Office of Advanced Practice
APP Advisory Board Communications Committee
Highlighting APP Practice at UCSF HEALTH
Laura Zitella, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCN gave two presentations recently. The first was at The Advanced Practice Providers (APP) Oncology Summit. The goal of this summit is to provide learners with a broad overview of the latest developments and important current concepts in the multidisciplinary treatment of oncology patients. The presentation was titled: Identification and Management of Immunotherapy Related Endocrine Dysfunction in Cancer Patients.
The second presentation was at the 16th International Congress on Myelodysplastic Syndromes.  The Congress covers the most recent discoveries in MDS basic and translational research as well as all relevant clinical aspects of MDS diagnosis, prognosis, and management. The presentation was titled : Immunology Basics.
Charlotte Huie, NP has specialty training in neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and neuro-endocrinology. She manages the treatment of adult patients who have undergone neurosurgery for pituitary tumors. She has a special interest in the evaluation and management of pituitary and hypothalamus disorders. Recently, Charlotte co-authored a chapter in a book titled: Epidemiology of Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors
Celebrating APP Appreciation week
Click below to replay the UCSF sponsored virtual events

Be sure to ask your manager for your Advanced Practice Provider beanie cap
Fetal Treatment Center NPs: Francesca Perrone and
Janice Scudmore

Urology NPs:
 Won Kim and Kim Ly with nurse manager
Katherine Chang
Regina Gould and Mathew Stephen
Heart & Vascular Surgical Services:
Nimaljeet Tarango and Joanna Delong
GynOnc NPs:
Natalia DeMatteo and Melissa Mark
2021 UCSF Health
Exceptional Advanced Practice Provider Award
Nomination deadline November 1, 2021

On Sept 26, 2021 the UCSF family and many other patients and friends remembered Lisa Hannegan,
cherished founder, leader, mentor and friend at the annual The Aneursym and AVM Foundation Walk and mosaic art project. For more info
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Covid-19 update

*Pfizer Booster shots available to UCSF employees, learners and patients who are 6 months past their second Pfizer Covid-19 shot. Click here for locations.
* Flu vaccines are currently available. OHS recommends not taking flu and booster at the same time to ascribe potential reactions to the appropriate vaccine. Click here on-site clinic locations/dates
Dept of Maternal Fetal Medicine & Division of Critical Care Medicine
Oberndorf Auditorium UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay
Onsite and live stream meeting
November 5-6, 2021
Fundamental Critical Care Support: Obstetrics

• Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill pregnant patient
• Explain physiologic changes during pregnancy
Describe specific maternal obstetric and medical conditions and appropriate treatment
• Describe optimal maternal CPR and airway management in the care of the critically ill pregnant patient • Describe appropriate steps for fetal assessment, delivery, and neonatal management
• Determine the need for expert consultation and/or patient transfer and prepare the practitioner for optimally Click here for brochure
Be an APP Mentor!!!
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, build community, and challenge yourself. Whenever you teach or provide guidance to someone else, it can help reignite your own career motivation.
"The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people" ~ John C. Maxwell

Announcing the New APP Job Corner

Each month in this APP job corner 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 eligble for a referral award. For more info: referral program
Announcing the
New Coding Corner
Each month in this Coding Corner you will find a tip about coding.

Should I be adding Modifier 25?

Add Modifier 25 when billing for 2 separate services during an ambulatory visit, eg billing for an E/M service plus a procedure or billing for a preventative health visit + a procedure.
Modifier 25 must be added to the E/M service.

October 26, 2021 5-6:30pm
Advanced Practice Provider
Wellness Open Forum
Many of you are probably aware that Mark Laret, President and Chief Executive officer of UCSF Health, will be retiring on December 31, 2021. He will be in attendence at our October 26, 2021 APP Wellness Open Forum. We would like to thank him for a job incredibly well done, and for the support and advocacy he has offered all of Advanced Practice Providers throughout his tenure. 

We would love it if you could share any photos, stories, or well wishes for Mark by sending the submissions to [email protected] by October 22, 2021. If you cannot think of a personal story, photos from your team with "Thank you" or "Congrats!" would be great. 
Here is an article describing how Mark grew and transformed UC San Francisco’s multibillion-dollar clinical enterprise for more than two decade
Please submit professional photos & highlights
(articles, presentations etc) of your practice to [email protected]
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If you want to reach the Office of Advanced Practice
send an email to [email protected]

I am here to support and advocate for APP's

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
UCSF Health PRIDE Values Professionalism • Respect • Integrity • Diversity • Excellence