WHAT'S HAPPENING 4757 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/outbreak-of-life-threatening-coagulopathy-as-sociated-with-synthetic-cannabinoids-use.aspx?PostId=4757&tabid=2622 CDC Outbreak of Life-threatening Coagulopathy Associated with Synthetic Cannabinoids Use <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">Summary</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing information on:</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">1) the current status of a multistate outbreak of coagulopathy from exposure to synthetic cannabinoid products containing a vitamin K-epoxide cycle antagonist, brodifacoum;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">2) the emergence of 2 new clinical scenarios; and</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">3) recommendations to help clinicians make decisions related to these 2 new clinical scenarios.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">This is an update to the Health Alert Network (HAN)</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">advisory released on May 25, 2018 titled Outbreak of</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">Life-threatening Coagulopathy Associated with Synthetic Cannabinoids Use</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">(https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00410.asp).</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <div id="sidebarContainer"> <div id="sidebarContent"> <div id="thumbnailView"> <div class="thumbnail" data-page-number="2"> <div class="thumbnailSelectionRing" style="width: 100px; height: 128px;"><strong><a href="https://www.sfcdcp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/CDC-HAN-Update-Outbreak-Life-Threatening-Coagulopathy-Synthetic-Cannabinoids-FINAL-12.13.2018.pdf">READ MORE</a></strong></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 14 Dec 2018 01:26:00 Z 2018-12-14 01:26 +00:00 2018-12-13 17:26 -08:00 4756 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/fw-call-for-abstracts-for-the-american-conference-on-physician-health.aspx?PostId=4756&tabid=2622 AMA Call for abstracts for the American Conference on Physician Health <p>2019 ACPH call for abstracts now open through March 29, 2019</p> <p>Showcase your work at the American Conference on Physician Health (ACPH)! The conference, which is being hosted by the American Medical Association, Mayo Clinic and Stanford University School of Medicine, is being held September 19-21, 2019 at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel/Le Meridien in Charlotte, NC.Showcase your work at the American Conference on Physician Health (ACPH)! The conference, which is being hosted by the American Medical Association, Mayo Clinic and Stanford University School of Medicine, is being held September 19-21, 2019 at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel/Le Meridien in Charlotte, NC.Showcase your work at the American Conference on Physician Health (ACPH)! The conference, which is being hosted by the American Medical Association, Mayo Clinic and Stanford University School of Medicine, is being held September 19-21, 2019 at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel/Le Meridien in Charlotte, NC.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Authors are invited to submit abstracts for consideration as part of the 2019 ACPH. Submissions will be accepted from December 10, 2018 to March 29, 2019.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Submit your abstract in one of two categories:</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Research: submitted as either a poster or oral presentation</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Workshop: submitted as an interactive session</p> <p>* research and non-research workshops considered</p> <p>Be sure to visit the conference website <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.physician-wellbeing-conference.org/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1544833896942000&amp;usg=AFQjCNE0cq7-cfsjBQuATqMUcdCkr6kPPg" href="http://www.physician-wellbeing-conference.org/" target="_blank">physician-wellbeing-<wbr />conference.org</a> to review important details in our &ldquo;Call for Abstracts&rdquo; section, as well as the instructions for submitting abstracts. Submissions for all abstracts must be made electronically via the abstract submission form, information available at the <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.cvent.com/c/abstracts/f6355c91-2b3d-42b7-946c-ec8882ae0d35&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1544833896942000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFQeTcM9ZwgoixipqWEfx7eAM0DMg" href="http://www.cvent.com/c/abstracts/f6355c91-2b3d-42b7-946c-ec8882ae0d35" target="_blank">ACPH 2019 Call for Abstracts</a> website.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Deadline: </b>All abstracts must be <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.cvent.com/c/abstracts/f6355c91-2b3d-42b7-946c-ec8882ae0d35&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1544833896942000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFQeTcM9ZwgoixipqWEfx7eAM0DMg" href="http://www.cvent.com/c/abstracts/f6355c91-2b3d-42b7-946c-ec8882ae0d35" target="_blank">submitted online</a> by March 29, 2019 (11:59 pm Central Standard Time) for consideration!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please contact us at <a href="mailto:physicianhealth@ama-assn.org" target="_blank">physicianhealth@ama-assn.org</a> with any questions or requests for further information.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2018 01:06:43 Z 2018-12-14 01:06 +00:00 2018-12-13 17:06 -08:00 4755 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/calmedforce-gme-funding-application-now-open.aspx?PostId=4755&tabid=2622 News CalMedForce GME Funding Application Now Open! <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Physician examining child with mother." src="https://www.phcdocs.org/portals/0/assets/images/calmedforce-photo-1.jpg?ver=2018-11-20-155851-817" /></p> <p>PHC is excited to announce a new grant program, CalMedForce, which will award approximately $40 million to primary care and emergency medicine residency programs in California.</p> <p>All accredited residency programs in the state meeting the guidelines set forth in Proposition 56 are eligible to apply for funding.</p> <p>The University of California is the designated recipient of the funding and has contracted with Physicians For A Healthy California (PHC) to administer the annual $40 million in grants allocated from Proposition 56.</p> <p>Applications and eligibility criteria are currently being developed with the expertise from the 15-member Advisory Council and recommendations from the 5-member Board. The application will be released by December 12, 2018 and will be due in January 2019. Funding decisions will be made in January 2019.