Weekly Roundup: In Case You Missed It
February 25, 2022
COVID-19 Updates

  • CDC issues updated vaccine guidance, expanding time between initial two doses to eight weeks to reduce risk of severe side effects 

  • Contra Costa County reports that 80.7% of the total population is fully vaccinated and 49.9% have received a booster, as of February 24. 

  • Alameda County reports that 82.6% of the total population is fully vaccinated and 60.1% have received a booster, as of February 24. 
Federal Court Rules Strikes Down Part of HHS No Surprises Act

On Wednesday, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by the Texas Medical Association challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ approach to dispute resolution under the No Surprises Act (NSA). The ruling by a Texas judge applies nationwide and means that, barring a higher court’s intervention, the balanced dispute resolution process that Congress created by NSA is restored.
Deadline Extended to March 11 for CalHealthCares

CalHealthCares provides loan repayment on educational debt for California physicians who increase access to care for Medi-Cal patients. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, March 11. For more information, access the on-demand webinars here or attend the live Q&A webinar on Tuesday, March 1 from 12-1 pm.
Join Health Equity-Rooted Physicians, Help Close the Health Gap
 
The Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship is asking physicians committed to closing the detrimental health gap to apply to its second cohort. Using an anti-racist, equity-centered learning framework, the fellowship provides a mentoring and training platform that equips participants with the foundational skills, tools and knowledge to engage in institutional and political health advocacy. The fellowship empowers and mobilizes physicians to be part of the next generation of advocacy leaders, driving meaningful policy and structural changes that produce equity and justice in the communities they serve. Click here to apply. Deadline is March 14.
CMA publishes 2021 Federal Wrap Up 

2021 proved to be another challenging year for physicians and a nation continuing to face a raging pandemic. Through it all, CMA was there, fighting for physicians and ensuring that our nation’s healers were able to continue providing care to patients. Read more about it in CMA's "Federal Wrap Up: Another Tough Year…But Important Wins for Physicians."
Lorna Breen Act is on President’s Desk

Last week Congress passed the Lorna Breen Act, which would provide $140 million in grants and other measures to address mental health and burnout in the healthcare profession. The bill is named in honor of an emergency department doctor who died by suicide early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read more. 
Current Trends Impacting Your Patient Relationships

In the latest edition of Physician Today, you’ll find actionable recommendations to help you manage patient complaints, recognize disparities in healthcare, mitigate telehealth-related risks, implement airtight informed consent processes, and so much more. Published by the Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP), Physician Today offers expert guidance to support your patient relationships and address trends influencing patient expectations and healthcare delivery. To learn more about becoming a CAP member, please contact Al Malasig at 650-543-2185 or via email at AMalasig@CAPphysicians.com.
WEBINARS & EVENTS
Tuesday, March 1 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm 
Online Seminar | CME Available 
 
Learn how your practice can become environmentally sustainable, while saving money! This program will explain the environmental and climate impacts of outpatient healthcare and conduct a workshop so that attendees will know how they can add environmental sustainability to their practices in ways that will save them money and help create healthier communities. 
 
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. Our next group meets on April 6 to talk about “The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life,” by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander. This book, 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.