TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2018 PHYSICIANS: The new TRICARE Western Region contractor, Health Net Federal Services (HNFS), is experiencing implementation issues related to provider contracting and credentials, beneficiary reassignment to new primary care managers (PCM), and provider director inaccuracies. The California Medical Association just published an article on these implementation problems to help members navigate them which you can read by clicking here . One of the most important - and dangerous - measures on November's ballot is Proposition 8. This initiative is pushed by special interests trying to force dialysis centers to unionize. Its practical effect is to severely limit what insurance companies are required to reimburse for dialysis care. As a results, hundreds of dialysis clinics in California would be forced to dramatically reduce services or close. The California Medical Association, joined in a coalition of over 100 health care and other groups, strongly opposes Proposition 8. You can read a patient's perspective on how Prop. 8 would negatively impact her and other other patients by clicking here . As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … To Keep Women from Dying in Childbirth, Look to California • CLICK HERE Major Medical Errors Associated with High Levels of Physician Burnout, Study Says CLICK HERE Women Still a Rarity in High-Paying Surgical Specialties • CLICK HERE New App Reveals Your Doctor's Background • CLICK HERE Physicians aren't 'Burning Out.' They're suffering from Moral Injury • CLICK HERE Hospitals Know How to Protect Mothers. They Just aren't Doing It • CLICK HERE If We Want Better Health Care, We Should Try Asking the Patients • CLICK HERE Could Your Medication Soon Be Available Over the Counter? • CLICK HERE Some Doctors, Patients Balk at Medicare's 'Flat Fee' Payment Proposal • CLICK HERE Scientists Develop New Method to Screen for Chemical Exposures • CLICK HERE Universal Health Care Now California Law - More or Less • CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … AUG 1-4: Metabolic & Endocrine Disease Summit (MEDS). At Wyndham San Diego Bayside • CLICK HERE AUG 11: Integrated Care Across the Lifespan at AMN Healthcare San Diego. For more information and registration • CLICK HERE SEPT 13-15: 2018 NEPO Summit. At the Westin Pasadena • CLICK HERE SEPT 22-26: Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine Annual Conference. Sheraton Hotel and Marina San Diego • CLICK HERE OCT 11-12: CSU Institute for Palliative Care National Symposium. At Hyatt Mission Bay. • CLICK HERE OCT 12-14: UCSD School of Medicine Marks Its 50th Anniversary With Alumni Reunion Weekend. Information and Registration • CLICK HERE OCT 19: Top Doctors Gala at Farmer and the Seahorse • CLICK HERE NOV 8-10: Cardiovascular, Allergy & Respiratory Summit (CARPS) at Wyndham San Diego Bayside. Optional workshops Nov 7 • CLICK HERE NOV 16-17: Pain Care for Primary Care (PCPC) at Wyndham San Diego Bayside. Optional Addiction workshop Nov 15. For more information and registration • CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts • READ HERE Podcast "What the Health?": Congress and Health Care. Again. • LISTEN HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!