Weekly Roundup: In Case You Missed It
April 15, 2022
HRSA to Reopen Period 1 Provider Relief Fund Reporting

If you received more than $10,000 in provider relief funds for period 1 and missed the reporting deadline due to extenuating circumstances, you now have between April 1 and April 22 at 8:59 pm PST to submit a late Reporting Period 1 report request. HRSA lists six extenuating circumstances, including failure to click submit and internal miscommunication or error. While you must attest to an extenuating circumstance, no supporting document or proof is required.
Become a Coverage Ambassador, Help Patients Maintain Coverage Once PHE Expires

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is urging physicians, clinics, and community stakeholders to sign up to serve as DHCS Coverage Ambassadors. Coverage Ambassadors will join DHCS’ communication campaign to reach beneficiaries who need their eligibility for coverage redetermined. Click here to learn more about steps you will take as a Coverage Ambassador to support patients in maintaining their Medi-Cal benefits. 
COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extended through July

HHS Secretary Becerra renews the declaration of COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency (PHE), effective for 90 days beginning April 16. Telehealth waivers will remain in effect until then. Additionally, Congress recently extended the telehealth waivers for five months beyond the end of the PHE. 
Older Adult Medi-Cal Expansion

On May 1, California will expand state-funded full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals who are 50 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Under this coverage expansion, eligible individuals will be able to access the full range of benefits available to Medi-Cal beneficiaries who have full-scope coverage, including no-cost/low-cost quality health, behavioral health, substance use disorder services, and dental services through organized delivery systems under the Medi-Cal program. 
ACEs Screenings Report Recently Released

Between January 1, 2020 – when the state began paying for conducting ACE screenings for children and adults up to age 65 –and March 31, 2021, more than 20,600 individuals took the ACEs Aware training, and about 10,900 Medi-Cal providers became ACEs Aware-certified. In that same time period, Medi-Cal providers conducted approximately 640,700 ACE screenings for nearly 520,000 unique Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Eighty percent of all unique ACE screenings were with the pediatric population under age 18. For the complete report, click here
Discussing the Health Risks of Climate Change with Patients

How can we talk with our patients about the health risks of climate change without disrupting the medical visit? This important topic can be time-consuming and even controversial. This month, the ACCMA’s My Green Doctor explains an easy solution that may work well in your practice. Click here to find the ACCMA discount code for free access to My Green Doctor’s resources. 
WEBINARS & EVENTS
Tuesday, April 19 | Held virtually in coherence with CMA’s Legislative Day 
 
CMA’s Legislative Advocacy Event usually hosts more than 400 California physicians, medical students, and CMA Alliance members as they lobby legislative leaders in Sacramento. ACCMA will be hosting all meetings virtually in coherence with CMA’s in-person Legislative Day. 
 
Register here
Tuesday, April 19 | 10:00 to 11:00 am 
FREE | Online | Presented by AMA 
 
COVID-19 has put extraordinary stress on health care workers. Clinician well-being has never been more important. Join the American Medical Association (AMA) at noon CDT on April 19 to learn about insights from the 2022 national burnout benchmarking report. Highlights will include current trends in burnout, stress, and job satisfaction in addition to other key drivers of burnout that have emerged during the pandemic. The AMA will also share key strategies to address ongoing burnout and how health systems can reset as we emerge from the pandemic. 
 
Register here
Wednesday, April 20 | 8:00 to 9:00 am 
FREE | Online | Presented by AMA and ACEP 
 
This interactive session will provide participants with an overview of the innovative ways that telehealth is currently being used in emergency medicine. This event is co-hosted by the American Medical Association and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), a Telehealth Immersion Program collaborator. 
 
Register here
Thursdays, April 21 and 28 | 9 am to noon 
FREE | CME Available | Online
 
Physicians passionate about wellness from medical groups, health clinics, medical staffs, residency programs, and other physician organizations throughout the Bay Area are invited to this free online conference over two half-days on April 21 and 28. Keynote speakers are Marie Brown, MD, AMA Director of Practice Redesign; Paul DeChant, MD, Healthcare Consultant; and John Chuck, MD, Former TPMG Regional Chair for Physician Health and Wellness Leaders. Three panel discussions will cover practice improvements in action; developing evidence-based interventions; and transforming leadership for a culture of wellness. 
 
Register here
Friday, April 22 - Sunday April, 24 | St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco 
$499 for Non-CAFP Members 
 
The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) is very excited to announce that physicians are coming together again, face-to-face, at our 2022 Family Medicine Clinical Forum, a 2.5-day event in San Francisco that includes over 20 clinical sessions, procedural workshops, a practice management track, community service event, 5k FundRun, Resident poster contest, Jeopardy CME and so much more. 
 
Register here.
Tuesday, April 26 | 12:15 to 1:15 pm 
Free for members | Hosted by CMA 
 
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many practices implemented telehealth for the first time. Now, physicians and their patients are starting to think about what happens to telehealth if and when the public health emergency comes to an end. With recent developments at the state and federal level bringing the future into focus, join CMA Vice President of Health Information Technology, David Ford, to hear what the future holds in store for telehealth. 
 
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Leadership Reading and Discussion Group 
Wednesday, May 4 | 6:00 to 7:30 pm  
FREE | CME Available | Online  
  
Physicians are free to join any meeting of the Leadership Reading and Discussion Group; reading the book is not required. Doctor Hilary Worthen, course director of the Physician Leadership Program, facilitates the discussion group that is held on Zoom. “The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life,” by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander.

Email Mae Lum, Deputy Director, at mlum@accma.org to get the Zoom/videoconference link. 
Thursday, May 5 
FREE | Hosted by Physicians for a Healthy California 
 
The GME Leadership Summit aims to develop and sustain new GME programs in medically underserved areas and specialties by convening subject matter experts and thought leaders to provide insight and expertise. All GME champions are invited to attend, especially physician workforce development leaders and those looking to start new GME programs, as well as newly designated institutional officials, program directors and program coordinators. 
 
Register here
ACCMA's On-Demand Library

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