TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2023 PHYSICIANS: Congratulations to Preeti S . Mehta , MD , appointed by Senator Toni Atkins to the Respiratory Care Board of California, which oversees the 44,000 Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP) in the state. RCPs regularly perform critical lifesaving and life support procedures prescribed by physicians that affect major organ of the body. Patients may be suffering from lung cancer, emphysema, asthma, or cystic fibrosis, or may be premature infants whose lungs have not yet fully developed. Dr. Mehta also serves on the Board of SDCMS as our organization’s Treasurer and we are grateful for her public service. The County of San Diego’s Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program recently launched a quarterly newsletter focused on prescribers. You can access the newsletter if you CLICK HERE . In addition, the County of San Diego is asking that you please take about 10 minutes of your time to complete a needs assessment survey for the County ’ s OD2A grant . The purpose of this survey is to identify access to and use of California’s prescription drug monitoring program, CURES 2.0 (Controlled Substances Utilization Review and Evaluation System). Your feedback will provide valuable insight into the use of the CURES system, particularly tools such as delegation, patient contracts, and messaging among licensed health care providers in San Diego County. Responses will remain confidential and will be grouped with those of other respondents for reporting. The deadline for completion has been extended to March 31 , 2023 . Please use the following link to complete complete the survey: TAKE SURVEY . We would like to strongly encourage you to participate in the Champions for Health and San Diego County Medical Society Gala, ‘ Together We Rise ’, this year, on Friday, May 12 th , 2023, from 6–10pm, at the San Diego Natural History Museum at 1788 El Prado in San Diego. Cocktail hour and a silent auction begin at 6pm and the formal dinner with honoree awards and entertainment begins at 7pm. Champions for Health has been doing extensive and impressive work these past few years and they deserve your help to continue to aggressively serve San Diego County’s medically underserved residents. For more information and to purchase tickets CLICK HERE . Our thanks to San Diego County Medical Society Legislative Committee Chair, Robert Hertzka , MD , along with our Communications Committee Chair, Holly B . Yang , MD , for leading a delegation of San Diego medical students to meet with our County’s legislators in Sacramento. This is only the second time in three years students have been able to meet with legislators in person. The students had a great trip, meeting with Senator Catherine Blakespear as well as San Diego Assembly Members, Akilah Weber , MD , Tasha Boerner Horvath , and Chris Ward , plus Senator and Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins . These visits are advantageous for both our medical students and the elected leaders who get to hear firsthand from these bright young people on the realities and challenges of going into medicine. A reminder that on Saturday , March 11 th from 7:30am to 1:05pm the Clinical Association of California Endocrinologists (CACE) is presenting a FREE seminar at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines which will provide CME to participants. The event is titled ‘ Hot Topics in Diabetes and Endocrinology in Primary Care ’ and is geared specifically toward family medicine/general practice and internal medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals interested in the treatment of diabetes and other common endocrine diseases. You can REGISTER HERE to attend. We would like to remind you again that SDCMS is holding our first webinar of the year, along with The Doctors Company, titled ‘ Will Your Documentation Defend You? ’ on Wednesday , March 15 th from 6 to 7pm . You can earn 1 CME credit while you benefit from gaining an increased awareness and understanding of the risks associated with medical record documentation. The session will also illustrate risks identified in malpractice litigation and during audits of office practice medical records. Strategies to reduce and avoid risks in documentation will be presented. Please REGISTER HERE for this important and helpful webinar. The UC San Diego School of Public Health and School of Medicine is offering a FREE webinar for health care providers, ‘ 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. This FREE webinar will be offered on Thursday, March 9 th from 12:15 to 1:15pm. You can REGISTER HERE if interested. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … CAHAN ALERT CDC Health Advisory: Increase in Extensively Drug–Resistant Shigellosis in the United States CLICK HERE Can California Solve Its Ob/Gyn Shortage? CLICK HERE COVID–19 States of Emergency are Ending. 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Risk management issues will be discussed, including the mandated California DMV reporting requirements of impairing conditions CLICK HERE MAR 11, 2023 : 7:30am–1:05pm, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, FREE Seminar hosted by Clinical Association of California Endocrinologsts (CACE), ‘ Hot Topics in Diabetes and Endocrinology for Primary Care ’. The Hot Topics series is geared specifically toward family medicine/general practice and internal medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals interested in the treatment of diabetes and other endocrine diseases CLICK HERE MAR 14, 2023 : 12–1pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, sponsored by California Medical Association, ‘ Virtual Grand Rounds : The Changing Landscape of Reproductive Health — What Clinicians Need to Know ’. Following the June 2022 Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, laws involving reproductive care have been rapidly shifting across the nation. Providers are watching subsequent legislation and court rulings that impact our ability to provide a wide spectrum of reproductive care. We will hear from physicians and a lawyer about the current state of reproductive rights in CA. Speakers will give practical information about how to provide safe reproductive care in the current and shifting environment. 1 CME Credit CLICK HERE MAR 15, 2023 : 6–7pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ Will Your Documentation Defend You? ’, sponsored by San Diego County Medical Society and The Doctors Company. Earn 1 CME Credit. Physicians and advanced practice providers benefit from an increased awareness and understanding of risks associated with medical record documentation. This program will provide information and guidance on best practice medical record documentation. The session will also illustrate risks identified in malpractice litigation and during audits of office practice medical records. Strategies to reduce and avoid risks in documentation will be presented CLICK HERE APR 4, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and their Staff [with Promo Code], $99 for Non–Members, Sponsored by CMA, ‘ Working with Different Generations ’. Focusing on how bridging the generational gap in the workplace doesn’t have to be difficult, CMA’s experienced practice management experts dive into recognizing the differences in generations and collaborating to manage the gaps to ensure a positive and efficient work environment. Topics include understanding generation names and timeframes, understanding assumptions, how to work as a team, workplace characteristics by generation, and workplace values and best practices CLICK HERE APR 13, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, sponsored by California Medical Association supported by a grant from CA Health & Human Services Agency, ‘ CMA Data Exchange Explainer Series #2 — Data Exchange Policy & Legal Environment ’. 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 CLICK HERE APR 20, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ Introduction to Value–Based Care for Physicians ’. California Medical Association (CMA) Physician Services Organization (PSO) is proud to partner with Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) on providing this webinar and other resources to help physician practices, community health centers and other stakeholders improve encounter data quality. 1 CME Credit CLICK HERE MAY 12, 2023 : 6–10pm, Champions for Health and San Diego Medical Society Gala, ‘ Together We Rise ’. San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, San Diego. Cocktail Hour and a Silent Auction begin at 6pm. Formal Dinner with Honoree Awards and Entertainment at 7pm CLICK HERE MAY 18-19, 2023 : 8:30am daily, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) 15 th Annual Palliative Care Summit ‘ Learning , Listening , & Leading : Shaping the Future of Serious Illness Care ’, Hyatt Regency Orange County, Earlybird rates thru 2/24. All in the palliative care and end–of–life communities are encouraged to participate. 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