Office of Advanced Practice
APP Advisory Board Communications Committee
Highlighting APP Practice at UCSF HEALTH
 As President of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), Matt delivered a keynote address at the association's 35th annual conference titled "Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Revolutionizing Access to Person-Centered Care." The presentation explored the unique skills and qualities that position psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nurses at the forefront of revolutionizing access to care. By highlighting APNA member contributions to research, evidence-based practice innovations, & more, this presentation spotlighted nurses as the backbone of PMH care who are working within & outside of existing structures to lead a revolution of person-centered care.

In addition, Matt Co-authored Don’t “Waive” Goodbye to Education for Opioid Use Disorder. NAM Perspectives. Commentary, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC.
EXCERPT: As the United States continues grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, a long-standing and worsening public health crisis escalates. In 2020, more than 93,000 people in the U.S. died of drug-related overdoses largely due to the synthetic opioid fentanyl—the most ever recorded [1]. COVID-19 has further fueled the American overdose epidemic. In addition, isolation […]

Released this month, Matt co-authored Improving Behavioral Health Services in the Time of COVID-19 and Racial Inequities.
EXCERPT:The emergence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), coupled with the increasing awareness of racial inequity in the United States, as sparked by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police officers... Click to read

Monifa Willis, NP, MSN

Monifa, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, became an assistant professor at UCSF School of Nursing. In addition, Willis founded a behavioral crisis aftercare service for child and adolescent patients to ensure patients are connected to long-term care following discharge. Also, she is featured as a success story on the school of nursing website. Her story is inspirational.
Excerpt: Throughout her childhood, Willis said she was often the fixer and helper in her family and school environments. From a young age, she wanted to know what makes people tick and how to make them feel.
Naomi Jay, RN NP PhD FAAN

Naomi has been working on the ANCHOR study for 6 years and this groundbreaking national clinical trial has been halted due to the therapy’s high success rates. This will impact health care for MSMs(men who have sex with men) everywhere and many other people at risk for anal cancer. Furthermore, Naomi was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing, which is a significant milestone in a nurse leader's career. The application process is very competitive and rigorous. Hundreds of applications are reviewed and the 2021 Fellows were selected based on their contributions to advance the public's health.

Laura Zitella, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCN
Patricia Zendejas, NP, MSN, MSW

The biggest annual national oncology AHP conference (JADPRO Live) was held in the first two weeks of October. Laura gave a presentation on “Molecular testing for hematologic malignancies” and co-authored the following abstract at the conference “Oncology Advanced Practitioner Involvement in Cancer Clinical Trials: Findings from an Academic versus Community Analysis".  Patricia ("Patty") gave a presentation on “Multidisciplinary management of pancreatic cancer”.
Jadpro live is a virtual educational conference that presents the latest clinical insights and best practices to advanced practitioners in oncology
William Bradley, MSN, NP-C, ACNP, ACHPN, AACC
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.
APP and new Nursing Manager William Bradley with the Non-Invasive Cardiology UCSF Heart and Vascular Center/Adult Cardiac Stress Lab
will be presenting an e-Poster titled Vasodilatory Capacity With Regadenoson Myocardial Perfusion Imaging In Patients With End Stage Liver Disease along with co-authors Thuy Nguyen and Miguel Hernandez Pampalon.
Cheryl Giscombé on Stress-Related Health Disparities
Join the School of Nursing for its upcoming research talk with featured speaker Cheryl Giscombé, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, the associate dean of the PhD Division & Program and Levine Family Distinguished Scholar in Quality of Life, Health Promotion, and Wellness at the University of North Carolina’s School of Nursing. Giscombé's research focuses on understanding and reducing stress-related health disparities among African Americans. Her work incorporates sociohistorical and biopsychosocial perspectives to investigate how stress and coping strategies contribute to stress-related psychological and physical health outcomes. Click for Bio
This presentation is part of the School of Nursing’s Nancy Steiger Research Seminar Series and will be held Dec. 13, 12-1 p.m.via Zoom.
If the Zoom hyperlink doesn’t work, here’s the full link
APP Fall Wellness Open Forum
Thank you to everyone who joined us on October 26 as we learned about using the Fogg Behavior Model in "Understanding Motivation and Its Role in Behavior Change"

Special thanks to everyone who participated with 80s-inspired attire and virtual backgrounds.

April 2022 will be the next APP Open Forum.
Did you miss the BCH Enterprise Town Hall
on October 5, 2021?

The recording of this Town Hall is available here:

The DEI and Anti-Racism Council presented a broad array of information and updates. Learn more and get involved.

