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Los Angeles County Public Health – COVID-19 Vaccination Program | Member research indicates that the number one place patients prefer to get vaccinated is in their doctor’s office. We are calling on all Vaccines for Children, Pediatrics, Family Practice and other Primary Care and other eligible ambulatory care practice providers to please sign up to become a COVID-19 vaccine administrator today and make it easy for your patients to get vaccinated. Onboarding support is available through Physicians for Healthy California to receive up to $55,000 CalVaxGrant funding to administer COVID-19 vaccines to your patients!

There are three simple steps:

Step 1: Enroll in myCAvax

The California Department of Public Health and Accenture are providing onboarding support to providers and will work directly with you to discuss the steps necessary for you to apply for eligibility to receive and administer COVID-19 vaccines. For one-on-one support, please contact myCAvaxInfo@cdph.ca.gov. For more information, you can also watch their webinar on How to Enroll in the California COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Additional enrollment information can be found here.

Step 2: Apply for the CalVaxGrant and Transition to LAC DPH Onboarding

CalVaxGrant is offering up to $55,000 to help physicians and medical practices (with 200 or fewer physicians) to administer COVID-19 vaccines and reimburse related expenses incurred since November 2020. Allowable expenses include staffing, training, technology, infrastructure, supplies/equipment, and administrative overhead.

Organizations must have completed sections A and B of the myCAvax application. Medical practices can apply to receive $10,000 for up to five vaccination sites for a total of $50,000. Small practice providers can also receive an additional $1,000 per site (up to five sites for an additional $5,000) if their vaccination sites match high priority areas as noted by the California Department of Public Health.

Once enrolled in myCAvax, your practice will be referred to LAC DPH for onboarding to receive local supplies of COVID-19 vaccine. Additional support is available through the DPH Provider Call Center, at 833-505-0761, Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm, and COVIDVaccineReq@ph.lacounty.gov. You can also reach LAC DPH’s Onboarding Team via email at COVAXonboard@ph.lacounty.gov.

Step 3: Complete LAC DPH Onboarding

An LAC DPH Onboarding Analyst will support you through the onboarding readiness checklist to ensure you have completed all requirements, which include a compliance assessment and reporting requirements review. For more information, you can join the LAC DPH Vaccine Provider Officer Hours meetings, Wednesdays from 9 am to 10 am, through Microsoft Teams via computer or mobile app or phone conference line +1 323-776-6996, 880326681#.

Additional support is available through the DPH Provider Call Center, at 833-505-0761, Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm, and COVIDVaccineReq@ph.lacounty.gov. You can also reach DPH’s Onboarding Team via email at COVAXonboard@ph.lacounty.gov.


Combat Physician Burnout

This Friday, September 17 is National Physician Suicide Awareness Day. Before COVID-19, one physician committed suicide every 24 hours in the US. Undoubtedly and regrettably, those numbers have increased.

LACMA has several initiatives to combat physician burnout:

  • MD/DO Lifeline: Designed to provide resources, support and programs for physicians in crisis.
  • Medical Practice Makeover: LACMA President, Dr. Jeffery Lee, is leading an effort to deliver grants, supplies, consulting and resources for practices in need
  • Resources: LACMA has almost two dozen preferred partners to help practices
  • Well Being Index is a convenient and confidential wellness assessment. View Here and the invitation code is: LACMA WELLNESS
  • PPE: If a practice has supply needs, LACMA can help!
  • Physicians and others in crisis can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

Los Angeles Unified School District Update

As members may be aware, Los Angeles Unified School District began mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for students last week, the first large school system in the nation to do so. LACMA president, Dr. Jeffery Lee issued a statement:

The Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) joins the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer in applauding the L.A. Unified School District and the Board of Education for mandating all children 12 and older in Los Angeles public schools to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January to enter campus.

Additionally, we thank L.A. schools Interim Supt. Megan K. Reilly for taking the critical step to keep children, staff, and communities that physicians care for each day, safer from an insidious virus.

