TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2023 PHYSICIANS: The recent Health Equity Leadership Summit held in San Jose, and sponsored by Physicians for a Healthy California, awarded Manisha Sharma , MD , FAAFP of Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan the Robert D. Sparks, MD Leadership Award for her outstanding dedication and leadership in improving community health and promoting health equity. Congratulations to Dr. Sharma on this recognition of her tremendous contributions to our region and health care. “ CASINO NIGHT MASQUERADE ” FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT CHAMPIONS FOR HEALTH ON OCTOBER 7 TH AT VELOCE MOTORS Please join many of your colleagues and me on Saturday , October 7 th from 5-9pm in The Vault at Veloce Motors for Champions for Health’s “ Casino Night Masquerade .” This fun event features casino–like entertainment and raffle prizes, proceeds to benefit Champions’ Project Access San Diego (PASD) and Immunization Programs. This fundraiser for SDCMS’ non–profit is an annual favorite and presented by the Cooperative of American Physicians. Veloce Motors is located at 9340 Dowdy Drive #102 in San Diego. For more information, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gabriela Stichler at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (858) 300–2789 or visit cfhcasinonight.org . NEW WIDE RANGE OF INSURANCE OPTIONS NOW AVAILABLE THANKS TO CMA PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCKTON AFFINITY The 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 … Rough Start for COVID Vax Rollout CLICK HERE UCSF is Trying a New Tactic to Eradicate Long COVID Symptoms. Here’s How it Works CLICK HERE In Hospitals, Viruses are Everywhere. Masks are Not CLICK HERE Forced Mental Health Care Saved One Man’s Life. Another Felt Traumatized. This is the Complexity of Treatment CLICK HERE South Bay Hospitals See Increases In Migrants at Already Crowded Emergency Departments CLICK HERE Pfizer RSV Vaccine Wins CDC Recommendation for Seasonal Use Only CLICK HERE Black People are More Likely to be Physically Restrained in Emergency Rooms, Study Finds CLICK HERE How Medical Schools are Failing Students Who Need Mental Health Care ? CLICK HERE Are COVID Vaccine Concerns Impacting Flu–Shot Rates? Here’s What the Data Says CLICK HERE Booking a COVID–19 Vaccine? Some are Reporting Canceled Appointments or Insurance Issues CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … SEP 28, 2023 : 12:15-1:15pm, FREE Webinar, sponsored by California Medical Association, California Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, & Texas Hospital Association, ‘ New Federal Loan Forgiveness for CA and TX Physicians — Everything Physicians and Hospitals Need to Know ’. Learn about the new federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) rules, which expand eligibility for California and Texas physicians. The webinar provides specific instructions about how more CA and TX physicians can qualify for PSLF. Plus how hospitals, foundations and other entities can serve as ‘qualifying employers’ for purposes of PSLF despite state prohibitions from employing physicians. The US Department of Education will provide information about eligible qualifying loans and the new eligibility criteria. There will also be a legal presentation about which types of practices that qualify, required written agreements between physicians and nonprofit entities, suggestions for documenting the required work hours, and field Q&A ? CLICK HERE OCT 5, 2023 : 12:15-1:15pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ Elevating Physician Practices — Grant Opportunities for Advancing Population Health and Data Sharing Capabilities ’. This webinar will provide an overview of two available grant programs: Data Sharing Agreement (DSA) Signatory Program and the Equity and Practice Transformation (EPT) Provider Directed Payment Program. The DSA Signatory Program offers up to $50,000 to help practices meet DSA requirements. The EPT Provider Directed Payment program offers up to between $375,000 and $10,000,000 for primary care practices that provide primary care pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, primary care OB/GYN services, or behavioral health services to Medi–Cal members. The overview will be followed by an extended Q&A session CLICK HERE OCT 7, 2023 : 5–9pm, Champions for Health ‘ Casino Night Masquerade ’ fundraiser at The Vault in Veloce Motors, features casino–like entertainment and raffle prizes, proceeds to benefit Champions’ Project Access San Diego (PASD) and Immunization Programs CLICK HERE OCT 10, 2023 : 12-1pm, FREE Webinar for Members and Non–Members, ‘ Virtual Grand Rounds : Opioid Treatments : Practical Guidance for Clinicians ’. With California’s escalating opioid epidemic, all clinicians should be well–versed in treating patients with opioid use disorder. Now, with naloxone available over the counter, everyone can be empowered to reverse opioid overdoses. But how many of us are comfortable prescribing buprenorphine, referring to methadone treatment, or using naloxone? Marlene Martin, MD, associate professor of medicine at UCSF, director of the UCSF Addiction Care Team and hospitalist based in San Francisco General Hospital, will educate us in using these important and lifesaving medications. Additionally, California State Epidemiologist Erica Pan, MD, MPH, will present updates on COVID–19 and the current status of vaccine recommendations for the fall. This webinar may be applied to meet the one–time eight–hour MATE Act training requirement. 1 CME Credit is also available CLICK HERE 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 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 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?’ Countdown to Shutdown LISTEN 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 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? 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