WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2024 PHYSICIANS: On January 16, 2024, SDCMS’ Nominating Committee will convene to recommend a proposed slate of SDCMS Board of Directors candidates for 2024–2025. The slate can be viewed HERE . Pending final approval of the proposed slate by the SDCMS Board of Directors on January 23, 2024, SDCMS bylaws allow for nomination by petition. If the requisite number of signatures is received, the petitioner will be placed on the ballot. For details on the number of signatures required, email Paul Hegyi at Hegyi@SDCMS.org . Nomination petitions may be mailed to SDCMS (Attn: Paul Hegyi), 8690 Aero Drive, Suite 115–220, San Diego, CA 92123. If the petitioner would like their candidacy statement published in San Diego Physician magazine, it must be received by February 16, 2024; otherwise, completed petitions must be received at SDCMS no later than April 1, 2024. The physician candidate must have been a member of SDCMS for at least two years on the date of assumption of duties: June 2024. If you have questions, call SDCMS at (858) 565–8888 or email us at SDCMS@SDCMS.org . JOIN US AT AN ‘ ALOHA ’ MIXER ON MARCH 21 ST AT BALI HAI Please join your physician colleagues at our next physician networking opportunity — an ‘ ALOHA ’ mixer on Thursday evening, March 21, 2024, 5:30–8:00 PM, at Bali Hai Restaurant on San Diego Bay. Come mingle, socialize, and network with your colleagues and be sure to bring your spouse/significant other — complimentary hor d'oeuvres and drinks will be provided. There is no charge for current society members or their guests to attend this hosted event as included in SDCMS’ benefit offerings. Space is limited and RSVPs are required, so REGISTER SOON , and do spread the word by forwarding this email to your colleagues. See you there! PARTICIPATE IN THE FIRST ANNUAL AI HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE ON APRIL 26 TH San Diego County Medical Society is co–sponsoring the First Annual AI Healthcare Conference from 8:30am to 3:30pm on Friday, April 26 th in Rancho Cucamonga at The Atrium at IEHP at 10801 Sixth Street. This conference is described as an experiential deep dive into the latest technological transformation for physicians, healthcare executives, innovators and health plans. Spend an extraordinary day learning about and playing with the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. These are the innovations that are rapidly transforming today’s healthcare delivery system and changing the face of medical practices and care delivery nationwide. Registration is $149 per person and $50 for Residents/Students. CLICK HERE to register online, or contact Riverside County Medical Association at (800) 472–6204 or email DBonanno@RCMADocs.org with questions or for further assistance about this event. You can find additional information HERE . ‘ 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 . As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … CAHAN ALERT Health Advisory: Urgent Need to Increase Immunization Coverage During the 2023 – 2024 Winter Season ? CLICK HERE With COVID on the Rise, Your At–Home Test May Be Taking Longer to Show a Positive Result ? CLICK HERE A Discovery in the Muscles of Long COVID Patients May Explain Exercise Troubles ? CLICK HERE California Offers a Lifeline for Medical Residents Who Can’t Find Abortion Training ? CLICK HERE Supreme Court Declines to Review Flavored Cigarette Ban in California ? CLICK HERE These Patients Had to Lobby for Correct Diabetes Diagnoses. Was Their Race a Reason? ? CLICK HERE There’s a New COVID–19 Variant and Cases are Ticking Up. What do You Need to Know? ? CLICK HERE California Fines Anthem Blue Cross for Slow Provider Payments ? CLICK HERE Anticompetitive Behavior is Rampant in Health Care. It’s Hurting Consumers ? CLICK HERE Red Cross Facing Severe Blood Shortage ? CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … 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 FEB 13, 2024 : 12-1pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, sponsored by the CA Department of Public Health (CDPH) and CMA,‘ Virtual Grand Rounds : California’s Mental Health Landscape and Brief Interventions to Empower Front – Line Clinicians ’. Physicians are constantly reminded by media, our specialty societies and academic journals of the rapidly increasing mental health needs of our patients. Ashley Mills, MS, CDPH Asst. Deputy Director of Community Wellness will help us understand the scope of mental health concerns in CA and opportunities for prevention and early intervention. Tam Nguyen, PhD, Sutter Health Director of Ambulatory Care, Mental Health & Addiction Care will also help us understand the challenges front–line providers face and detail some brief interventions that clinicians can use in a variety of clinical settings. 1 CME Credit available ? 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. CME available ? CLICK HERE MAY 7-8, 2024 : Grand Hyatt at SFO in San Francisco, sponsored by CMA, ‘ Second Annual Health IT Summit : Health IT in the Safety Net ’. Early–Bird Registration is $100 for CMA Members, $250 for Attendees, deadline is February 16! As CA expands coverage to underserved populations, health IT can play a pivotal role in ensuring equitable access to care. This summit brings together thought leaders from across CA and the nation to explore how to make that vision a reality. CMA connects a diverse and engaged set of attendees that include physicians, medical groups and IPAs, health plans, health information organizations (HIOs) and others who will take the learnings from this conference to change how care is delivered in this state ? CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ New Year, Same Abortion Debate LISTEN HERE SDCMS Webinar: Managing the Noncompliant and Nonadherent Patient WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Are You Aware and Prepared for New 2023 Laws WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Will Your Documentation Defend You? WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Top Five Risks for Your Practice WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Physician Financial Wellness (Part 1) WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Physician Financial Wellness (Part 2) WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Best Practice: Documenting Disruptive Patient Behavior WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Understanding Malpractice Risks for NPs, PAs, and Supervising Physicians WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: COVID–19 for the Long Haul: Post COVID Recovery and Care WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: How to Avoid Being Reported to the Medical Board WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Understanding the Risks: How to Dismiss a Patient from Your Practice WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Physician Wellness WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Biosimilars Overview & Policy Landscape WATCH HERE CMA Webinar: Telehealth Reimbursement and Privacy Laws: COVID–19 Emergency WATCH HERE CMA Webinar: What is Value–Based Care and What Does it Mean for My Practice? WATCH HERE Champions for Health & TDC’s Free On–Demand CME Webinar Series ‘Innovations and Smart Approaches in Safe Prescibing’ to Help Fulfill DEA Training Requirements (Modules 1–5) WATCH HERE Alzheimer’s Project Clinical Roundtable Free On–Demand CME Webinar Series on Dementia WATCH HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!