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

  • The Alameda County Public Health Department published a health advisory to inform clinicians of available outpatient therapies for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 in high-risk patients

  • COVID-19 therapeutics are gradually becoming more available and can be found through medical network plans and via the following two locators from HHS ASPR and HealthData.gov.


  • Contra Costa County reports that 80.9% of the total population is fully vaccinated and 50.1% have received a booster, as of March 3. 

  • Alameda County reports that 82.8% of the total population is fully vaccinated and 60.7% have received a booster, as of March 3. 
FDA Authorizes Revisions to Evusheld Dosing

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has revised the emergency use authorization for Evusheld (tixagevimab co-packaged with cilgavimab) to double the initial dose for the authorized use as pre-exposure prophylaxis of COVID-19 in certain adults and pediatric patients. Read more here
Aid to Victims of Ukraine: How You Can Help 

There is an urgent need for humanitarian and medical aid for the people of Ukraine. If you are considering making a financial contribution, the ACCMA is recommending that members consider donating to the following organizations providing medical aid to the victims of Ukraine: Doctors Without Borders and Nova Ukraine. Go to our website to read more about what these organizations are doing to providing medical aid, as well as a personal appeal from Doctor Irina Kolomey, a fellow physician with personal ties to Ukraine and member of the ACCMA council.
UnitedHealthcare Halts Paper Prior Authorization Letters and Appeal Decision Letters
 
As part of UnitedHealthcare’s initiative to move physicians to all paperless methods of communication, the plan announced it will discontinue mailing paper appeal decision, prior authorization, and clinical decision letters. Physicians will be directed to access this correspondence electronically through Document Library, accessible through the UHC Provider Portal. Read more about key dates and where to access this information going forward by clicking here. 
Go Green: On-Demand Webinar and Practice Management Resources

ACCMA has partnered with My Green Doctor to offer our members access to money-saving and sustainability resources. My Green Doctor, a practice management program, helps practices become environmentally sustainable and create healthier communities. Use discount code MGDACCMA to save $60 on practice management resources for your entire practice. 
 
In case you missed it, watch the on-demand webinar Adding Environmental Sustainability to Your Practice to learn more about how your practice can “go green.” This event is free to members and CME is available. 
Participate in a Survey on Dietary Supplement Use, Help Reduce Adverse Events

The California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Food and Drug Branch is requesting feedback from physicians regarding your opinions and behaviors regarding patient dietary supplement use. Participation in the survey will contribute to the development of educational materials that may benefit you and your patients by reducing adverse events due to dietary supplements. Access the 5-minute survey here
WEBINARS & EVENTS
Tuesday, March 8 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm 
CME Available | Hosted by CMA 
   
As we continue to wrestle with the ongoing day-to-day of the pandemic, a large outstanding question is: what are the long-term effects of contracting COVID-19? In this next edition of Virtual Grand Rounds, we welcome clinical experts who will discuss post-acute sequelae of SARS CoV2, otherwise known as Long COVID. We also welcome back Erica Pan, M.D., California State Epidemiologist, who will give us updates on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in California including emerging variants and vaccines. 
 
Register 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. “The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life,” by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander, 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. 
ACCMA's On-Demand Library

To access all on-demand programs, go to https://www.pathlms.com/medical-society/courses 
 
QUESTIONS/CONCERNS?
Please contact ACCMA at 510-654-5383 or accma@accma.orgwith any questions or concerns you have.