TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2021 PHYSICIANS: The 2021 application cycle for the CalHealthCares Loan Repayment Program closes this Friday. Interested individuals must apply by 11:59pm on February 12, 2021, to be considered for an award. The program — which aims to increase access to care for California's 13 million Medi–Cal patients — awards grants of up to $300,000 in loan repayments to encourage and incentivize physicians to provide care to Medi–Cal beneficiaries. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has contracted with Physicians for a Healthy California (HC) to administer this program. PHC recently held two webinars regarding this year's application cycle. Archives of these webinars can be found on the PHC website . Please visit CalHealthCares.org for more information. The American Medical Association's PacWest Conference, comprised of physician delegates from 14 states and territories in the Western United States and the Pacific and chaired by San Diego's own Dr. Albert Ray , recently reported to the California Medical Association's Board of Trustees on the virtual Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates held at the end of 2020. The AMA is fundamental to the effective representation and advocacy of physicians in shaping health care policy on the Federal level — at the White House, in Congress, and with Federal agencies. I strongly encourage you to CLICK HERE to review the PacWest Conference report on key decisions made at the AMA House of Delegates meeting and, if you haven't already, to join the AMA to help strengthen this crucial organization as it advocates for physicians nationally. The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced that the next Take Back Day for prescription drugs is April 24 , 2021 . Over 10,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected in San Diego County at the last Take Back Day in October. Please encourage your patients to participate by placing expired and/or unused medications in local drop boxes or taking them to a Take Back event. As you know, medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. For more information on authorized collection sites, please CLICK HERE . A reminder that there will be another Clinical Town Hall tomorrow evening, February 10 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 … ? Will Kids Soon Have to Get Vaccines to Attend California Schools? ? CLICK HERE ? Pandemic–Fueled Alcohol Abuse Creates Wave of Hospitalizations for Liver Disease ? CLICK HERE ? Democratic Lawmakers Push FDA to Lift Restrictions on Abortion Pill ? CLICK HERE ? As Coronavirus Variants Spread, California Worries That Vaccines Won’t Come Quickly Enough to Prevent a New Wave ? CLICK HERE ? U.S. Sending Hundreds of Active–Duty Troops to Help Mass Vaccinations in California ? CLICK HERE ? Why the U.S. is Underestimating COVID Reinfection ? CLICK HERE ? California Health Organizations to Stage Mass Vaccination ‘Hubs’ ? CLICK HERE ? Vaccine News Gives Hope for Spring, If Enough People Get the Shots ? CLICK HERE COVID–19 CLINICAL TOWN HALL TOMORROW 6:00 — 7:30 PM CLICK HERE TO JOIN ZOOM MEETING WHAT TO DO … ? FEB 17, 2021 : 10am–12pm, Free Webinar ‘SOAR to Health and Wellness’, Trains how to identify and respond to human trafficking, 2 CME Credits, Sponsored by US HHSA NHTTAC ? CLICK HERE ? FEB 18, 2021 : 12:15–1:15pm, Webinar ‘Federal Information Blocking Rules’, Highlights components to keep physicians compliant after April 5, Sponsored by CMA ? CLICK HERE ? 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 ? JUL 10, 2021 : 6–9pm, 2 nd Annual Champions for Health Soirée, Birch Aquarium, La Jolla ? CLICK HERE 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?’ COVID and Kids ? LISTEN HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!