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NYCU November 21, 2023

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Paul HegyiPHYSICIANS: It is with deep sadness that I share SDCMS Board Member Dr. Peter Raudaskoski passed away last week. Peter was Chief Medical Officer for Anesthesia Service Medical Group and a Project Access volunteer with Champions for Health. He is survived by his wife, Lynne, their three children and extended family.

Peter was an incredibly talented physician leader who cared deeply about the practice of medicine, and the impact of policy on his patients. He brightened every board meeting and event with his warm smile. He will be missed.

Dr. Peter Raudaskoski
CMA’s new mobile app lets you connect with your colleagues and engage with CMA content. Download the ‘CMADocs’ app today from the Apple or Google Play app stores for daily news updates, events calendar, resource library and more.

The CMADocs app connects you with the content you’re most interested in and lets you engage with CMA and other members. Though the app provides access to valuable content for both CMA members and non–members, some features are for CMA members only.

After you download the app, get the full experience by logging in using your CMA username and password (the same login you use for the CMA website, CMADocs.org). Need help? Contact CMA Member Services at (800) 786–4262 or MemberService@CMADocs.org.

Champions for Health (CFH) has been funded by the Tuberculosis Elimination Alliance (TEA) to provide an innovative, educational, and enjoyable summit focused on Tuberculosis (TB) prevention through treatment of latent Tuberculosis infection (LTBI).

The purpose of this TB Enagement Summit is to bring members of the community together in–person to discuss collaboration for improved TB prevention outreach and education activities in our community. We aim to include topics focused on recommended TB prevention practices, including education, screening, testing, and treatment for LTBI.

The purpose of this survey is to guide CFH in the creation of TB Summit activities and topics that will address barriers to further TB prevention strategies.

Thank you for taking the 5 minutes needed to complete this survey. The deadline for completing the survey is November 30th! We appreciate your input and expertise. Champions for Health will be in touch with results from this survey and an invitation for the 2024 TB Summit. You can take the survey HERE.

We are pleased to announce that the Retired Physicians Society is resuming its events calendar with a get–acquainted no–host breakfast on Monday, Dec 4th from 8:30 to 10:00 am at Elijah’s Restaurant & Delicatessen (7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd) and all retired physicians are invited to attend. Due to limited seating, RSVPs are required so please email SDCMS@SDCMS.org if you would like to attend.
Dementia: Looking for an easy way to conduct cognitive screening? From the palm of your hand instead of behind your computer screen? AlzDxRx is the mobile app created by the SD Alzheimer’s Project Clinical Roundtable to make your screening easier, and you can email the results to yourself for upload to your EMR.

It’s available FREE at both the iOS and Android app stores. For more information visit ChampionsforHealth.org/Alzheimers.

Medical students, do you have an idea for a project that benefits your community but need funding? Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) — the philanthropic arm of the California Medical Association — offers grant money to support medical student projects that enhance the health and well–being of California’s communities. The current application cycle ends January 5, 2024 at 5 pm.

The grants are a part of PHC’s MedStudentsServe program, which funds medical students or student organizations to support educational, advocacy, community service and outreach programs. Funded through endowment and restricted funds and administered by PHC, the program aims to develop the next generation of California’s physician leaders.

Eligible applicants include California–based medical student clubs, student organizations and group projects based at an allopathic or osteopathic medical school. Applicants do not need to be a 501(c)(3) organization.

Awardees will receive up to $2,500 to support their project with 50% of the funds awarded upon signing the awardee agreement and the remaining 50% upon completion of the project and approval of the mandatory final report, which serves as a summary of the project and its impact. For more information or to apply, please visit PHCDocs.org/MedStudentsServe.

While we gather with family, friends and other loved ones let us remind ourselves of all that we do have to be thankful for — including the inestimable good that San Diego’s medical community provides for the people of our region. Let us remember those less fortunate and commit to doing even more to help the medically underserved in our county.

The staff at San Diego County Medical Society are grateful for all of the time and hard work of our volunteer physician leaders, and the difference they make at the local and state levels in their on–going efforts to improve care for patients and stand up for health care providers. May you have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy a well–deserved break with loved ones over this next week.

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

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DEC 7, 2023: 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘CMA Data Exchange Explainer Series #6Incentives and Other Funding Opportunities for Data’. Starting January 31, 2023, California Health & Human Services Agency (CHHS) is launching the CHHS Data Exchange Framework. Over the next 3 years this Framework will require all CA physician practices to exchange data with other practices, health plans, hospitals, and others. To help physicians prepare CMA has partnered with CHHS and developed the ‘CMA Data Exchange Explainer Series’ to walk practices through various considerations in implementing robust data exchange. This webinar provides an overview of grant funding opportunities for technical assistance and connecting to a Qualified Health Information Organization to support practices meeting their DSA Requirements  CLICK HERE
JAN 9, 2023: 12-1pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘Virtual Grand Rounds: The CARE Act’. Sponsored by CMA and the CA Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) as part of their Emerging Public Health Issues series. Erica Pan, MD, MPH, CA Epidemiologist and CDPH Infectious Diseases Center Deputy Director will give an epidemiology update for California. Katherine Warburton, MD, Medical Director for CA’s Dept. of State Hospitals will discuss The CARE Act. They will also review the current fall COVID–19 and influenza vaccine recommendations. 1 CME Credit available  CLICK HERE
JAN 9, 2023: 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘CMS Medicare Updates 2024’. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Chief Medical Officer Ashby Wolfe, MD will provide an update on CMS policy for the 2024 calendar year. Information presented is to practicing clinicians, including an overview of the updates to the 2024 Physician Fee Schedule  CLICK HERE
JAN 16, 2024: 12:15–1:15pm, webinar sponsored by CMA, ‘Navigating Physician Employment ContractsUnderstanding Clauses and Common Issues’. CMA attorney Shari Covington will comprehensively cover the intricacies of physician employment contracts, focusing on commonly encountered clauses and potential challenges. Participants will gain a deep understanding of the language used in these contracts, enabling them to make well–informed decisions and effectively navigate the negotiation process. Key areas of focus include clauses such as non–compete agreements, compensation structures, termination clauses, and more. CMA explains common issues and pitfalls that physicians often encounter in their employment contracts, and provide practical guidance on identifying red flags. Free for Members, $99 for Non–Members  CLICK HERE
JAN 23, 2024: 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and $99 for Non–Members, sponsored by CMA, ‘New Laws Affecting Physicians in 2024’. Discusses the new 2024 laws that will affect physicians and their practices, highlight pending health legislation and explain CMA’s legal resources available to members. Featuring Sheirin Ghoddoucy, CMA Senior Legal Counsel, with a focus on CMA's legal and legislative advocacy, managed care, and provider reimbursement  CLICK HERE
APR 26, 2024: 8:30am–3:30pm, co-hosted by SDCMS, ‘First Annual Healthcare AI Conference’. Learn about and play with the very latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, innovations rapidly transforming Today’s healthcare delivery system and changing the face of medical practices nationwide. AI drastically cuts documentation time and reduces provider burnout, while boosting quality performance, patient outcomes and population health care delivery efficiencies. The Keynote Speaker is Reid Conant, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer at Microsoft. $149 per person. CME available  CLICK HERE
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SDCMS Webinar: Best Practice: Documenting Disruptive Patient Behavior  WATCH HERE
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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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