WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2022 PHYSICIANS: The SDCMS Nominations Committee has announced the annual call for nominations to the SDCMS board and officer positions. The committee will meet in December and prepare a slate of candidates for approval by the board next year and election in the spring. To be eligible for service on the SDCMS Board of Directors, physicians must have been active members of SDCMS for at least two years as of the date of assumption of duties: June 2023. Additionally, for Geographic Directors, physicians must have their primary practice located within the geographic district. To see the list of positions available for nomination and for more information CLICK HERE . Earlier this year, the 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. Questions? CMA will be hosting a webinar on November 17, 2022, where DHCS staff will provide an overview of and answer questions about eligibility and the registration/application process. You can see additional details and REGISTER HERE . For more details on the process and what information is required, CLICK HERE . For the first time, a Chief Geriatric Officer will help lead the County’s efforts surrounding the health and wellbeing of San Diego’s growing older adult population. Lindsey Yourman , MD will fill the role of Chief Geriatric Officer, joining the County’s Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Medical Care Services department. This position is one of the first of its kind in the state and nation for a local integrated health and human services system. Dr. Yourman joins the County from UC San Diego, where she worked as a Primary Care Geriatrician, served as the Medical Director of Geriatrics Quality Improvement, and launched their Age–Friendly Health System’s Initiative . The Chief Geriatric Officer will work in HHSA’s Medical Care Services department headed by Eric McDonald, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer. We welcome Dr. Yourman to her important new role and the County’s efforts to support the needs of our growing older population. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … CAHAN ALERT Update: Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Central Uganda CLICK HERE Paxlovid May Reduce Risk of Long COVID in Eligible Patients, Study Finds CLICK HERE COVID Patients Coming Off Ventilators Can Take Weeks to Regain Consciousness CLICK HERE Patients Satisfied with Virtual Primary Care, Though More Work Needs to be Done CLICK HERE A ‘Tripledemic’ of Flu, RSV and COVID is Feared in California CLICK HERE Why Aren’t There More Ways to Treat Alcoholism? CLICK HERE Children’s Hospitals Prod Feds to Boost Mental Health Funding, Workforce Protections CLICK HERE Post–‘Roe,’ Contraceptive Failures Carry Bigger Stakes CLICK HERE Medication Treatment for Addiction is Shorter for Black and Hispanic Patients, Study Finds CLICK HERE California Voters Reject Proposition 29’s Mandates for Kidney Dialysis Clinics CLICK HERE California Voters Approve Ban on Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … NOV 15, 2022 : 6–8pm, Join the AAP–CA3, County of San Diego HHSA, and the San Diego County Dental Society as they gather In–person for a learning event on ‘Clinical Pearls on HPV Cancer and Immunization’. Free CE/CME credit and a boxed meal will be provided at the Dockside Room in the Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivera Way, San Diego CLICK HERE NOV 18, 2022 : 9–10am, FREE Webinar, ‘X–Press DEA–X Waiver Training’, for Members and Non–Members sponsored by Get Waivered. Providers must still have a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine but the 8–hour training requirement has been eliminated and now the process to get waivered, and the basic information on how to use that waiver, can be executed in a fraction of the time. By getting waivered, health care providers (MD, DO, PA, NP, CNS, CRNA, CNM) will have prescriptive authority to provide Evidence–based buprenorphine, the most–advanced intervention for the treatment of opioid disorder. The webinar helps providers get waivered via the new waiver process by submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI); train eligible practitioners the fundamentals of buprenorphine therapy by condensing the traditional 8–hour course into an 8–minute overview; plus Q&A in real–time CLICK HERE NOV 29, 2022 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members sponsored by California Medical Association, ‘Making a Difference in 10 Minutes: Motivational Interviewing for Substance Abuse Disorders’. Motivational interviewing (MI) may have more research to support its effectiveness than most medications and using it increases the chances our interactions with patients will be more rewarding, more connected and less argumentative. MI is applicable to any behavior change, has been studied cross–culturally, and employs some strategies that can actually shorten some visit types CLICK HERE 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 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 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?’ ACA Open Enrollment Without the Drama 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!