TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2023 PHYSICIANS: The SDCMS Nominations Committee has announced the annual call for nominations to the SDCMS board and officer positions. The committee will meet in January and prepare a slate of candidates for approval by the board later that month and election in the spring. To be eligible for service on the SDCMS Board of Directors, physicians must have been active members of SDCMS for at least two years as of the date of assumption of duties: June 2024. Additionally, for Geographic Directors, physicians must have their primary practice located within the geographic district. To see the list of positions available for nomination and for more information please CLICK HERE . RETIRED PHYSICIANS SOCIETY’S NEXT MEETING IS JANUARY 8 TH | RSVP NEEDED The next meeting of the Retired Physicians Society is Monday, January 8 th , 2024 form 12:00–1:30pm at the Denny’s in Clairemont Town Square at 4280 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Each individual will self–pay their own meal. Space is limited so RSVP’s are required. Please Contact Mits Tomita at email@example.com or (858) 565–8888 . All retired or soon–to–be retired physicians are invited to come mingle, socialize, and network with your peers. The Society offers a great way to stay connected, remain current on health issues and give back to others. Plus there is no cost to join or be a member. The Society is Co–Chaired by Mitsuo ( Mits ) Tomita , MD and Patrick Tellez , MD and Patrick has agreed to serve as the liaison to the San Diego County Medical Society. All are invited to contact him should you have any news/issues or requests that the Board of Directors may be able to help address. Please feel free to email Patrick directly at Patzp7@icloud.com . ‘ BLACK IN MEDICINE ’ MIXER ON JANUARY 23 RD AT UCSD UC San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Career Center are hosting a ‘Black in Medicine’ Mixer on Tuesday, January 23 rd , from 5:00–7:00pm in the Horizon Room located inside the Career Services Center. This event is for students, med students, and professionals who identify as Black or African American. The purpose is to help underserved students learn more about medicine and help them to network. There is a flyer HERE and you can REGISTER HERE . DON’T FORGET TO DOWNLOAD CMA’S NEW MOBILE APP CMA’s new mobile app lets you connect with your colleagues and engage with CMA content. Download the ‘ CMADocs ’ app today from the Apple or Google Play app stores for daily news updates, events calendar, resource library and more. The CMADocs app connects you with the content you’re most interested in and lets you engage with CMA and other members. Though the app provides access to valuable content for both CMA members and non–members, some features are for CMA members only. After you download the app, get the full experience by logging in using your CMA username and password (the same login you use for the CMA website, CMADocs.org ). Need help? Contact CMA Member Services at (800) 786–4262 or MemberService@CMADocs.org . FINAL REMINDER : PHC MEDICAL STUDENT GRANT APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW Medical students, do you have an idea for a project that benefits your community but need funding? Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) — the philanthropic arm of the California Medical Association — offers grant money to support medical student projects that enhance the health and well–being of California’s communities. The current application cycle ends January 5 , 2024 at 5:00pm. The grants are a part of PHC’s MedStudentsServe program, which funds medical students or student organizations to support educational, advocacy, community service and outreach programs. Funded through endowment and restricted funds and administered by PHC, the program aims to develop the next generation of California’s physician leaders. Eligible applicants include California–based medical student clubs, student organizations and group projects based at an allopathic or osteopathic medical school. Applicants do not need to be a 501(c)(3) organization. Awardees will receive up to $2,500 to support their project with 50% of the funds awarded upon signing the awardee agreement and the remaining 50% upon completion of the project and approval of the mandatory final report, which serves as a summary of the project and its impact. For more information or to apply, please visit PHCDocs.org/MedStudentsServe . HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR | NEXT NYCU ON JANUARY 9 TH This is the final NYCU of the year. The next one will come out on January 9 th , 2024. On behalf of the leadership and staff at San Diego County Medical Society, we wish you a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year for you and yours. We hope you are able to enjoy this well–deserved break ahead of what promises to be a significant and exciting 2024 for health care professionals in California and nationally. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … COVID–19 and Flu Cases are Rising in California. How Bad Will the Holiday Uptick Be? CLICK HERE Doctors with Histories of Big Malpractice Settlements Work for Insurers, Deciding If They’ll Pay for Care CLICK HERE ‘You Have a Crisis Out There’: Gavin Newsom Scolds Counties Over Delays in Mental Health Law CLICK HERE California Looks to the Health System to Sustain Mental Health Funds in Schools CLICK HERE How the Supreme Court Could Restrict Access to Abortion Pills CLICK HERE Biden’s Executive Order on A.I. Gets Provider and Payer Commitment CLICK HERE Girls Bear the Brunt of New HIV Infections, Assessment Suggests CLICK HERE Inside the Booming Business of Cutting Babies’ Tongues CLICK HERE Starting Jan. 1, All Immigrants May Qualify for Medi–Cal Regardless of Legal Status CLICK HERE Emergency Contraception Use Doubles Since Over–the–Counter Approval: CDC CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … JAN 9, 2023 : 12-1pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ Virtual Grand Rounds : The CARE Act ’. Sponsored by CMA and the CA Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) as part of their Emerging Public Health Issues series. Erica Pan, MD, MPH, CA Epidemiologist and CDPH Infectious Diseases Center Deputy Director will give an epidemiology update for California. Katherine Warburton, MD, Medical Director for CA’s Dept. of State Hospitals will discuss The CARE Act. They will also review the current fall COVID–19 and influenza vaccine recommendations. 1 CME Credit available CLICK HERE JAN 9, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ CMS Medicare Updates 2024 ’. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Chief Medical Officer Ashby Wolfe, MD will provide an update on CMS policy for the 2024 calendar year. Information presented is to practicing clinicians, including an overview of the updates to the 2024 Physician Fee Schedule CLICK HERE JAN 16, 2024 : 12:15–1:15pm, webinar sponsored by CMA, ‘ Navigating Physician Employment Contracts — Understanding Clauses and Common Issues ’. CMA attorney Shari Covington will comprehensively cover the intricacies of physician employment contracts, focusing on commonly encountered clauses and potential challenges. Participants will gain a deep understanding of the language used in these contracts, enabling them to make well–informed decisions and effectively navigate the negotiation process. Key areas of focus include clauses such as non–compete agreements, compensation structures, termination clauses, and more. CMA explains common issues and pitfalls that physicians often encounter in their employment contracts, and provide practical guidance on identifying red flags. Free for Members, $99 for Non–Members CLICK HERE JAN 23, 2024 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and $99 for Non–Members, sponsored by CMA, ‘ New Laws Affecting Physicians in 2024 ’. Discusses the new 2024 laws that will affect physicians and their practices, highlight pending health legislation and explain CMA’s legal resources available to members. Featuring Sheirin Ghoddoucy, CMA Senior Legal Counsel, with a focus on CMA's legal and legislative advocacy, managed care, and provider reimbursement CLICK HERE JAN 30, 2024 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, sponsored by CMA, ‘ Managing Medicare in 2024 ’. Covers Medicare updates for the coming year including MPFS updates, telehealth updates, QPP, and hot topics. Presenters are Arthur N. Lurvey, MD, FACP, FACE, Contractor Medical Director, Noridian Healthcare Solutions and Cheryl Bradley, Associate Director, CMA Center for Economic Services CLICK HERE APR 26, 2024 : 8:30am–3:30pm, co-hosted by SDCMS, ‘ First Annual Healthcare AI Conference ’. Learn about and play with the very latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, innovations rapidly transforming Today’s healthcare delivery system and changing the face of medical practices nationwide. AI drastically cuts documentation time and reduces provider burnout, while boosting quality performance, patient outcomes and population health care delivery efficiencies. The Keynote Speaker is Reid Conant, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer at Microsoft. $149 per person. 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