TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020 PHYSICIANS: The beginning of the new year means there is a great deal of important information and a number of significant deadlines to share with you. On December 9, 2019, the SDCMS Nominating Committee convened and is recommending a proposed slate of SDCMS Board of Directors candidates for 2020-21. If you'd like to see the list of the nominees and information for anyone who wishes to seek nomination through petition CLICK HERE . Well Physician California (WPCA) is excited to announce that Wellness Engagement Groups are forming in San Diego. The enrollment deadline has been extended to this Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at 8am . Wellness Engagement Groups hold monthly meetings to cultivate professional fulfillment and provide support to physician colleagues. Meetings are led by volunteer physician facilitators, and participants reflect all specialties, practice settings and backgrounds. WPCA invites you to join a group in your area by completing a participant enrollment form if you CLICK HERE . If you have any questions please contact Manjot (M.J.) Cheema, the Program Director for Well Physicians California, at 916-551-2565 or email@example.com . The 2020 application cycle for the CalHealthCares loan repayment program opens next week 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 from January 13 to February 7, 2020 . The MIPS 2019 Data Submission Period is Now Open . Please note that The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened the data submission period for Merit–based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians who participated in the 2019 performance period of the Quality Payment Program. Data can now be submitted and updated until 8pm EDT on March 31, 2020 . Furthermore, you can check your initial 2020 MIPS eligibility on the QPP website. You can use the updated CMS Quality Payment Program Participation Status Lookup Tool to check on your initial 2020 eligibility for MIPS if you CLICK HERE . Just enter your National Provider Identifier, or NPI, to find out whether you need to participate in MIPS during the 2020 performance period. If you have questions, you can contact the Quality Payment Program at 1-866-288-8292, Monday through Friday, 8am to 8pm ET or by e-mail at QPP@cms.hhs.gov . As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … CAHAN Health Advisory: National Increase in Disseminated Gonococcal Infection Cases ? CLICK HERE Webinar: California's New Contractor Law and How It Impacts Health Care ? CLICK HERE 5 Things to Know as California Starts Screening Children for Toxic Stress ? CLICK HERE Judge Shoots Down California Law on How Kidney Dialysis is Paid For ? CLICK HERE Older People Need Geriatricians. Where Will They Come From? ? CLICK HERE California Gets Ready for New Vaccine Rules ? CLICK HERE CMA: Year in Review ? 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 FEB 13, 2020 : 6–8:30pm, SDCMS Physician Networking Opportunity and Mixer, National Geographic Fine Arts Gallery, La Jolla ? 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?’ How Do Other Countries Pay for Health Care? ? LISTEN HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!