TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2020 PHYSICIANS: After 15 years , the San Diego County Medical Society is moving out of our offices in Suite 250 located at 5575 Ruffin Road in Kearny Mesa and our staff will work remotely. The staff has been working successfully remotely from their respective homes since the COVID–19 pandemic necessitated the first stay–at–home order in March. SDCMS’ lease had already been set to expire in December of this year so the permanent move is effective now. The mailing address for SDCMS is now 8690 Aero Drive , Suite 115–220 , San Diego , CA 92123 . The phone number remains the same, (858) 565-8888 , as does the FAX number, (858) 569-1334 . Champions for Health , the Medical Society’s non–profit organization dedicated to providing healthcare assistance to San Diego County’s medically underserved communities, is moving into new offices at the United Way Building at 4699 Murphy Canyon Road , Suite 102 , San Diego , CA 92123 . In other news, the California Medical Association is partnering with Covered California to encourage people to get health insurance coverage during the Covered California open enrollment period, which runs between now and January 31, 2021. An estimated 1.2 million uninsured people in the state are either eligible for financial help through the exchange , or qualify for low–cost or no–cost coverage . SDCMS' own President, Dr. Holly B. Yang , has been working with Covered California on events to amplify the message of ‘Get Covered. Stay Covered.’ This important message focuses on the importance of 1) taking precautions to reduce COVID transmissions and 2) getting insurance coverage. We are asking that you strongly encourage your patients and others to visit GetCovered2021.org to find the affordable health insurance that's best for them. As you may know by now, Clinical Town Halls for the San Diego medical community on COVID–19 have restarted for the next month. The first one was last week and the next one is this Wednesday, December 16 th from 6:00—7:30pm. It will highlight a Vaccine Update , Monoclonal Antibody Treatment , and the CA Notify App as topics of discussion. We will also focus on regional outbreak response coordination and provide Q&A between attendees and the panelists. The Town Hall webinars that follow will be on December 30 th and January 6 th at the same time. Meeting information will remain the same for all scheduled sessions. You can visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82627323187 to join the meeting. Meeting ID is 826 2732 3187 . A final reminder that SDCMS wants to recognize San Diego County's most Outstanding Medical Office Manager / Practice Administrator , i.e., someone who goes above and beyond his or her job description, who anticipates problems before they arise, who works efficiently with the practice's time and resources, and who strikes the right balance between exercising control and boosting morale when supervising staff. SDCMS Member physicians can nominate their office managers by explaining in writing (up to 600 words) why their office manager is the BEST in San Diego County. Nominations will be accepted through Thursday , December 31 st , 2020 . The winner will receive a $200 gift card and recognition as San Diego County's Outstanding Medical Office Manager for 2020! Contest results will also be published in the February 2021 issue of San Diego Physician Magazine. Please email your nominations to Hanna.Basler@SDCMS.org . Remember, only submissions from physician members will be considered. Finally, on behalf of the leadership and staff of the San Diego County Medical Society, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. As difficult as this holiday season is, it is still a reminder that we can and will get through this together. As the vaccines begin to arrive this week we can look forward to a much more joyous one next year. Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … COVID–19 Vaccine Clears Key Hurdle in California and Much of the West ? CLICK HERE High–Poverty Neighborhoods Bear the Brunt of COVID's Scourge ? CLICK HERE Fears of a ‘Twindemic’ Recede as Flu Lies Low ? CLICK HERE HHS Purchases 100 Million Additional Doses of Moderna Investigational COVID–19 Vaccine ? CLICK HERE Supply is Limited and Distribution Uncertain as COVID Vaccine Rolls Out ? CLICK HERE New Interoperability Rules Address Prior Authorization Inefficiencies, CMS Says ? CLICK HERE COVID–19 Surge Could Lead to Another Drop in Patient Visits, Doctors Fear — and More Missed Pediatric Cancers ? 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