Weekly Roundup: In Case You Missed It

December 9, 2022

Available On Demand: HIPAA Updates

Learn more about the latest updates to HIPAA in this one-hour webinar with expert HIPAA and practice management consultant, David Ginsberg. Receive important updates on who is covered, what information is protected, how you can stay secure in the Information Age, and how to avoid costly mistakes, as well as what is new for compliance. CME is available for this program. This webinar is free for members and $49 for non-members claiming CME. 

Bebtelovimab Not Authorized for Use

The FDA announced last week that Bebtelovimab is no longer authorized for use because it is not expected to neutralize Omicron subvariants B.Q.1 and B.Q.1.1 which are estimated to account for over 57% of COVID infections in the U.S. Physicians and other health care providers should use other products that are expected to retain activity against the subvariants, including Paxlovid, Veklury, and Lagevrio, of which there are ample supply.  

CDPH Asks All Hospitals to Implement Medication-Assisted Treatment Program

In a letter from CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer, CDPH is recommending that all hospitals identify and engage patients who use drugs who may be at risk of overdose, offer access to buprenorphine or methadone, dispense naloxone to those at risk and their friends and families, and partner with local harm reduction organizations to sustain care in the community. To facilitate this work, EDs may apply with the CA Bridge Navigator Program for up to $120,000 to support care navigators to engage patients and refer to treatment and other services. 

CMA President in the News: Calling on Congress to Stop Medicare Cuts

CMA President Donaldo M. Hernandez, MD, writes about how the burden of COVID-19 on the health care system and decreased reimbursements have led us to the point of a physician shortage. He states, “Physicians are already fighting an uphill battle” and calls on Congress to support HR 8800, the Supporting Medicare Providers Act, intended to stop the 8.5% Medicare payment cuts. Visit ACCMA's Medicare Payment Cuts webpage to learn more about how you can take action today and make your voice heard. 

ACCMA Annual Meeting in Photos

Thank you to all who attended the 154th Annual Meeting. View the photo album and download your favorite pictures of the night.

Annual Meeting Photo Album

Claim Your Retention Bonus Before December 30

The application is now live for the health care worker retention bonuses administered by DHCS. Apply now! If you are an independent/solo physician, remember to register first. If you work in group practice, please be aware that your group should be registering and applying on your behalf. The application portal will close on December 30th. For more information, access CMA’s on demand webinar or view the presentation slides. 


CMS Medicare Updates 

Available on demand | Free 

Hosted by CMA and CMS 


In this on demand webinar, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Chief Medical Officer Ashby Wolfe, M.D., provided an update on CMS policy for the 2023 calendar year. Information presented is to practicing clinicians, including an overview of the updates to the 2023 Physician Fee Schedule. 


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Virtual Grand Rounds: Updates on Emerging Viruses – COVID-19, MPX, & Enterovirus, Including Polio

Tuesday, December 13 | 12:00 to 1:00 pm 

Free | Hosted by CMA 


COVID-19 remains on our radar, but other infectious diseases are also causing new or unusual symptoms and warrant attention. In this Virtual Grand Rounds, Erica Pan, M.D., MPH, will bring us up to speed on COVID-19 and monkeypox (MPX). Joining her will be Carol Glaser, M.D., who will educate us on emerging enterovirus activity that is causing several respiratory illness and acute flaccid myelitis. Dr. Glaser will also speak on polio and the possible implications in California.    


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Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome vs. Neurobehavioral Deficits in the Newborn: The Differential Diagnosis 

Tuesday, December 13 | 12:15 to 1:15 pm 

Free for all | Hosted by CMA 


Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a diagnosis that originally was restricted to infants going through withdrawal due to the effects of prenatal opioid exposure. However, over time, the term began to be applied to infants with jitteriness and irritability following prenatal exposure to other substances. A new term, neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS), recently emerged to ensure specificity in the diagnosis of infants affected by prenatal exposure to opioids. Whichever term is used, how do clinicians differentiate the effects of and infants’ dependence on opioids from infants with neurobehavioral deficits due to non-opioid exposure. This session will address that question and provide an effective approach to diagnosing NOWS in the newborn infant. 


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Inequities in Dementia Detection and Cognitive Health Assessments: Primary Care Dementia Screening in Diverse Older Adult Populations 

Thursday, December 15 | 12:00 to 1:00 pm 

Free | Hosted by CMA, Alzheimer’s Association, & UCSF Dementia Care Aware Project 


Learn about the prevalence and projections of Alzheimer's disease in California; the impact in diverse communities disproportionately affected by the disease and significantly impacted by social determinants of health; how to do screening for dementia in diverse patient populations; and how to help patients optimize physical and cognitive health and support them and their families with resources. 


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AMA Federation Health Equity Exchange 

Thursday, January 5 | 12:00 pm 

Free | Hosted by the American Medical Association 


Participants will learn how the Medical Association of the State of Alabama has long been a champion for greater health care access for disadvantaged and underserved communities. Hear how MASA has partnered with other associations and agencies in the Cover Alabama Coalition, a group specifically formed to promote expansion of Medicaid in Alabama and has championed legislative actions to provide incentives for physicians who open and maintain clinics in underserved areas. The Medical Association has encouraged diversity and inclusion within its membership and the medical community as a whole by awarding minority medical school scholarships and they will share that information as well. 


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ACCMA's On-Demand Library

To access all on-demand programs, go to https://www.pathlms.com/medical-society/courses 



Please contact ACCMA at 510-654-5383 or [email protected]with any questions or concerns you have.