TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2019 PHYSICIANS: Gavin Newsom is the first California Governor to prioritize health care. Within hours of being sworn in as California's 40th Governor, Newsom signed an executive order aimed at controlling health care costs and expanding access to care for millions of Californians. Among the Governor's more noteworthy efforts is his plan to reduce pharmaceutical costs by leveraging the bulk purchasing power of the state, and of businesses who provide health care coverage for their workers, to help lower costs for consumers and the state government. Many of the details of this new purchasing program will have to be worked out, but we are strongly supportive of the governor's goals. As the Governor's actions demonstrate, 2019 is guaranteed to be a very busy and significant year for health care in California. What is also guaranteed is that we will be vigilant and aggressive in protecting physicians and their patients throughout this process. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … Newsom's Budget Puts Health Care Costs, Access Front and Center • CLICK HERE In Health Care, It's Still About the Prices • CLICK HERE 7 in 10 Say US Health Care System Has "Major Problems" Or is in A "State of Crisis" • CLICK HERE Opioid Overdoses Now Deadlier than Car Crashes, Researchers Find • CLICK HERE Meth's Resurgence Spotlights Lack of Meds to Combat the Addiction • CLICK HERE Newsom Diverges Sharply from Washington with Health Care Budget • CLICK HERE No Stethoscope for Pain: Scientists Seek Real Way to Measure • CLICK HERE Up to 7 Million Have Had Flu this Season, CDC Says • CLICK HERE Trouble Finding Doctor? Digital Portal Aims to Make it Easier in CA • CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … JAN 17, 2019: Physician Wellness Forum and Online Webinar with nationally-recognized expert Dr. Tait Shanafelt, 5:30-6:30pm, UCSD Medical Education Telemedicine (MET) Auditorium. To RSVP • CLICK HERE FEB 7, 2019: SDCMS Physician Networking Opportunity and Social Mixer, 6-9 pm, National Geographic Fine Arts Gallery La Jolla, CA. • CLICK HERE FEB 15-18, 2019: The 32nd Annual Practicing Physician's Approach to the Difficult Headache Patient. Carlsbad, CA. • CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts • READ HERE Podcast "What the Health" New Year, New Health Proposals • LISTEN HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!