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NYCU March 3, 2020

San Diego County Medical Society

Paul HegyiPHYSICIANS:  Today is Election Day and it's a particularly important one this Super Tuesday! If you haven't voted yet, be sure to do so. SDCMS will be closely monitoring results for Congress, the state legislature and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

In fact, 2020 is going to be an election of exceptional importance to California physicians and their patients as a new initiative measure dramatically weakening MICRA is expected to qualify for this November's ballot. It will be another two to three months before this measure officially qualifies and is assigned a ballot number but its qualification is a certainty.

This issue was a major focus at the SDCMS Board Retreat the other weekend. The Board voted to put SDCMS on record against this new MICRA initiative. Doctors spent time planning physician outreach and education efforts to counter the MICRA measure. The California Medical Association and the San Diego County Medical Society are making defeating this incredibly dangerous measure our top priority for the year!

This new MICRA ballot measure, pushed by an out-of-state trial lawyer, is exponentially worse than the most recent attempt —6 years ago— to weaken MICRA. We encourage physicians, health care organizations and other medically involved entities to go on record against the new MICRA initiative. To join the campaign to protect MICRA you can sign up as an individual, an organization or a company if you CLICK HERE.

On another important subject, CMA has set up a COVID–19 resource information page for physicians which you can access if you CLICK HERE.

As always, let me know if you have any questions!  Paul Hegyi, CEO

  • CAHAN Health Advisory Update #2: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) ? CLICK HERE
  • CAHAN Health Advisory Update #3: Mumps in San Diego County ? CLICK HERE
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom Asks for $20 Million from California's Disaster Funds to Fight Coronavirus ? CLICK HERE
  • As Coronavirus Numbers Rise, CDC Testing Comes Under Fire ? CLICK HERE
  • Meet the Federal Government's Coronavirus Expert ? CLICK HERE
  • AHA, ANA Ask Congress for $1 Billion for Healthcare Workers to Fight the Coronavirus ? CLICK HERE
  • Physicians Must Rise in Coordinated Response to COVID-19 ? CLICK HERE
  • One Third of Americans Concerned About Their Ability to Afford Healthcare, Poll Shows ? CLICK HERE
Pri-Med West CA Conference
  • MAR 12-13, 2020: Future of Individualized Medicine, Hosted by Scripps Research Translational Institute, Samuel H. Scripps Auditorium, La Jolla ? CLICK HERE
  • MAR 28, 2020: 6–9pm, 2nd Annual Champions for Health Soirée ‘Waves of Wellness’, Birch Aquarium, La Jolla ? CLICK HERE
  • 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
  • APR 2-5, 2020: California Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, Paradise Point Resort, San Diego ? CLICK HERE
  • JUN 19, 2020: 6–10:30pm, SDCMS’ 150th Anniversary ‘Rendezvous’ Gala & Presidential Installation, The Abbey on 5th, San Diego ? CLICK HERE
  • CMA in the Courts ? READ HERE
  • Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Prepping for a Possible Pandemic ? LISTEN HERE
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