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Get Smart About Antibiotics

With the cold and flu season underway, now is a good time to review appropriate antibiotic use. The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation's Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE) project has teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and others to slow the rise of antibiotic resistance by: Promoting adherence to prescribing guidelines among providers, Decreasing demand for antibiotics for viral upper respiratory infections among healthy adults and parents of young children, and Increasing adherence to prescribed ...

New Medi-Cal Survival Toolkit Now Available

Over the past year, there have been a number of changes for Medi-Cal patients and for the physicians who treat them. There will be more changes in 2014 as well. To help physicians understand the impact these changes will have on their practices, CMA has published a member-exclusive Medi-Cal Survival Toolkit. The toolkit contains a summary of many of the changes, important dates, options for physicians, and links to important resources. The toolkit will be updated as we learn of changes within the areas discussed. SDCMS Members: For assistance in logging ...

The Campaign to Lift the MICRA Cap Is Underway

To: Patients & Providers to Protect Access and Contain Health Costs From: Jim DeBoo, Campaign Manager  RE: The Campaign to Lift the MICRA Cap is Underway November 4, 2013 The campaign to lift the MICRA cap is underway. Last week, the Consumer Attorneys of California kicked in hundreds of thousands of dollars to bankroll the initiative. In turn, expect to see signature gatherers at your local grocery stores. From the early stages of this campaign, we've witnessed the Consumer Attorneys intent to mislead the voters. They already have attempted to make this initiative about ...

Member Physicians: Send Us Your Photo

SDCMS Member Physicians: If you would like your photo to appear with your online profile and your pictorial membership directory, please email it to Membership@SDCMS.org. Your photo should be high-resolution and in JPG format. Contact Kyle Lewis at SDCMS at (858) 300-2784 or at KLewis@SDCMS.org with any questions. Thank you for your membership with SDCMS-CMA!  

Pertussis Cases Increasing in San Diego County

October 25, 2013 The San Diego County health department has confirmed 202 local cases of pertussis so far in 2013, compared to 127 cases reported at this time last year. One local high school site has had thirteen reported cases: all were students 14–16 years old up-to-date on vaccinations with symptom onset dates between August 14 and September 27. When cases occur in schools or daycares, staff and families are routinely notified and urged to seek care promptly for early symptoms or for contact prophylaxis. Clinicians who evaluate patients with ...

Acute Hepatitis and Liver Failure Following the Use of a Dietary Supplement

If any physician has an acute liver failure case that might be associated with any nutritional supplement, he or she should notify the San Diego County Epidemiology Branch at (619) 692-8499 or by using a confidential morbidity report form. Many physicians do not routinely ask about nutritional supplement use, but surveys have shown that the majority of patients use a supplement of some type on at least a weekly basis. The supplement specifically identified in this alert, OxiELITE Pro, is more likely to be used by young adults, athletes, ...

Local Doctors Volunteer to Give Hope to 34 Uninsured San Diegans

The SDCMS Foundation and Kaiser Permanente Partner to Deliver Free Surgeries During Saturday Surgery Day Program Local Doctors Volunteer to Give Hope to 34 Uninsured San Diegans Thirty-four San Diegans who had been suffering with pain, injury, lack of vision, and other debilitating conditions received free, life-changing medical treatment during Saturday Surgery Day on October 19 thanks to a partnership between the SDCMS Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. This Saturday Surgery Day, an important part of the Foundation’s Project Access San Diego (PASD), took place at Kaiser Permanente Garfield Specialty Center, 5893 ...

UC Regents v. Platter

On October 15, 2013, the California Court of Appeal in the Second Appellate District, consistent with CMA’s amicus letter brief, issued a published opinion in Regents of the University of California v. Superior County of Los Angeles County (Platter), a case interpreting the application of statutory nominal damages under the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA). This class-action lawsuit arose from the theft of a computer hard drive containing confidential information on approximately 16,000 patients. The plaintiffs alleged that the UC Regents negligently lost possession of the hard drive in ...

Richard Thorp, MD, Installed as 146th President of CMA

October 14. 2013 Richard Thorp, MD, FACP, was installed as the 146th president of the California Medical Association (CMA) at the close of the association’s 2013 House of Delegates, held in Anaheim last weekend. Dr. Thorp, an internist from Paradise, California, developed an interest in health policy and advocacy while serving as president of Butte Glenn Medical Society in 1994, the year of the Clinton health reform. Dr. Thorp continued a leadership role in organized medicine in 1995, serving on CMA’s Committee on Managed Care and subsequently on the Committee on Medical ...