WHAT'S HAPPENING 4852 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/2018-j-elliott-royer-award-in-neurology-call-for-nominations.aspx?PostId=4852&tabid=2622 UCSF 2018 J. Elliott Royer Award in Neurology Call for Nominations <p>The J. Elliot Royer Award was established in 1957 by the late J. Elliot Royer, MD, as a bequest in his will. The award recognizes two psychiatrists or neurologists, one academic and one community, active in the medical field in San Francisco, Alameda or Contra Costa counties who during the year have made the most significant contribution to the advancement of psychiatry or neurology. The award alternates each year between the specialties of Neurology and Psychiatry.<br /> <br /> This year, two recipients will be selected for this cash award, one to an academic neurologist and the other to a community-based practitioner.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:2.3em;">Selection Criteria</span><br /> <strong>The award for Academic Excellence will be judged by:</strong><br /> a. Record of high-impact scholarly contributions to the field of neurology.<br /> b. University service.<br /> c. Community service.<br /> d. Regional, national, or international prominence.<br /> <strong>The award for Community Excellence will be judged by:</strong><br /> a. Evidence of service to the local, state, or national community.<br /> b. Evidence of teaching excellence.<br /> c. Evidence of original, creative contributions to the field.<br /> d. The general esteem and aspect of the candidate&#39;s peers as a role model and mentor to others in the field.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:2.3em;">Nomination Deadline</span><br /> Nominations will be received until 5:00 pm on <strong>Wednesday, May 1, 2019.</strong><br /> The committee will accept no more than three letters - one nominating and two supporting.<br /> The nomination must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae.<br /> Please submit nominations electronically as a single PDF to: <a href="http://erika.pham@ucsf.edu">erika.pham@ucsf.edu</a></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2019 19:03:15 Z 2019-03-19 19:03 +00:00 2019-03-19 12:03 -07:00 4850 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/2019-bay-area-cardiovascular-conference.aspx?PostId=4850&tabid=2622 SFMMS Member Events 2019 Bay Area Cardiovascular Conference <div data-oembed-url="https://www.smchealth.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/2019_bay_area_cardiac_conference_flyer.pdf"> <div style="max-width:720px;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: 141.4227%;"><iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" src="https://docs.google.com/viewer?embedded=true&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.smchealth.org%2Fsites%2Fmain%2Ffiles%2Ffile-attachments%2F2019_bay_area_cardiac_conference_flyer.pdf" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" tabindex="-1"></iframe></div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2019 23:54:53 Z 2019-03-15 23:54 +00:00 2019-03-15 16:54 -07:00 4849 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/calhealthcares-loan-repayment-program.aspx?PostId=4849&tabid=2622 Resident/Young Physicians,Loan Repayment CalHealthCares Loan Repayment Program <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">Dear Colleagues &ndash; we are excited to announce the CalHealthCares loan repayment program! Over the next five years, we will be awarding $220 million in loan repayments to physicians and dentists ($190 million for physicians). The application period is April 1 &ndash; 26 and we will be conducting webinars to get the word out.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">For interested physicians to send an email to <a href="mailto:CalHealthCares@phcdocs.org">CalHealthCares@phcdocs.org</a> for more information.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2019 23:49:34 Z 2019-03-15 23:49 +00:00 2019-03-15 16:49 -07:00 4846 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/updated-security-prescription-fix-signed-by-governor-newsom-delays-implementation-until-2021.aspx?PostId=4846&tabid=2622 CMA UPDATED: Security Prescription Fix Signed by Governor Newsom; Delays Implementation Until 2021 <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">After intense lobbying from the California Medical Association (CMA), Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Monday that will end the confusion caused by flawed implementation of the state&rsquo;s new prescription pad law.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">AB 149 will delay implementation of the new law until January 1, 2021, ensuring that patients will continue to have access to the medicine they need while the state creates a system to better track prescriptions across the state. Physicians will be required to order a new set of prescription pads by that date, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) will determine the specs of those new pads sometime next year.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">In the meantime, physicians will be able to use pads obtained before or after January 1, 2018. Both sets of pads will be accepted until DOJ can come up with guidelines are requirements for the new pads.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&ldquo;When AB 1753 went into effect, a timeline for implementation was not established, which caused confusion and frustration for medical professionals and consumers alike,&rdquo; Newsom wrote in his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/AB-149-Signing-Message.pdf">signing message.</a>&nbsp;&ldquo;AB 149 is needed to ensure patients throughout the state continue to receive their prescriptions quickly and easily while meeting the state&rsquo;s need to aggressively address the opioid crisis.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&ldquo;The governor&rsquo;s action will ensure that patients can access the medicine they need and will erase the confusion between pharmacies, patients and law enforcement that stemmed from the flawed implementation of last year&rsquo;s law,&rdquo; said CMA President David H. Aizuss, M.D. &ldquo;We want to thank lawmakers for acting quickly to address the concerns raised by patients and physicians, and we look forward to continuing to work with state lawmakers to address the state&rsquo;s opioid crisis while ensuring patients who need medicine have the access they need.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2019 20:34:03 Z 2019-03-14 20:34 +00:00 2019-03-14 13:34 -07:00 4844 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/gov-newsom-to-keynote-cmas-legislative-advocacy-day.aspx?PostId=4844&tabid=2622 CMA Gov. Newsom to Keynote CMA’s Legislative Advocacy Day <p>The California Medical Association (CMA) is pleased to announce that Governor Gavin Newsom will be one of our keynote speakers at the 45th annual&nbsp;CMA Legislative Advocacy Day on April 24, 2019, in Sacramento.