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COVID-19 By the Numbers (as of 09/18/20)

Physician Leadership Program! Limited Spots Available, Register Today.
The Physician Leadership Program, from the Bay Area Medical Society Coalition, is an innovative program developed in 2016 by physician leaders in collaboration with faculty from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Haas School of Business. It addresses the fact that physicians are, and should be, placed in roles with organizational responsibility, but have limited formal opportunities to learn the concepts, skills, and tools of leadership. 

Each virtual session provides an intense, experiential learning experience led by nationally recognized faculty using a dynamic interactive online format. The new format provides additional opportunities: 
  • Enjoy collaborating and networking with colleagues in breakout rooms
  • Earn additional CME opportunities with supplemental materials in each session
  • Interact during sessions with digital collaboration tools
  • Apply new practices and share in discussion boards with your peers
  • Attend online office hours with the Course Director for Q & A

Spots are limited! Register by October 2nd.
ACCMA members and groups receive a discount, click below for more information.
 
Click here for registration.
County News
Alameda county modified its Vehicle Based Gathering Order to authorize live performances, extend the vehicle limit to 400, and permit the sale of concessions.

Alameda and Contra Costa counties still remain in the purple tier in the new California’s Blueprint to Safer Economy. Counties in the purple tier have widespread infection with more than 7 cases per day.
 
As wildfires continue across the State counties encourage residents to monitor air quality daily prior to participating in outdoor activities. Click here for more guidance on fires/smoke during the pandemic. To check your local air quality rating, please visit AirNow.
AB890 Still Awaits Governors Signature. Contact the Governor to VETO AB 890
AB 890 (Wood) is a dangerous bill that would undermine physician-led care and could create a lower tier of care for low-income patients, creating a two tiered healthcare system. This bill passed the Legislature on the final night of this year’s legislative session and awaits action from Governor Newsom this month. Physicians are urged to contact the Governor and ask him to protect patient safety and #VETO AB 890. Take action today!
Say "Goodbye, DocbookMD. Hello Medici!"
DocbookMD is becoming Medici, and access to the existing DocbookMD platform will end on Monday, November 16, 2020

If you want to continue messaging your colleagues and patients make the switch to
Medici. ACCMA members receive a 20% discount on upgraded paid plans!

To receive this discount, call 512-543-2614 or schedule a walk through of Medici and mention this promotion.
CMA PPE Relief for Large Practices
CMA is now providing PPE directly to larger practices (50-250 physicians) which were exempted from the earlier efforts due to their size.
  • Who qualifies?
  • Physicians NOT affiliated with hospital based medical groups ( i.e. Anesthesiology, Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Hospitalist, etc). PPE will not be shipped to hospitals.
  • Physicians NOT affiliated with large integrated groups ( i.e Permanente, Sutter, Dignity, UC, ect.)
  • While CMA is not limiting the amount of PPE to the groups – each order must be approved by CMA staff prior to commitment and CMA is requesting that groups only request 1-2 month supply.
  • CMA is collecting a modest shipping and handling fee for each individual case shipped. These funds cover the following costs: UPS shipping, handling fees from PRIDE Industries and ongoing warehousing costs.

This program is a “first come – first served” opportunity. Once allocated supplies are exhausted CMA
will suspend the program.

Apply as soon as possible by filling out the forms below and returning it back to CMA at ppe@cmadocs.org
In Other News
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, M.D., announced this week the agency would be withdrawing its proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule, which would have cut state and federal Medicaid funding by as much as 50% in all 50 states.

The American Medical Association (AMA ) recently released the 2021 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set, which includes the first major overhaul in more than 25 years to the codes and guidelines for office and other outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services.

Anthem Blue Cross recently notified physicians that effective December 2, 2020, it will expand its specialty medication policy to also apply to its commercial PPO and EPO plans. 

President Trump signed an executive order Sunday that he says lowers prescription drug prices "by putting America first," but experts said the move is unlikely to have any immediate impact. The action comes nearly two months after the president signed a different executive order with the exact same name but held it back to see if he could negotiate a better deal with drug companies.

In wake of the Biotech company Moderna releasing their COVID-19 trail plans, The Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Department of Defense and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laid out detailed vaccination distribution plans for states, tribal, territorial and local public health programs. Federal officials are saying they would begin free distribution of vaccines within 24 hours of any approval or emergency authorization. Currently there are 5 vaccines awaiting FDA approval and over 27 in phase 1.
What We're Reading - COVID-19 Resources and Guidance
WEBINARS & EVENTS
FREE Webinar | Tuesday, September 22 | 6:30 - 7:30 PM (PST)

As women physicians, we face unique challenges over the course of our careers: from frequent microaggressions to overt differences in salaries, promotions, and leadership roles.

Join the ACCMA and RechargedMD for an interactive introduction to the RechargedMD Women Physician Peer group! We’ll explore our experiences as women physicians, discuss how to overcome these barriers together, and make use of tools to make strides in our personal and professional development. 

