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NYCU May 28, 2024

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TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2024

Paul HegyiPHYSICIANS: The County’s Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) team would like to share with SDCMS the latest edition of their quarterly newsletter, found at OD2A Quarterly Newsletter Winter 2023. This quarter’s theme is transition and includes information about the transition of the County’s CDC–funded OD2A program to the Overdose Surveillance and Response (OSAR) program.

The Winter 2023 OD2A newsletter also contains information about how prescribers can earn continuing medical education (CME) credits by completing the OD2A–developed opioid stewardship academic detailing modules, featuring a special CURES 2.0 module. Additionally, the October 2023 Overdose Quarterly Report is highlighted, containing various overdose data, such as opioid and stimulant overdoses.

Prescribers may also access additional information via the following links:
Includes provider and community resources related to substance use and overdose, such as data and reports and free naloxone access in San Diego County
In 2023, California Medical Association, along with a coalition of other health care organizations, struck a landmark Managed Care Organization (MCO) Tax agreement with the California legislature and the Administration. This agreement increased the Medi–Cal reimbursement rates for primary care physicians and specialists while also designating a portion of the MCO tax revenue for the state’s general fund.

Governor Newsom’s proposed May Revision to the 2024–2025 budget revealed updated information about the state’s financial outlook. Despite efforts to reduce the projected shortfall earlier this year, the current deficit for the 2024–2025 budget year is $27.6 billion, with a projected deficit of $28.4 billion for 2025–2026.

We were very disappointed to see that the Governor proposed sweeping funding for the Medi–Cal provider rate increases and graduate medical education funding that were scheduled to go into effect in 2025. This funding is crucial to ensure that the state care of its patients and train the next generation of physicians.

CMA and our coalition partners are pushing back on the Governor’s proposal ‘to sweep’ this revenue intended to increase access to health care and are asking you to get involved! CLICK HERE NOW to urge your legislators to reinstate the MCO Tax agreement.

The next luncheon of the San Diego Retired Physicians Society is on June 18th at 11:30am at the Denny’s at Clairemont Town Square. Come and learn from Kristin Rigsbee, Ombudsman Education and Outreach Coordinator for the State’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program in San Diego.

Ombudsmen are advocates for residents of nursing homes, assisted living and board & care facilities. Their focus is on quality of care and quality of life, ensuring that residents understand their rights, are provided essential information, support and advocacy. The Ombudsman Program is the only resident–directed advocacy program for those residing in long term facilities, providing a vital layer of protection for all residents in facilities.

It is essential that all residents and families are aware of the incredible resource of the Ombudsman Program. RSVP to any of the co–chairs to let them know how many chairs and tables to set up. Soon–to–retire physicians are also welcome. Individuals order and pay for their own meal off the menu. The co–chairs are Patrick Tellez, MD (patzp7@icloud.com), Steve Green, MD (nowetsuit@gmail.com), and Mits Tomita, MD (mitsuo.tomita@gmail.com).

Healthcare practices in East and Central regions of San Diego County may be eligible to participate in a pilot program from the County to decrease the misuse of prescription opioid medications.
Hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, dental offices, and pharmacies can receive no–cost drug disposal pouches to distribute to patients receiving opioid prescriptions.
The pouches deactivate opioids in patch, liquid, tablet, powder, and capsule forms.
The pouches can be safely disposed in the trash; patients do not need to mail–in or drop off the pouches.

You can access their flyer HERE. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact MCS@sdcounty.ca.gov.

California Medical Association (CMA) members are invited to a virtual leadership development session hosted by CMA Past President (and former SDCMS President) Ted Mazer, MD on June 18 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Suggested attendees include members of CMA and component medical society boards, members of councils and committees, delegation chairs and vice–chairs and anyone else who plans to do so in the near future.

Participants in the session ‘Choosing to Lead — (What Now?)’ will discuss different forms of leadership, key skills for leaders within CMA and the importance of mentorship.

The interactive session will also allow CMA members to connect with others to discuss what kinds of skills, knowledge or support they need to be effective and to help ensure that CMA can be a partner on your leadership journey.

The event is free to CMA members. Those interested can register HERE.

