Weekly Roundup: In Case You Missed It
April 1, 2022
Submit Vaccine Administration Claims for Reimbursement by April 5 Deadline
 
The COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund is running out. The Coverage Assistance Fund reimburses for the claims for testing, treatment and vaccine administration for underinsured individuals whose health plan either does not include COVID-19 vaccination as a covered benefit or covers COVID-19 vaccine administration but with cost-sharing. Claims will be accepted through April 5 at 8:59 pm PST via the COVID-19 CAF portal. Claims submitted to the portal after the April 5 deadline will not be adjudicated. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) notes that claims submitted by the deadline will be paid subject to their eligibility and the availability of funds.
DHCS Continues to Process Claims for Uninsured Group Program

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced that the Uninsured Program will stop accepting claims for testing, treatment, and vaccination claims due to insufficient funds. However, DHCS will still accept claims for individuals enrolled in the COVID-19 Uninsured Group Program. Individuals must apply for the COVID-19 Uninsured Group Program through a Medi-Cal Qualified Provider (QP). Visit the COVID-19 Uninsured Group Application Portal for eligibility information and to apply. The COVID-19 Uninsured Group Program will end the last day of the calendar month in which the federal COVID-19 public health emergency ends. For questions or concerns, please email COVID19Apps@dhcs.ca.gov
COVID-19 Updates, Therapeutics Availability

The Federal Government launched a “one-stop shop” website for COVID-19 resources at COVID.gov. The National Institute of Health published updated guidelines for the treatment of COVID-19. Find the most recent updates here. The recently launched Test to Treat program allows patients to access COVID-19 treatments from participating pharmacy-based clinics.
PHC Launches New Grant Program for Pediatric Vaccine Providers

Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) recently launched the KidsVaxGrant program which will award grants of up to $15,000 to Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers. VFC providers newly enrolled in myCAvax could be eligible for $10,000, while those already enrolled who expand operating hours could be eligible for $15,000. PHC is hosting free webinars to discuss the application steps, eligibility, and answer live questions on Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 14 from 5-6 pm. The deadline to apply for the KidsVaxGrant is May 27.
DHCS Extends Postpartum Care Coverage Period

As part of the American Rescue Act Plan (ARPA), effective April 1, 2022, an individual eligible for pregnancy and postpartum care services under Medi-Cal or the Medi-Cal Access Program (MCAP) is now entitled to a total of 12 months of postpartum coverage. This coverage shall include the full breadth of medically necessary services through the pregnancy and postpartum period. All Medi-Cal and MCAP eligible individuals who report a pregnancy or are in their postpartum period are automatically eligible for ARPA PCE, regardless of immigration status or how the pregnancy ends. For questions about this expansion of postpartum care, please email Pregnancy@dhcs.ca.gov
Share Your Story at the Nocturnists Live Event this June

The California Medical Association’s partner podcast The Nocturnists is looking for physicians to share their voices during a live performance in San Francisco in June 2022. The Nocturnists’ mission is to provide a safe psychological space for health care workers to express themselves in their full-fledged humanity. The theme is “Together Again,” centered around “separations, rifts, reunifications, gatherings, connections, and more.” This theme can be interpreted concretely or abstractly, and stories do not have to be COVID-related. If you would like to share your story, submissions are due by Sunday, April 3.
ACCMA March/April 2022 Bulletin



Click on the image to read the ACCMA's latest bulletin issue, highlighting major accomplishments during the pandemic and past year, as well as upcoming legislative battles in 2022.
WEBINARS & EVENTS
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. The next Leadership Reading and Discussion Group will take place on May 4.

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
Tuesday, April 19 | 10:00 to 11:00 am 
FREE | Online | Presented by AMA 
 
COVID-19 has put extraordinary stress on health care workers. Clinician well-being has never been more important. Join the American Medical Association (AMA) at noon CDT on April 19 to learn about insights from the 2022 national burnout benchmarking report. Highlights will include current trends in burnout, stress, and job satisfaction in addition to other key drivers of burnout that have emerged during the pandemic. The AMA will also share key strategies to address ongoing burnout and how health systems can reset as we emerge from the pandemic. 
 
Register here
Wednesday, April 20 | 8:00 to 9:00 am 
FREE | Online | Presented by AMA and ACEP 
 
This interactive session will provide participants with an overview of the innovative ways that telehealth is currently being used in emergency medicine. This event is co-hosted by the American Medical Association and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), a Telehealth Immersion Program collaborator. 
 
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.