</p> <p><strong>If you would like to to receive updates regarding CalMedForce and/or have feedback you would like to provide, please contact us at&nbsp;</strong><a href="mailto:CalMedForce@phcdocs.org" target="_blank"><strong>CalMedForce@phcdocs.org</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p> <p><span style="font-size:2.3em;"><strong><a href="https://www.phcdocs.org/CalMedForce-GME-Program">Apply Now</a></strong></span></p> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:10:17 Z 2018-12-13 00:10 +00:00 2018-12-12 16:10 -08:00 4751 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/champion-provider-fellowship-recruiting-dentists-and-doctors-for-2019.aspx?PostId=4751&tabid=2622 UCSF Champion Provider Fellowship Recruiting Dentists and Doctors for 2019 <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">The UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine and the California Department of Public Health, Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch are recruiting dentists and doctors to join a new cohort of the Champion Provider Fellowship. To learn more about the Fellowship, please see the flyer below.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><img alt="" src="/Portals/27/Champion%20Provider%20Fellowship%20flyer.JPG" style="width: 496px; height: 651px;" /></p> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 19:35:25 Z 2018-11-27 19:35 +00:00 2018-11-27 11:35 -08:00 4749 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/the-center-for-care-innovations-in-partnership-with-the-california-department-of-health-care-services-and-cedars-sinai-is-launching-a-new-program-titled-addiction-treatment-starts-here-primary-care.aspx?PostId=4749&tabid=2622 Primary Care Addiction Treatment Starts Here: Primary Care. <p>The Center for Care Innovations, in partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services and Cedars-Sinai, is launching a new program titled&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://redirect.chcf.org/c/4/?T=NTIzMTM2OTY%3AMDItYjE4MzIzLWI0MDQ3NDJjN2Q1MzRhYjRiODZiNmIwNzVhNzdkN2M5%3AZWhlbmtlQHNmbXMub3Jn%3AY29udGFjdC1jNDE0NWEyN2E0MjllNjExOTQwMjAwNTA1NmJhNWEzNi01MTI0ZGNmOWY4NWE0YjIyYWVjN2QwNDA3MWIzNjM5Mg%3AdHJ1ZQ%3AMA%3A%3AaHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuY2FyZWlubm92YXRpb25zLm9yZy9hZGRpY3Rpb24tcHJpbWFyeS1jYXJlLTIwMTkvP19jbGRlZT1aV2hsYm10bFFITm1iWE11YjNKbiZyZWNpcGllbnRpZD1jb250YWN0LWM0MTQ1YTI3YTQyOWU2MTE5NDAyMDA1MDU2YmE1YTM2LTUxMjRkY2Y5Zjg1YTRiMjJhZWM3ZDA0MDcxYjM2MzkyJnV0bV9zb3VyY2U9Q2xpY2tEaW1lbnNpb25zJnV0bV9tZWRpdW09ZW1haWwmdXRtX2NhbXBhaWduPU9waW9pZCUyMFNhZmV0eSUyMDIwMThfVEVTVCZlc2lkPWM1NWM0YjJjLTJkZWMtZTgxMS1hOTZjLTAwMGQzYTE5OTNlMA&amp;K=U3xn2kyh3OL4ElCHeHRtDA" target="_blank">Addiction Treatment Starts Here: Primary Care</a>.</strong></p> <p><br /> The program&rsquo;s goal is an increase in access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in primary care for patients with opioid use disorder.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Up to 40 California health center sites will receive grants of up to $50,000 and a range of support to connect with peers and experts who are successfully implementing, scaling, and sustaining MAT in primary care settings. Program activities include capability-building trainings, in-person events, site visits to exemplar organizations, and coaching. The 18-month program begins in February 2019.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Learn more in an informational webinar on Tuesday, November 27, from noon to 1:00 PM (PT).&nbsp;<a href="http://redirect.chcf.org/c/4/?T=NTIzMTM2OTY%3AMDItYjE4MzIzLWI0MDQ3NDJjN2Q1MzRhYjRiODZiNmIwNzVhNzdkN2M5%3AZWhlbmtlQHNmbXMub3Jn%3AY29udGFjdC1jNDE0NWEyN2E0MjllNjExOTQwMjAwNTA1NmJhNWEzNi01MTI0ZGNmOWY4NWE0YjIyYWVjN2QwNDA3MWIzNjM5Mg%3AdHJ1ZQ%3AMQ%3A%3AaHR0cHM6Ly9jYy5yZWFkeXRhbGsuY29tL3JlZ2lzdHJhdGlvbi8jLz9tZWV0aW5nPWR4YzM2MzB5a21wbSZjYW1wYWlnbj1mNTMycGNlZGlzZ3AmX2NsZGVlPVpXaGxibXRsUUhObWJYTXViM0puJnJlY2lwaWVudGlkPWNvbnRhY3QtYzQxNDVhMjdhNDI5ZTYxMTk0MDIwMDUwNTZiYTVhMzYtNTEyNGRjZjlmODVhNGIyMmFlYzdkMDQwNzFiMzYzOTImdXRtX3NvdXJjZT1DbGlja0RpbWVuc2lvbnMmdXRtX21lZGl1bT1lbWFpbCZ1dG1fY2FtcGFpZ249T3Bpb2lkJTIwU2FmZXR5JTIwMjAxOF9URVNUJmVzaWQ9YzU1YzRiMmMtMmRlYy1lODExLWE5NmMtMDAwZDNhMTk5M2Uw&amp;K=FQ00A2jUALHmUoXGAmeYsA" target="_blank">Register now</a>.</p> <p><br /> The application deadline is 5:00 PM (PT) on Friday, December 14.&nbsp;<a href="http://redirect.chcf.org/c/4/?T=NTIzMTM2OTY%3AMDItYjE4MzIzLWI0MDQ3NDJjN2Q1MzRhYjRiODZiNmIwNzVhNzdkN2M5%3AZWhlbmtlQHNmbXMub3Jn%3AY29udGFjdC1jNDE0NWEyN2E0MjllNjExOTQwMjAwNTA1NmJhNWEzNi01MTI0ZGNmOWY4NWE0YjIyYWVjN2QwNDA3MWIzNjM5Mg%3AdHJ1ZQ%3AMg%3A%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&amp;K=vjF81DWGSe3ewKKGkC1e-w" target="_blank">Download the application</a>.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 19:50:09 Z 2018-11-21 19:50 +00:00 2018-11-21 11:50 -08:00 4744 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/2018-election-results.aspx?PostId=4744&tabid=2622 SFMMS Member Events,Survey 2018 SFMMS Election Results <h2><span style="font-size:larger;"><span style="color:#0066cc;"><strong>2018 SFMMS Election Results</strong></span></span></h2> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;November 16, 2018&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/2018-election-results.aspx?PostId=4744&amp;tabid=2622">SFMMS Member</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog.aspx?Tag=election-results">Election Results</a>&nbsp;<em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="color:#0066ff;"><strong>2019 OFFICERS </strong></span><span style="color:null;">(ONE-YEAR TERM):</span></span></p> <p><strong>President:&nbsp;</strong>Kimberly L. Newell Green, MD (<em>2018 President-Elect automatically succeeds to the office of President)</em></p> <p><strong>President-Elect:</strong>&nbsp;Brian Grady, MD</p> <p><strong>Secretary:</strong>&nbsp;Monique Schaulis, MD, MPH</p> <p><strong>Treasurer:</strong>&nbsp;Michael Schrader, MD, PhD, FACP</p> <p><strong>Editor:</strong>&nbsp;Gordon L. Fung, MD, PhD, FACC, FACP</p> <p><strong>Immediate Past President:</strong>&nbsp;John Maa, MD (<em>2018 President automatically succeeds to the office of Immediate Past President)</em></p> <p><span style="font-size:130%;"><strong><span style="color:#0066ff;">BOARD OF DIRECTORS</span> </strong>(SEVEN ELECTED FOR THREE-YEAR TERM 2019-2021)<strong>:</strong></span></p> <p>Nida F. Degesys, MD<br /> <br /> Michael K. Kwok, MD<br /> <br /> Heyman Oo, MD<br /> <br /> Sarita Satpathy, MD, MPH, CPE<br /> <br /> Jeffrey L. Stevenson, MD<br /> <br /> Kristen Swann, MD<br /> <br /> Winnie Tong, MD</p> <p><span style="font-size:130%;"><span style="color:#0066ff;"><strong>NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE </strong></span><span style="color:null;">(FOUR ELECTED FOR TWO-YEAR TERM 2019-2020):</span></span><br /> <br /> Tracey Hessel, MD<br /> <br /> Kenneth Katz, MD, MSC, MSCE<br /> <br /> Susan Nguyen, MD<br /> <br /> Kenneth Tai, MD</p> <p><span style="color:#0066ff;"><span style="font-size:130%;"><strong>SFMMS DELEGATION TO THE CMA HOUSE OF DELEGATES </strong></span></span><span style="color:null;"><span style="font-size:130%;">(TWO-YEAR TERM 2019-2020)</span></span></p> <p><u><strong>Delegates</strong></u><br /> <br /> Lawrence Cheung, MD, FAAD, FASDS<br /> <br /> Gordon Fung, MD, PhD, FACC, FACP<br /> <br /> Pratima Gupta, MD<br /> <br /> John Maa, MD<br /> <br /> Richard Podolin, MD, FACC<br /> <br /> Andrea Wagner, MD</p> <p>Brian Grady, MD (automatically serves in capacity as SFMMS President-Elect)</p> <p><u><strong>Alternates</strong></u><br /> <br /> Beth Griffiths, MD<br /> <br /> Keith Loring, MD<br /> <br /> Robert Margolin, MD<br /> <br /> Heyman Oo, MD, MS<br /> <br /> David Pating, MD<br /> <br /> Sarita Satpathy, MD<br /> <br /> Jeffrey Stevenson, MD<br /> <br /> Matt Willis, MD (term ending 2019)</p> <p><u><strong>Resident Section Delegate</strong></u></p> <p>Ryan Guinness, MD</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 23:00:00 Z 2018-11-16 23:00 +00:00 2018-11-16 15:00 -08:00 4746 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/upcoming-call-to-action-on-public-charge-rule.aspx?PostId=4746&tabid=2622 Advocacy,CMA,Medi Cal Upcoming Call to Action on Public Charge Rule <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">The CMA will be issuing a Call to Action in respect to the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/10/10/2018-21106/inadmissibility-on-public-charge-grounds">proposed federal rule on public charge</a>. This rule threatens to have a negative impact on public health by preventing immigrants from receiving eligible Medicaid benefits and also by chilling access to other public benefits such as food stamps and vouchers for housing.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><br /> CMA will be submitting comments strongly opposing the regulations and will be creating a template for individual physicians to use to submit their comments. Comments are due <b>December 10</b>, and we anticipate sending out any materials approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the deadline. Watch CMA&#39;s recent <a href="https://www.cmadocs.org/store/info/PRODUCTCD/CMA18_1017_IMMIGRANT/t/improving-access-to-medical-care-for-immigrant-patient-population">webinar</a> for more detailed information.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><br /> An article by SFMMS pediatrician Heyman Oo, MD on the immigration issue as it applies to health is in the current SFMMS journal here:</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><a href="https://issuu.com/sfmedsociety/docs/sf_marin_medicine_nov_2018-issuu-co/16">https://issuu.com/sfmedsociety/docs/sf_marin_medicine_nov_2018-issuu-co/16</a></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>SFMMS members are encouraged to consider submitting public comments in opposition to the proposed regulations.&nbsp;</b></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">Questions?&nbsp; Steve Heilig at the SFMMS:&nbsp; <a href="mailto:heilig@sfmms.org" target="_blank">heilig@sfmms.org</a></p> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:58:47 Z 2018-11-16 17:58 +00:00 2018-11-16 09:58 -08:00 4745 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/cma-and-phc-launch-wildfire-relief-campaign-to-support-impacted-physicians.aspx?PostId=4745&tabid=2622 News,Public Health,Volunteer CMA and PHC Launch Wildfire Relief Campaign to Support Impacted Physicians <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">The California wildfires labeled Camp, Woolsey and Hill have destroyed thousands of homes, structures and medical practices, as well as displaced thousands of Californians. <u5:p></u5:p></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><u5:p>&nbsp;</u5:p></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">In response, the California Medical Association (CMA) and Physicians for a Health California (PHC) have launched a donation page to help impacted physicians and their families.<u5:p></u5:p></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><u5:p>&nbsp;</u5:p></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&quot;The full impact of the wildfires&#39; destruction is yet to be seen, but the physician community needs our help,&quot; said CMA President David H. Aizuss, M.D. &quot;Physicians provide an invaluable service to their patients and neighbors so when they&#39;re displaced or their medical practices are destroyed, it creates a negative ripple effect throughout the entire community. CMA and PHC stand in support of its members, and we will leverage our significant resources to help rebuild their homes, medical practices and communities.&quot; <u5:p></u5:p></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><u5:p>&nbsp;</u5:p></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">One hundred percent of donations will directly support relief efforts. To donate, please visit: <a href="https://www.phcdocs.org/news/wildfires">https://www.phcdocs.org/news/wildfires</a>. <u5:p></u5:p></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:33:14 Z 2018-11-16 17:33 +00:00 2018-11-16 09:33 -08:00 4743 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/ama-summary-of-medicare-physician-fee-schedule.aspx?PostId=4743&tabid=2622 AMA AMA Summary of Medicare Physician Fee Schedule <p><u><strong>Summary 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program Final Rule</strong></u><br /> <br /> On Nov. 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 Physician<br /> Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rule, which will be published in the<br /> Federal Register on Nov. 23, 2018. This is the first year CMS combined the Medicare PFS and QPP<br /> rules. CMS published several fact sheets on the final rule including a fact sheet on the QPP changes and a<br /> fact sheet on the PFS changes for 2019.</p> <p><br /> One week later, CMS released a snapshot of physician performance during the first year of the QPP,<br /> 2017. These data indicate that 93% of clinicians who were MIPS-eligible in 2017 will get a positive<br /> MIPS incentive payment in 2019.</p> <p><br /> AMA is continuing to review the rule and will work with its colleagues in the Federation to further<br /> analyze these policies in the coming weeks. Below is a summary of the key policies included in the final<br /> regulation and the QPP performance results.</p> <p><strong><a href="/Portals/27/PFS%20QPP%20final%20rule%20summary%2011-8%20%28003%29.pdf">Link to AMA Summary of Medicare Physician Fee Schedule</a></strong></p> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:21:34 Z 2018-11-14 00:21 +00:00 2018-11-13 16:21 -08:00 4741 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/protecting-access-to-care-public-comments-are-being-accepted-on-proposed-public-charge-regulation.aspx?PostId=4741&tabid=2622 Politics and Medicine,Public Health PROTECTING ACCESS TO CARE: Public Comments Are Being Accepted on Proposed Public Charge Regulation <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">The United States Department of Homeland Security has proposed regulations that would allow the federal government to consider the use of health, nutrition and other non-cash programs when determining if an immigrant to the United States constitutes a public charge. A &ldquo;public charge&rdquo; is defined as an individual who is likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence. Legal immigrants and visa holders who are determined to become a public charge face additional immigration barriers and may be denied admission to the U.S. or lawful permanent resident status.