</p> <p>This unique event is free of charge to all CMA members. Plan to join more than 400 physicians, medical students and resident members in educating legislative leaders as champions for patients and the practice of medicine.</p> <p>Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss health care with legislators at the Capitol. Meetings are scheduled and coordinated by local county medical societies.</p> <p>Set April 24 aside to become an advocate for your patients and colleagues!&nbsp;Click&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://www.cmadocs.org/event-info/sessionaltcd/LEGDAY19" target="_blank">here now</a></strong>&nbsp;to register!&nbsp;</p> <p>In advance of lobby day, attendees are encouraged to participate in a webinar training to learn the latest on legislation and policy affecting the practice of medicine on April 4. (<strong><a href="https://www.cmadocs.org/event-info/sessionaltcd/CMA19_0404_LEGDAY_TR/t/legislative-advocacy-day-webinar-training-learn-how-to-be-an-effective-advocate">Separate registration</a></strong>&nbsp;is required for this webinar.)</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2019 16:40:13 Z 2019-03-14 16:40 +00:00 2019-03-14 09:40 -07:00 4843 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/security-prescription-fix-signed-by-governor-newsom-delays-implementation-until-2020.aspx?PostId=4843&tabid=2622 CMA Security Prescription Fix Signed by Governor Newsom; Delays Implementation Until 2020 <p>After intense lobbying from the California Medical Association (CMA), Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Monday that will end the confusion caused by flawed implementation of the state&rsquo;s new prescription pad law.</p> <p>AB 149 will delay implementation of the new law until July 2020, ensuring that patients will continue to have access to the medicine they need while the state creates a system to better track prescriptions across the state. Physicians will be required to order a new set of prescription pads by that date.</p> <p>The bill follows the passage of last year&rsquo;s AB 1753, which required new prescription pads as part of an effort to track prescriptions for opioids.</p> <p>&ldquo;When AB 1753 went into effect, a timeline for implementation was not established, which caused confusion and frustration for medical professionals and consumers alike,&rdquo; Newsom wrote in his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/AB-149-Signing-Message.pdf">signing message.</a>&nbsp;&ldquo;AB 149 is needed to ensure patients throughout the state continue to receive their prescriptions quickly and easily, while meeting the state&rsquo;s need to aggressively address the opioid crisis.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The governor&rsquo;s action will ensure that patients can access the medicine they need, and will erase the confusion between pharmacies, patients and law enforcement that stemmed from the flawed implementation of last year&rsquo;s law,&rdquo; said CMA President David H. Aizuss, M.D. &ldquo;We want to thank lawmakers for acting quickly to address the concerns raised by patients and physicians, and we look forward to continuing to work with state lawmakers to address the state&rsquo;s opioid crisis while ensuring patients who need medicine have the access they need.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2019 18:02:06 Z 2019-03-12 18:02 +00:00 2019-03-12 11:02 -07:00 4842 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/pwb-conference-register-today.aspx?PostId=4842&tabid=2622 Educational Event PWB Conference Register Today! <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><img height="203" src="/Portals/27/image-20190308154754-1.jpeg" width="624" /></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">We are announcing some of our speakers and breakout sessions for our 31<sup>st</sup> Annual Western States Regional Conference on Physicians&rsquo; Well-Being Conference:</p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>Confirmed Speakers:</b></p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin-left:.5in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">Legal &amp; Legislative Hot Topics - Tom Curtis, Esq.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin-left:.5in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">Wine and Cheese Improve with Age: How Do Physicians Fare? -&nbsp; John Rosenberg, M.D., MPH &amp;&nbsp; Lauren Drag, Ph.D.</p> <p class="NoParagraphStyle" style="margin-left:.5in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">DUI - Doctors Under the Influence - How are DUIs Among Physicians Managed? - &nbsp;&nbsp;Greg Skipper, M.D.&nbsp;</p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin-left:.5in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">With More Speakers to come!</p> <p class="NoParagraphStyle" style="margin-left:.5in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>Breakout Sessions:</b></p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin-left:.5in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">PWBC 101 &ldquo;Nuts &amp; Bolts&rdquo;&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;</p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin-left:.5in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">PWBC 201 &ldquo;Beyond the Basics&rdquo;</p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin-left:.5in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">Aging Physician Case Studies&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin-left:.5in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">Medical Staff Management of Sexual Harassment</p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin-left:.5in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">Hospitals &amp; The Joint Commission: <i>The Current Status regarding Physician</i> <i>Health Standards</i>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b><u>Early Bird Pricing Increases after April 15<sup>th</sup>!