With the Delta variant continuing to ravage our communities, it is time to take this action. The Pfizer vaccine received full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for people 16 and older and those 12 to 15 can be inoculated under a federal emergency use authorization. Mask wearing, social distancing, adequate air filtration, testing and vaccines have proven to be the most effective defense.

LACMA is the state’s largest county medical association with over 7,000 members representing nearly every medical specialty and spanning more than 5,000 square miles.


WeVAx+LA Public Service Campaign

LACMA joined Meals on Wheels West and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health to launch the WeVax + LA campaign to address vaccine hesitancy in communities of color.

We encourage members to share the public service announcement flyers with patients and help distribute the public service announcement!

Watch the announcement here.

Share the Human Services Association flyer here.

Share the Providence flyer here.


State to Leverage Regional and Community HIEs to Establish Statewide Interoperability

The Assembly Trailer Bill 133 (AB133) signed by Governor Newsom on July 27th aims to implement and expand a number of ambitious programs including calling for California healthcare providers, health insurers, federal and state government agencies and other healthcare entities to share and exchange critical clinical data with each other over the next few years.

The legislation provides the California Department of Health and Human Services (CHHS) with the authority to establish a Data Exchange Framework that will standardize how health information is shared across the health and social services systems, while maintaining patient privacy, data security, and promoting equity.

As part of the state’s role, the bill also directs CHHS to convene a stakeholder advisory group to develop and implement a framework and a set of policies that govern the health information sharing among healthcare entities. The first Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting was on Tuesday, August 31st. The discussion topics included history of CA health information exchange and gathering feedback on the vision and group charter. The next step is creating a subcommittee to develop a draft Data Sharing Agreement.

The Data Exchange Framework must be finalized by July 1, 2022 and include a mandate by the legislation requiring providers’ full participation in the exchange beginning January 31, 2024.

“The passage of AB133 preserves the investments already made in California regional HIEs in the last ten years,” said Ali Modaressi, LANES CEO. “I commend the legislature health committee leaders and the governor for reinvesting in the existing HIE infrastructure in California and leading the charge to pave the way for statewide interoperability that requires health plans and providers to share patient data.” This is not the first time CA is rejecting a single entity statewide HIE.

The COVID-19 crisis continues to highlight the importance of data sharing initiatives. The AB133 data sharing requirement will help close the data gaps in future public health crisis as the pandemic has shown how critical local approaches to healthcare are in the U.S. To support the providers in Los Angeles, LANES continues to work closely with public health agencies in making COVID-19 vaccinations available at the point-of-care and helping to identify health disparities. LANES salutes and thanks the hardworking healthcare professionals on the frontline of this pandemic. It is with great enthusiasm that the momentum continues and the leadership, policy makers, and stakeholders take advantage of this unique opportunity for California to deliver on the promise of interoperability in the state.

Visit the LANES website here.


A Week Away from LACMA's 150th Virtual Installation

We look forward to virtually celebrating our 150th Installation of President and Officers. For everyone's safety, we will stream the event live on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021, via zoom at 7:15 pm PST.

Join us for the livestream here.

Click here to donate to Medical Student Scholarships.


Major Issue Townhalls and Other Updates

HOD Update

HOD Update

To expand opportunities for member engagement, we will be holding virtual Major Issue townhalls with members of the Councils present for delegation members to offer testimony on the recommendations.

Our townhall will be held on Thursday, September 30 (6-8 p.m.). The time block will be divided up with one hour per Major Issue.

  • 6-7 p.m.: Racism and Other Barriers to Health Equity
  • 7-8 p.m.: Corporatization of Health Care

Members can join and leave the meeting at any point. If you cannot join the virtual townhall, please use the discussion forums. Please note that draft Major Issue reports will be available on September 23.

Please register here.

After registering for the townhall event, you will receive two email confirmations: One from CMA Member Services confirming your registration was completed and one Zoom confirmation email from Navdeep Dhaliwal. Please save this second email as it will contain the Zoom meeting information needed to log in.