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">The AMA and CMA have raised concerns that the proposed policy change would have a chilling effect on families needing to access health care services, which will compromise the public health and ultimately increase health care costs overall. If enacted, these changes would reduce participation in Medi-Cal and other federal assistance programs by immigrant families. AMA and CMA policy support everyone&rsquo;s access, regardless of immigration status, to medically necessary, affordable, and quality health care.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;&nbsp; An article by SFMMS pediatrician Heyman Oo, MD on the immigration issue as it applies to health is in the current SFMMS journal here:</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><strong><a href="https://issuu.com/sfmedsociety/docs/sf_marin_medicine_nov_2018-issuu-co/16">https://issuu.com/sfmedsociety/docs/sf_marin_medicine_nov_2018-issuu-co/16</a></strong></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>SFMMS members are encouraged to consider submitting public comments in opposition to the proposed regulations.&nbsp;</b></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>Opportunity to Submit Public Comments </b></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">The Department of Homeland Security is accepting public comments until December 10, 2018. Click<strong> <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001R_rtX2-qhkWhAI83ZvXRojpQpVnRQunOFLSKn7IXduY3FZ_wLqtKshJbAt3R4qUCiGHq_Kv1y8om3F8XT8itytjh86x0tSpTFMWX50HUDyYB7q-gONBcVXjCf7e8paS6NaBnI_7tjY9uUyXqSCCpM4sl98LWZpKlTiW-Y2bOd8inUBpOL6bktulBpoOIFh69&amp;c=3XvXbGUCRKmZlHhBWy7mC5s-LzZ0QDuYaLcwK2EWW4LMlMGXwfkrpA==&amp;ch=-M84u95j3Q7N6O4LhYmstPzCtNhyc5CfYIbBSVNwXOwV1tzCJh-3hQ==" target="_blank">here</a></strong> to submit a formal comment; click <strong><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001R_rtX2-qhkWhAI83ZvXRojpQpVnRQunOFLSKn7IXduY3FZ_wLqtKshJbAt3R4qUCPA43cqxCpWNDGO2s4FJQRViske3W3RtriwlEaVR3b7zICG1EB28-GWb-FuQfI3ienoycXp5oXRYUaM6BWJHnr4jy69C4T4tWJFt60W6LcpyQt_sKJA3qOlz9aklSt0SzWOh0KkwVkcQAD3OzEQIdGulpn9eGDmDtEqUwU3n9R7_7ANtyYV1ojQ5U1W4LSvKjP2H-KZlHfP0Pe0zbIubDiw==&amp;c=3XvXbGUCRKmZlHhBWy7mC5s-LzZ0QDuYaLcwK2EWW4LMlMGXwfkrpA==&amp;ch=-M84u95j3Q7N6O4LhYmstPzCtNhyc5CfYIbBSVNwXOwV1tzCJh-3hQ==" target="_blank">here</a> </strong>to access the full proposed public charge regulations.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">For convenience, the Oakland-based Public Health Institute, a respected advocacy group, has developed a message on this topic that is easy to sign onto:</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><strong><a href="https://actnow.io/QEDLx86?utm_source=PHI+Newsletthttps://actnow.io/QEDLx86?utm_source=PHI+Newsletter&amp;utm_campaign=ae3d140a5a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_October+2018+2_COPY_01&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_14767b3be6-ae3d140a5a-23360497&amp;mc_cid=ae3d140a5a&amp;mc_eid=98d6fd0953er&amp;utm_campaign=ae3d140a5a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_October+2018+2_COPY_01&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_14767b3be6-ae3d140a5a-23360497&amp;mc_cid=ae3d140a5a&amp;mc_eid=98d6fd0953">Click here for </a></strong><a href="https://actnow.io/QEDLx86?utm_source=PHI+Newsletthttps://actnow.io/QEDLx86?utm_source=PHI+Newsletter&amp;utm_campaign=ae3d140a5a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_October+2018+2_COPY_01&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_14767b3be6-ae3d140a5a-23360497&amp;mc_cid=ae3d140a5a&amp;mc_eid=98d6fd0953er&amp;utm_campaign=ae3d140a5a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_October+2018+2_COPY_01&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_14767b3be6-ae3d140a5a-23360497&amp;mc_cid=ae3d140a5a&amp;mc_eid=98d6fd0953"><strong>link</strong></a></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">For more information:</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>New Fact Sheet: Knowing Your Rights and Responsibilities </b></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">As part of &ldquo;Promoting Open Conversations about the Health Consequences of Immigration Policies,&rdquo; the California Academy of Family Physicians has produced a new fact sheet outlining physicians&rsquo; rights and responsibilities. Members are encouraged to review this information before responding to enforcement actions by immigration officials and interactions with law enforcement. Please click <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001R_rtX2-qhkWhAI83ZvXRojpQpVnRQunOFLSKn7IXduY3FZ_wLqtKshJbAt3R4qUCCqvac3cSCIB5yw3dRk9E6deMMzaf7QzMg6PuL_yhxQ8lPuoWWGhMWjCpBL3Yt5J7sHRM04vbu7z3unfGd6fJ28XgEU2ka-NlJofgMIwO2nkEtfQZ49fqij6P_X8JJsghcMgaKOkWr8ZJ7ChWOg_evnJ4QFepdldvSuGdeg3iJpk=&amp;c=3XvXbGUCRKmZlHhBWy7mC5s-LzZ0QDuYaLcwK2EWW4LMlMGXwfkrpA==&amp;ch=-M84u95j3Q7N6O4LhYmstPzCtNhyc5CfYIbBSVNwXOwV1tzCJh-3hQ==" target="_blank">here</a> to access the fact sheet.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">Questions?&nbsp; Steve Heilig at the SFMMS:&nbsp; <strong><a href="mailto:heilig@sfmms.org" target="_blank">heilig@sfmms.org</a></strong></p> Thu, 08 Nov 2018 21:21:11 Z 2018-11-08 21:21 +00:00 2018-11-08 13:21 -08:00 4740 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/update-on-medical-board-of-california-investigations-based-on-death-certificatecures-data.aspx?PostId=4740&tabid=2622 Medical Board of CA Update on Medical Board of California Investigations Based on Death Certificate/CURES Data <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>BACKGROUND</b></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none"><b>&nbsp;</b></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">At the July 2017 meeting of the MBC Enforcement Committee, MBC staff reported that in 2015, pursuant to an interagency agreement with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), it had received information on deaths in 2012 and 2013 related to opioid prescription drugs. California law requires the MBC to file an accusation within seven years after the act or omission alleged as the ground for disciplinary action occurred. The MBC cited the statute of limitations as the reason for requesting data back to 2012. The CDPH dataset received by the MBC in 2015, which is based on death certificate information, used a set of codes that CDPH used to identify the underlying cause of death and the contributing cause of death to identify opioid pharmaceutical-related deaths. The data identified 2,692 deaths that met the criteria. Once the data file was received, the MBC used the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) database to identify physicians who were prescribing to the individuals, as well as the attending physician and the physician who certified the death. Once the CURES information was obtained, the reports were sent to expert reviewers who reviewed the data to determine if there may be inappropriate prescribing.