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Mandatory Vaccination or Masking for Healthcare Personnel

The Public Health Officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten, has issued a health officer order mandating that all licensed acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, ambulatory and community clinics, and ambulance providers in San Diego County develop a program requiring that their healthcare personnel receive an annual influenza vaccination and that persons who decline to receive the vaccine be required to wear a mask while in contact with patients or working in patient care areas during the influenza season. This action, in conjunction with your ongoing efforts to provide influenza vaccine ...

Physicians: Please Spread the Word About Covered CA Open Enrollment!

December 2, 2014 Dear CMA Member: Last year the California Medical Association (CMA) and many of our physician members across the state were part of the biggest expansion of health insurance coverage since Medicare 50 years ago — an expansion effort led by Covered California. California truly did make history — reducing the number of uninsured in our state by 3.4 million and reducing the rate of the uninsured from 22% to 11% (the largest decrease in the nation). California’s physicians play a vital leadership role in communicating with their patients about ...

Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015

Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (the “Cromnibus”): Summary of the Health Provisions By the American Medical Association Congress is expected to pass a bill — the “Cromnibus” — this week to continue funding of government operations. Below is a summary of key healthcare provisions contained in the bill. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees released the text of the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015” to fund most of the federal government through September 2015. Funding for the Department of Homeland Security will be provided under a continuing ...

Ebola Update Regarding Mali

December 5, 2014 This health advisory updates local healthcare personnel on the addition of Mali to the list of countries that are experiencing ongoing transmission of Ebola. Person Under Investigation for Ebola Criteria Now Includes History of Travel to Mali The West African country of Mali has been added to the list of Ebola-affected countries that constitute part of the CDC criteria for a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for Ebola. Healthcare personnel and facilities should be aware that travelers from countries with widespread transmission of Ebola (Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea) or ...

Cal MediConnect Physician FAQs

What You Need to Know About Keeping Your Patients and Billing for the Dual-Eligible Population By the California Medical Association In an effort to save money and better coordinate care for the state’s low-income seniors and persons with disabilities, the 2012 California state budget authorized a three-year demonstration project, the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the State of California and CMS on March 27, 2013. CCI contains two main components: Cal MediConnect, which transitions ...

CMA Names Luther Cobb, MD, Its 147th President

CMA Names Luther Cobb, MD, Its 147th President: Dr. Cobb Takes Lead of Over 40,000 Physician Members — November 13, 2014 Sacramento —  Humboldt County physician Luther Cobb, MD, has been installed as the 147th president of the California Medical Association (CMA), taking the reins from immediate past president Richard Thorp, MD. Dr. Cobb takes office on the heels of the momentous defeat of Proposition 46, a campaign in which doctors and healthcare providers across California rallied together to oppose the measure that ultimately failed 33-67%. “What a thrilling time to be assuming ...

County of San Diego Influenza Watch

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SDCMS Board of Directors: Call for Self-nominations

SDCMS Member Physicians: To be eligible for service on SDCMS’ board of directors, physicians must have been active members of SDCMS for at least two years as of the date of assumption of duties: June 2015. Additionally, for geographic directors, physicians must have their primary practice located within the geographic district. The young physician director must be in his or her first eight years of practice or 40 years old or younger. Requirements for Voting SDCMS Board Members: Participate in quarterly SDCMS board of directors meetings — ...

Pick Up a "No On 46" Yard Sign at a Location Near You!

PHYSICIANS: In an effort to get more "No On 46" yard signs into physicians’ hands and minimize travel, the following physicians have volunteered to serve as local distribution points for "No On 46" yard signs. If you haven't already picked up your "No On 46" yard sign, please feel free to do so at any of the below locations. Call ahead to verify they still have signs, to verify their office location, and to verify they'll be open when you get there! Though we want to get all our remaining signs out and ...

Travel Histories and Ebola Preparedness

Date: October 8, 2014 Travel Histories and Ebola Preparedness This health advisory reminds local healthcare personnel to increase their vigilance for patients presenting with fever or other symptoms consistent with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and to ask about travel history to Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. Links to updated resources to address risk assessment, infection control, and patient management for EVD are also provided. Updated Information on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Epidemic Ebola virus transmission is ongoing in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Nigeria, and Senegal have had imported cases, but with close ...