Weekly Roundup: In Case You Missed It
March 18, 2022

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Recent Updates to Outpatient Therapies for Treatment, Prevention of COVID-19

The Alameda County Public Health Department released an updated Health Advisory to inform clinicians about the availability of outpatient therapeutics for 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
'Test to Treat' Allows Pharmacy-Based Clinics to Receive Oral Antivirals

The Biden-Harris Administration launched a nationwide Test to Treat Initiative this week so Americans can rapidly access COVID-19 treatments. The following East Bay pharmacy-based clinics are part of the initiative and currently carry both oral antivirals: 
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1451 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3999 Santa Rite Rd, Pleasanton
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1123 S California Blvd, Walnut Creek 
  • CVS Pharmacy, 738 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek 
Telehealth Flexibilities Assured for Bulk of 2022
 
Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act that was passed last week, telehealth flexibilities will continue for at least five months after the Biden administration declares an end to COVID-19 as a public health emergency. 
Each Household May Place a Second Order of Free At-Home COVID Test Kits

You can now place a second order of free at-home COVID test kits through USPS. Each order contains four test kits. There is a limit of two orders per household and each order must be placed separately.
Cybersecurity is a Patient Safety Issue

As Patient Safety Awareness Week comes to a close, it is important to remember that cybersecurity is a key patient safety issue. The American Medical Association (AMA) has curated resources and tips for physicians to protect patient health records and other data from cyberattacks.
Congratulations to All New Resident Physicians 

As Match Week wraps up, we offer a warm congratulations to all the newest physician residents. CMA wants to hear from California’s medical students to hear where you will be completing your training. Whatever your specialty and wherever you end up, we’d love to see a social media post with a photo or video, using the hashtags #MatchDay2022 or #MatchedinCA. Make sure to tag @cmadocs so we can share and celebrate your accomplishments! 
WEBINARS & EVENTS
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. The full detailed agenda is now available. 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. 
Thursday, March 24 | 10:00 to 11:00 am 
FREE | Presented by the American Medical Association 
 
Attendees will hear from the co-authors of the AMA STEPS Forward toolkit, Denard Cummings, AMA Director of Equitable Health Systems Integration, and Rishi Manchanda, M.D., MPH, President and CEO of HealthBegins, as they provide actionable steps for advancing racial and health equity in your health care system. The toolkit offers five steps to advancing health equity for clinicians, patients, and the communities served. 
 
Register here.
Thursday, March 31 | 12:00 to 1:00 pm 
FREE | CME Available | Presented by the Cooperative of American Physicians 
 
Informed consent and informed refusal continue to be overlooked sources of liability risk in medical practices. Protect yourself from a damaging lawsuit by joining the risk management experts with the Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP) for a free one-hour webinar addressing all that you should know about an effective consent process, including best practices for proper documentation and meaningful patient discussions to ensure optimal education and understanding. 
 
Register here
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.

Email Mae Lum, Deputy Director, at mlum@accma.org to get the Zoom/videoconference link. 
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
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.
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.