</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">Beginning in December 2017, CMA began receiving inquiries from physicians who received letters from the MBC requesting 1) a written summary of care and treatment rendered to the named deceased patient; and 2) a copy of the physician&rsquo;s curriculum vitae. In addition, the letter attaches a declaration stating that the MBC is unable to locate the deceased patient&rsquo;s beneficiary or personal representative and requests that the physician provide certified copies of the deceased patient&rsquo;s medical records. The letter states that the physician must certify on an attached form that the records are a &ldquo;true copy&rdquo; and a complete set. The letter provides the physician 4 weeks to respond with the records, summary, and CV, but also includes a notice that pursuant to Business &amp; Professions Code &sect;2225.5, a &ldquo;licensee that fails to provide the certified medical records within 15 business days is in violation of the Medical Practice Act and may result in a civil penalty of $1,000 per day for each day that the documents have not been produced.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>UPDATE</b></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">Staff have been monitoring this issue to determine how physicians are being impacted by investigations based on death certificate data and whether the investigations are resulting in disciplinary actions. In meetings with MBC staff, CMA conveyed concerns that licensees and their legal counsel were not aware of the scope of the investigations based on death certificate and CURES data. CMA also requested that the MBC provide educational resources to remind physicians about their legal obligations to respond to requests for medical records and otherwise cooperate with MBC investigations.</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none"><b>MBC Education Efforts</b></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">Based in part on feedback from CMA, the Medical Board recorded a <a href="http://www.mbc.ca.gov/About_Us/Media_Room/PSAs/">podcast</a> in May 2018 explaining the Medical Board Death Certificate Project and included information in its Spring 2018 Newsletter. The MBC staff has also revised the letter that will be sent to licensees who are identified for further investigation through this project. The revised letter provides significantly more information about the project, the context in which additional information is being requested, and directs the licensee to additional information about the MBC disciplinary process. The MBC staff indicated that while they recognize that licensees will be &nbsp;concerned when they receive a letter from the MBC, they wanted to emphasize that it would not necessarily result in &nbsp;disciplinary action on their license.</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none"><b>&nbsp;</b></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none"><b>Updated Data From MBC</b></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">MBC staff provided the following data on project outcomes as of September 6, 2018. Based on the information the MBC received on deaths in 2012 and 2013 related to opioid prescription drugs, the MBC opened about 522 cases. Of these, the MBC did not have jurisdiction in 72 cases because the licensee was not an allopathic physician, leaving 450 cases involving physicians. Of the 450 cases, 214 cases were closed for a variety of reasons including that no violation was found, there was insufficient evidence, the licensee was already on probation, etc. To date, 11 accusations have been issued and 225 cases are still under investigation or have been transferred to the Attorney General&rsquo;s office for preparation of the accusation. The MBC expects that there will be additional accusations issued from the 225 cases.</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">It should be noted that some of the Accusations as a result of this project include failure to establish a treatment plan or failure to check CURES as elements of gross negligence on the part of the physician. This is concerning as MBC staff have repeatedly stated that physicians are reviewed based on the standard of care at the time of the prescribing, which in this case, would be between 2012 and 2013. However, prior to MBC opioid prescribing guidelines established in 2014, establishment of a treatment plan was not clearly articulated as part of the standard of care. In addition, prior to the launch of CURES 2.0 in January 2016, the CURES database was virtually inaccessible with no funding, no staffing, and limited utilization. CMA staff believes that physicians should not be held to the current standard of care for actions that occurred prior to the establishment of the MBC guidelines and the launch of CURES 2.0.</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none"><b>MBC Investigation Process</b></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">CMA staff participated in an MBC training for expert reviewers to better understand how the MBC is investigating these types of cases and the direction that they are providing to expert reviewers regarding how to evaluate whether departures from the standard of care with regard to prescribing have occurred.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none"><b>NEXT STEPS</b></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">CMA is continuing to work with the Medical Board of California on its disciplinary framework to improve effectiveness, prioritize patient safety, while protecting due process for physicians, including appropriate focus and scope of investigations and preserving the ability of physicians to provide appropriate treatment to patients. CMA continues to oppose the MBC&rsquo;s practice of engaging in data-mining of the CURES database, but at this time the court has determined that the practice is within the MBC&rsquo;s legal authority.</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="text-autospace:none">CMA continues to track inquiries from members and work with the MBC staff to gather information about this project .CMA staff is assessing whether the reviews are being conducted appropriately and whether further legislative and regulatory advocacy is required at this time. &nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2018 21:14:02 Z 2018-11-08 21:14 +00:00 2018-11-08 13:14 -08:00 4732 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/health-update-influenza-and-respiratory-illness-2018-19.aspx?PostId=4732&tabid=2622 Public Health Health Update: Influenza and Respiratory Illness 2018 – 19 <p><u><strong>Actions Requested of San Francisco Clinicians </strong></u></p> <p>&bull; Report influenza and other acute respiratory outbreaks, influenza-associated deaths in persons aged 0 &ndash; 64 years, and RSV-associated deaths in young children, according to reporting guidance below. &bull; Encourage and administer annual influenza vaccine to everyone aged &gt;6 months. Provide pneumococcal vaccination with Prevnar13&reg; and/or Pneumovax23&reg; as recommended by CDC.