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NYCU March 28, 2018

Paul HegyiPHYSICIANS:  I’ve received concern from numerous members about letters they have received from the Medical Board in the past four months, requesting medical records for patients that died in 2012 and 2013.
Your SDCMS leadership and CMA are very concerned about these requests.  If you or a colleague has received a letter requesting medical records pursuant to this issue, please contact CMA so we can track the extent to which these letters are impacting our members.  Please note that the letters from the Medical Board contain personal health information and as such should not be circulated without redaction. Generally, it is enough for us to know the physician who has been contacted and we don’t need to see the letter with the patient’s information.  You can share the information with CMA’s legal help center at (800) 786-4262 or by e-mail using legalinfo@cmanet.org.  Further Medical Board assistance can be found at: http://www.cmanet.org/resources/medical-board-assistance/.
I also want to highlight the top story in “What to know”, an important piece about physician independence and what CMA is doing to protect the practice of medicine.  This case deals with the archaic Sheriff-Coroner system in California and Dr. Bennet Omalu, famous from his work discovering chronic traumatic encephalopathy in football players and popularized in the motion picture Concussion.
Finally, a hearty congratulations to our own State Senator Toni Atkins on her ascension to lead the California State Senate last week.  As President Sornson wrote, on behalf of the San Diego County Medical Society I would like to congratulate you on your ascension to California's Senate Pro Tem.  This is a historic day for you, for California and for San Diego.  More importantly, it shows the great respect you have from your colleagues.  We have valued our long-time relationship and look forward to working with you to tackle the critical issues facing health care in California."
As always, let me know if you have any questions!  Paul Hegyi, CEO
  • He took on the NFL.  Now he's after California's 'primitive' sheriff-coroner system CLICK HERE
  • Q&A with Dr. Donald Berwick: Physicians can't be silent on public policy issues CLICK HERE
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  • Single-payer health care is a giant leap.  Here are 14 steps to help California get there CLICK HERE
  • Select Committee releases report on health care in California CLICK HERE
  • The private man at the center of California's very public debate over single-payer health care CLICK HERE
  • CMA Physicians travel to D.C. to advocate on critical health care issues CLICK HERE
  • Health care mergers and rising prices under scrutiny in California CLICK HERE
  • California drug transparency law already yields early surprises CLICK HERE  
  • Under pressure, California Assembly pitches alternatives to single-payer health care CLICK HERE
  • A new message for California's hospitals: shape up or get kicked out of Obamacare networks CLICK HERE
  • Trump's Health Secretary wants to transform health care.  Can he? CLICK HERE
  •  WHAT TO DO …
  • APRIL 18:  CMA Legislative Advocacy Day CLICK HERE
  • MAY 5:  Annual White Coat Gala at Paradise Point Resort CLICK HERE
  • MAY 23:  30th Annual Western States Regional Conference on Physicians' Well-Being CLICK HERE
  • JUNE 22-24:  San Diego Academy of Family Physicians 61st Annual Family Medicine Update CLICK HERE
  • Extension of Health Officer Order for Influenza Vaccination Program or Masking of HCPs • READ HERE
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