</u></b></p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin-left:.5in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><a href="http://www.rcmanet.org/Events/EventInfo.aspx?sessionaltcd=E-RCMA-2019-5-22PWB">Click Here</a> to register individuals online</p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin-left:.5in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">For group registrations and additional information please contact Mar&rsquo;kettia Hull at (800) 472-6204 or <a href="mailto:mhull@rcmanet.org">mhull@rcmanet.org</a></p> <p class="BasicParagraph" style="margin-left:.5in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><a href="http://www.rcmanet.org/Portals/17/04Events/Flyer/Fax%20PWB%202019.pdf">Download Registration Form</a></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2019 23:51:00 Z 2019-03-08 23:51 +00:00 2019-03-08 15:51 -08:00 4841 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/mat-funding-opportunities.aspx?PostId=4841&tabid=2622 Uncategorized MAT Funding Opportunities Two California-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) funding opportunities just opened via the Center for Care Innovations (CCI). I wanted to make sure you were aware of them. <br /> <br />1. Addiction Treatment Starts Here — Behavioral Health: This opportunity is for 10 outpatient behavioral health organizations (mental health and/or substance use disorder treatment) to offer new MAT services. Grantees will join a 15-month learning collaborative, and CCI will provide tools, one-on-one coaching, and hands-on technical assistance to facilitate implementation. Each participating organization will receive $50,000 in funding. <br />• An informational webinar will be held March 15, 9:00–10:00 AM (PT). Register now. <br />• Application deadline: April 5, 5:00 PM (PT). Learn more. <br /> <br />2. Addiction Treatment Starts Here — Community Partnerships: This is an opportunity for three existing local opioid safety coalitions to be part of a 16-month learning collaborative. The program will provide tailored technical assistance and funding to participants who are ready to use systems practice and human-centered design techniques to further their efforts to address opioid use disorder in their communities and create social change at scale. CCI will provide $75,000 in funding to each participating team. <br />• Letter of Intent deadline: March 22, 5:00 PM (PT). Learn more. <br />These programs are part of the federally funded MAT Expansion Project from the California Department of Health Care Services. <br /> <br /> Fri, 08 Mar 2019 23:36:14 Z 2019-03-08 23:36 +00:00 2019-03-08 15:36 -08:00 4840 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/contribute-to-new-ama-rand-research.aspx?PostId=4840&tabid=2622 AMA Contribute to new AMA-RAND research <p>The RAND Corporation and American Medical Association are conducting research to better understand and describe how physician practices in a variety of specialties and practice arrangements (independent, IPA, health system, etc) that have integrated behavioral health care into the range of services they offer.<br /> <br /> If you&rsquo;ve integrated behavioral health care in your practice, whether you&rsquo;re in the early stages or have a well-established program, we are asking for your participation in this research project. This phone interview-based research will enable the AMA to provide physicians with training and resources needed to effectively implement and manage behavioral health care in their practices.<br /> <br /> If you&rsquo;re interested and available to participate, please contact Mark Friedberg, MD, MPP, RAND Senior Physician Policy Researcher, at <strong><a href="mailto:mfriedbe@rand.org">mfriedbe@rand.org</a></strong>.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2019 00:44:09 Z 2019-03-08 00:44 +00:00 2019-03-07 16:44 -08:00 4835 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/health-advisory-measles.aspx?PostId=4835&tabid=2622 Public Health Health Advisory: Measles <div data-oembed-url="https://www.sfcdcp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Health-Advisory-Measles-2019-FINAL-03.05.2019.pdf"> <div style="max-width:720px;margin:auto;"><!-- You're using demo endpoint of Iframely API commercially. Max-width is limited to 720px. Please get your own API key at https://iframely.com. --> <div style="left: 0; width: 100%; height: 0; position: relative; padding-bottom: 141.4227%;"><iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" src="https://docs.google.com/viewer?embedded=true&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sfcdcp.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2019%2F03%2FHealth-Advisory-Measles-2019-FINAL-03.05.2019.pdf" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" tabindex="-1"></iframe></div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:11:31 Z 2019-03-06 00:11 +00:00 2019-03-05 16:11 -08:00 4834 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/12-ways-to-be-a-physician-advocate.aspx?PostId=4834&tabid=2622 Physician Resource 12 Ways to be a Physician Advocate <p>Critical issues affecting today&rsquo;s physicians are being decided in the legislative arena at a fast and furious pace. Health care reform, medical liability, and scope of practice are just a few of the vital issues being debated and voted on by elected officials in Sacramento.</p> <p>The California Medical Association (CMA) has some of the best lobbyists, lawyers, and other advocates in the Capitol, but the most powerful weapon in advancing the cause of physicians and their patients is you. Below are 12 ways that YOU can be a physician advocate.</p> <ol> <li><strong>Know Your Power</strong><br /> Hearing from physicians with experience on the front lines of medicine in their community can make all the difference for a legislator contemplating a complicated health care issue.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Sign Up for Call-to Action-Alerts&nbsp;</strong><br /> Text &ldquo;DocLobby&rdquo; to 52886 to receive text action alerts, then download the members-only&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cmadocs.org/newsroom/news/view/ArticleID/27870/t/-CMA-launches-new-mobile-app">&ldquo;CMADocs&rdquo; mobile app</a>&nbsp;to receive grassroots push notifications.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Attend CMA&rsquo;s Annual Legislative Advocacy Day</strong><br /> Join your colleagues in Sacramento to educate legislative leaders as champions for patients and the practice of medicine. Sign up at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cmadocs.org/event-info/sessionaltcd/LEGDAY19">cmadocs.org/events</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Follow CMA&rsquo;s Legislative Hot List</strong><br /> Follow to receive a summary and the status of CMA-sponsored bills, as well as significant health care legislation. Sign up at&nbsp;<a href="http://cmadocs.org/grassroots">cmadocs.org/grassroots</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Get to Know Your Elected Officials</strong><br /> Meet with your elected officials while they are in their home districts or attend town halls/community events to educate them on health care issues.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Be a Resource for Legislators</strong><br /> Advocate on behalf of the physician community and your patients by offering your expertise and experience.