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

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Newsom Signs Bill Allowing Arizona Doctors to Offer Abortions in California  CLICK HERE
The HPV Vaccine Prevents Head and Neck Cancers in Men, Study Suggests  CLICK HERE
Reversing Progress, Stroke Rates are Rising, Especially in Working–Age Adults  CLICK HERE
Younger Adults are Missing Early Warning Signs of Colon Cancer  CLICK HERE
FDA Urged to Relax Decades–Old Tissue Donation Restrictions for Gay and Bisexual Men  CLICK HERE
The Single Largest Cut in Gavin Newsom’s New Budget Hits California Health Care Providers  CLICK HERE
Daily Marijuana Use Outpaces Daily Drinking in the US, a New Study Says  CLICK HERE
County Formally Asks State to Petition CDC to Investigate Cross–Border Sewage Crisis and Its Impact on Public Health  CLICK HERE
ADHD Diagnoses are Rising. 1 in 9 U.S. Kids Have Gotten One, New Study Finds  CLICK HERE
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JUN 8-9, 2024: 8am daily, WestPac Wealth Partners, 5280 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92121. SD Psychiatric Society’s Spring CME Course ‘Expanding Horizons: Psychedelic Integration in Modern Psychiatry’. Psychedelics are a hot topic due to their controversial history and potential for proper use in the mental health field. This course provides necessary education for safe and effective use of psychedelics to treat certain mental health conditions. It will equip providers with information to legally and appropriately consider or pursue psychedelic–assisted therapies for suitable disorders. Price ranges from $50 to $175. 12 CME Credits available  CLICK HERE
JUN 11, 2024: 12-1pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, sponsored by CMA and CDPH, ‘Virtual Grand Rounds: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in CaliforniaA New Landscape’. California launched an unprecedented new initiative in January ’24 to combat the pediatric behavioral health crisis. Two new virtual tools are now available for free to any CA resident ages 25 and younger: BrightLife Kids (for parents/caregivers and young children up to age 12) and Soluna (for teens and young people ages 13 to 25). In this session we will hear from CA Dept. of Public Health representatives about how these tools can play a vital role in improving the youth mental health crisis in California. CME available  CLICK HERE
JUN 20-21, 2024: Grand Hyatt at SFO, sponsored by CMA, ‘Annual CME Provider Conference and Workshop’. These in–person educational opportunities provide valuable strategies and insights to improving your CME program, and an opportunity to connect with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education leadership and California Medical Association staff along with other accredited CME providers. Attend both events and save $275! Accreditation Workshop $525, Annual Conference $675, BOTH Workshop and Conference $925  CLICK HERE
JUL 11-12, 2024: Sheraton Grand Sacramento, sponsored by CMA, ‘2024 Health Equity Leadership Summit’. This event provides an opportunity for physicians, executives, advocates and allies to find community, engage in hands–on trainings and workshops, and hold in–depth conversations about how they are addressing the issue of health equity in California through their care of underserved communities throughout the state. Attendees will leave feeling energized and inspired to continue their important work to improve the lives of all Californians. Early–Bird Member $225, Early–Bird Non–member $249, Full Price Member $249, Full Price Non–Member $299, Student/Resident $99  CLICK HERE
AUG 8, 2024: 8am-4pm, Hosted Reception AUG 7 6-8pm, FREE Event for Members and Non–Members, sponsored by CMA and The Doctors Company, ‘4th Annual Medical Group Advocacy SymposiumStrategies for Accelerating Health Care Delivery Innovation’. Hear key industry leaders provide insights about health care trends and developments that will have transformational impacts on California’s health care delivery system. Meet passionate industry leaders and health care professionals committed to making a difference. This event offers a casual platform to convene, discuss pertinent advocacy and regulatory concerns, and network with other medical group executives  CLICK HERE
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CMA in the Courts  READ HERE
Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Anti–Abortion Hardliners Speak Up  LISTEN HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Managing the Noncompliant and Nonadherent Patient  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Are You Aware and Prepared for New 2023 Laws?  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Will Your Documentation Defend You?  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Top Five Risks for Your Practice  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Physician Financial Wellness (Part 1)  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Physician Financial Wellness (Part 2)  WATCH HERE
SDCMS Webinar: Best Practice: Documenting Disruptive Patient Behavior  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
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
Champions for Health & TDC’s Free On–Demand CME Webinar Series ‘Innovations and Smart Approaches in Safe Prescibing’ to Help Fulfill DEA Training Requirements (Modules 1–5)  WATCH HERE
Alzheimer’s Project Clinical Roundtable Free On–Demand CME Webinar Series on Dementia  WATCH HERE
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