</p> <p>&bull; Prescribe antiviral treatment for patients with suspected or confirmed influenza who are hospitalized for severe illness or who are at higher risk for influenza-related complications. Treat early and empirically, without waiting for lab test results.</p> <p>&bull; Prescribe antiviral chemoprophylaxis for those at higher risk for influenza-related complications who have been exposed to influenza, especially those in congregate settings.</p> <p>&bull; Review and implement influenza infection control precautions. In the outpatient setting, those with influenza-like illness (ILI) should be instructed to stay at home until 24 hours after fever resolves, except to access medical evaluation and care. All patients with ILI should wear a (surgical) face mask in all health care settings.</p> <p><u><strong>Reporting</strong></u></p> <p>SFDPH Communicable Disease Control phone (415) 554 &ndash; 2830; fax (415) 554 &ndash; 2848. See www.sfcdcp.org/communicable-disease/disease-reporting/influenza-reporting-resources/.</p> <p><strong>PLEASE REPORT: Outbreaks of influenza or acute respiratory illness occurring in institutions or congregate settings (e.g., long-term care, rehab, assisted living, jail) (report by phone within 24 hours).</strong></p> <p>&bull; See recommendations checklist and other resources at www.sfcdcp.org/longtermcare. Fatal laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated cases aged 0 &ndash; 64 years (report within 7 days)</p> <p>&bull; Complete a case history form (www.sfcdcp.org/influenzareporting.html).</p> <p>&bull; Note that SFDPH may request that retained specimens from fatal cases be sent to CDPH for viral culture, strain typing and antiviral resistance testing. Goals are to characterize circulating strains, guide antiviral treatment recommendations and look for the emergence of novel strains.</p> <p><a href="https://www.sfcdcp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Health-Update-Seasonal-Influenza-2018-2019-FINAL11.01.2018.pdf"><strong>Read </strong></a><a href="https://www.sfcdcp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Health-Update-Seasonal-Influenza-2018-2019-FINAL11.01.2018.pdf"><strong>full</strong></a><a href="https://www.sfcdcp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Health-Update-Seasonal-Influenza-2018-2019-FINAL11.01.2018.pdf"><strong> report here.</strong></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2018 17:02:34 Z 2018-11-02 17:02 +00:00 2018-11-02 10:02 -07:00 4721 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/ama-reimagining-residency-initiative.aspx?PostId=4721&tabid=2622 AMA AMA Reimagining Residency Initiative <aside> <p>The AMA&rsquo;s new $15 million grant program to support GME innovation will build on the success of the Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative that has created a community of innovation aimed at creating the medical schools of the future.</p> </aside> <p>The success of that initiative (involving $12.5&nbsp;million in grants awarded to 32 medical schools and impacting 19,000 medical students, who will one&nbsp;day care for 33 million patients each year) has prompted the AMA to&nbsp;now&nbsp;reimagine residency training.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fYwWuaNTrQQ" width="560"></iframe></p> <h2>Reimagining Residency Initiative</h2> <p>The goal of the five-year, $15-million Reimagining Residency grant program is to transform residency training to best address the workforce needs of our current and future health care system. It will support innovations that provide a meaningful and safe transition from UME to GME, establish new curricular content and experiences to enhance readiness for practice, and promote well-being in training.</p> <h2>Funding Opportunity</h2> <p>In early January 2019 the AMA will post a Request for Proposals for the Reimagining Residency&nbsp;initiative. Applicants will be solicited from U.S. medical schools, GME programs, GME sponsoring institutions, health systems&nbsp;and other organizations associated with GME. Funding will support bold and innovative projects that promote systemic change in graduate medical education.</p> <h2>Important Grant Dates&nbsp;</h2> <p>Interested parties will be required to submit Letters of Intent describing the goals and scope of their proposed project. Here are important dates and activities.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Jan. 3, 2019</strong>:&nbsp;RFP distributed</li> <li><strong>Feb. 1, 2019</strong>: Letters of Intent due</li> <li><strong>Feb. 25&ndash;March 1, 2019</strong>: Invitation for full proposals from selected Letters of Intent</li> <li><strong>April 17, 2019</strong>: Full proposals due</li> <li><strong>June 2019</strong>: Announcement of awards</li> <li><strong>July 2019</strong>: Funding cycle begins</li> </ul> <p>Reimagining Residency Webinar</p> <p>Attend the informational webinar on Jan. 16, 2019 to learn more about the new GME funding program.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=2jrai6336mm5&amp;campaign=ihrcijtu87ax">Sign Up Now</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2018 22:45:04 Z 2018-10-30 22:45 +00:00 2018-10-30 15:45 -07:00 4719 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/prop-56-implementation-what-physicians-need-to-know-about-the-supplemental-payments.aspx?PostId=4719&tabid=2622 CMA Prop 56 Implementation: What Physicians Need to Know about the Supplemental Payments <p>The California Health Care, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 (Prop. 56) created new revenues dedicated to the Medi-Cal program. Physicians receive supplemental payments in both fee-for-service and Medi-Cal managed care when providing Medi-Cal services under certain CPT codes. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), will discuss the status of distribution of both 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 funds and their distribution timelines.</p> <p>This webinar also will cover eligible services, supplemental payment amounts by CPT code and tips on ensuring your practice receives the full amount of eligible funds. It will also provide information on how to file grievances on Prop. 56 funds and how the California Medical Association (CMA) can help. &nbsp;</p> <p>Presenters: Lindy Harrington, Deputy Director, Health Care Financing, DHCS; Ryan Witz, Assistant Deputy Director, Health Care Financing, DHCS; and Jodi Black, Vice President, Center for Economic Services, CMA</p> <p>Webinar Time: 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM</p> <p>Webinar Notice: Please register at least one hour before the webinar. If you do not register an hour before the webinar start time, we cannot guarantee your attendance. Questions: 800-786-4CMA (4262). &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Contact:</p> <p>Juli Reavis</p> <p><a href="mailto:jreavis@cmadocs.org">jreavis@cmadocs.org</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2018 20:14:00 Z 2018-10-26 20:14 +00:00 2018-10-26 13:14 -07:00 4715 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/peter-bretan-mds-historic-victory-featured-on-the-filipino-channel-tfc.aspx?PostId=4715&tabid=2622 CMA,News,SFMMS Member Dr. Peter Bretan's Historic Victory Featured on The Filipino Channel (TFC) <p style="text-align: center;">Watch the video below:</p> <div class="embed-1080p" data-oembed-url="https://youtu.be/v2Qikd5MU4s"> <div style="max-width:320px;margin:auto;"><!