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Become a Social Media Ambassador</strong><br /> Join to receive training, advice and content to help keep your colleagues and other medical professionals informed, connected and engaged online. Sign up at&nbsp;<a href="http://cmadocs.org/social-media-ambassador">cmadocs.org/social-media-ambassador</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Share Your Story</strong><br /> Receive media training, ghostwriting assistance and other media resources to share your powerful experiences and expertise with the public. Sign up at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cmadocs.org/media-surrogate">cmadocs.org/media-surrogate</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Contribute to CALPAC</strong><br /> Support CMA&rsquo;s political action committee to benefit state and federal candidates who share CMA&#39;s philosophy and vision. Donate at&nbsp;<a href="https://cmadocs.org/calpac">cmadocs.org/calpac</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Host a Local Fundraiser for a CMA-Endorsed Candidate</strong><br /> Host a candidate fundraiser or volunteer your time to develop a personal relationship &ndash; an excellent opportunity to become a legislator&rsquo;s valued constituent.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Run for Local Office</strong><br /> <a href="https://cmadocs.org/calpac">CALPAC&nbsp;</a>can help you run for office to shape state and local government health care policy.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Join CMA</strong><br /> For more than 160 years, CMA and its county medical societies have represented California&rsquo;s physicians as the recognized voice of the medical profession. Together, we are stronger. Join (or renew) at&nbsp;<a href="http://cmadocs.org/join">cmadocs.org/join</a>.</li> </ol> Tue, 05 Mar 2019 17:42:52 Z 2019-03-05 17:42 +00:00 2019-03-05 09:42 -08:00 4832 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/urge-your-legislator-to-vote-for-the-bipartisan-background-checks-act-hr-8-today.aspx?PostId=4832&tabid=2622 AMA Urge your legislator to vote for the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8) Today! <p>This week Congress is expected to vote on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation would help reduce gun violence in this country by ensuring those who are not legally permitted to purchase firearms are not able to do so.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> A recent Quinnipiac Poll found that <strong>97 percent of all Americans</strong>, including 97 percent of all gun owners support subjecting all gun purchases to a background check.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Background checks work - the Department of Justice has reported that between 1994 and 2015, 3 million individual applications were denied because of the background check requirement. That means 3 million potentially dangerous individuals were denied access to a firearm through the federal background check process.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> However, loopholes still exist - background checks are currently only required for purchases from federally licensed firearms dealers. There are no such requirements for purchases from gun-shows, over the internet or through private sales. H.R. 8 would take a common-sense approach to close these loopholes and institute a federal requirement for background checks for all gun sales.<br /> <br /> The time to act is now &ndash; please <strong>call your Representative using the grassroots hotline at (800) 833-6354 and urge them to support H.R. 8 today</strong>!</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2019 01:00:00 Z 2019-02-27 01:00 +00:00 2019-02-26 17:00 -08:00 4831 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/new-federal-regulations-impose-gag-rule-on-physicians-restrict-access-to-critical-services.aspx?PostId=4831&tabid=2622 AMA,Politics and Medicine New federal regulations impose gag rule on physicians, restrict access to critical services <p>A newly issued federal regulation, if allowed to stand, would limit women&rsquo;s access to care and force doctors to withhold information about all of their health care options.&nbsp;The AMA says government regulators got this one terribly wrong.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;This rule interferes with and imposes restrictions on the patient-physician relationship. For all intents and purposes, it imposes a gag rule on what information physicians can provide to their patients,&rdquo; said AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, MD. &ldquo;The patient-physician relationship relies on trust, open conversation and informed decision making and the government should not be telling physicians what they can and cannot say to their patients.&rdquo;</p> <p>The new rule will withhold funds to qualified family planning providers, such as Planned Parenthood, that also offer abortion services. By dramatically revising the Title X family-planning program, the rule will also prohibit, in most cases, referrals for abortion and restrict counseling about abortion services. The rule also will eliminate requirements that Title X sites offer a broad range of medically approved family planning methods and pregnancy options counseling.</p> <p>&ldquo;Protecting the integrity of the patient-physician relationship and defending the freedom of communication between patients and their physicians is a fundamental priority for the AMA,&rdquo; Dr. McAneny added. &ldquo;With this action, the administration wants to block physicians from counseling patients about all of their healthcare options and from providing appropriate referrals for care. This is a clear violation of patients&rsquo; rights in the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/ethics/patient-rights" target="_blank">Code of Medical Ethics</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p>Roughly 4,000 clinics received Title X funds that accounted for 19 percent of their revenue ($244.6 million) in 2017, according to the Health and Human Services (HHS)&nbsp;<a href="https://www.hhs.gov/opa/sites/default/files/title-x-fpar-2017-national-summary.pdf">2017 national summary on Title X</a>. Those clinics served 4 million family planning clients that generated 6.6 million encounters.</p> <p>The HHS proposal also will direct new funds to organizations that promote fertility awareness and abstinence as family-planning methods, instead of those that offer counsel on the full range of evidence-based methods.</p> <h2>Rule threatens access to care</h2> <p>Two-thirds of Title X patients had family incomes below the federal poverty level and 3.6 million qualified for subsidized or free services, according to the 2017 national summary.</p> <p>Title X funds were used for more than 2.4 million screenings for gonorrhea, more than 2.1 million for chlamydia, and about 1.2 million for HIV. Title X clinics also provided 2.8 million patients with some type of contraception. The clinics also conducted cervical cancer screening Pap tests for about 650,000 patients, and performed nearly 900,000 breast exams.