TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2023 PHYSICIANS: 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 next application cycle of the CalHealthCares Loan Repayment Program opens January 18 , 2023 . CalHealthCares provides loan repayment on educational debt for California physicians and dentists who provide care to Medi–Cal patients . Eligible physicians can apply for a loan repayment award of up to $300,000 in exchange for a five–year service obligation. Eligible dentists can apply for a loan repayment award of up to $300,000 in exchange for a five–year service obligation or a Practice Support Grant of up to $300,000 in exchange for a 10–year service obligation. The program is funded by Proposition 56 (2016) voter–approved, state tax revenues. The application window runs from January 18 through March 3 , 2023 . Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications during the early review period, from January 18 – February 3, 2023. The early review period will give applicants the opportunity to receive feedback from CalHealthCares staff regarding any problems with their applications and will be able to resubmit their applications with amendments. To assist prospective applicants with the application process, CalHealthCares will host webinars to walk interested applicants through the process. Information will include an overview of the application, important timelines, common errors, and the application scoring system. The webinars conclude with a live question and answer session. Visit CalHealthCares.org for more information and additional resources, including application instructions, FAQS, and other information and forms needed to apply. A reminder that there is an urgent need for blood donations , as San Diego’s blood supply is critically low and the San Diego Blood Bank is experiencing supply chain challenges . To be eligible to donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds and be in general good health. Appointments are encouraged and available at SDBB by visiting sandiegobloodbank.org or by calling (619) 400–8251 . Walk–ins are also welcome . The California Legislature has passed dozens of bills that are now affecting a wide variety of issues that impact physicians and health care in California — from abortion to cannabis to COVID–19 — and from health care plans and coverage to Medi–Cal to dispensing drugs to professional liability and telehealth, and countless other policy areas. It’s important to update yourself on these new laws. California Medical Association has done a great job creating a comprehensive document that lists relevant new laws and provides a succinct explanation of each one. You can access that on the CMA website HERE . In addition, CMA is sponsoring a Free Webinar for Members on January 24 th from 12:15 to 1:15pm on ‘ New Laws Affecting Physicians 2023 ’ with CMA’s Senior Legal Counsel. You can REGISTER HERE for that webinar. I encourage you to participate. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … ‘Most Transmissible’ COVID Variant Yet is Spreading in California. What We Know About XBB.1.5 CLICK HERE The Doctor Won’t See You Now: COVID Winters are Making Long Hospital Waits the New Normal CLICK HERE Even After Mild Cases of COVID, Long COVID Symptoms Can Linger for a Year or More CLICK HERE AHIP Pushes Education on Medicaid Redeterminations CLICK HERE R.J. Reynolds Pivots to New Cigarette Pitches as Flavor Ban Takes Affect CLICK HERE With Attention to MPOX Fading, Health Officials Fear Infections Will Go Undetected and Unreported CLICK HERE CMA President Issues Statement in Response to the Governor’s Proposed Budget CLICK HERE Medicaid Expansion Resulted in Decreased Postpartum Hospitalizations CLICK HERE White House Extends COVID–19 Public Health Emergency Once Again CLICK HERE Despite Doctors’ Concerns, University of California Renews Ties with Religious Hospitals CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … JAN 19, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and their Staff [with Promo Code], $99 for Non–Members, ‘ 2023 E&M Coding Updates ’, sponsored by California Medical Association and presented by Lynn Handy, CPC, CPC–I, COC, CCS–P, LPN. Starting January 1, 2023, new Evaluation and Management (E&M) guidelines will apply for inpatient, nursing facility, home and consultations. This webinar will cover these new guidelines, deleted observation codes, changes to history and exam documentation, revised time coding rules, and other important E&M guideline changes CLICK HERE JAN 24, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and their Staff [with Promo Code], $99 for Non–Members, ‘ New Laws Affecting Physicians 2023 ’, sponsored by California Medical Association. This webinar will discuss the new 2023 laws affecting physicians and their practices, highlight pending health legislation and explain CMA’s legal resources available to members. The presenter will be Sheirin Ghoddoucy who is Senior Legal Counsel for California Medical Association, with a focus on CMA’s legal and legislative advocacy, managed care, and provider reimbursement CLICK HERE JAN 31, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, sponsored by California Medical Association, ‘ Managing Medicare in 2023 ’, This webinar will cover Medicare updates for the coming year along with the following topics: Overview of evaluation and management (E/M) changes and documentation tips, Targeted probe and education resumes, Local coverage decisions and collaborative ICDs, Responding to audits and appeals, Questions and answers about off–label use, New information–blocking rules and patients’ rights: What doctors should know CLICK HERE FEB 9, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and their Staff [with Promo Code], $99 for Non–Members, ‘ 2023 CPT Coding Updates ’, sponsored by California Medical Association and presented by Lynn Handy, CPC, CPC–I, COC, CCS–P, LPN. Updates to CPT codes in 2023 include hundreds of new and revised codes in multiple specialty areas. This webinar will cover some of the most significant changes, including Evaluation and Management (E&M) changes, a complete overhaul of abdominal hernia repair codes, new and revised codes for arthrodesis and arthroplasty, several changes to the paravertebral spinal nerves and branches section, and new codes for both placement of endovascular pulmonary arterial stenting for revascularization and pulmonary angiography CLICK HERE FEB 23-25, 2023 : Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) in partnership with ICD Events will be hosting a ‘ Healthcare Burnout Symposium ’ at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center. They have secured HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra as the morning speaker on day one, and new California Surgeon General Diana Ramos to be the lunchtime speaker CLICK HERE FEB 28, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and their Staff [with Promo Code], $99 for Non–Members, ‘ 2023 ICD–10 Coding Updates ’, sponsored by California Medical Association and presented by Lynn Handy, CPC, CPC–I, COC, CCS–P, LPN. There are significantly more new, deleted and revised ICD–10 diagnosis codes in 2023 than in previous years — nearly 1,500. This webinar will cover updates to some of the most significant changes, including behavioral and neurodevelopmental disorders as well as new cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, genitourinary, pregnancy, childbirth, puerperium, injuries, and poisoning codes. Of special interest are many new codes related to vascular dementia 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 WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ GOP House Opens with Abortion Agenda LISTEN 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? 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