TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2021 PHYSICIANS: There is an important development in San Diego County's effort to reduce death and severe illness from COVID–19. The County is now allowing all COVID–positive patients who are 65 years of age or older to self–refer to receive monoclonal antibody treatment at the Monoclonal Antibody Regional Center ( MARC ) at Palomar Hospital in Escondido. As you know, these treatments are key to preventing those with COVID–19 from becoming severely ill but not enough people are using this life–saving resource. Palomar can handle up to 20 patients at one time and is running 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. Please encourage your patients who are 65+ and COVID–positive to participate in the MARC program. For information on eligibility of all patients 12 and older, including a referral hotline and form, see the flyer HERE . It's vital that the medical community lead the way in encouraging vaccination and reassuring the public that the COVID vaccines are safe, effective and necessary. That's why I have a Social Media Advocacy Alert! to share with you. Please post your “ vaxxie ” (a selfie getting your COVID vaccination) or share information about why people should get vaccinated with the hashtag #ThisIsOurShot on your social media channels. Physicians can help fight misinformation and encourage our community to get vaccinated. Follow the hashtag and retweet/repost to amplify the message around California and the rest of the country. There is an excellent news article that discusses the issue I encourage you to read HERE . A reminder that there will be another Clinical Town Hall tomorrow evening, February 24 th , from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Please submit questions in advance and CLICK HERE to do so. Join Meeting : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82627323187 Webinar ID : 826 2731 3187 Call in is audio only : (669) 900-6833 OR (346) 248-7799 Audio only participants will not have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … ? Second COVID Shot Packs the Big Punch — First Dose Also Worse for Those with Previous COVID, but “Small Price to Pay” for Protection ? CLICK HERE ? California's Rocky COVID–19 Rollout Dogged by Poor Communication, Forecasting ? CLICK HERE ? ‘Not Enough’: Newsom Says More Vaccine Doses Needed as State Transitions to New Centralized System ? CLICK HERE ? Calling All Vaccinators: Closing the Next Gap in COVID Supply and Demand ? CLICK HERE ? After Billions of Dollars and Dozens of Wartime Declarations, Why are Vaccines Still in Short Supply? ? CLICK HERE ? Governor Admits Problems with Vaccine Rollout in Latino and Black Communities ? CLICK HERE ? ‘I am Worth it’: Why Thousands of Doctors in America Can't Get a Job ? CLICK HERE ? California COVID–19 Relief Package Allows PPP Deductions of Up to $150K ? CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … ? FEB 24, 2021 : 12:15–1:15pm, Webinar ‘Medicare 2021 in Review’, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored by CMA ? CLICK HERE ? FEB 25, 2021 : 10–11:30am, Virtual Event ‘HPV Vaccination Call to Action’, Research insights on improving San Diego HPV Vaccination Rates, Sponsored by UCSD Moores Cancer Center ? CLICK HERE ? MAR 4, 2021 : 12:15–1:15pm, Webinar Series ‘Telehealth for Small and Medium Sized Practices: Pt. 11 Telehealth Strategy’, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored by the California Health Care Foundation and CMA ? CLICK HERE ? MAR 9, 2021 : 12–1:30pm, CMA Virtual Grand Rounds ‘COVID–19 Vaccines and Variants’, 1.5 CME Credits, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored in partnership with CA HHSA ? CLICK HERE ? APR 21-25, 2021 : Obesity Medicine 2021 Virtual Conference ‘Treat Obesity First’, 30 CME Credits, Presented by Obesity Medicine Association ? CLICK HERE ? JUL 10, 2021 : 6–9pm, 2 nd Annual Champions for Health Soirée, Birch Aquarium, La Jolla ? CLICK HERE COVID–19 CLINICAL TOWN HALL TOMORROW 6:00 — 7:30 PM CLICK HERE TO JOIN ZOOM MEETING WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … ? CMA in the Courts ? READ HERE ? ACEs Aware Webinar: Building Trauma–Informed Connections Via TeleHealth During COVID–19 ? WATCH HERE ? CMA Webinar: Telehealth Reimbursement and Privacy Laws: COVID–19 Emergency ? WATCH HERE ? CMA Webinar: Employment and Practice Staffing Issues: COVID–19 Emergency ? WATCH HERE ? Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Open Enrollment, One More Time ? LISTEN HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!