ENGAGEMENT TIMELINE:

This year's HOD engagement opportunities are tentatively scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021
  • House reports posted and open for testimony
  • First draft of the major issues reports posted and open for testimony
  • Thursday, September 30, 2021
  • Major issue townhalls (date tentative; time TBD)
  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021
  • Revised reports posted online
  • Saturday, October 16, 2021

Deadline for House report extractions: CMA will provide an extraction form or online portal (Items not extracted will comprise the Consent Calendar, which the house will be able to adopt)

  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Deadline for major issue recommendation extractions: CMA will provide an extraction form or online portal (Items not extracted will comprise the Consent Calendar, which the house will be able to adopt)

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

This year's HOD sessions are tentatively scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021
  • New delegate orientation webinar (6-7 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 22, 2021
  • Board of Trustees meeting (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
  • HOD virtual platform testing period (6-8 p.m.)
  • CMA recommends that delegations schedule caucus meetings (if needed) on Friday or otherwise prior to Saturday to ensure that members are prepared for the virtual session.
  • Saturday, October 23, 2021
  • House of Delegates session (Tentative: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Board of Trustees organizational meeting (upon adjournment of the House)

MAJOR ISSUES AND ACTIONABLE REPORTS

The first draft of the Major Issues and other actionable reports will be posted 30 days prior to the House of Delegates, on September 23, and will be open for testimony through October 8. 

IN MEMORIAM

As the House of Delegates approaches, we are left to reflect on those members who are longer with us. If you would like to honor a CMA/LACMA member who passed away in the last year, please submit an “in memoriam” resolution to Jessica Arthur (jarthur@cmadocs.org) by September 17. We are happy to provide a sample template if you need assistance. Please also submit a high-res photo that can be shown as a part of the presentation.

Click here to learn more about the House of Delegates.


Membership Appreciation

We will be celebrating LACMA’s 150th Anniversary with our members at the Huntington Library in the Rose Hills Garden Court on Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm. We would love for you to join us!

Click here to RSVP or email Lisa La at Lisa@lacmanet.org.


ACEs Online Wellness Engagement Groups - Tuesday Series

Join CMA's Free, Online Wellness Engagement Groups for Physicians Screening/Treating Patients with ACEs or Toxic Stress

The California Medical Association's (CMA) wellness program (CMA Wellness) is pleased to launch free, online wellness engagement groups for health care providers that conduct patient screenings for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Treating patients with multiple ACEs or toxic stress can potentially impact your personal wellness and increase feelings of burnout. CMA Wellness' engagement groups will support providers by offering subject matter experts, best practices and an open forum to share experiences, facilitated by trained, volunteer physicians.

Each monthly webinar is organized around a prevailing theme with a stakeholder co-host to provide a variety of perspectives with a general discussion and breakout rooms. Registration is required, and providers will be joining the Tuesday series for a 6-month duration.

Event Date: October 19, 2021 - December 14, 2021

Next Session: Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Register Here


Virtual Grand Rounds: The Nocturnists and Variants vs Vaccines

Join CMA's Virtual Grand Rounds: The Nocturnists and Variants vs Vaccines Update on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. PT to 1:30 p.m. PT.

More than a year and a half into the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, physicians, NPs, PAs, nurses and many other caregivers in the healthcare system are tired. Just months ago, most of us began to feel like we could breathe again. But over the summer we have faced a resurgence with the Delta strain of COVID-19 that makes one begin to wonder when, and if, it will all end.

During this Virtual Grand Rounds we will hear from Dr. Erica Pan, California’s State Epidemiologist, about the state of COVID-19 in California, efforts to keep the virus at bay, progress on vaccinations and the hope for keeping schools open this year.

We are also honored to hear from Emily Silverman, MD, the creator of The Nocturnists, a medical storytelling live show and podcast where healthcare workers can pause and examine their inner landscapes. The Nocturnists helps us examine the forces that drive burnout and moral distress, and in doing so provides hope that we can find ways to flourish in the face of the extreme stresses of medical practice in general, and practice in the setting of a pandemic in particular.

Date: September 14, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Register Here


#MondayMotivation

"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."

Gustavo Friederichsen

Chief Executive Officer

Los Angeles County Medical Association

“If it matters to our LACMA members, it matters to me.”

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