TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2023 PHYSICIANS: Congratulations to the California Medical Association's new President and President-elect. Redwood City ob-gyn Tanya W. Spirtos, M.D ., was installed as the 155th president of the California Medical Association (CMA) ? only the fourth woman to hold that position ? at the close of association ?s annual House of Delegates meeting. San Francisco pediatrician Shannon Udovic-Constant, M.D ., was named CMA President-elect and will serve on the executive committee in that role for one year, and will be installed at the conclusion of next year?s annual meeting. Dr. Udovic-Constant has served as chair of the CMA Board of Trustees since 2020, after serving as vice chair for three years. REMINDER : SDCMS/TDC WEBINAR TOMORROW NIGHT SDCMS in partnership with TDC is sponsoring a FREE webinar tomorrow with 1 CME Credit available for participation. On November 8 th , 2023, from 6:00?7:00pm we will be hosting a discussion on ? Strategies to Enhance the Patient Experience and Reduce Your Risk ?. This program will focus on the role of communication and introduce strategies to enhance the patient?s experience. Patients with higher satisfaction may be less likely to have problems and complaints. You can REGISTER HERE for this webinar. RETIRED PHYSICIANS SOCIETY BREAKFAST ON DECEMBER 4th The Retired Physicians Society is restarting with a get-acquainted breakfast on Monday, Dec. 4th from 8:30am to 10:00am at Elijah's Deli Restaurant, 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd and all retired physicians are invited to attend. Attendees will pay for their own meals and RSVPs are required so please email email@example.com if you would like to attend. EASIER DEMENTIA SCREENING 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. Avaiable FREE at both iOS and Android app stores. For more information visit ChampionsforHealth.org/alzheimers PHC MEDICAL STUDENT GRANT APPLICATION CYCLE NOW OPEN 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, 2023, at 5 p.m. 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 . As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW ? California's 'Tripledemic' Season is Off to a Mild Start. What to Know About Flu, RSV and COVID CLICK HERE Abortion Debate is Affecting Access to Drug Used After Miscarriages CLICK HERE New California Law Offers Fresh Protection From Steep Ambulance Bills CLICK HERE County to Consider Suing Crisis Pregnancy Centers for Alleged Deceptive Practices CLICK HERE Medicare Cuts Doctor and Hospital Payments CLICK HERE Chronic Drug Shortages Stress Hospitals and Patients CLICK HERE House GOP Opens Probe into FDA Response to Drug Shortages CLICK HERE Medicare Expands the Roster of Available Mental Health Professionals CLICK HERE More Patients Requesting Access to Medical Records, ONC Says CLICK HERE States Reconsider Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations in Child Care CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO ? NOV 8, 2023 : 6?7pm, FREE Webinar, sponsored by SDCMS and TDC, ? Strategies to Enhance the Patient Experience and Reduce Your Risk ?. This program will focus on the role of communication and introduce strategies to enhance the patient?s experience. Patients with higher satisfaction may be less likely to have problems and complaints. We?ll illustrate risks using closed malpractice case studies and provide information to reduce and avoid risks in medical record documentation. 1 CME Credit available CLICK HERE NOV 14, 2023 : 12-1pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non-Members, ' Virtual Grand Rounds : A Surge In Silicosis - Not Just Miner ' s Lung '. While silicosis is a worldwide disease affecting workers exposed to tiny particles of silica, it had previously been under recognized in our state. Recent studies have exposed a growing epidemic of severe silicosis in some CA workers. We will be joined by two experts in this disease: Jane Fazio, MD, pulmonary critical care physician with UC Los Angeles and Amy Heinzerling, MD, MS, a Medical Officer at the California Department of Public Health, to help us understand this growing concern. Additionally, CA Epidemiologist Erica Pan, MD, MPH, will present updates on COVID-19 and the current status of vaccine recommendations for the fall. 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit available CLICK HERE DEC 7, 2023 : 12:15-1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non-Members, ' CMA Data Exchange Explainer Series #6 - Incentives 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 16, 2024 : 12:15-1:15pm, webinar sponsored by CMA, ' Navigating Physician Employment Contracts - Understanding 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 WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH ? CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast 'What the Health?' For ACA Plans, It's Time to Shop Around LISTEN HERE SDCMS Webinar: Managing the Noncompliant and Nonadherent Patient 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 Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers ? Thank You!