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Medical License Application Process — New Video

In response to the many inquiries regarding how to correctly complete the application for a California medical license, the Medical Board of California has produced a 20-minute video to assist new applicants with the licensing process. In addition, applicants can go to the Medical Board website, click on individual forms, and see an instructional video just for that form. SDCMS-CMA member physicians who have licensing or renewal questions or issues can contact Marisol Gonzalez, SDCMS's physician advocate, at (858) 300-2783 or at MGonzalez@SDCMS.org.

Ask Your SDCMS Physician Advocate

Have a Practice Management or Membership Question? SDCMS members and their office managers / practice administrators can contact your physician advocate, Marisol Gonzalez, for assistance at (858) 300-2783 or at MGonzalez@SDCMS.org.       SDCMS Member Physician Question: My physician is inquiring about a mandatory program he must enroll in for opiate prescriptions. Do you know anything about this? Marisol's Response: Under California law, all individuals practicing in California who possess both a state regulatory board license authorized to prescribe, dispense, furnish, or order controlled substances and a Drug Enforcement Administration Controlled Substance Registration Certificate ...

AMA News Release on CMS's Open Payments Data Release

Click Here for a Link to the Open Payments Physician Payment Dataset and Other Background FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2014 AMA Statement on Sunshine Act Data Release Statement attributed to: Robert M. Wah, MD President, American Medical Association “The American Medical Association (AMA) is committed to transparency and the availability of information for patients to make informed decisions about their medical care, which is why we supported the Sunshine Act. “While we appreciate the efforts of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to verify the identification of physicians in each report from industry and ...

AMA's Open Payments Data Media Guide and Physician Talking Points

Click here to access the media guide AMA distributed to reporters on September 29, 2014. Click here to access customizable talking points for physicians to use in responding to inquires about the Open Payments data. The underlying message of both documents is that the Open Payments data must be explained and contextualized in order to help people make informed judgments about the value of physician / industry relationships. Additionally, physicians may want to consult two recently published AMA Wire stories: Three ...

DEA Final Rule Rescheduling Hydrocodone Combination Products

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a final rule rescheduling hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) into Controlled Substance Schedule II, effective October 6, 2014. This AMA document provides detailed information, but, essentially, the final rule provides, in part, that prescriptions for HCPs that are issued before October 6, 2014, that have authorized refills may be dispensed in accordance with DEA rules for refilling, partial filling, transferring, and central filling Schedule III–V controlled substances until April 8, 2015.  However, it has come to AMA's attention that — due to state laws, insurance ...

Enterovirus D68 Detected in Southern California Children With Respiratory Illness

Date: September 19, 2014 This health alert describes the first cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) respiratory infection confirmed among hospitalized children in Southern California and provides guidance and references on laboratory testing, reporting, and infection control for EV-D68. No outbreaks of EV-D68 have been reported in San Diego County at this time. Southern California EV-D68 Cases In early September 2014, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego (RCHSD) notified the San Diego County (SDC) Epidemiology Program of increases in pediatric patients examined and hospitalized with respiratory illness. The increase began in late August with ...

No on 46 "Take Action" Contest

Is your practice armed with what it needs to stop Proposition 46 and preserve the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA)? Take action and join the campaign to defend MICRA — order FREE No On 46 materials for your practice and encourage patients to vote NO on Prop. 46 this November. Click here for the materials order form. Get involved NOW in this important initiative and your practice could win $500! The California Medical Association (CMA) and California Medical Group Management Association (CAMGMA) are joining forces and offering several chances ...

SDCMS “Outstanding Medical Office Manager” Contest

SDCMS Announces Our Sixth Annual “Outstanding Medical Office Manager” Contest Nomination Deadline November 1, 2014 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 ...

Humanitarian Teams Need Medical Volunteers for Haiti

The Seattle-King County Disaster Team is looking for physicians for one week primary care medical clinics in rural Haiti in February and June 2015. This is a rewarding opportunity to work with the people of Haiti and provide care in a very austere environment in a medically underserved area. Seattle-King County Disaster Team — a US-based nonprofit — has been operating these clinics since 1998. They coordinate all in-country travel and logistics. Please contact Bob Downey at (619) 905-7157 or by email at labboy@earthlink.net if you are interested in ...