</p> <p>&ldquo;The AMA also strongly objects to the administration&rsquo;s plan to withhold federal family planning funding from entities that provide critical medical services to vulnerable populations,&rdquo; said Dr. McAneny. &ldquo;Millions of women depend on the Title X program for access to much-needed healthcare including cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment, and other exams. This is the wrong prescription and threatens to compound a health equity deficit in this nation. Women should have access to these medical services regardless of where they live, how much money they make, their background, or whether they have health insurance.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to a Kaiser Family Foundation issue brief, there may be sites that do not offer abortion services and qualify for Title X funds, but may decide not to participate in the program because of concerns over medical liability or burdensome administrative requirements.</p> <p>The brief also noted how, if fully implemented the rule would &ldquo;shrink the network of participating providers and have major repercussions for low-income women across the country that rely on them for their family planning care.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Title X is popular, successful, and has had bipartisan support for decades,&rdquo; Dr. McAneny said. &ldquo;Our country is at a 30-year low for unintended pregnancy and an historic low for pregnancy among teenagers &mdash; largely because of expanded access to birth control. We should not be walking back from that progress.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2019 21:27:40 Z 2019-02-25 21:27 +00:00 2019-02-25 13:27 -08:00 4830 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/interoperability-and-patient-access-proposed-rule-listening-session-march-5.aspx?PostId=4830&tabid=2622 CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule Listening Session — March 5 <p style="margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">On February 11, CMS released the Interoperability and Patient Access proposed rule outlining opportunities to make patient data more useful and transferable through open, secure, standardized, and machine-readable formats, while reducing restrictive burdens on health care providers. In addition, CMS released two Requests for Information (RFIs) to obtain feedback on:</p> <ul> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in">Interoperability and health information technology adoption in post-acute care settings</span></li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in">Role of patient matching in interoperability and improved patient care</span></li> </ul> <p style="margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">CMS Administrator Seema Verma opens this listening session, followed by an overview by CMS experts. Learn about the provisions that impact you and get answers to your clarifying questions to help formulate comments for formal submission. Topics:</p> <ul> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in">Patient access through application programming interfaces</span></li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in">Health information exchange and care coordination across payers</span></li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in">Public reporting and prevention of information blocking</span></li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in">Provider digital contact information</span></li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in">Revisions to the conditions of participation for hospitals and critical access hospitals</span></li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="tab-stops:list .5in">RFIs</span></li> </ul> <p style="margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">We encourage you to review the&nbsp;<u><a href="https://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMjI1LjIyNjA2NTEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMjI1LjIyNjA2NTEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xODQ2OTEwNiZlbWFpbGlkPW1sbEBzZm1zLm9yZyZ1c2VyaWQ9bWxsQHNmbXMub3JnJnRhcmdldGlkPSZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;https://www.cms.gov/Center/Special-Topic/Interoperability-Center.html">proposed rule</a></u>&nbsp;prior to the listening session. Note: Feedback received during this listening session will not be considered formal comments on the rule. See the proposed rule for information on submitting these comments by the deadline.</p> <p style="margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p>Target Audience: All Medicare fee-for-service providers and industry-wide stakeholders.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2019 21:19:08 Z 2019-02-25 21:19 +00:00 2019-02-25 13:19 -08:00 4828 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/health-advisory-ongoing-ebola-outbreak-in-the-democratic-republic-of-congo.aspx?PostId=4828&tabid=2622 CDC,Public Health Health Advisory: Ongoing Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo <p>The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), in collaboration the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been closely monitoring the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). An outbreak of EVD was declared in North Kivu Province of the DRC on August 1, 2018; as of February 13, 2019, there have been 829 confirmed and probable EVD cases, and 521 deaths according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Vaccination and other disease control efforts have been hampered by armed conflict in the area, and the outbreak is ongoing. Although this area borders Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda, there have been no EVD cases associated with this outbreak detected outside the DRC thus far.<br /> <br /> While the risk of importation of Ebola virus into California remains very low, infectious diseases are regularly introduced into the state by returning California residents and travelers from all over the world. Specifically, CDPH regularly receives reports of malaria, dengue, hepatitis A, measles, enteric illness, and a variety of other illnesses among persons with a history of international travel. Thus, CDPH continues to remind healthcare providers in hospitals, emergency departments, and clinics to routinely ask patients with acute and possibly infectious illness about recent international travel.<br /> <br /> At this point, CDC recommends self-monitoring for possible Ebola symptoms for persons returning from the outbreak area. CDC has implemented processes with non-governmental agencies who are working in the DRC to have monitoring programs for all their workers. CDC is not routinely notifying CDPH or LHDs about returning travelers. Active monitoring, where public health personnel contact returning travelers on a regular basis, may be implemented if LHDs feel that the risk of exposure to Ebola was significant.