TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2023 PHYSICIANS: Congratulations to SDCMS’ own President, Toluwalasé ( Lasé ) Ajayi , MD . Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins announced on International Women’s Day that Dr. Ajayi, is California Senate District 39’s Woman Making Herstory. Every year in celebration of Women’s History Month, the Legislature has a tradition of celebrating women from each Senate and Assembly district “who are accomplishing amazing things in their communities.” Senator Atkins’ office stated in part, “Dr. Ajayi is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego where she works as a hospitalist and pediatric palliative medicine physician. She serves as the Director of Diversity Initiatives, Director of Clinical Research, Assistant Professor of Molecular Medicine, and a Senior Staff Scientist in Digital Medicine at the Scripps Research Translational Institute. She is also the co–medical director of adult palliative medicine at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego.” “Dr. Ajayi has a long history of leadership in policy–making and organized medicine at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and is an AAP delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) where she advocates for the needs of children and those with serious illness. She is a former Chair of the AMA and CMA Young Physician Sections.” CalHealthCares ’ fifth application cycle is expected to award $64 million in educational debt relief to approximately 250 physicians and dentists committed to practicing with Medi–Cal communities. CalHealthCares is an important recruitment and retention tool for all modes of practice in underserved communities to ensure quality and equitable access to care. Physicians for a Health California ( PHC ) requests volunteers from the medical and dental communities to review and score applications. Scorers will review applications online allowing the CalHealthCares advisory council to then make funding recommendations. Training and reference materials are available, and volunteers are asked sign a conflict–of–interest form prior to scoring for program documentation. IMPORTANT DATES TO CONSIDER MARCH 15 — VIRTUAL TRAINING SESSION MARCH 20 THROUGH APRIL 7 — APPLICATION REVIEW PERIOD If you are interested in serving as a CalHealthCares scorer, please email CalHealthCares@phcdocs.org and they will be in touch soon with additional details. Please allow me to remind you that the County of San Diego’s Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program recently launched a quarterly newsletter focused on prescribers. You can access the newsletter if you CLICK HERE . In addition, the County of San Diego is asking that you please take about 10 minutes of your time to complete a needs assessment survey for the County ’ s OD2A grant . The purpose of this survey is to identify access to and use of California’s prescription drug monitoring program, CURES 2.0 (Controlled Substances Utilization Review and Evaluation System). Your feedback will provide valuable insight into the use of the CURES system, particularly tools such as delegation, patient contracts, and messaging among licensed health care providers in San Diego County. Responses will remain confidential and will be grouped with those of other respondents for reporting. The deadline for completion has been extended to March 31 , 2023 . Please use the following link to complete complete the survey: TAKE SURVEY . We would also like to strongly encourage you to participate in the Champions for Health and San Diego County Medical Society Gala, ‘ Together We Rise ’, this year, on Friday, May 12 th , 2023, from 6–10pm, at the San Diego Natural History Museum at 1788 El Prado in San Diego. Cocktail hour and a silent auction begin at 6pm and the formal dinner with honoree awards and entertainment begins at 7pm. Champions for Health has been doing extensive and impressive work these past few years and they deserve your help to continue to aggressively serve San Diego County’s medically underserved residents. For more information and to purchase tickets CLICK HERE . A final reminder that SDCMS is holding our first webinar of the year, along with The Doctors Company, titled ‘ Will Your Documentation Defend You? ’ on Wednesday , March 15 th from 6 to 7pm . You can earn 1 CME credit while you benefit from gaining an increased awareness and understanding of the risks associated with medical record documentation. The session will also illustrate risks identified in malpractice litigation and during audits of office practice medical records. Strategies to reduce and avoid risks in documentation will be presented. Please REGISTER HERE for this important and helpful webinar. