TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2022 PHYSICIANS: Monkeypox is emerging as a real concern among the medical community. To that end, the American Medical Association is working to inform and educate physicians about this disease: AMA published a news article on July 1, ‘ What Doctors Wish Patients Knew About Monkeypox ’ — it also features the new AMA News Wire audio article capabilities Monkeypox Topic Index Page created to serve as a resource center, and includes links to JAMA and CDC resources Also featured in the index page and published July 13, is ‘ Monkeypox: Physician Frequently Asked Questions ’ Published July 14, are web , video , and podcast versions of AMA Moving Medicine episode, ‘Monkeypox Numbers, Treatment and Prevention with Two CDC Experts’ Also published on July 14, is their ‘definitions’ landing page, is ‘ What Is Monkeypox ’, which is intended to drive traffic to the AMA website by ranking highly in search engines and thereby better informing the public San Diego County recently announced that, “People experiencing a suicide, mental health or substance use crisis will now be able to call or text to a three–digit 9 – 8 – 8 dialing code to get help for themselves or a loved one.” “Starting July 16, San Diegans will be able to call 988 and be connected to a trained counselor who can help them and connect them to services in the area where they live. This new service is in addition to the County’s Access and Crisis Line (ACL) at (888) 724–7240 .” For more information, CLICK HERE . Many SDCMS members are familiar with the San Diego Annual Liver Walk organized by San Diego Liver Coalition with Scott Suckow, Executive Director. This time it will help Asian Pacific Health Foundation raise $20,000 to purchase a new bone densitometer to be used for osteoporosis screening in the community. Originally scheduled in mid–July, the Seven Bridges Walk is extended to Saturday, October 1 st , 2022. For more information or to donate, CLICK HERE . In other news, Aetna recently announced it will no longer require pre–approval for most cataract surgeries. This decision came a year after Aetna implemented a policy requiring all cataract surgeries to be “pre–certified,” claiming that it would “help members avoid unnecessary surgery.” California Medical Association (CMA) and others in organized medicine strongly objected to this policy, which created unnecessary delays and obstacles for patients and physicians, reducing availability of health care services and increasing insurance company profits at the expense of patient care. An estimated 10,000 to 20,000 Aetna beneficiaries had their cataract surgeries unnecessarily delayed in just the first month after Aetna’s prior authorization requirement took effect, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). California Medical Association (CMA) continues to fight for medical decisions to be made by trained medical professionals instead of entities focused on the bottom line. This is why CMA is supporting legislation at the state and federal levels that would streamline and standardize prior authorization requirements. A final reminder that you can come mingle, socialize, and network with your colleagues, and bring your spouse/significant other to our next physician networking opportunity and mixer on Thursday evening , July 28 th , from 5:30 — 8:30 PM at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Liberty Station . Complimentary hor d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided. There is no charge for current society members or their guests to attend this hosted event as included in SDCMS’ benefit offerings. Space is limited and RSVPs are required, so register now , and please spread the word. This is our first mixer since 2019! As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … CAHAN ALERT Health Advisory: Human Monkeypox, Testing at Commercial Laboratories CLICK HERE CAHAN ALERT Health Advisory COVID–19 Vaccine Update: Vaccine Eligibility Down to Six Months of Age CLICK HERE Almost 9 in 10 Californians Live in Areas with High COVID Levels as BA.5 Fuels Infections CLICK HERE People are Getting COVID Again and Again…and Again. Is this the New Normal? CLICK HERE Confusion Post–Roe Spurs Delays, Denials for Some Lifesaving Pregnancy Care CLICK HERE Demand for Monkeypox Vaccine Exceeds Supply, C.D.C. Says CLICK HERE The U.S. Has a New Crisis Hotline: 988. Is it Prepared for a Surge in Calls? CLICK HERE ‘Red Alert for Child Health’: 25 Million Kids Missed Routine Vaccinations Due to COVID CLICK HERE U.S. Tells Pharmacists Not to Withhold Pills that Can Cause Abortion CLICK HERE Low Demand for Kids’ COVID Vaccines is Alarming Doctors CLICK HERE Doctors Treating Monkeypox Complain of ‘Daunting’ Paperwork, Obstacles CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … JUL 25, 2022 : 6:30–9:30pm, Free Webinar, Asian Pacific Health Foundation Presents ‘Continuing Education on Hepatitis B and Latent Tuberculosis’. Zoom link will be emailed to those who register. PharmD, RPh, and CPhT will receive 2.0 C.E. from California Accreditation for Pharmacy Education (CAPE) credit from UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) CLICK HERE JUL 28, 2022 : 5:30–8:30pm, SDCMS Physician Social, Stone Brewing Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106. Please note this event is open exclusively to physicians and their guests and space is limited so rsvps are required . SDCMS members and non–members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Complimentary light appetizers and hosted wine and craft beer will be provided. CLICK HERE AUG 24, 2022 : 6–7:30pm, FREE SDCMS Webinar ‘Financial Wellness for Physicians Part 1’, a 2–part series designed to help physicians manage important financial decisions by expanding financial knowledge, topics to include savings and investing, financial trust basics, and saving for retirement, welcome to members and non–members, hosted in partnership with Bank of America Private Bank CLICK HERE SEP 14, 2022 : 6–7:30pm, FREE SDCMS Webinar ‘Financial Wellness for Physicians Part 2’, a 2–part series designed to help physicians manage important financial decisions by expanding financial knowledge, topics to include starting a business, giving back, and navigating income taxes, welcome to members and non–members, hosted in partnership with Bank of America Private Bank CLICK HERE SEP 28, 2022 : 6–7:30pm, FREE SDCMS Webinar ‘Top Five Risks for Your Practice’, increase your awareness and understanding of the top five risks associated with medical practices, receive guidance and strategies to help reduce your practice risks, welcome to members and non–members, hosted in partnership with The Doctors Company CLICK HERE OCT 6, 2022 : 9:30am–4pm, Virtual 19th Annual NEPO (Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations) Summit: Beyond Unconscious Bias to Health Care Equity. The summit will cover topics critical to diverse physicians and patients including reproductive and maternal health outcome disparities, women physician well–being, and practice transformation. CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Life After ‘Roe’ Is…Confusing 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 SDCMS Webinar: Best Practice: Documenting Disruptive Patient Behavior WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Understanding Malpractice Risks for NPs, PAs, and Supervising Physicians WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: COVID–19 for the Long Haul: Post COVID Recovery and Care WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: How to Avoid Being Reported to the Medical Board 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 Alzheimer’s Project Clinical Roundtable Free On–Demand CME Webinar Series on Dementia WATCH HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!