<br /> The CDPH continues to recommend the following: &bull; For Local Health Departments (LHD):</p> <ul> <li>Immediately notify CDPH of any patients suspected of having EVD or other highly infectious illnesses due to special pathogens. Additional LHD guidance may be found at <strong><a href="https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/CDPHSu spectEbolaGuidance.pdf">https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/CDPHSu spectEbolaGuidance.pdf</a></strong></li> <li>If a LHD becomes aware of a returning traveler from the affected region of the DRC, including persons who provided healthcare to EVD patients, interview the traveler and&nbsp;perform a risk assessment. CDPH is available to help with the risk assessment. LHDs should notify the CDPH of all returning travelers.</li> <li>Based on the risk assessment, the LHD should develop a plan with the traveler as to whom to notify should the person become ill. If the LHD decides to implement active monitoring, the LHD should provide daily contact for the traveler.</li> <li>In the unlikely event of a returning traveler with a potential unprotected Ebola exposure, implement active monitoring, and notify CDPH to discuss whether other restrictions or assessments may be warranted.</li> </ul> <p>For healthcare providers and facilities:</p> <ul> <li>Implement appropriate infection control procedures in all settings. Travel history can inform specific infection control measures needed if there is suspicion of an infectious disease including EVD. Healthcare and Emergency Medical System providers should routinely ask patients with acute and possibly infectious illness about recent travel.</li> <li>If there is suspicion of EVD in a patient based on travel history and clinical presentation, the healthcare provider should be advised to take EVD specific precautions. These precautions include: immediate isolation of the patient in a private room with an in-room bathroom or covered bedside commode, and rapid notification of their LHD, if not already done. Healthcare provider contact with the patient should be limited to providing essential patient care; all healthcare provider contact should be rigorously documented. Additional guidance may be found at https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/clinicians/evd/infectioncontrol.html</li> </ul> <p>For travelers coming to California from areas with active Ebola virus transmission:</p> <ul> <li>Self-monitor for fever and other symptoms of EVD, which include severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and unexplained bleeding during the 21 days after leaving an EVD affected area. o Seek medical care immediately if you develop symptoms of EVD.</li> <li>Before going to the doctor&rsquo;s office, emergency room, or other clinical settings, contact the doctor or other healthcare provider and inform them about the recent travel and symptoms. This will help healthcare providers prepare their facility and protect other people. o If you have questions about EVD symptoms or self-monitoring, contact your LHD.<br /> <br /> For more information on the EVD outbreak in DRC, please refer to the following:</li> <li>WHO: <strong><a href="https://www.who.int/ebola/en/">https://www.who.int/ebola/en/ </a></strong></li> <li>CDC: <strong><a href="https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/index-2018.html">https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/index-2018.html</a></strong></li> </ul> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:47:13 Z 2019-02-22 17:47 +00:00 2019-02-22 09:47 -08:00 4826 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/lawmakers-unveil-bills-targeting-coke-and-pepsi-in-california.aspx?PostId=4826&tabid=2622 CMA,Public Health Lawmakers unveil bills targeting Coke and Pepsi in California <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif. </b>&mdash;<b> </b>A broad coalition of physicians, dentists and public health advocates announced their support for a package of bills aimed at reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and ensuring that corporations like The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) and PepsiCo Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) stop targeting low-income communities and pay their fair share of public health costs.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">The<b> </b>California Medical Association and California Dental Association are backing five measures, including a broad array of policy proposals that would reduce the consumption of sugary beverages such as soda, energy drinks, sweet teas and sports drinks that contribute to obesity, diabetes, tooth decay and heart disease.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&ldquo;Like the tobacco industry, companies like Coke and Pepsi are peddling harmful products to children at a significant cost to public health and our health care system,&rdquo; said CMA President David. H. Aizuss, M.D. &ldquo;These measures will help lower consumption and help Californians make healthier choices that prioritize public health.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">Sugar-sweetened beverages are a major factor in preventable diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, which affects approximately 4 million California adults, costing the state billions of dollars in health care costs. The high levels of sugar and frequency of consumption of these beverages, which are consumed by over 50 percent of 8-year-olds daily, &shy;are especially problematic.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&ldquo;The combination of high sugar content and acid makes soda especially damaging to teeth, and dentists see the devastating effects of this in our practices every day,&rdquo; said CDA President Del Brunner, D.D.S. &ldquo;Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic childhood disease and it affects children&rsquo;s ability to chew, speak properly and learn in school; we must do more to reverse soda&rsquo;s lifelong negative effects on dental health.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">The measures introduced this week include:</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>AB 766</b> by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) bans the sale of unsealed beverages larger than 16 ounces at food service establishments, including restaurants with self-service soda fountains.</li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>AB 764</b> by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) prohibits a soda company from offering a manufacturer&rsquo;s coupon to their partnering manufacturer, distributor or retailer.