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … COVID–19 Fears Persist for Those with Weakened Immune Systems CLICK HERE California Flexed Its Muscle on Abortion Rights. Will More States and Businesses Follow? CLICK HERE Walgreens Gets Dragged Into Abortion War CLICK HERE Got Muscle Pain from Statins? A Cholesterol–Lowering Alternative Might Be for You CLICK HERE Feds Move to Rein In Prior Authorization, A System that Harms and Frustrates Patients CLICK HERE Senators Push CMS to Close Price Transparency Loopholes CLICK HERE F.D.A. 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Strategies to reduce and avoid risks in documentation will be presented CLICK HERE APR 4, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and their Staff [with Promo Code], $99 for Non–Members, Sponsored by CMA, ‘ Working with Different Generations ’. Focusing on how bridging the generational gap in the workplace doesn’t have to be difficult, CMA’s experienced practice management experts dive into recognizing the differences in generations and collaborating to manage the gaps to ensure a positive and efficient work environment. Topics include understanding generation names and timeframes, understanding assumptions, how to work as a team, workplace characteristics by generation, and workplace values and best practices CLICK HERE APR 6, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, Sponsored by CMA, ‘ Leading the Charge : Embedding Health Equity into the Forefront of Value Based Care ’. Despite the successes demonstrated by ACOs, health disparities remain a critical and ever–growing challenge. ACOs can potentially advance health equity, but without intentionality and guardrails they can also worsen existing health disparities. For ACOs to improve patient health outcomes it's imperative health equity is kept at the forefront of value–based care efforts. The AAFP deemed acceptable for up to 1.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits CLICK HERE APR 13, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, sponsored by California Medical Association supported by a grant from CA Health & Human Services Agency, ‘ CMA Data Exchange Explainer Series #2 — Data Exchange Policy & Legal Environment ’. Starting January 31, 2023, California Health & Human Services Agency (CHHS) is launching the CHHS Data Exchange Framework. Over the next 3 years this Framework will require all CA physician practices to exchange data with other practices, health plans, hospitals, and others. To help physicians prepare CMA has partnered with CHHS and developed the ‘CMA Data Exchange Explainer Series’ to walk practices through various considerations in implementing robust data exchange CLICK HERE APR 20, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ Introduction to Value–Based Care for Physicians ’. California Medical Association (CMA) Physician Services Organization (PSO) is proud to partner with Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) on providing this webinar and other resources to help physician practices, community health centers and other stakeholders improve encounter data quality. 1 CME Credit CLICK HERE MAY 12, 2023 : 6–10pm, Champions for Health and San Diego Medical Society Gala, ‘ Together We Rise ’. San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, San Diego. Cocktail Hour and a Silent Auction begin at 6pm. Formal Dinner with Honoree Awards and Entertainment at 7pm CLICK HERE MAY 18-19, 2023 : 8:30am daily, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) 15 th Annual Palliative Care Summit ‘ Learning , Listening , & Leading : Shaping the Future of Serious Illness Care ’, Hyatt Regency Orange County, Earlybird rates thru 2/24. All in the palliative care and end–of–life communities are encouraged to participate. CMEs/CEs available CLICK HERE MAY 19, 2023 : 8am–12:15pm, 35 th Annual ‘ Virtual Conference on Physicians ’ Well – Being ’, Sponsored by Riverside County Medical Society. $189 for Registration, $50 for Resident and Medical Student Registration CLICK HERE JUNE 15, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ CMA Data Exchange Explainer Series #3 — Deep Dive into the Data Exchange Framework and Data Sharing Agreement ’. Starting January 31, 2023, California Health & Human Services Agency (CHHS) is launching the CHHS Data Exchange Framework. Over the next 3 years this Framework will require all CA physician practices to exchange data with other practices, health plans, hospitals, and others. To help physicians prepare CMA has partnered with CHHS and developed the ‘CMA Data Exchange Explainer Series’ to walk practices through various considerations in implementing robust data exchange. This webinar dives into the Data Exchange Framework; requirements, implementation, technical and funding resources. Also receive an update on the latest DxF developments and important dates practices will need to know CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Biden Budget Touches All the Bases 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? 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