TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2022 PHYSICIANS: It’s with great excitement that we can announce SDCMS is holding its Annual Rendezvous Gala in–person for the first time in two years on Friday , June 3 rd , from 6:00 to 10:00 PM at The Abbey on Fifth . We will welcome our new President, Toluwalase ( Lase ) Ajayi , MD and thank Sergio R . Flores , MD for his service as our President during this past year. More information on this wonderful event can be found HERE . As part of a grant funded through the San Diego HHSA on Academic Detailing for Licensed Prescribers of Opioids, Champions for Health is requesting your participation in an evaluation of CURES 2.0 and Opioid Attitudes among licensed prescribers of opioids . This survey will provide valuable insight into physician prescribing patterns and CURES 2.0 platform usage. As a practicing physician in San Diego County, Champions for Health would appreciate your input in this brief 10–minute survey. As an incentive, five survey participants will be randomly selected to win a $200 Amazon gift card. Please complete the survey HERE by March 31 st for your chance to win. A reminder to consider taking advantage of Ilan–Lael Foundation’s kind offer of day long retreats at Ilan–Lael in Julian to thank frontline COVID workers. Healing the Healers Retreats are free to all frontline COVID workers in our community and limited to small groups so that your experience is safe yet intimate. This includes doctors, nurses, aids, custodians, pharmacists — anyone in the medical community that has been working on the front lines of the COVID crisis. It is a day to rest, relax and recharge. Your retreat day includes; morning coffee and treats, a docent–led tour of Ilan–Lael which is the renowned home and studios of James and Anne Hubbell, art instruction and materials, lunch al fresco , discussion group, and mindful movement and self–care. You can learn more information or reserve a spot HERE . Once again , we encourage you to help Allison Yip , a PGY–2 Internal Medicine resident in the Primary Care Pathway at UCSD. She is conducting a research study with Dr . Jill Blumenthal and Dr . Stacy Charat to evaluate how primary care practitioners offer gender–affirming hormone treatment to assess potential gaps in transgender healthcare. This survey is meant for independent practitioners and not resident physicians in training. She has asked primary care physicians only to be kind enough and help fill out this quick Qualtrics survey . Those who complete the survey HERE can receive a $10 electronic gift card to Amazon.com via email, which will not be linked to the survey response. San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS), in partnership with the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) and Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties (HASD&IC), invite you to attend our next COVID–19 Clinical Town Hall Webinar . This virtual event intended for licensed and other essential medical professionals within the San Diego community is being held tomorrow, Wednesday , March 30 , 2022 , from 6:00 — 7:30 PM . The meeting this week will feature a COVID–19 Update , Variants Update , Vaccines , Boosters , plus a Treatments Update as dialogue for discussion. We will also focus on regional outbreak response coordination and provide an Extended Q&A Session between attendees and the speakers’ panel. The County has also added information for providers to request oral treatment, Evusheld, and mAbs on their webpage . They also created a new paxlovid flyer to help prescribers. JOIN ZOOM MEETING: CLICK HERE or visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81838235368 MEETING ID: 818 3823 5368 AUDIO ONLY: (669) 900–6833 OR (346) 248–7799 * audio only participants will not have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … San Diego County Reports 97 New COVID–19 Cases, Four More Virus Deaths CLICK HERE San Diego County’s COVID Hospitalizations Fall to 155 CLICK HERE Free COVID Tests and Treatments No Longer Free for Uninsured, as Funding Runs Out CLICK HERE BA.2 Now Dominant Variant in the United States as Funding Fight Continues CLICK HERE FDA Authorizes a Second Pfizer or Moderna Booster Shot for People 50 and Over ? CLICK HERE COVID and Schizophrenia: Why This Deadly Mix Can Deepen Knowledge of the Brain Disease CLICK HERE Biden’s Proposed Budget Includes Funds to Address Disparities and Mental–Health Parity CLICK HERE ‘An Enormous Disabling Event’: Long COVID Could Have Inequitable Impact on Californians CLICK HERE Delays for Autism Diagnosis and Treatment Grew Even Longer During the Pandemic CLICK HERE US COVID Vaccinations Fall to Lowest Level Per Day Since 2020 CLICK HERE Enrollment Climbs as ACA Hits 12–Year Mark CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … APR 5, 2022 : 12–1pm, Free Webinar ‘Virtual Grant Rounds: Long COVID — Part 2’. Sponsored by California Medical Association and CA Health & Human Services Agency in partnership with Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California and California Academy for PAs. CME of 1 PRA Category 1 Credit Available. Free to Members and Non–Members CLICK HERE APR 12, 2022 : 12:15–1:15pm, Webinar ‘The Future of Telehealth’. During the COVID–19 Pandemic, many practices implemented Telehealth for the first time. Now, physicians and their patients are starting to think about what happens to Telehealth if and when the Public Health Emergency comes to an end. Recent developments at the state and federal level are bringing the future into focus. Free to Members and Their Staffs (with Promo Code). $99 for Non–Members CLICK HERE APR 18, 2022 : 3–5pm, Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. California Medical Association (CMA) is hosting a member–only training on the upcoming ballot initiative threatening to end California’s long–standing liability reform law — the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). Participants will have the opportunity to receive a comprehensive overview and in–depth media training on the ballot initiative CLICK HERE MAY 10, 2022 : 12–1pm, Free Webinar ‘Virtual Grant Rounds: Long COVID — Part 3’. Sponsored by California Medical Association and CA Health & Human Services Agency in partnership with Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California and California Academy for PAs. CME of 1 PRA Category 1 Credit Available. Free to Members and Non–Members CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ The ACA Turns 12 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: 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!