of Indian American Physicians 51 st Annual Meeting & Health Conference, Nation Building for the Next 50 Years : Empowering and Transforming Native Health and Healers ’. Paradise Point Resort & Spa, 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego CLICK HERE SEP 12, 2023 : 12-1pm, FREE Webinar, sponsored by CMA, ‘ Virtual Grand Rounds : Updated Communicable Disease Guidance for School . Just as school is getting back into session, CDPH has published a comprehensive Communicable Disease Guidance for Schools. The guidelines, created in collaboration with multiple stakeholders, will be an important resource for clinicians, educatiors and administrators, and parents. Sohil Sud, MD, a pediatrician who led the charge will present the guidelines along with several team members. Additionally, CA State Epidemiologist Erica Pan, MD, MPH, will present updates on COVID–19 and the current status of vaccine recommendations for the Fall. 1 CME Credit available CLICK HERE SEP 14-15, 2023 : San Jose Marriott, ‘ Health Equity Leadership Summit ’, sponsored by Physicians for a Healthy California. This event provides an opportunity for physicians, executives, advocates and allies to find community, engage in hands–on trainings and workshops, and hold in–depth conversations about how they are addressing the issue of health equity in California through their care of underserved communities throughout the state. Attendees will leave feeling energized and inspired to continue their important work to improve the lives of all Californians. Early Bird for Members is $225 and $249 for Non–Members, Full Price is $249 for Members and $299 for Non–Members, $99 for Students/Residents. A room block has also been secured CLICK HERE SEP 20, 2023 : 6–7pm, FREE Webinar, sponsored by SDCMS and TDC, ‘ Managing the Noncompliant and Nonadherent Patient ’. The increase in noncompliant and nonadherent patients is a concerning issue for healthcare professionals. They must evaluate patients who do not follow recommendations for tests, lab, follow up appointments, and referrals to specialists. Noncompliant and nonadherent patients are often associated with a variety of chronic and acute issues that need to be identified for treatment. Medical record documentation must reflect identification of patients who do not follow recommendations for treatment and follow up. Documentation is important to respond to health plan grievances, to respond to Medical Board complaints, and serves to support dismissal of a patient if warranted. 1 CME Credit available CLICK HERE OCT 12, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ CMA Data Exchange Explainer Series #5 — How to Optimize Your Practice’s Workflows for Data Exchange ’. 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 reviews best practices to ensure secure, timely, and accurate data exchange day–in and day–out. Also receive an update on the latest DxF developments and important dates practices will need to know CLICK HERE NOV 8, 2023 : 6–7pm, FREE Webinar, sponsored by SDCMS and TDC, ‘ Strategies to Enahnce the Patient Experience and Reduce Your Risk ’. This program will focus on the role of communication and introduce strategies to enhance the patient’s experience. Patients with higher satisfaction may be less likely to have problems and complaints. We’ll illustrate risks using closed malpractice case studies and provide information to reduce and avoid risks in medical record documentation. 1 CME Credit available CLICK HERE DEC 14, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ CMA Data Exchange Explainer Series #6 — Incentives and Other Funding Opportunities for Data ’. 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 provides an overview of grant funding opportunities for technical assistance and connecting to a Qualified Health Information Organization to support practices meeting their DSA Requirements CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ A Not–So–Health–y GOP Debate LISTEN HERE Champions for Health & TDC’s Free On–Demand CME Webinar Series ‘Innovations and Smart Approaches in Safe Prescibing’ to Help Fulfill DEA Training Requirements (Modules 1–5) WATCH 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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