MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018 PHYSICIANS: There is positive news in San Diego. On Tuesday of last week the County Board of Supervisors voted to end the "emergency status" for the Hepatitis A outbreak in our region. Unfortunately, the same is not true for the flu epidemic in our region, state and throughout the country. While new cases resulting in death of influenza has slowed down in our region, it is reported that this is the worst and most deadly national epidemic since the swine flu in 2009. I have included a few national articles below but our home page www.sdcms.org continues to be updated regularly with local statistics, news articles and useful tools for your office and patients that I encourage you to check back on frequently. It has come to my attention that the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) issued a cease-and-desist order requiring 9 health plans to terminate their health plans with Employee Health Systems (EHS) including Multicultural. Since EHS has 600,000 patients statewide, I am aware that this could have a direct affect on many of you and your patients. An article on what we know today can be read here . I am continuing to monitor this and as any new information comes in I will relay it to you. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … San Diego County ends "emergency status for Hepatitis A • CLICK HERE CDC: This flu worst since 2009 swine flu epidemic • CLICK HERE The flu season worst in over a decade • CLICK HERE Governor Brown's state of the state focuses on environment and legacy projects • CLICK HERE Congress confirms Alex Azar as Trump's second health secretary • CLICK HERE Congress takes the sting out of Obamacare • CLICK HERE Medicaid work mandate offers conservative bent that may push red states toward expansion • CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … JAN 30: Diabetes care begins with diabetes prevention hosted by Champions of Health CLICK HERE JAN 31: Deadline for Steven M. Thomson Loan Repayment CLICK HERE FEB 9-10: PACE Resilience Retreat for Physicians, Coronado CLICK HERE FEB 10: Scripps Alzheimer's Care Conference, La Jolla, To register CLICK HERE FEB 22-23: IMQ/PACE Platinum Training Program for Physician Leaders, San Diego To register CLICK HERE FEB 28: Webinar - Sugary Drinks: Using Grassroots Advocacy to Reduce Consumption CLICK HERE MARCH 1-2: Future of Genomic Medicine, La Jolla, To register CLICK HERE MARCH 3: Colorectal Cancer Alliance's San Diego Undy Run/Walk Use Code "Bonus" for $10 off. To register CLICK HERE MARCH 27: "Hippocratic 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking World" Reception and Private film screening CLICK HERE APRIL 18: CMA Legislative Advocacy Day CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … Significant new laws of interest to physicians for 2018 • READ HERE Podcast "What the Health?" CHIP finally gets funded • LISTEN HERE San Diego County influenza surveillance update • READ HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!