WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2022 PHYSICIANS: Please join your colleagues at our next physician networking opportunity and mixer on Thursday November 3 rd , from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in La Mesa . Come mingle, socialize, and network with your colleagues, and be sure to bring your spouse / significant other — complimentary pizza and drinks will be provided. There is no charge for current society members or their guests to attend this hosted event as included in SDCMS’ benefit offerings. Space is limited and RSVPs are required, so REGISTER NOW , and do spread the word by forwarding this email to your colleagues. Governor Newsom vetoed a dangerous bill ( AB 2236 ) that would have allowed optometrists to perform eye surgeries that require use of a scalpel or an injection and ‘anterior segment lasers’ if they met minimal specified education and training conditions that are far inferior to the requirements that ophthalmologists must meet. “CMA is grateful that Gov. Newsom has recognized that the inadequate training stipulated by AB 2236 would expose patients to serious health risks, loss of vision or even life–threatening consequences,” says CMA President and SDCMS member Robert E. Wailes, MD. “We thank those physicians who spoke up to let legislators and the Governor know that all Californians deserve to have well–trained physicians to provide high–quality care, and they expect the State of California to ensure strict safety standards to protect patients.” Medical practices, physicians, practitioners and their administrators alike can all benefit from an increased awareness and understanding of the top five risks associated with their organizations, especially given recent changes in healthcare operations and regulations. SDCMS in partnership with The Doctors Company invite you to attend an important and timely webinar entitled ‘ Top Five Risks for Your Practice ’ to help address these concerns. Join us for this FREE event on Wednesday November 9 th , from 6 to 7:30 PM . We will provide information on the top five risks healthcare providers face today. In addition we will offer guidance and strategies to help reduce your practice’s risk exposure. All are welcome, both members and non–members alike. Attendees will also earn 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits upon conclusion of the program. RSVPs are required so REGISTER HERE , and do spread the word by forwarding this email to your colleagues. Upon registration you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … CAHAN ALERT Health Advisory: Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Central Uganda CLICK HERE CAHAN ALERT Health Advisory: Wound Botulism Associated with Black Tar Heroin CLICK HERE ‘Separate and Unequal’: Critics Say Newsom’s Medicaid Reforms Leave Patients Behind CLICK HERE New Survey Suggests Little Progress Against U.S. Teen Vaping CLICK HERE After Giving Up on Cancer Vaccines, Doctors Start to Find Hope CLICK HERE At Least 66 Clinics Halt Abortions Since Roe was Overturned, Report Says CLICK HERE Congenital Syphilis Rates Soar Across California as Public Health Funding Dwindles CLICK HERE Few Americans Get New COVID Booster Shot Ahead of Projected Winter Surge CLICK HERE Seniors Died at a Higher Rate than Any Other Age Group this Summer: Analysis CLICK HERE CMA Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court in Critical Medicaid Case CLICK HERE Omicron–specific Coronavirus Boosters Could Save 90K Lives: Research CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … OCT 12-16, 2022 : 8am daily, Overcoming Obesity 2022 Conference, Learn how to treat Adult/Childhood Obesity utilizing Nutrition, Behavioral Modification, Physical Activity, and Pharmacotherapy. Earn up to 30 CME Credits, in Anaheim, CA or Virtually, Presented by Obesity Medicine Association CLICK HERE OCT 21, 2022 : 2–4pm, CMA Symposium ‘Understanding the Climate Health Crisis & How California Physicians Can Make an Impact’, Marriott LA Live, Diamond Salon 10, attend in–person or virtually, 2–part panel discussion exploring health impacts of climate change in CA and ways physicians can advance policy–level solutions with public health co–benefits, welcome to members and non–members, sponsored by Climate Health Now and the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy (CFEE) in coordination with CMA CLICK HERE NOV 1, 2022 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE CMA Webinar ‘The Future of Primary Care in California’. Six California payors signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing to work together on shared goals improving the provision of primary care in CA over the next 3 years. Physicians will learn about this new initiative and how it will help them provide higher quality patient care. Primary care physicians will be able to prepare their practices to meet the goals of the program, improving the experience of their patients. AAFP has deemed it acceptable for up to 1 Live AAFP Prescribed Credit, accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying it must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1 CLICK HERE NOV 8, 2022 : 12–1pm, Free Webinar ‘Virtual Grand Rounds: COVID–19 Clinical Udpates & the Health Implications of Wildfire Smoke’. Sponsored by California Medical Association and CA Health & Human Services Agency in partnership with Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California and California Academy for PAs. 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit Available. Free to Members and Non–Members CLICK HERE NOV 8, 2022 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members sponsored by California Medical Association, ‘CMS Medicare Updates’. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Chief Medical Officer Ashby Wolfe, MD will provide an update on CMS policy for the 2023 calendar year. Information presented will be relevant to practicing clinicians, including an overview of the updates to the 2023 Physician Fee Schedule CLICK HERE NOV 9, 2022 : 6–7:30pm, FREE SDCMS Webinar ‘Top Five Risks for Your Practice’, increase your awareness and understanding of the top five risks associated with medical practices, receive guidance and strategies to help reduce your practice risks, welcome to members and non–members, hosted in partnership with The Doctors Company 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 WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Looking Ahead to the Lame–Duck Sessio 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!