FREE | CME Available | Thursday, September 24 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM (PST)

Do coping strategies and self-care interventions seem to be failing you? Are you finding yourself with more work, but feeling less productive? This session will introduce you to the core concepts behind the Stress Continuum Model, a model first developed by the military (Navy/Marine Corps) as a way to acknowledge stress responses that occur on a continuum and ways to assess the level of your own, and others', stress response.


ACCMA is pleased to partner with Santa Clara Medical Association, in collaboration with four other Bay Area medical associations, to promote the following FREE CME Diversity and Inclusion Webinar Series aimed at arming you with the skills to facilitate better, more inclusive patient outcomes. This week,


A virtual webinar series committed to bringing relevant, original content to the world’s audience of healthcare innovators, Cleveland Clinic’s Transformation Tuesdays program increases access to our network of key thought leaders with insight into the future of care delivery. Join us select Tuesdays of every month as we collaborate with diverse decision-makers to discuss healthcare’s big problems, big solutions, and ever-widening opportunities.


Innovation is a cornerstone at Cleveland Clinic, allowing nearly a century of world-class patient care and inspiring the one-of-a-kind Medical Innovation Summit.

The Summit is where influential investors, entrepreneurs, clinicians, and industry professionals collaborate to drive healthcare change according to its most pressing priorities, including the growing need to make health practice more efficient, transparent, value-based, and connected, with a focus on virtual care and other digital health initiatives.

CME Available | Eight Evening Sessions | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Sessions Begin October 6. Registration Closes October 2nd

ACCMA's Physician Leadership Program is an innovative program developed in 2016 by physician leaders in collaboration with faculty from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Haas School of Business. It addresses the fact that physicians are, and should be, placed in roles with organizational responsibility, but have limited formal opportunities to learn the concepts, skills, and tools of leadership. 

Each virtual session provides an intense, experiential learning experience led by nationally recognized faculty using a dynamic interactive online format. The new format provides additional opportunities: 
  • Enjoy collaborating and networking with colleagues in breakout rooms
  • Earn additional CME opportunities with supplemental materials in each session
  • Interact during sessions with digital collaboration tools
  • Apply new practices and share in discussion boards with your peers
  • Attend online office hours with the Course Director for Q & A

Saturday & Sunday, November 7 & 8 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Presented by UCDavis Health: Center for Advancing Pain Relief

This two-day event will feature expert presentations, 20-minute hot topic talks, and engaging panel discussions on the latest issues in pain management. Primary care clinicians and all other health sciences professionals with an interest in pain management are encouraged to attend. This event will be held exclusively online. Zoom information will be provided closer to the date.

Registration coming soon!
ACCMA's On-Demand Library

FREE | Available On-Demand | CME Available
This one-hour, on-demand webinar led by Angela Trapp  MSW, ACC, focuses on self-care and understanding self-preservation. Most of us were taught that being self-centered is an undesirable trait. What if the opposite was true? Could being a little more self-centered improve your well- being and restore resiliency? This presentation identifies the importance of putting SELF first and practicing the 3S Model: Self-Compassion, Self- Awareness and Self Care to continue on the pathway to well-being.

FREE | Available On-Demand
On June 13, the ACCMA hosted its first Virtual Telehealth Vendor Fair. Telehealth vendors from across California and the Nation showcased their products and services so members can evaluate what solutions will work best in their practice. Vendors include Decoded Health, Doctorgram, TigerConnect, Updox, and VSee.

FREE | Available On-Demand | CME Available
This one-hour, on-demand webinar led by Linda Hawes Clever, MD, MACP, offers practical, creative, and effective remedies to deal with the crush on personal and professional lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains strategies, resources, and suggestions for handling physician wellness, as well as addressing questions and answers, as we listen and see the ingenuity, guts, and devotion with which we are addressing the harrowing challenges we all face as a profession, community, and nation. Discover how to reduce personal stress and learn healthy ways to contend with the impact of COVID-19. 

FREE | Available On-Demand | CME Available
Telehealth services are expanding rapidly during the COVID-19 crisis. In partnership with Bay Area medical associations, the ACCMA teamed up with experts to develop a comprehensive webinar series to help physicians swiftly ramp up their telemedicine capabilities, from technology to practice implementation to coding. Experts discuss choosing a telemedicine platform; compliance; privacy and security considerations; billing and payment; policies, procedures, and workflow; informing your patients; and malpractice. Physicians who have experience practicing telemedicine share their practical reflections.

FREE | Available On-Demand
Medical offices and practices are essential businesses and were not required to close, but many physicians have faced difficulties with staffing, incorporating Telemedicine into their practices, ensuring waiting rooms are safe, etc. Sessions include "Getting Back Up and Running Safely," "HR and Employment Issues," and "Telemedicine and Reimbursement."
CMA On-Demand Library
FREE | Available On-Demand
QUESTIONS/CONCERNS?
Please contact ACCMA at 510-654-5383 oraccma@accma.orgwith any questions or concerns you have.