TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020 PHYSICIANS: We just received an urgent message from the California Medical Association that CMS has issued a proposed rule that will significantly reduce our state's Medicaid funding, exacerbate provider shortages and undermine patient access to medical care. We need as many physicians as possible to submit UNIQUE comments. Immediate action is needed! Please share our call to action with your fellow physicians. The deadline to submit comments is Feb. 1 . For background and a sample letter CLICK HERE . Another reminder that the 2020 application cycle for the CalHealthCares loan repayment program has opened and Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) is hosting several webinars that will provide an overview of the requirements, deadlines and the application itself. You can register for your choice of webinar dates today. For more information on the webinars, please CLICK HERE . The loan repayment program aims to increase access to care for California's Medi–Cal patients and will award $340 million in loan repayments to encourage physicians to provide care to Medi–Cal beneficiaries. Applications will be accepted until February 7, 2020 . We would also like to give a shout out to SDCMS' Dr. Will Tseng, Chair of our Communications Committee, for doing such a great job representing us on KFMB — Channel 8 on their recent story on Gov. Newsom's proposal to have the State of California sell prescription drugs. If you'd like to see the story on this important topic CLICK HERE . As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … CAHAN Health Advisory: Elevated Influenza Activity ? CLICK HERE CAHAN Disease Notification — CDC HAN 426 Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Coronavirus ? CLICK HERE Nine Flu–Related Deaths Reported in San Diego County ? CLICK HERE Here's What the State and Advocates Have In Mind to Change California's Mental Health Care System ? CLICK HERE Childhood Obesity is a Major Problem. Research Isn't Helping. ? CLICK HERE Causes of Physician Burnout Vary By Generation; So Do Coping Strategies ? CLICK HERE Why Black Doctors Like Me are Leaving Faculty Positions in Academic Medical Centers ? CLICK HERE Sepsis Kills Millions More Worldwide Than Previously Thought ? CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … JAN 23-26, 2020 : 17 th Annual Scripps Natural Supplements Conference: An Evidence Based Update, Hyatt Regency, La Jolla ? CLICK HERE JAN 29, 2020 : 1pm Eastern Time, Webinar Sponsored by White House Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), “Health Care Professions' Educational Engagement to Support Safer Prescribing and Better Care: An Inter–Professional Update on Current Approaches and Future Needs” Featuring ONDCP Director Jim Carroll and Admiral Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of HHS and prominent national education leaders ? CLICK HERE FEB 14-17, 2020 : 33 rd Annual Practicing Physician’s Approach to the Difficult Headache Patient, Hosted by Diamond Headache Clinic Research & Educational Foundation, Marriott Marquis, San Diego ? CLICK HERE FEB 28-29, 2020 : Fundamentals of Obesity Treatment Course, 9.5 CME, Presented by Obesity Medicine Association, Hotel Republic, San Diego ? CLICK HERE MAR 12-13, 2020 : Future of Individualized Medicine, Hosted by Scripps Research Translational Institute, Samuel H. Scripps Auditorium, La Jolla ? CLICK HERE MAR 28, 2020 : 6–9pm, 2 nd Annual Champions for Health Soirée ‘Waves of Wellness’, Birch Aquarium, La Jolla ? CLICK HERE APR 2-5, 2020 : California Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, Paradise Point Resort, San Diego ? CLICK HERE JUN 19, 2020 : 6–10:30pm, Save the Date! SDCMS 150 th Anniversary ‘Rendezvous’ Gala, The Abbey on 5 th , San Diego ? CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts ? READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Trump Takes Credit Where It Isn't Due ? LISTEN HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!