TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2021 PHYSICIANS: This year we have an important opportunity to elect another well–qualified physician to the State Assembly. CMA Trustee Dr . Sion Roy from Santa Monica is running for the State Assembly. Dr. Roy has served as President of the Los Angeles County Medical Association, Chair of CALPAC, on the California delegation to the AMA and on CMA's Board of Trustees. He is a strong candidate who serves on the Santa Monica Community College Board and has been endorsed by dozens of local elected officials. SDCMS will be hosting a fundraiser for Dr. Roy on Tuesday, November 16 th , at the home of our long time Legislative Committee Chair Dr . Robert Hertzka and I hope you will consider joining us. CLICK HERE to donate and RSVP for this event. You can learn more about Dr. Roy’s campaign and sign up for his newsletter by visiting SionRoyforAssembly.com . On Saturday , October 23 rd , from 10am to 2pm is DEA National Rx Take Back Day . This is an excellent opportunity arranged by the Drug Enforcement Administration to dispose of unneeded or expired pharmaceutical drugs in the medicine cabinet as well as other drugs that could cause harm if they fall in the wrong hands. Drive–through, drop off is available at all locations. “Sharps” — those with hypodermic needles are not accepted and vaping devices are accepted only if the batteries have been removed. It is contactless and anonymous. For the collection site nearest you, visit DEATakeBack.com . The deadline for physicians to apply for additional Federal HHS “ Provider Relief Funding ” is next Tuesday October 26 , 2021 . There is an additional $25 million set aside for physician practices to replace lost revenues and increased expenses incurred during the COVID–19 pandemic and the funding does NOT need to be repaid. There are additional funds for rural physicians and for physicians who care for Medicaid patients. Even if you have already received funding, you may apply for more. CLICK HERE for additional information and to access the application. SDCMS' 13 th Annual “ Outstanding Medical Office Manager ” Contest is now accepting nominations . SDCMS wants to recognize San Diego County's most outstanding medical office manager / practice administrator, i.e., someone who goes above and beyond his or her job description, who anticipates problems before they arise, who works efficiently with the practice's time and resources, and who strikes the right balance between exercising control and boosting morale when supervising staff. SDCMS Member physicians can nominate their office managers by explaining in writing (up to 600 words) why their office manager is the BEST in San Diego County. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, December 31 st , 2021. The winner will receive a $200 gift card and recognition as San Diego County’s Outstanding Medical Office Manager for 2021! Contest results will also be published in the February 2022 issue of San Diego Physician magazine. Please email your nominations to Hanna.Basler@SDCMS.org . Remember, only submissions from physician members will be considered. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … San Diego County Reports 528 New COVID–19 Cases, No New Deaths ? CLICK HERE How Much COVID is in San Diego County Schools? ? CLICK HERE San Diego County Now 80% Vaccinated Against COVID–19, 89% Partially Vaccinated ? CLICK HERE Pregnant San Diego Woman Dies from COVID–19 ? CLICK HERE FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Moderna, Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Booster Shots ? CLICK HERE Patients Say Telehealth is Okay, But Most Prefer to See Their Doctor in Person ? CLICK HERE What Sways Homeless People to Get COVID–19 Shots? It Could Be Other Homeless People ? CLICK HERE 70,000 Californians Have Died from COVID–19 ? CLICK HERE Officials Fear a Resurgent Flu Season as COVID–19 Restrictions Fade, Schools Reopen ? CLICK HERE Inmates are More Vaccinated Against COVID–19 Than Guards at Nearly Every Prison in California ? CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … OCT 24-27, 2021 : Medical Group Management Association Medical Practice Excellence ‘Leaders Conference’ [Formerly MGMA Annual Conference], Meet and Listen to Most Influential Healthcare and Medical Practice Leaders Including Aspiring Next–Gen Leaders from Across the US, Full Vaccination Required to Attend, San Diego Convention Center ? CLICK HERE OCT 27, 2021 : 12:15–1:15pm, Webinar ‘What is Value–Based Care and What Does It Mean for My Practice?’, Learn About the Financial, Legal and Logistical Aspects of the Push Away from Paying Physicians Under Traditional Fee For Service [FFS] Models and Toward Treatment Based on Providing High–Value, Population–Based Care. Free to Members and Their Staffs [with a Promo Code] and $99 to Non–Members, Sponsored by CMA ? CLICK HERE OCT 28, 2021 : 12:15–1:15pm, FREE CMA Webinar ‘Medi–Cal Rx Transition’, Discusses the Transition of All Medi–Cal Pharmacy Services from Managed Care to Fee for Service, Effective January 1 st , 2022, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored in partnership with CA Dept. of Health Care Services [DHCS] ? CLICK HERE NOV 9, 2021 : 12–1:30pm, CMA Virtual Grand Rounds ‘Spotlight on COVID–19 Vaccines’, Erica Pan, MD, CA’s State Epidemiologist will Update About the State of COVID–19 in California, Progress on Vaccines and Vaccination Efforts, and on the Status of California Schools, 1.5 CME Credits, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored in Partnership with CA HHSA, CAPA & OPSC ? CLICK HERE NOV 17, 2021 : 6–7:30pm, FREE SDCMS Webinar ‘Understanding the Risks: How to Dismiss a Patient From Your Practice’, Learn to Educate Staff & Colleagues on Reasons You May Need to Dismiss a Patient, How to Develop an Action Plan if Patient Dismissal is Necessary and Ways to Decrease the Need for Potential Patient Dismissals, 1.5 CME Credits, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored by The Doctors Company ? CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts ? READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ The Politics of Vaccine Mandates ? LISTEN HERE ACEs Aware Webinar: Building Trauma–Informed Connections Via TeleHealth During COVID–19 ? WATCH HERE CMA Webinar: Telehealth Reimbursement and Privacy Laws: COVID–19 Emergency ? WATCH HERE CMA Webinar: Employment and Practice Staffing Issues: COVID–19 Emergency ? WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Biosimilars Overview & Policy Landscape ? WATCH HERE SDCMS’ 151 st Virtual Presidential Installation ? 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