Weekly Roundup: In Case You Missed It
February 4, 2022
COVID-19 Updates

  • California Department of Public Health extends deadline for health care workers to get booster shot to March 1

  • Solano County reports that 71% of the total population is fully vaccinated, and 45.6% have received a booster as of February 2.  

  • Napa County reports that 75% of the total population is fully vaccinated as of February 2. 
AB 1400 Dies Before Reaching Assembly Vote

Assemblymember Ash Kalra pulled his single-payer health care bill before the Assembly vote took place, recognizing that the bill would not receive the necessary votes for passage. Monday was the deadline for AB 1400 to pass in the Assembly in order to move it forward; therefore, the bill is now dead. Attention now shifts to the Healthy California for All Commission expected to present a pathway to single-payer, universal health care in April. 
CalHealthCares Loan Repayment Program is Now Open 

CalHealthCares administers loan repayment on educational debt for California physicians and dentists who provide care to MediCal patients. Eligible physicians can apply before February 25 for up to $300,000 in loan repayment in exchange for a five-year service obligation. A free webinar to assist in the application process will be held on February 18. Click here for eligibility requirements and to find out more. 
Submit an Abstract for GME Leadership Summit

Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) will be hosting a virtual Graduate Medical Education (GME) Leadership Summit on May 5. PHC is inviting physician workforce development leaders, GME leadership subject matter experts, and GME consultants to submit abstracts for workshops or panels during the summit. The deadline for abstract submission is February 14. Click here for more information. 
Available On-Demand | FREE | Presented by AMA 

Practicing physicians encounter a wide variety of contracts for payment for their services. The American Medical Association presents an on-demand webinar, “Payor Contracting 101”, covering both introductory and advanced contracting topics important for physicians to know. Part 1 and part 2 are now available and cover basic contract provisions, the legal rules governing contracts, commonly negotiated provisions, common disputes, and innovative/non-traditional opportunities. To accompany the webinar, the AMA has also published a payor contracting toolkit, which provides an overview of payors and outlines common insurance products and reimbursement structures. 
Access the full resource list here.
Now Available On-demand | CME Available 
Members – FREE | Non-members - $49 
Here is your opportunity to get the latest Medicare updates and information for the new year! Do not be caught short when it comes to knowing what is new for Medicare for the upcoming year, what Medicare will be looking at when reviewing your records, and what your opportunities for new revenue might be when treating your Medicare patients. 
Presenter: Mary Jean Sage, CMA-AC 
For more information and to register, click here. 
Thursday, February 24 | 12:15 –1:15 pm 
Members – FREE | Non-members $99 

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was first enacted in 1996. Although 25 years have passed since the enactment of the regulations, many challenges to compliance still exist. This CMA-hosted webinar will discuss both the privacy and security measures required by HIPAA. You will learn how to assess your clinic for risks of privacy and security incidents and what steps to take to minimize those risks. Lastly, the webinar will provide an overview of a HIPAA breach and the required steps of a breach analysis. 

For more information and to register, click here. 
Wednesday, March 23 | SAFE Credit Union Convention Center 
Registration fee $349 | 20% Discount for CMA Members 
The 2022 Northern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference convenes 350 senior health care executives and health policy leaders to address the most pressing health care policy issues. For more information, access the event flyer here. This is an in-person event held in Sacramento. Secure your spot by registering here or call (425) 361-2118 if you are having trouble registering. Save 20% with promo code CMA20. 
Leadership Reading and Discussion Group 
Wednesday, April 6 | 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. Our next group meets on April 6 to talk about “The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life,” by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander. This book, published in 2000, is by a family therapist and her husband, a noted orchestral conductor and professor at the New England Conservatory of Music. It is an exuberant guide to a set of practices they feel can make life and relationships bloom. Check out Ben Zander's TED Talks to get a sense of his remarkable style.

Email Mae Lum, Deputy Director, at mlum@accma.org to get the Zoom/videoconference link. 
NSMS's On-Demand Library

To access all on-demand programs, go to learning.accma.org.

Please contact NSMS at grogers@napasolanodocs.org or (707) 255-3622with any questions or concerns you have.