Monday RX July 13

PPE Relief Program: FREE medical-grade PPE for small and medium practices | LACMA has been working with CMA on what is being called the PPE Relief Program. The State of CA is making millions of pieces of medical-grade PPE, including N95 masks, surgical masks, shields, gowns and gloves, available FREE to physicians that have 50 or less physicians. 

We are partnering with CMA and the California Office of Emergency Services to distribute this equipment to qualifying small and medium-sized medical practices. The PPE Relief kits include up to a two-month supply. Physicians MUST reserve their supply. The portal is now open to begin taking reservations for PPE. 

These supplies will ONLY be provided via Drive Thru events. We are scheduling 5 PPE events in Los Angeles County (the most in the state) beginning on Monday July 27th thru Friday July 31st. Each event will be from 10 AM to 4 PM. The first event will be held at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena on July 27th. Subsequent sites are being confirmed this week. 

Supplies will only be provided to those who register through the online portal. There will NOT be extra PPE available at the events for those who DO NOT register ahead of time. 

We will be sending out announcement information to ALL practicing physicians who meet the small/medium group criteria in the coming days. However, please feel free to share this information. We want to insure as many physician practices in Los Angeles County receives the offer of FREE PPEs. All other medical societies will be hosting these drive thru events as well but LACMA will hose the first series of 5 events!

PLEASE SHARE THIS AND ASK YOUR HOSPITAL'S MEDICAL STAFF COORDINATOE TO DO THE SAME. We want to make sure our 5 Drive Thru Events are a success and insure every doctor in Los Angeles County receives PPEs. As you know, as part of LACMA's innovative COVID 19 Rapid Response Initiative, we had two successful PPE drive thru events, helped more than 200 solo and small practices, created a database of more than 500 physicians in need plus helped an additional 80+ minority and women owned medical practices. The PPE Relief Program will help thousands of medical practices across the county and further cement our commitment to delivering solutions to the medical profession. As we confirm details on subsequent sites, I will update you and share Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), press releases and logistical updates. 

Again, you must register through the portal PRIOR to the event in order to qualify to receive the PPE.

If you would like to volunteer at these PPE distribution events, please register here.


LACMA "Put It On" PSA: Featuring Local Physicians and Los Lobos Band 

Last week we launched our "Put It On" Media Campaign to continue encouraging Los Angelenos to wear masks in accordance with public health guidelines. Our PSA campaign calls for support of Los Angeles’ public health officers for their commitment and tireless efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Our local physicians highlight the life and death importance of wearing a mask in accordance with public guidelines. The beloved Los Angeles band Los Lobos shares their solidarity with our “Put it On” message.

The videos are the first in a series of PSA’s conveying simple messaging relative to complex topics namely: mask wearing, social distancing and staying at home. 

Watch Videos Here


 

Key Messages

  • There are rifapentine shortages because global demand has increased and because the sole manufacturer has voluntarily paused release of the drug due to the detection of nitrosamine impurities.
  • Rifapentine is indicated for treatment of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) and should NOT be confused with the other rifamycins (rifampin, rifabutin).
  • Treatment of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is considered an essential health service during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Healthcare providers should consider temporarily refraining from initiating the once-weekly 3-month isoniazid-rifapentine (3HP) regimens until rifapentine shipments have resumed and local supplies of rifapentine have been reestablished. Providers should continue to offer LTBI treatment using one of the preferred rifamycin-based regimens: 4 months of daily rifampin (4R) or 3 months of daily isoniazid and rifampin (3HR).

Read the full LAHAN Health Alert by clicking below:

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Virtual Grand Rounds Start July 14th

The first Virtual Grand Rounds – State of COVID-19 with California Public Health Leaders – will be Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 12 p.m. The 90-minute grand rounds webinars are free and open to all interested clinicians. Clinicians likely to encounter COVID-19 in their practice settings (e.g., front line physicians, nurse practitioners or physician assistants) are encouraged to join the monthly case-based presentations, which will include expert panel discussions and audience participation.

State public health leaders will discuss past and current state efforts to prepare for COVID-19 surges, data collection methods for surveillance and planning, as well as related impacts to California communities. Participants include:

  • Mark Ghaly, M.D., CHHS Secretary
  • Alice Chen, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Director for the San Francisco Health Network (SFHN), and Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
  • Sonia Angell, M.D., MPH, State Public Health Officer and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director

Physicians can receive CME for participating in the COVID-19 Virtual Grand Rounds.*

Register Here

Have questions? Contact covidrounds@cmadocs.org for more information.

*This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the California Medical Association (CMA) and California Health and Human Services Agency. CMA is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


#MondayMotivation

"A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference."

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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