TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2022 PHYSICIANS: Today is #GivingTuesday and we hope that you will put San Diego County Medical Society Foundation dba Champions For Health at the top of your list to help. Champions for Health addresses the unanswered healthcare needs of low–income and uninsured San Diego County residents. Since 2008, Champions for Health has facilitated over $24 million in pro bono specialty care, procedures, and surgeries in collaboration with a network of physicians, hospitals, and clinics across San Diego County. These life–saving services have been provided to more than 6,500 patients who have been able to regain their health, return to work, care for their families, and remain productive members of their community. This is a proven organization making a real difference in our communities deserving of your support. Please consider making a generous contribution today. DONATE HERE to support Champions for Health. California Advancing and Innovating Medi–Cal ( CalAIM ) is a long–term commitment to transform and strengthen Medi–Cal, offering Californians a more equitable, coordinated, and person–centered approach to maximizing their health and life trajectory. CalAIM includes multiple initiatives that are impacting older adults and adults with disabilities who have both Medicare and Medi–Cal. It is crucial that you and your office staff understand these upcoming changes to accurately inform and support your patients. San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS) in partnership with California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) invite you to attend an important and timely Provider Town Hall entitled ‘ 2023 Health Care Transitions for Patients with Medicare and Medi–Cal ’ to help address these concerns. Join us for this FREE event on Friday , December 2 , 2022 , from 12 — 1 PM . All are welcome, both members and non–members alike. RSVPs are required so REGISTER HERE , and do spread the word by forwarding this email to your colleagues. Don’t miss this informative collaboration. Your engagement is encouraged and greatly appreciated. A reminder that earlier this year, California Medical Association (CMA) worked with the Governor and legislature to secure $1.3 billion in the state budget to provide retention bonuses for California’s physicians and other health care providers. The retention bonuses, of up to $1,000, will be available to employees of hospitals, clinics that are 1206(l)s and affiliated with a hospital, or skilled nursing facilities and physicians who provide patient care in those facilities during the eligibility period, which ran from July 30 to October 28, 2022. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will be administering the health care worker retention bonus payments. DHCS has created a two–step process to receive a retention bonus. In the first step, qualifying independent/solo physicians will need to register with DHCS. If you are a physician employed by a medical group or other eligible health care facility, your employer is required to apply on your behalf; therefore, you should not register/apply on your own. Contact your employer for more information. The deadline to register is December 21 , 2022 , but we encourage you to do so as soon as possible to minimize delays . In the second step, the application portal will open on November 29, 2022, and all requests for payment must be submitted by December 30, 2022. DHCS anticipates issuing payments in January 2023. For more details on the process and what information is required, CLICK HERE . As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … Can California Avoid a Third Devastating COVID–19 Winter Wave? Cautious Signs of Hope CLICK HERE State AG Rob Bonta Investigates Hospital Algorithms for Racial Bias CLICK HERE No Public Health Emergency Declaration for RSV or Flu CLICK HERE Cost of Burnout–Related Physician Turnover Totals $5 Billion Annually CLICK HERE New Help for a Group at Risk for Suicide: Middle–Aged Men CLICK HERE Should Older Seniors Risk Major Surgery? New Research Offers Guidance CLICK HERE With Flu Season Here, Health Officials Urge Communities of Color to Get Vaccinated CLICK HERE F.D.A. Approves a Drug That Can Delay Type–1 Diabetes CLICK HERE Coronavirus Variants are Dodging Antibody Treatments. New Lab–Made Options May Help CLICK HERE U.S. Renews Push for COVID Boosters as Data Show They Protect CLICK HERE ‘Kind of Scary’: Amoxicillin Shortage Has Some Parents Panicking CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … DEC 1, 2022 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members sponsored by the California Medical Association, ‘Addiction Pharmacology: Enhancing Confidence and Comfort in Pregnant Women’. Medication–assisted treatment for addiction using buprenorphine is now primary care, yet not all physicians feel comfortable with the pharmacology. In this workshop, you'll hear the current best practices for using buprenorphine to treat opioid disorder in pregnant and parenting women, with plenty of time for questions CLICK HERE DEC 2, 2022 : 12–1pm, FREE Provider Town Hall for Members and Non–Members sponsored by SDCMS, California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Orange County Medical Association (OCMA), ‘2023 Health Care Transitions for Patients With Medicare and Medi–Cal’. This webinar will review the January 2023 Enrollment Changes affecting dual eligible beneficiaries, including Medicare Medi–Cal Plans (Medi–Medi Plans), the Cal MediConnect Transition, and the Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (D–SNP) Look–Alike Transition; discuss other Medi–Cal changes potentially affecting this population, such as the statewide expansion of Medi–Cal Managed Care, Older Adult Expansion, and Medi–Cal Asset Limit Increase; and provide a live Q&A session with CA DHCS CLICK HERE DEC 6, 2022 : 5–6pm, FREE Webinar for Members, sponsored by California Medical Association, ‘The Nocturnists Storytelling Workshop: Crashing the Clinical Encounter’. A virtual storytelling workshop, designed exclusively for CMA physicians to explore political, legal and corporate intrusion in the exam room, and its impact on the clinician–patient relationship CLICK HERE DEC 13, 2022 : 12–1pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members sponsored by California Medical Association, ‘Virtual Grand Rounds: Updates of Emerging Viruses: COVID–19, MPX and Enterovirus, Including Polio’. COVID–19 remains on our radar, but other infectious diseases are also causing new or unusual symptoms and warrant attention. Erica Pan, MD, MPH will bring us up to speed on COVID–19 and monkeypox (MPX). Carol Glaser, MD will educate us on emerging enterovirus activity causing several respiratory illnesses and acute flaccid myelitis, on polio and the possible implications in California CLICK HERE DEC 13, 2022 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members sponsored by California Medical Association, ‘Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome vs. Neurobehavioral Deficits in the Newborn: The Differential Diagnosis’. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a diagnosis originally restricted to infants going through withdrawal from prenatal opioid exposure. Over time the term began to be applied to infants with jitteriness and irritability following prenatal exposure to other substances. A new term, neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS), recently emerged to ensure specificity in diagnosis of infants affected by prenatal exposure to opioids. This webinar helps clinicians differentiate the effects of an infants’ dependence on opioids from infants with neurobehavioral deficits due to non–opioid exposure and provides an effective approach to diagnosing NOWS in newborn infants CLICK HERE DEC 15, 2022 : 12–1pm, FREE Webinar for Members, ‘Inequities in Dementia Detection and Cognitive Health Assessments: Primary Care Dementia Screening in Diverse Older Populations’. Hosted by California Medical Association in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association and the UCSF Dementia Care Aware project. Learn about the prevalence and projections of Alzheimer's disease in California; the impact in diverse communities disproportionately affected by the disease and significantly impacted by social determinants of health; how to do screening for dementia in diverse patient populations; and how to help patients optimize physical and cognitive health and support them and their families with resources CLICK HERE FEB 23-25, 2023 : Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) in partnership with ICD Events will be hosting a ‘Healthcare Burnout Symposium’ at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center. They have secured HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra as the morning speaker on day one, and new California Surgeon General Diana Ramos to be the lunchtime speaker CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ The Changing of the Guard LISTEN 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 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 Alzheimer’s Project Clinical Roundtable Free On–Demand CME Webinar Series on Dementia WATCH HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!