-- You're using demo endpoint of Iframely API commercially. Max-width is limited to 320px. Please get your own API key at https://iframely.com. --> <div style="left: 0; width: 100%; height: 0; position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.2493%;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/v2Qikd5MU4s?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" tabindex="-1"></iframe></div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2018 21:33:40 Z 2018-10-24 21:33 +00:00 2018-10-24 14:33 -07:00 4711 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/renew-20th-anniversary-celebration-conference.aspx?PostId=4711&tabid=2622 Educational Event,Local Events,SFMMS Member Events Renew 20th Anniversary Celebration Conference <p><img src="/Portals/27/image_1.png" style="width: 596px; height: 321px; float: left;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> This conference celebrates the 20th anniversary of RENEW, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998 by<br /> Linda Hawes Clever, MD and colleagues. Dr. Clever&rsquo;s book, The Fatigue Prescription, Four Steps to Renewing<br /> Your Energy, Health and Life, offers a framework of &ldquo;Awareness, Reflection, Conversation, Plan and Act&rdquo; to<br /> guide accomplished, devoted people toward meaning and joy in their professional and personal commitments.<br /> Renewing centers on values, attitudes, relationships, good health and setting priorities to help people establish<br /> basic, sustainable practices. Participants in RENEW programs have reported positive results in the areas<br /> of improved teamwork, restored vitality and confidence, positive outlooks, leadership, and resilience. At this<br /> conference, participants from several walks of life will build community via interactive panels, presentations,<br /> Conversation Groups&copy; and music. We will hear about pacesetting thinking and actions as we explore and learn<br /> principles that will lift spirits, improve effectiveness, and promote excellence in personal and professional lives.<br /> <br /> LEARNING OBJECTIVES<br /> &bull; Examine and explore professional and personal values that pertain to patients, clients, and life.<br /> &bull; Identify barriers and boosters that influence our ability to move forward with personal and professional<br /> fulfillment and sustainability.<br /> &bull; Share insights, knowledge, and skills that contribute to first-rate personal and professional practices.<br /> &bull; Develop strategies to translate renewing practices into individual lives as well as advancing the health and<br /> vitality of families, organizations, and communities.<br /> <br /> Program Cost $250 Student Rate $175 Must currently be enrolled in a college course.<br /> Sutter Health University is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.<br /> Provider Number 12691 for 5 CEU contact hours.<br /> To Register please visit our website <strong><a href="http://RENEWnow.org">RENEWnow.org</a></strong></p> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 18:36:04 Z 2018-10-19 18:36 +00:00 2018-10-19 11:36 -07:00 4710 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/national-increase-in-reports-of-suspected-acute-flaccid-myelitis-cases.aspx?PostId=4710&tabid=2622 News,Public Health,SF Dept of Public Health Health Advisory: National Increase in Reports of Suspected Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases <p><img alt="" src="/Portals/27/page%20one%20of%20public%20health%20advisory.JPG" style="width: 612px; height: 795px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/Portals/27/blog%20post%20acute%20flaccid%20myelitis.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 817px;" /><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.sfcdcp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/CAHAN-Advisory-US-Increase-Reports-Suspected-Acute-Flaccid-Myelitis-Cases-FINAL-10.17.2018.pdf"><u><strong>Link to document.</strong></u></a></p> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:26:00 Z 2018-10-19 17:26 +00:00 2018-10-19 10:26 -07:00 4702 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/bay-area-urologist-and-kidney-transplant-surgeon-named-president-elect-of-the-california-medical-association.aspx?PostId=4702&tabid=2622 CMA,SFMMS Member Bay Area Transplant Surgeon Named President-Elect of the California Medical Association <p style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt; text-align: right;"><span style="tab-stops:right 6.75in">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 799px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 267px;">&nbsp;FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</td> <td style="width: 522px; text-align: right;"><span style="tab-stops:right 6.75in">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;CONTACT</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 267px;">October 16, 2018</td> <td style="width: 522px;"> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt; text-align: right;"><br /> <span style="tab-stops:right 6.75in">Erin Henke&nbsp;<br /> ehenke@sfmms.org, (415) 302-2746</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt; text-align: right;"><img src="/Portals/27/Bretan.jpeg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; float: right; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 8pt; text-align: right;"><span style="tab-stops:right 6.75in">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p>San Francisco Marin Medical Society (SFMMS) candidate and urologist and kidney transplant surgeon Peter N. Bretan,&nbsp;Jr., M.D., was elected by the California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates as the CMA&#39;s President-Elect. He will be the first CMA President from the SFMMS&nbsp;in over 20 years, and the first Filipino-American physician to serve as CMA President. Dr. Bretan practices in Marin, Sonoma and Santa Cruz counties.</p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:17.65pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 8pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:17.65pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 8pt">In his heartfelt acceptance remarks, Bretan said &ldquo;I am truly humbled and honored and thank this CMA House of Delegates for your votes, and for taking the time to be here for our annual meeting on behalf of our profession and patients. I will seek to unify the intelligence, experience, and energy in this room to move our profession forward in these challenging times.