</li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>AB 765</b> by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) prohibits placement of sugar-sweetened beverages near the check-out counter at supermarkets, larger grocery stores, supercenters and warehouse clubs.</li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>SB 347</b> by Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) requires a warning label on sugar-sweetened beverages so consumers can make decisions that work best for them.</li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>AB 138 </b>by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) creates a fee on sodas and other sugary beverages and uses the new revenue to offset health and economic costs associated with overconsumption of sugar.</li> </ul> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">Effectively curbing the obesity epidemic will require a comprehensive approach to limit availability, place restrictions on advertising tactics and educate consumers about the harmful effects of sugar-sweetened beverages.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><i>The <b>California Dental Association</b> is the nonprofit organization representing organized dentistry in California. Founded in 1870, CDA is committed to the success of our members in service to their patients and the public. CDA also contributes to the oral health of Californians through various comprehensive programs and advocacy. CDA&rsquo;s membership consists of more than 27,000 dentists, making it the largest constituent of the American Dental Association. For more information, visit <a href="http://cda.org">cda.org</a>.&nbsp; </i></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><i>&nbsp;</i></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><i>The&nbsp;<b>California Medical Association</b>&nbsp;represents the state&rsquo;s physicians with more than 44,000 members in all modes of practice and specialties, and CMA is dedicated to the health of all patients in California.</i></p> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:00:00 Z 2019-02-21 18:00 +00:00 2019-02-21 10:00 -08:00 4825 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/comment-on-xcertias-guidelines-for-mobile-health-apps.aspx?PostId=4825&tabid=2622 AMA Comment on Xcertia's Guidelines for Mobile Health Apps <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">In 2016 the American Medical Association (AMA) and a number of other health-related organizations partnered to establish Xcertia, with the goal of developing guidelines for safe and effective digital health apps that will facilitate virtual care, including remote patient monitoring for chronic diseases. This is an emerging set of technologies, which is largely unregulated. Many solutions are not evidence-based and have not demonstrated that they are safe and effective tools for use as part of a patient&rsquo;s treatment plan.<br /> <br /> Xcertia has now released a complete set of guidelines covering the privacy, security, operability, usability and clinical content of mHealth solutions: <a href="https://xcertia.org/news-announcements/">https://xcertia.org/news-announcements/</a>. The guidelines are now available for public comment until May 15, 2019 at: <a href="https://www.xcertia.org/the-guidelines/">https://www.xcertia.org/the-guidelines/</a>. Xcertia will rely on these public comments to create a final version of the guidelines.<br /> <br /> Xcertia welcomes your comments and encourages you to join with us in recommending the guidelines to developers and physicians as a resource when considering mHealth solutions for their practice and to recommend to their patients.<br /> <br /> For questions, comments or if you wish to join this effort, please contact Michael L Hodgkins, MD, VP &amp; CMIO, AMA at <a href="mailto:michael.hodgkins@ama-assn.org">michael.hodgkins@ama-assn.org</a>.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:41:00 Z 2019-02-21 16:41 +00:00 2019-02-21 08:41 -08:00 4824 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/cma-sponsored-physician-loan-repayment-program-now-accepting-applications.aspx?PostId=4824&tabid=2622 CMA CMA-sponsored Physician Loan Repayment Program Now Accepting Applications <p>Applications&nbsp;are now being accepted for the next cycle of the&nbsp;<a href="https://oshpd.ca.gov/loans-scholarships-grants/loan-repayment/stlrp/">Steven M. Thompson Loan Repayment Program</a>. Award recipients receive up to $105,000 to repay educational loans in exchange for a three-year service commitment in a medically underserved area of the state.</p> <p>The program was created in 2002 through legislation sponsored by the California Medical Association. The current application cycle will close on February 26, 2019.&nbsp;</p> <p>To be considered for an award, you must:</p> <ul> <li>Have a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in California</li> <li>Be free of any contractual service obligations (i.e., the National Health Service Corps Federal Loan Repayment Program or other financial incentive programs)</li> <li>Have outstanding educational debt from a government or commercial lending institution</li> <li>Be currently employed or have accepted employment in a federally designated &quot;health professional shortage area&quot; in Californi</li> </ul> <p>For application, eligibility and program questions, contact the Health Professions Education Foundation at (800) 773-1669 or &nbsp;<a href="mailto:hpef-email@oshpd.ca.gov">hpef-email@oshpd.ca.gov</a>.</p> <p>The online application is available&nbsp;<a href="https://eapp.oshpd.ca.gov/funding/">here</a>.</p> <p>Selection for this program is extremely competitive and applicants are encouraged to&nbsp;<a href="https://oshpd.ca.gov/ml/v1/resources/document?rs:path=/Loan-Repayments-Scholarships-Grants/Documents/HPEF/Programs/STLRP-FAQs.pdf">review the FAQ</a>&nbsp;to learn more.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:37:00 Z 2019-02-20 19:37 +00:00 2019-02-20 11:37 -08:00 4823 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/the-ama-is-improving-the-health-of-the-nation-by-focusing-on-the-prevention-of-type-2-diabetes.aspx?PostId=4823&tabid=2622 AMA The AMA is Improving the Health of the Nation by Focusing on the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">The AMA is improving the health of the nation by focusing on the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Current statistics show that<b> </b>1 out of 3 American adults have prediabetes and 90% of them don&rsquo;t know they have it.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">On October 1, 2018 the AMA launched an online resource library that houses communications/media materials to be used by medical societies.&nbsp; The <b>State Medical Association Resources and Tools (S.M.A.R.T.) Portal </b>- offers an easily accessible, self-service and on-demand platform so medical societies can provide information on the prevention of type 2 diabetes to their membership (link below).