Weekly Roundup: In Case You Missed It

October 21, 2022

Last Chance to Apply: Public Service Loan Forgiveness Waiver


Until Oct. 31, 2022, federal student loan borrowers can get credit for payments that previously didn’t qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) or Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF). Under the limited PSLF waiver, you can get credit for past payments even if you didn’t make the payment on time, didn’t pay the full amount due, or weren’t on the right repayment plan. Apply before the deadline

Physicians No Longer Required to Report All COVID Cases

CDPH revised COVID-19 reporting requirements for health care providers. As of October 4, physicians are no longer required to report every confirmed or suspected case of COVID and are only required to report patient hospitalizations and deaths. Health care providers conducting point of care testing must still report test results consistent with the requirements for laboratories. Read more here

U.S. Surgeon General Releases New Framework for Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace

United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released a new Surgeon General’s Framework for Mental Health & Well-Being in the Workplace outlining the foundational role that workplaces should play in promoting the health and well-being of workers and our communities. Dr. Murthy outlines Five Essentials for Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being to help organizations develop, institutionalize, and update policies, processes, and practices that best support the mental health and well-being of all workers: 1) protection from harm, 2) connection and community, 3) work-life harmony, 4) mattering at work, and 5) opportunities for growth. This framework is a call to put mental health at the forefront of the conversation and understand how work-life balance plays a role in the wellbeing of our communities. 

CDC Votes to Keep COVID Vaccines Free to Uninsured Children

On Wednesday, the CDC voted unanimously to include COVID-19 vaccines in the Vaccines for Children program after the federal government shifts COVID immunizations to the commercial market. Uninsured and underinsured children, those who qualify for Medicaid and Native American children all qualify for the Vaccines for Children program.

A Path Forward to Advancing Physician Wellbeing

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience recently launched the National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being. The National Plan demonstrates that investment in health worker well-being must come from multiple levels. Health leaders and other key decision-makers across sectors – with support from frontline workers and the public – must collectively support a new social contract that begins with a coordinated national movement and system of evaluation and accountability. The National Plan identifies specific actions to achieve the following priorities: 

  • Create and sustain positive work and learning environments and culture 
  • Invest in measurement, assessment, strategies, and research 
  • Support mental health and reduce stigma 
  • Address compliance, regulatory, and policy barriers for daily work 
  • Engage effective technology tools 
  • Institutionalize well-being as a long-term value 
  • Recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive health workforce 

CMA House of Delegates Convenes this Weekend

This weekend, physician delegates from across California are gathering in LA for the 151st Annual Session of CMA House of Delegates. Three major issues will be discussed: physician workforce, health care reform, and mental health. Check out the HOD webpage for live updates or follow CMA on Twitter

Virtual Town Hall: Fentanyl Awareness

The Napa Opioid Safety Coalition and the Napa County Office of Education will host a free virtual town hall on Fentanyl Poisoning Awareness in October during National Red Ribbon Week. The event will be held in English on October 26 at 6 pm, and Spanish on October 27 at 6 pm. Parents, guardians and community members will hear from health care, law enforcement and other specialists about the dangers of fentanyl poisoning to youth. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions.


Harm Reduction and Treatment Strategies for People Who Use Fentanyl

Wednesday, October 26 | 10:00 to 11:00 am 

Hosted by the National Overdose Prevention Network 


Many people use fentanyl, whether by choice or by accident. With overdose-related deaths continuing to rise, how do we keep people safe? This first session in our webinar series on fentanyl will focus on harm reduction strategies and treatment options for people who use fentanyl. We will hear from a harm reduction expert and a clinician on key strategies and opportunities to center people who use drugs and save lives. 


Register here.

Climate and Health Advocacy Bootcamp

Thursday, October 27 | 12:00 to 1:30 pm 

Hosted by the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health 


Health professionals are the most trusted voices in society and our collective voices are needed to prepare communities to effectively respond to the climate crisis. Through this 5-week bootcamp, you will grow your network by joining colleagues around the country to learn strategies to effectively channel your voice and action as a health professional to address the “greatest health threat” of the 21st Century. 


Register here.

The Future of Primary Care in California 

Tuesday, November 1 | 12:15 to 1:15 pm 

FREE | Hosted by CMA 


Recently, six California payors signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing to work together on a shared set of goals designed to improve the provision of primary care in California over the next three years. The goals include expanded transparency, value-based payment reform, increased investment and practice transformation support for person-centered care. In this webinar, physicians will learn about this new initiative and how it will help them provide higher quality patient care. In addition, physicians will hear a description of how one payor – Blue Shield of California – is implementing Advanced Primary Care in their network. With this knowledge, primary care physicians will be able to prepare their practices to meet the goals of the program, improving the experience of their patients. 


Register here

Virtual Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Updates and the Health Implications of Wildfire Smoke 

Tuesday, November 8 | 12:00 to 1:00 pm 

FREE | Hosted by CMA 


Wildfires seem to have become a yearly norm in California. Many public health experts have wondered what the short -and long-term health impacts of this frequent particulate exposure are for California communities. In the past two wildfire seasons, scientists have also looked at the impact of wildfire smoke exposure on patients with COVID-19 infections. In this webinar, Erica Pan, M.D., MPH, and John Balmes, M.D., will discuss the evolution of COVID-19 in California, as well the impacts of wildfire activity on the state of our health. 


Register here

CMS Medicare Updates 2023 

Tuesday, November 8 | 12:15 to 1:15 pm 

FREE | Hosted by CMA 


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Chief Medical Officer Ashby Wolfe, M.D., will provide an update on CMS policy for the 2023 calendar year. Information presented will be relevant to practicing clinicians, including an overview of the updates to the 2023 Physician Fee Schedule. 


Register here

Bay Area Physician Wellness Collaborative 

Tuesday, November 15 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm 

FREE | CME Available | Online 


Join a roundtable of your colleagues – leaders from medical groups, hospital medical staffs, residency programs and other physician organizations – to learn and share how to apply the organizational culture and practice changes that can reduce physician burnout and drive professional fulfillment. Learn more here


The next meeting of the collaborative will focus on creating a center or committee for physician wellbeing within your organization. Learn about self-care support systems, peer support resources, mental health referrals and consultation services, life-needs support mechanisms, and other comprehensive wellbeing resources. This collaborative is by invitation only; please click here to indicate your interest in joining the collaborative. 

NSMS Holiday Party

Friday, December 9 | 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Downtown Napa | Free for members + 1 guest

Enjoy complimentary food and wine along the Napa River at Vinoce & Twenty Rows on December 9th. Join fellow physicians from across Napa and Solano counties for a casual and fun event as we say goodbye to 2022 and prepare to ring in the new year! The only agenda will be eating delicious food, drinking great wine and saying hello to new and old friends. 

Register here.

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