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:17.65pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 8pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:17.65pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 8pt">Dr. Bretan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physiology from University of California, Berkeley and his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, where he completed residencies in general surgery and urology, as well as a fellowship in radiology. He also completed a fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in transplantation and renovascular surgery.</p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:17.65pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 8pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:17.65pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 8pt">Dr. Bretan has served as a CMA Trustee and delegate, and is a three-time county medical society president. He is the current President of the California Urological Association and serves as an adjunct clinical professor at Touro University, where he has taught classes in health care policy for the past 15 years.</p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:17.65pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 8pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:17.65pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 8pt">Dr. Bretan is the founder and CEO of Life Plant International, a charitable organization that promotes disaster preparedness, organ donation and early disease screening worldwide. He has also provided care around the world on medical missions.</p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:17.65pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 8pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:17.65pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 8pt">&quot;My greatest motivation in service is to give back to society for my good fortune. I grew up as a child farm laborer, and I know what it is to be without adequate health care,&rdquo; said Bretan. &ldquo;For me, this is the fulfillment of a 50-year dream, first of becoming a surgeon, and then of saving and helping even more lives by working towards better health policies as CMA President. I pledge to embrace empathy and diversity to enable every physician to succeed and thrive in serving their patients and our communities.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:17.65pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 8pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:17.65pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 8pt">Dr. Bretan will serve on the CMA&rsquo;s Executive Committee for the next year as president-elect, and he will be installed as the CMA president in October 2019.</p> <p align="center" style="margin-right:17.65pt; text-align:center; margin:0in 0in 8pt">###</p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:17.65pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><b>About the San Francisco Marin Medical Society</b></p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:17.65pt; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 8pt">In 2017, the San Francisco Marin Medical Society (SFMMS) was created by combining the San Francisco Medical Society, and the Marin Medical Society. With more than 2,000 members, SFMMS unites dedicated physicians to champion quality health care and innovation for patients and the community, and serves the professional needs of physicians in San Francisco and Marin. SFMMS aims for its membership to provide exemplary health care to the community, experience professional fulfillment and shape the future of medicine. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.sfmms.org">www.sfmms.org</a>.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 19:15:59 Z 2018-10-16 19:15 +00:00 2018-10-16 12:15 -07:00 4693 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/primary-care-psychiatry-training-for-primary-care-providers.aspx?PostId=4693&tabid=2622 Educational Event Primary Care Psychiatry Training for Primary Care Providers <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><br /> <img height="754" src="/Portals/27/image.png" width="570" /></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">For the past three years, UC Irvine and UC Davis have partnered with the California Psychiatric Association to provide a winter conference: Essentials in Primary Care Psychiatry, as well as offering an award-winning year-long training program, the UC Irvine/UC Davis&nbsp;Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship. Both are geared towards strengthening the behavioral health skills of primary care providers who are faced with these patient needs every day and are often unable to find further support in the community. The conference is a two-day intensive interactive primer on primary care psychiatry diagnosis and treatment which will augment the skills of even the most seasoned provider. The fellowship is a rigorous&nbsp;first-of-its-kind training program which sees its yearly graduates calm, confident, and capable of managing complicated mental health and substance abuse issues that walk in the door.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2018 21:16:53 Z 2018-10-11 21:16 +00:00 2018-10-11 14:16 -07:00 4692 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/ama-statement-on-cvs-aetna-merger-not-enough-patient-protection.aspx?PostId=4692&tabid=2622 AMA AMA Statement on CVS-Aetna Merger: Not Enough Patient Protection <aside> <p><strong>Statement attributed to</strong>:<br /> <a href="https://www.ama-assn.org/barbara-l-mcaneny-md">Barbara L. McAneny, M.D.</a><br /> President, American Medical Association</p> </aside> <p>&ldquo;While the AMA welcomes the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) requiring Aetna to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-requires-cvs-and-aetna-divest-aetna-s-medicare-individual-part-d" target="_blank">divest</a>&nbsp;its Medicare Part D drug plan business, we are disappointed that the DOJ did not go further by blocking the CVS-Aetna merger.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The AMA worked tirelessly to oppose this merger and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/cvs-aetna-and-cigna-express-scripts-mergers">presented</a>&nbsp;a wealth of expert empirical evidence to convince regulators that the merger would harm patients. We now urge the DOJ and state antitrust enforcers to monitor the post-merger effects of the Aetna acquisition by CVS Health on highly concentrated markets in pharmaceutical benefit management services, health insurance, retail pharmacy, and specialty pharmacy.</p> <p>&ldquo;Patients are better served by promoting competitive health care markets. The AMA is committed to ensuring that competition in health care is not compromised. We will continue to examine proposed health care mergers as they arise and take every opportunity to challenge those that are detrimental to the patients we serve.&rdquo;<br /> # # #</p> <p><strong>Media Contact:</strong><br /> Robert J. Mills<br /> AMA Media &amp; Editorial&nbsp;<br /> (312) 464-5970<br /> <a href="mailto:robert.mills@ama-assn.org">robert.mills@ama-assn.org</a></p> <p><strong>About the AMA</strong></p> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 22:21:46 Z 2018-10-10 22:21 +00:00 2018-10-10 15:21 -07:00