TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2022 PHYSICIANS: The CalHealthCares application deadline has been extended to Friday , March 11 , 2022 . Eligible physicians and dentists will now have an extra two weeks to submit their applications for the program. Interested individuals must apply by 11:59 PM on March 11 th to be considered for an award. CalHealthCares hosted webinars to provide an overview of the application, important timelines, common errors, and the scoring system. If you were unable to attend one of the webinars, you can still view a recording HERE . We encourage interested physicians and dentists to visit CalHealthCares.org for more information. On Wednesday , March 23 rd from 6 — 7:30 PM , SDCMS is hosting a FREE webinar in conjunction with The Doctors Company, ‘ Understanding Malpractice Risks for NPs , PAs and Supervising Physicians ’. This worthwhile webinar is worth 1 CME Credit and I strongly encourage your participation. You can REGISTER HERE and view more information HERE . More than 23,000 emergency room visits are associated with dietary supplement use in the U.S. each year. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Food and Drug Branch is asking physicians to take an anonymous 5–minute survey about their knowledge, attitudes, and practices when it comes to dietary supplement use. The objectives of the survey are to assess health care provider opinions and current level of knowledge surrounding dietary supplement use, adulteration and adverse events; to determine the frequency with which California health professionals document and discuss dietary supplement use with their patients; and to guide the development of data–driven educational materials for health care providers and their patients, which can ultimately reduce adverse events and improve human health. CLICK HERE to take the survey. A reminder that you can access a recording HERE and receive 4 CME Credits for viewing our ‘ COVID–19 for the Long Haul: Post COVID Recovery and Care ’ symposium that SDCMS presented with UC San Diego Health and The Doctors Company. The link to claim CME credit is HERE and the last day to claim CME credit for the course is 5 PM on March 7 th . Contact Juliann Miles at (800) 421–2368 X4311 or by email at email@example.com if you have questions or need assistance. This symposium brings you up to date information from leading respected experts to support your identification of Long COVID and to understand how to manage this complex condition. Participate in this symposium to prepare yourself to enhance your diagnosis and treatment of Long COVID patients. The date is fast approaching for Champions for Health’s 3 rd Annual Soirée . Champions for Health is SDCMS’ non–profit organization committed to serving the medical needs of poor and underserved communities in San Diego County. This years’ Soirée ‘ To Wellness and Beyond ’ will take place on Saturday , March 19 th at 5 PM at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. Your support is greatly needed so please CLICK HERE for more information or to purchase tickets. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … CAHAN Alert: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19) Vaccine Updates CLICK HERE CAHAN Alert: Multistate Investigation of Cronobacter sakazakii Infections Associated with Powdered Infant Formula CLICK HERE CDC Categorizes San Diego County as ‘High Risk’ CLICK HERE COVID–19 Hospitalizations Continue Downward Trend in San Diego County CLICK HERE CMA Applauds Federal Court’s No Surprises Act Ruling That Will Protect Patient Access to Physicians CLICK HERE COVID Boosters Also Found to Protect Cancer Patients CLICK HERE Changes to Medi–Cal's Troubled Drug Program Reduce Backlog, But Problems Persist CLICK HERE Abortion Pills Now Account for More Than Half of U.S. Abortions CLICK HERE CDC Now Says Most Americans Can Take Off Masks as COVID Cases Plummet CLICK HERE Newsom Ends Some COVID–19 Executive Orders While Maintaining Emergency Powers CLICK HERE J&J–Vaxxed, mRNA–Boosted, and Pondering a Third Shot CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … MAR 4, 2022 : 10am–12pm, Virtual Summit ‘Make San Diego HPV Cancer Free’, recognizing California Preteen Vaccine Week and International HPV Awareness Day by sharing data, dialogues, best practices and commitments, all to Make SD HPV Cancer Free! Keynote will focus on Adolescent Vaccination in San Diego County and Vaccination and Preventative Health: Impact on Marginalized Communities During COVID–19 CLICK HERE MAR 8, 2022 : 12–1pm, Free Webinar ‘Virtual Grand Rounds: Long COVID — What Is It and What Are the Symptoms?’ Sponsored by California Medical Association and CA Health and Human Services Agency in partnership with Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California and California Academy for PAs. What are the long–term effects of COVID? In this next edition of Virtual Grand Rounds, we welcome clinical experts who will discuss post–acute sequelae of SARS–CoV–2, known as Long COVID. CME of 1 PRA Category 1 Credit Available. Free to Members and Non–Members CLICK HERE MAR 23, 2022 : 6–7:30pm, Free Webinar ‘Understanding Malpractice Risks for NPs, PAs and Supervising Physicians’. Sponsored by SDCMS in collaboration with The Doctors Company. Earn 1.0 CME Credit. This webinar will focus on the most frequent risks that could result in a malpractice claim for NPs, PAs and Supervising Physicians; Implement Three Strategies for reducing liability; Discuss the California Scope of Practice requirements for NPs and PAs; and Understand the Importance of Communicating Effectively with Patients and the Health Care Team, across patient cultures and identities CLICK HERE ON-GOING THRU 2022 : Alzheimer’s Project Clinical Roundtable Free Webinars on Dementia. Champions for Health partnered with The Doctors Company to offer a series of on–demand courses which are approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. The courses are meant to act as training tools that can be taken at your own convenience in 15–minute segments. Sponsored by Champions for Health CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Contemplating a Post–‘Roe’ World 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: 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 SDCMS’ 151 st Virtual Presidential Installation WATCH HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!