BCH is committed to listening and learning as we work together to bring continuous improvement to our organization. The town halls are part of our commitment to communicate with transparency and consistency, to provide forums for discussion, to learn about your concerns, and to answer your questions.
Deadline extended
Mobile device and access to UCSF email
UCSF has used Exchange ActiveSync for many years to enforce minimum security standards on mobile devices. If you are using the Mail, Calendar, and Contact apps on your phone then you are using ActiveSync. Microsoft is ending support for ActiveSync. Microsoft Intune replaces Exchange ActiveSync, and allows you to use either the Mail, Calendar, and Contact apps, or Outlook and other Microsoft mobile apps.

(link for Chrome browser - SSO Sign-In required)
Open Enrollment
Ends: Friday November 19, 2021 at 5 p.m.
**All Open Enrollment changes will be effective January 1, 2022**

Highlights/Changes for 2022  
·   Although the formularies for Anthem IngenioRx (current pharmacy benefit manager) and Navitus (new pharmacy benefit manager) are similar, there are some differences that may impact your individual medication costs and coverage.
·   For more information, visit Navitus website or call 24/7 Customer Care line: 855-673-6504
Flexible Spending Accounts: You MUST re-enroll (if currently enrolled) each year
·   Health FSA: health care expenses for you and your eligible dependents
·   Dependent Care FSA: child care or elder care expenses for eligible dependents
Vision (VSP): Increased contact lens allowance from $110 to $160/year

Log into UCPath online
UC Path Customer Service: 1-855-982-7284

UC Slip-Resistant Footwear Program

Do you qualify for free Slip-Resistant Footwear?
The Office of the President, Office of Risk Services (OPRS) provides oversight and funding for the University of California (UC) Slip-Resistant Footwear (SRF) Program. The goal of the UC SRF Program is to reduce the frequency and severity of slip-and-fall incidents throughout the UC system by providing high-quality, slip-resistant footwear to employees whose job duties routinely expose them to significant slip-and-fall hazards (e.g., dining/nutrition services, custodial/environmental services, patient care, and animal care employees).

For questions contact Local EHS Liaison(s) or UCOP EHS
FY22 IAP Payout Update

The FY21 Incentive Award Program (IAP)/CEMRP2 payout is still pending approval by the UC Administrative Oversight Committee (AOC).

The expected payout date is currently November 10, 2021, however this will not be confirmed until we receive further approvals from the AOC and UCPath.
Mentor and Mentee
Stuck in a rut? It can be easy to feel this way once you’ve been in your career for a while. Mentoring can help you expand your perspective, become a better leader, build community, exercise emotional intelligence and challenge yourself. Whenever you teach or provide guidance to someone else, it can help reignite your own career motivation.
"Colleagues are a wonderful thing – but mentors, that’s where the real work gets done.” – Junot Díaz

Do you feel as if you need a mentor? Enroll in the program to be matched up with an APP who can speak from experience or point you in the right direction.

The Office of the Ombuds serves as a resource for all members of the UCSF community (faculty, non-faculty academics, staff, administrators, students, post-doctoral fellows and other trainees) and offers a safe, confidential place to discuss UCSF-related issues and explore possibilities for informally addressing concerns.
The Ombuds will listen; help identify options; make inquiries and make referrals as appropriate; and/or facilitate resolutions in an impartial manner. The Office of the Ombuds supplements and does not replace or substitute formal grievance processes made available by the University. The Office operates within University policy and follows the International Ombudsman Association Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. 
Using Effective Communication to Give and Receive Feedback
Thursday Nov 18th: 9-11am (virtual)

"Using Effective Communication to Give and Receive Feedback"

Presented by the UCSF Professional Development Council

APP Job Corner

Each month you find the most up to date list of all UCSF Health APP open positions. Refer a colleague and if that colleague is hired, then you may be eligible for a referral award. For more info: referral program
The Coding Corner
Each month in this Coding Corner you will find a tip about coding.

Announcing new way to respond to MyChart Message with an independent visit that is reimbursed by insurance
starting November 14, 2021

'Medical Advice Messages'

A new option for virtual care will become available 11/14/21, which will allow APPs to respond to MyChart messages that require your medical expertise and take more than a five minutes to answer.

These Medical Advice Messages (formerly known as eVisits) are a form of virtual care over the patient portal that are reimbursed by insurance. Medical Advice Messages are independent visits and APPs can receive wRVU credit for these visits.

Thanks to our APeX team (including Ian Shaw and Bill Clancy), medical informaticists, Patient Experience Committee, and compliance team for these changes. Please email [email protected] with questions.

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Ivette Becerra-Ortiz, DNP, MPH, NEA-BC, CPNP-PC, NP, RN
Chief of Advanced Practice Providers
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Nursing
Department of Family Health Care Nursing
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