TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2023 PHYSICIANS: On October 24 th , there is a free luncheon seminar from 12–2pm with Assemblywoman Akilah Weber and Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease regarding black maternal health and chronic disease. It will take place at the new Southeastern Live Well Center at 5101 Market Street. The event features opening remarks from Assemblywoman Weber, followed by her moderating a panel of leading health and policy experts who will discuss the challenges to maternal health posed by health disparities and how chronic diseases further exasperate the problem. You can RSVP HERE , or contact Brandon Stephenson or Alina Ambrosino with any questions. NEW LEADERSHIP AND PEER SUPPORT GROUP FOR PHYSICIAN OWNERS/MANAGERS Dr . Brooke Sateesh shares that there is a new leadership and peer support opportunity for physician owners/managers of 10+ staff and doctors. Given the paucity of outlets to connect physician owners, the hope is this will bring together a group that initially will have professional leadership training then will continue to meet and act as a support network with all things related to running a practice. The first meeting is Thursday, November 2 nd , from 6–8pm. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP HERE . If you can’t attend on November 2 nd but are interested, please email email@example.com for other possible dates. ‘ CASINO NIGHT MASQUERADE ’ FUNDRAISER IS A GREAT SUCCESS The annual Champions for Health ‘Casino Night Masquerade’ fundraiser to benefit Champions’ Project Access San Diego (PASD) and Immunization Programs, last Saturday was a fun time for attendees and a great success. Thank you to Veloce Motors for hosting and to the Cooperative of American Physicians and our other sponsors for making it such a great event. Thank you also to the Champions staff for all their hard work in organizing such a special evening. Finally, thank you to those who attended and support these important programs to help San Diego County's medically underserved population. EXPLORE A WIDE RANGE OF INSURANCE OPTIONS NOW AVAILABLE TO YOU THANKS TO CMA’S PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCKTON AFFINITY California Medical Association has partnered with Lockton Affinity to administer the CMA Insurance Program . Whether you operate independently or as part of a group practice, are beginning your career or considering retirement, this program offers key benefits to help protect you through all stages as a medical provider. Lockton provides all the coverage California Medical Association members need, from Medical Malpractice to Small Group Health Plans to Workers’ Compensation and beyond. The range of policies they offer for personal, professional and business insurance is truly impressive. Please review your options with Lockton HERE . REMINDER : FREE WEBINAR ‘ DEMENTIA UPDATE : DISEASE MODIFYING MEDICATIONS FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE — RISKS & BENEFITS ’ Champions for Health and San Diego County Medical Society, in conjunction with The Doctors Company (TDC), are presenting a new webinar on October 19 th from 6:00 – 7:30pm . The program is available free of charge and is approved for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. PCPs are receiving questions about the new monoclonal antibody medications and their potential use for older adult patients with memory concerns. What should providers tell their patients? How effective are the medications, and what to communicate with patients and their family members? This live stream webinar will explain the science behind the various monoclonal antibody treatments, discuss eligibility, risks and benefits, and the primary care providers’ role in testing, referral and ongoing patient management. Participants will demonstrate enhanced knowledge of new disease–modifying medications work, indications of use & FDA guidelines, effective communication of risks and benefits of the medications, and indications and timing for appropriate referrals to specialists. You can REGISTER HERE . REMINDER : SDCMS/TDC WEBINAR SDCMS in partnership with TDC is sponsoring a FREE webinar this Fall 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. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … Feeling Terrible After Your COVID Shot? Then It’s Probably Working CLICK HERE Pharmacies Begin Dispensing Abortion Pills CLICK HERE Teen Depression Rose Sharply During the Pandemic, but Treatment Didn’t Follow CLICK HERE DEA Extends Pandemic Telehealth Rules for Prescribing Controlled Substances CLICK HERE Aetna to Cut Coverage for Audio–Only and Asynchronous Text–Based Telehealth Visits CLICK HERE Who is Dying from COVID Now? This Group Represented 90% of Deaths CLICK HERE Access to New Tools to Combat RSV in Babies Likely to Prove Challenging CLICK HERE FDA Calls for Cocaine, Meth Addiction Treatments CLICK HERE UK Researchers Find Evidence of ‘Long Cold’ Syndrome CLICK HERE Narcan, Now Available Without a Prescription, Can Still Be Hard to Get CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … OCT 12, 2023 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ CMA Data Exchange Explainer Series #5 — How to Optimize Your Practice’s Workflows for Data Exchange ’. 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 reviews best practices to ensure secure, timely, and accurate data exchange day–in and day–out. Also receive an update on the latest DxF developments and important dates practices will need to know CLICK HERE OCT 19, 2023 : 6–7:30pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ Dementia Update : Disease Modifying Medications for Alzheimer’s Disease — Risks and Benefits ’. Sponsored by CFH and SDCMS in conjunction with TDC. PCPs are receiving questions about the new monoclonal antibody medications and potential use for older adult patients with memory concerns. This live stream webinar explains the science behind various monoclonal antibody treatments, discusses eligibility, risks and benefits, and the PCP’s role in testing, referral and ongoing patient management. Presenters: Doug Galasko, MD, neurologist, UC San Diego; Michael Lobatz, MD, neurologist, Chair of San Diego County Alzheimer’s Project Clinical Roundtable; and Ian Neel, MD, geriatrician, UC San Diego. 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits available CLICK HERE OCT 20, 2023 : 9:30am–3pm, JW Marriott @ LA Live, Los Angeles, Sponsored by California Medical Association’s Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS), ‘ Annual Assembly and Education Conference ’, immediately preceding 2023 CMA House of Delegates. Open to all physicians and medical staff professionals concerned about the role of strong self–governing medical staffs in improving patient care and safety. Attendees will learn about topics of importance regarding the growth and development of medical staffs. 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits available. $75 for Members, $100 for Members of CA Assoc of Medical Staff Services, $150 for Guests or Non–Members CLICK HERE OCT 24, 2023 : 12–2pm, Southeastern Live Well Center, San Diego, Free luncheon seminar sponsored by Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease ‘ At A Crossroads : The Dual Threat of Black Maternal Mortality and Chronic Disease ’. Features opening remarks by Assemblywoman Akilah Weber and a moderated panel discussion with leading health and policy experts about black maternal health and chronic disease, the challenges to maternal health posed by health disparities and how chronic diseases further exasperate the problem CLICK HERE 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 WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ An Encore: 3 HHS Secretaries Reveal What the Job is Really Like LISTEN HERE SDCMS Webinar: Managing the Noncompliant and Nonadherent Patient WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Will Your Documentation Defend You? 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