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California Telehealth Event: Improving Access to Care in a Time of Crisis and Beyond

Mon, 26 Oct 2020

Telehealth has seen widespread adoption with COVID-19. What were the successes, and what policy changes are needed to ensure the improvements to health access last beyond the crisis? Join us November 16-17, 2020, for two days of virtual events that will unite national leaders to discuss new developments with a focus on e-consult (provider-to-provider consultations) expansion and telehealth policy.

San Diego anesthesiologist named CMA president elect

Mon, 26 Oct 2020

San Diego physician Robert E. Wailes, M.D., was named CMA president-elect  at the association’s annual House of Delegates. This year’s meeting was conducted virtually, due to the ongoing public health emergency.

CMA updates mission statement to reflect commitment to health equity and justice

Sat, 24 Oct 2020

the CMA House of Delegates today voted to edit the association's Articles of Incorporation and include in its mission statement an overarching permanent goal of achieving health equity and justice.

CMA House of Delegates to meet virtually this weekend

Tue, 20 Oct 2020

Due to the ongoing public health emergency, the CMA;s annual House of Delegates will convene on Saturday, October 24, 2020, as a virtual event.

Telehealth Webinar: Strategies for an Effective Telephone Visit

Tue, 20 Oct 2020

For many patients, the most effective telehealth technology is still the telephone. This includes patients who may not be comfortable with technology, or who don’t have access to reliable internet service.

New prescribing and reporting rules for controlled substances coming January 1, 2021

Tue, 20 Oct 2020

On January 1, 2021, all security prescription forms will be required to have a uniquely serialized number, a corresponding barcode and  other security features .

ACEs Aware initiative trains nearly 14,000 health care providers in trauma-informed care

Tue, 20 Oct 2020

Nearly 14,000 health care providers have completed the  ACEs Aware  initiative’s core training program, “Becoming ACEs Aware in California.” The program trains health care providers to screen patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and to recognize and respond to the symptoms of toxic stress. 

Physicians encouraged to register early for new Medi-Cal Rx portal

Tue, 20 Oct 2020

On January 7, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order aimed at achieving cost savings for drug purchases made by the state. A key component of the order requires the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to transition all Medi-Cal pharmacy services from managed care to fee for service (FFS) by January 1, 2021. 

Free GME webinar to discuss feasibility studies and business plans on Oct. 22

Tue, 20 Oct 2020

To grow and diversify the physician workforce, Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC), the Butte-Glenn Medical Society (BGMS) Residency Task Force and Paradise Medical Group have launched a free webinar series — “A Primer on Designing GME in Rural Clinical Facilities”— to offer innovative technical advice and solutions to meet rural California’s critical access to care needs.

Gov. Newsom creates Scientific Safety Review Workgroup to advise on COVID-19 vaccines

Tue, 20 Oct 2020

As California continues to wrestle with the COVID-19 outbreak, the state is already making plans about how a vaccine will be distributed to the general public when the time comes.