TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2022 PHYSICIANS: It’s that time of year when annual SDCMS–CMA dues are, in fact, due!! I’m proud to say that SDCMS worked harder than ever on behalf of our members during this unprecedented pandemic. Countless hours were spent securing PPE for physicians, compiling critical resources, and securing vaccines for physicians and their staff that weren’t a part of the initial wave. We realized that the pandemic has had different effects on all our practices in San Diego and worked to assist in every possible way we could. This year we face yet another challenge to MICRA, the critical malpractice protection law we have here in California, this time put on the ballot by a single, greedy trial lawyer. We will need every physician to be a member so we are best prepared to beat back this challenge. If your renewal fell through the cracks please CLICK HERE or call SDCMS at (858) 565–8888 to immediately reactivate your membership. A blood supply shortage is threatening local medical care. Both the San Diego Blood Bank and the local American Red Cross have put out broad calls for volunteers to make donations as soon as possible (appointments are encouraged but not required). You can also reach out to the Blood Bank’s recruitment department or call (619) 400–8124 if your business is interested in hosting a mobile blood drive. The UCSD Clarke Center for Human Imagination and Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience are seeking volunteers for a study on using auditory and virtual reality methods to boost a training shown to increase mindfulness and compassion and reduce stress and burnout in healthcare providers. Participants will join an 8–week, 16–hour training (online) of 2 hours per week. They will also attend 2 lab sessions while being measured with non–invasive electroencephalographic (EEG), heart rate, and skin measures, and complete questionnaires. There is no compensation, and you will receive free training along with CE’s for eligible healthcare professionals. Online training will take place either Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 5–7 pm beginning on February 1 st or 2 nd . While the trainings take place online, the lab sessions will be conducted in person using strict COVID protocols. If interested contact email@example.com for more information, or complete this eligibility form . The County of San Diego, San Diego County Medical Society, and Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties are hosting a Clinical Town Hall about the COVID–19 pandemic. These virtual sessions are designed by physicians, for physicians to share timely information and discuss issues specific to medical professionals. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: Thursday , January 27 th , 6 — 7:30 PM JOIN MEETING: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81838235368 WEBINAR ID: 818 3823 5368 AUDIO ONLY: (669) 900–6833 OR (346) 248–7799 * audio only participants will not have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar The San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS) in partnership with The Doctors Company (TDC) invite you to attend an important and timely webinar ‘ How to Avoid Being Reported to the Medical Board ’ to help address these concerns. Join us for this FREE event on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, from 6–7:30pm. All are welcome, members and non–members, and attendees will also earn 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits upon conclusion. RSVPs are required, so please REGISTER NOW . According to CMS plans announced Tuesday, the proposed CMS National Coverage Determination (NCD) would cover approved monoclonal antibodies targeting amyloid through coverage with evidence development (CED). To date, the only such approved treatment is aducanumab, and the move from CMS would sharply limit the number of beneficiaries eligible for the pricey therapy. CLICK HERE for more information. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … San Diego County Sees Rise in COVID Hospitalizations CLICK HERE CMA Sponsors Legislation to Protect Patients and the Sanctity of the Physician–Patient Relationship CLICK HERE California Surpasses 7 Million Coronavirus Cases, Adding 1 Million in One Week CLICK HERE Amid Low Covid Vaccines Rates, More California Children Hospitalized in Omicron Surge CLICK HERE As Omicron Surges, Effort to Vaccinate Young Children Stalls CLICK HERE CMS Sets March 15 Deadline for Health Care Workers to Get Vaccinated CLICK HERE San Diego Doctors Continue Fight Against COVID–19 Misinformation as Omicron Surges CLICK HERE Medical Organizations Continue to Fight Surprise–Billing Dispute Process: 5 Detail CLICK HERE Omicron Brings Fewer Serious Illnesses, But California Hospitals are Overwhelmed as Cases Soar CLICK HERE AHA Urges Biden, HHS to Extend Emergency Declarations Amidst COVID–19 Surge CLICK HERE Historic Health Care Expansion to Take Center Stage in California CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … JAN 19, 2022 : 12:15–1:15pm, Webinar ‘No Surprises Act — The New Federal Law and its Impact on California Physicians’, This webinar introduces the ‘No Surprises Act,’ the federal surprise billing law enacted as part of the 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act, It will address the impact of the No Surprises Act on physicians in California, including the interplay with AB 72 and other California–level surprise/balance billing protections, Free to CMA Members and their Staffs (with a promo code for Staff) and $99 to Non–Members CLICK HERE JAN 26, 2022 : 6–7:30pm, FREE Webinar sponsored by San Diego County Medical Society in partnership with The Doctors Company ‘How to Avoid Being Reported to the Medical Board’, All are welcome, Members and Non–Members, and attendees will also earn 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits upon conclusion, RSVPs are required CLICK HERE FEB 9, 2022 : 12:15–1:30pm, FREE Webinar ‘Managing Medicare in 2022’. This webinar covers 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 educate resumes, local coverage decisions and collaborate ICDs, responding to audits and appeals, questions and answers about off–label use, and new information–blocking rules and patients’ rights — what doctors should know. Sponsored by the California Medical Association CLICK HERE FEB 12, 2022 : 8am–12:30pm, Annual (and 2 nd virtual) SDAFP All Member Meeting ‘Medical Mysteries: A Family Physician’s Guide to Vague Symptomatology’ CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Dealing with Drug Prices 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? WATCH HERE CMA Webinar: Discussion on COVID–19 Vaccine Mandate and Workplace Issues 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 SDCMS’ 151 st Virtual Presidential Installation WATCH HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!