&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.AMASMART.org&amp;d=DwMFaQ&amp;c=iqeSLYkBTKTEV8nJYtdW_A&amp;r=r2aYtmGVa8lk82buufGqw6kBc9joDOhvtH1v_Tyr30M&amp;m=IE5ortWdU9GXYlikmuyXQcxpvMnlQvsxlY3v1PetFqs&amp;s=VLXIEp_5ZzgLWuiug0h6FDwTUzHsZDSAgb0DJA6WrX4&amp;e=">www.AMASMART.org</a></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">Log in to the SMART Portal by entering the following:&nbsp; Name, Email and Organization Name (no password needed).&nbsp;The site can be accessed by multiple staff members within the same organization.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">The templated articles enable your organization to add quotes from your leadership team and state-specific data to the articles. The portal has proven to be a successful tactic to engage physicians regarding the National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change program. Recent articles can be viewed <a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.amasmart.org_documents.html-3FSessionGuid-3Ddddab569-2D4163-2D46b1-2D9f75-2D0e864c547050-23templatearticles&amp;d=DwMFaQ&amp;c=iqeSLYkBTKTEV8nJYtdW_A&amp;r=r2aYtmGVa8lk82buufGqw6kBc9joDOhvtH1v_Tyr30M&amp;m=IE5ortWdU9GXYlikmuyXQcxpvMnlQvsxlY3v1PetFqs&amp;s=n6JyY1gDQbJgG7tQskjA64-9SFkjwoAYxbIGQbR1u4g&amp;e=">here</a>.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">The AMA appreciates your help in raising awareness among physicians regarding the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Thank you very much for your support! &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:34:13 Z 2019-02-20 17:34 +00:00 2019-02-20 09:34 -08:00 4820 http://www.sfmms.org/news-publications/sfmms-blog/physicians-for-a-healthy-california-awards-38-million-in-grants-to-expand-residency-programs-in-ca.aspx?PostId=4820&tabid=2622 Physician Resource Physicians for a Healthy California Awards $38 Million in Grants to Expand Residency Programs in CA <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>For Immediate Release</b></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>February 6, 2019</b></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>Contact: Monica Montano, Physicians for a Healthy California (<a href="mailto:mmontano@phcdocs.org">mmontano@phcdocs.org</a>)</b></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>Physicians for a Healthy California Awards $38 Million in Grants to Expand Residency Programs in CA</b></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><i>New tobacco tax revenues will fund 156 slots for physician residencies statewide</i></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">SACRAMENTO, Calif. &ndash; Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) today announced that more than $38 million in new state tobacco tax revenues has been awarded to graduate medical education (GME) programs across the state to fund 156&nbsp; slots for physician residencies. The first &ldquo;CalMedForce&rdquo; grants will help address the state&rsquo;s physician shortage, particularly in underserved communities where patients often lack access to timely and quality health care.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">This first round of funding includes awards to <a href="https://www.phcdocs.org/Programs/CalMedForce/GME-Grant-Recipients">73 separate</a> GME programs located in hospitals, medical centers and community clinics to offer residencies to 156 recent medical school graduates. Under California state law, a physician must complete a minimum of three years of supervised residency before practicing independently. A shortage of available residency slots has contributed to a bottleneck of medical student graduates and exacerbated the state&rsquo;s physician shortage.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">Funding for this new GME program comes from Proposition 56, the $2-per-pack tax on tobacco products approved by California voters in 2016.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&ldquo;These CalMedForce grants will help California grow and strengthen the physician pipeline to meet the demands of our state&rsquo;s growing and changing patient population,&rdquo; said Lupe Alonzo-Diaz, MPAff, PHC president and CEO. &ldquo;This&nbsp; investment will improve access to care and increase timely access to a physician for patients in underserved communities.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">The 73 programs that received awards in this cycle represent 156 residency slots in both urban and rural areas. Programs that focus on medically-underserved areas and populations were given priority.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">While the $38 million in grants will serve as a down payment on increasing graduate medical education, the available funds did not meet demand for these residency slots. In its first award cycle, CalMedForce received 131 applications totaling more than $147 million in requests to support 594 residents.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&ldquo;The demand for these funds is a clear indicator of the statewide need for this funding and an example of how the new tobacco tax will help improve access to care in California,&rdquo; said Cathryn Nation, M.D, Associate Vice President for Health Sciences in the UC Office of the President. &ldquo;This is an important step in providing better access to care by training more California physicians for future careers in areas of unmet need.&nbsp;We look forward to announcing future grants in years to come.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><b>About the CalMedForce Program</b></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">Under Proposition 56, the University of California (UC) received $40 million to support a statewide graduate medical education program. UC has contracted with PHC to administer the annual $40 million in grants.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">PHC gathered feedback from various stakeholders as it developed the program processes and award criteria. This included surveying the GME directors of primary care and emergency medicine residency programs in October 2018. The survey gathered information on potential opportunities and challenges in sustaining, retaining and expanding their residency programs. The PHC Advisory Council took great lengths to validate the application, eligibility criteria and scoring criteria aligned with the statute.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt">For more information about the CalMedForce program, visit <a href="http://www.phcdocs.org/programs/calmedforce">PHCdocs.org/programs/CalMedForce</a>.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2019 23:25:48 Z 2019-02-14 23:25 +00:00 2019-02-14 15:25 -08:00