TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 PHYSICIANS: The San Diego Blood Bank has recently issued an urgent call for blood donations, particularly from type O negative and O positive blood donors, as the supply of both blood types has hit critically low levels. SDBB has repeatedly issued urgent calls for blood donations this year but it’s unusual for them to have such a specific and severe blood type shortfall. Regardless of your blood type, there are several things that we in the medical community can do to better support the San Diego Blood Bank in its on–going efforts to assist San Diego hospitals. The best way to help is: Donate blood — appointments are available at SanDiegoBloodBank.org/donate or by calling (619) 400–8251 . Walk–ins are welcome. Encourage people in your friend, family, professional groups to donate blood and share the message. Amplify their plea by reposting their social media regarding blood donations. Write your own post and share a personal plea to support SDBB. SDCMS’ last Physician Social Mixer was such a great success that we are holding another one in November! Please join your physician 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 SOON , and do spread the word by forwarding this email to your colleagues. Another great social event that also supports the very worthy cause of getting badly–needed medical services to the underserved communities of San Diego County is Champions for Health’s ‘ Casino Night ’ fundraiser on Saturday October 8 th from 5:00 to 9:00 PM . It’s being held at The Vault in Veloce Motors , features casino–like entertainment and raffle prizes. The proceeds benefit Champions’ Project Access San Diego (PASD) and Immunization Programs. CLICK HERE for more information and tickets. Look forward to seeing you there. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … CAHAN ALERT Health Advisory: Severe Respiratory Illnesses and Acute Flaccid Myelitis Associated with Enterovirus–D68 CLICK HERE CAHAN ALERT Health Advisory: Human Monkeypox Treatment with Tecovirimat and Supportive Measures CLICK HERE COVID is in a Lull, Again. Experts Say Still a Time of ‘Trade–Offs’ CLICK HERE Moderna Asks FDA to Authorize Omicron Booster Shots for Kids as Young as 6 CLICK HERE Health Plan Shake–Up Could Disrupt Coverage for Low–Income Californians CLICK HERE Monkeypox Appears to Recede, but Risks and Uncertainties Linger CLICK HERE ‘Disaster to Disaster’: Under–Investment in Public Health Systems Obstructs Response to COVID, Monkeypox, Walensky Says CLICK HERE Governor Signs CMA Bill to Protect Patients and Sanctity of Physician–Patient Relationship CLICK HERE California’s COVID–19 Infection and Hospital Rates Drop, but State’s Death Toll Passes 95,000 CLICK HERE COVID Still Kills in California, But the Demographics of Its Victims are Shifting CLICK HERE Racial Disparities in Maternal Health Complications Increased During Pandemic CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … OCT 8, 2022 : 5–9pm, Champions for Health ‘Casino Night’ 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 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 for Members and Non–Members sponsored by California Medical Association, California HHS, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California and CAPA, ‘Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Clinical Updates’. As a result of this activity, participants should be able to: Summarize the current epidemiology of COVID–19 in California and Assess the status of COVID variants. Erica Pan, MD, MPH, California State Epidemiologist and Deputy Director of California Department of Public Health, along with Kimberly Newell Green, MD, former President of SF–Marin Medical Society, will be presenting. 1 CME Credit Available ? 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 WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Biden Declares the Pandemic ‘Over’ 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!