TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2018 PHYSICIANS: The California Medical Association had an extremely successful year in 2018. As the year draws to a close, let me point out just a few of the CMA's major successes: Securing Gov. Brown's signature on the Prop. 56 supplemental budget bill, which appropriates over $1 billion in funding for improved access to care - including $220 million to establish a loan repayment program to incentivize physicians and dentists to serve Medi-Cal patients. Defending the medical profession and patients from dangerous legislation, including AB 3087 (Kalra), which would have limited access to health care providers, created state-sanctioned rationing and increased out of pocket costs for patients; and SB 562 (Lara), which would have dismantled health care marketplace and destabilized the state's economy. Helping the Tulare Regional Medical Center medical staff reach a favorable and historic legal settlement to restore independence and self-governance against the hospital. Recouping nearly $11 million from payors on behalf of CMA's physician members - a record year! 2019 promises to be another important year for California's physicians and their patients and you can count on the CMA securing more successes on their behalf. In the spirit of the Holidays, I'd like to encourage you to consider making a donation to Champions for Health, which is doing important work to increase access to health care and provide medical services for those most in need. To donate today, please CLICK HERE . Finally, the staff and I here at SDCMS wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays. We are preparing for an exciting and productive New Year in 2019. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … CMA Rebukes Texas Judge's "Reckless" ACA Ruling • CLICK HERE Average Outpatient Visit in US Approaching $500, Study Finds • CLICK HERE The Year of the Vape: Teen E-Cigarette Use Spikes • CLICK HERE Ruling Striking Down Obamacare Won't Affect Coverage, Yet • CLICK HERE 3 in 10 Delaying Medical Treatment Due to Costs:Gallup • CLICK HERE ACA Sign-Ups Have Lagged for 2019. But What Does That Mean? • CLICK HERE What to Know About the TeleHealth Upsides of Medicare Advantage Plans • CLICK HERE Cigna's Algorithms Aim to Predict Opioid Abuse • CLICK HERE CDC Report: US Gun Deaths Reach Highest Level in Nearly 40 Years • CLICK HERE Flu Vaccinations Rise Sharply in Both Children and Adults • 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" What Just Happened to the ACA and What Happens Now? • LISTEN HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!