TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020 PHYSICIANS: We are singularly focused on the COVID–19 crisis and our leadership is working closely with the San Diego County Department of Public Health and, on the state level, the California Medical Association to try to get information for doctors to keep them up to date on this fast moving situation and to also advocate to lower the barriers that physicians are encountering during this pandemic. To that end, please be aware that SDCMS has a COVID–19 Resource Page for physicians with important links to key governmental, medical and other providers of information and resources. You can access it if you CLICK HERE . We also strongly urge you to read through the Health Officers' Amended Order and Emergency Regulations which was issued yesterday ( READ HERE ). President Trump today announced the federal government is immediately suspending HIPAA enforcement and penalties to facilitate use of telehealth for health care services in both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Here is a Fact Sheet ( READ HERE ). The California Medical Association (CMA) continues to urge Gov. Newsom to issue an executive order to expedite and expand access to telehealth services. Last year, CMA sponsored AB 744, which allows physicians to be reimbursed for telehealth services but that law is scheduled to go into effect in 2021. CMA is urging the Governor to implement that law now. Physicians should monitor their emails for special information coming from the San Diego County Medical Society on guidance, new developments, and new important informational sources. We know there are a number of crucial issues and questions that doctors have and we will get you Information and answers as soon as we have them. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … California Takes Steps to Protect Those Most Vulnerable to COVID–19 ? CLICK HERE California Passes $1.1 Billion Coronavirus Emergency Response Package ? CLICK HERE COVID–19 Has Caused a Shortage of Face Masks. But They're Surprisingly Hard to Make ? CLICK HERE Latest Coronavirus Testing Glitch: Not Enough Cotton Swabs ? CLICK HERE Human Testing Begins Earlier Than Expected for US Coronavirus Vaccine ? CLICK HERE Coronavirus: ‘Radical Change’ to Life; Only 1 US State Has Not Reported a Case ? CLICK HERE Coronavirus is Hiding in Plain Sight ? CLICK HERE Ships, Planes, Trains, Scooters All Need a Virus Wipe. But What Does a ‘Deep Clean’ Mean ? CLICK HERE CMA Urges Governor to Address Barriers Encountered by Physicians During COVID–19 Outbreak ? CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … APR 1, 2020 : 10–11:30am PDT, Webinar Sponsored by White House Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) with the assistance of ERAS USA, “Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS): Medical education engagement to support safe prescribing for patients needing surgery” ? CLICK HERE JUN 19, 2020 : 6–10:30pm, SDCMS’ 150 th Anniversary ‘Rendezvous’ Gala & Presidential Installation, The Abbey on 5 th , San Diego ? CLICK HERE MAR 20, 2021 : 6–9pm, 2 nd Annual Champions for Health Soirée, Birch Aquarium, La Jolla ? CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts ? READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Coronavirus Goes Viral ? LISTEN HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!