MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 PHYSICIANS: On September 1st, the County declared Hepatitis A a local health emergency. This past weekphysicians engaged in two important public events to help with the public awareness and to lend our expertise and efforts to the cause. On Tuesday morning, we participated in a press conference with the city and county leaders to announce the "Vaccination, Sanitation and Education" campaign to urge the public to take appropriate precautions to help stop the spread of the virus. I have included a special news section below with the coverage from that morning. On Tuesday evening, the SDCMS GERM Commission joined with the County of San Diego and held a "Hepatitis A Heath care Providers Meeting" at UCSD in Hillcrest. More thanone hundred were in attendance to share best practices and discuss what each institution and provider can do to help. If you need to refer a patient for services, the best place at this time is www.211sandiego.org . If you are a provider and wish to volunteer to help with this situation the best place at this time is to register at www.healthcarevolunteers.ca.gov and select San Diego MRC. There may be more opportunities to be involved locally and on a more urgent basis and I will keep you informed as I find out about those. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO, SDCMS P.S.Below is a picture from the press conference. WHAT TO KNOW … SDCMS JOINS CITY AND COUNTY PRESS CONFERENCE ON HEPATITIS A CAMPAIGN Where to get free Hepatitis A Virus Vaccine in San Diego County • CLICK HERE City, County officials enact Hepatitis A campaign • CLICK HERE City leaders launch campaign to stop spread of deadly Hepatitis A • CLICK HERE City and County taking precautions to stop Hepatitis A outbreak • CLICK HERE San Diego Hepatitis outbreak: 'unprecedented situation' may last 6 months officials say • CLICK HERE New effort to fight Hepatitis A announced in San Diego • CLICK HERE MORE SDCMS MEMBERS IN THE NEWS Dr. Bob Hertzka onKPBS 'Here's what's in Bernie Sander's Medicare for all bill • CLICK HERE MORE NEWS TO KNOW California physicians join with dentists and hospitals to oppose Graham-Cassidy repeal bill • CLICK HERE GOP takes heavy fire over pre-existing conditions • CLICK HERE McConnell plans vote on GOP health bill next week• CLICK HERE Latest Obamacare repeal bill would hit California hard • CLICK HERE Governor's sound off on how to fix health insurance • CLICK HERE The health 202:'Fix and Fine Tune' could be the new GOP Obamacare slogan • CLICK HERE High on drugs? Anthem cites soaring drugs costs to justify 35% rate hike in California• CLICK HERE San Francisco's soda ban blocked by appeals court • CLICK HERE Study: Unnecessary ER visits aren't that uncommon• CLICK HERE Scientists narrow down the startling risk factors that cause autism• CLICK HERE Health premiums to rise 5.6% on Covered California's small business exchange• CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … Register for the "Future of Medicine - A Conference for Physicians" September 29 • CLICK HERE Do you have an 'Outstanding Medical Office Manager'? The 9th Annual SDCMS Contest is accepting nominations. Deadline November, 10, 2017. To nominate someone in your office • CLICK HERE Register for CMA's "Assembly Bill 72: How to Challenge the Interim Payment for 'Out of Network' Services at 'In Network' Facilities" September 27, Webinar • CLICK HERE Save the Date: 4th Annual Solana Beach Sunset 5K on October 7 • CLICK HERE Register for the NEPO Building Health Communities Summit at Disneyland, October 19-20 • CLICK HERE Save the Date: 2017 San Diego Day of Trauma on November 3 • CLICK HERE Register for Emergency Care by the Bay - November 16 • CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ & WATCH … SanDiego County News Center onFlu Shots• READ HERE CMA’s Practice Resources (CPR) forSeptember• READ HERE CMA’sNewswire and TopIssues • READ HERE Listento this week'sPodcast: What The Health?ZombieRepeal and ReplaceBill RisesAgain• LISTEN HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!