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Telehealth (Article Contributed by Eric Hansen, D.O.)

TELEHEALTH by Eric Hansen, D.O. During the pandemic, did you know that telehealth is how some physicians managed to provide consistent care to patients, and even as COVID-19 subsides, telehealth is an option for those with certain kinds of health concerns or for whom logistically it makes more sense? While the field is relatively new, the conditions brought on by COVID-19 have increased awareness about telehealth. The key is making sure you have a physician who is  experienced with telehealth and has integrated appropriate software into their practice that is easy to use. What are some of the issues that can be handled by a primary ...

LifeStream Critical Blood Shortage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 16, 2021 DOWNLOAD PDF COPY OF PRESS RELEASE LifeStream experiencing extreme blood shortage Community is ill-prepared to support hospital patients. LifeStream Blood Bank, the provider of blood products and services to more than 80 Southern California hospitals, is experiencing an extreme blood shortage. As the region emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic era, the need for blood donations is more urgent than ever. Hospitals are reporting an increased need for blood yet, our blood bank shelves are at their lowest level since the pandemic began. We are urging the public ...

California Department of Public Health Guidance on COVID-19 Death Determination, Evaluation, and Certification

Guidance on COVID-19 Death Determination, Evaluation, and Certification - DOWNLOAD IT HERE This document provides guidance on the determination and evaluation of deaths when Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is being considered as an underlying cause or a significant contributing condition. This document reviews existing guidance from federal, state, and independent expert organizations for certifying deaths due to COVID-19 and outlines the process in seeking further assistance from the California Department of Public Health Guidance (CDPH).

New COVID-19 Vaccine Claims Reimbursement Program

The US Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has launched the COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund (CAF). This new program is providing reimbursements on a rolling basis directly to eligible health care providers for claims associated with administering COVID-19 vaccines to beneficiaries whose health insurance does not cover vaccine administration fees, or does but typically with patient cost-sharing. Review and share the program fact sheet for a quick look at the program. Providers can now begin submitting eligible claims for COVID-19 vaccine administration ...

Annual Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Workshop: Auto-HPSA Scores

SAVE THE DATE Annual Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Workshop Special Topic: Auto-HPSA Scores The California Primary Care Office will hold their 29th Annual HPSA Workshop on April 15, 2021 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.  The web-based workshop will focus on Auto-HPSA scores impacting Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), Rural Health Clinics, and Indian Health Clinics. Auto-HPSA Workshop Agenda: Benefits and Resources Score Renewal Cycle Health Resources and Services Administration Web Portal Guest FQHC Presentation: Data Collection and Clinical Best Practices Live Question and Answer Session Please RSVP to shortage@oshpd.ca.gov no later than April 12, 2021.

Statement from Christopher Tsai, MD, SBCMS President

STATEMENT FROM DR. CHRISTOPHER TSAI, SBCMS PRESIDENT March 31, 2021 Dear Physician Members, Partners and Friends of SBCMS, It is disturbing and saddening to see the increasing hatred shown by too many over the past several years. It seems every news cycle is marked by a new viral video of another despicable attack; attacks on unsuspecting people minding their own business. The current wave of attacks on Asian Americans is just the latest in an escalating series of events aimed at people who look different to their attackers.  This. Has. To. Stop. SBCMS stands proudly ...

Nominations Now Open for SBCMS 2021 Outstanding Awards

San Bernardino County Medical Society (SBCMS) is accepting nominations for its outstanding awards to be presented at the society's annual Officer Installation scheduled for June 24, 2021 at the Burrage Mansion in Redlands. Nicholas P. Krikes, MD Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Medical Society Awarded to a physician member for sustained interest and participation in one or more activities of the Society over and above that expected by the membership at large.   William L. Cover, MD Award for Outstanding Contribution to Medicine Awarded to a physician member who has displayed forward-looking, pioneering ideas, enterprise, ...

SBCMS 2021/2022 Nominating Committee Report

DOWNLOAD NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT HERE TO:        SBCMS BOARD OF DIRECTORS                         FROM:    MARK BAI, MD, CHAIRPERSON, NOMINATING COMMITTEE RE:        NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT                        DATE:        JANUARY 25, 2021 The Nominating Committee held a meeting and conference call on January 13, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Members in attendance were Mark Bai, MD (Chair); Christopher Tsai, MD-by proxy; Kristy Roloff, DO; Javier Sánchez, MD; Damodara Rajasekhar, MD; Eric Hansen, DO; Marti Baum, MD; ...

CDPH Advisory: Ongoing Risk of Highly Drug-Resistant Infections in Patients Following Hospitalization or Invasive Procedures in Mexico

DOWNLOAD CDPH ADVISORY HERE Ongoing Risk of Highly Drug-Resistant Infections in Patients Following Hospitalization or Invasive Procedures in Mexico February 2021   The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and local public health partners are alerting healthcare providers of a recent increase in reports of VIM-producing carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (VIM-CRPA) in patients following hospitalization or invasive medical procedures in Mexico for routine healthcare visits, medical emergencies, and medical tourism. Since our November 2019 Health Advisory describing an initial cluster of five VIM-CRPA cases with similar exposure from August to October 2019, there have ...

CDC HEALTH ADVISORY - Extensively Drug-Resistant Salmonella Typhi Infections Among U.S. Residents Without International Travel

View the PDF of this CDC Health Advisory https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/pdf/CDC-HAN-439-XDR-Salmonella-Typhi-Infections-in-U.S.-Without-Intl-Travel-02.12.2021.pdf    This is an official CDC HEALTH ADVISORY   Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network  February 12, 2021, 1:00 PM ET   CDCHAN-00439 Extensively Drug-Resistant Salmonella Typhi Infections Among U.S. Residents Without International Travel Summary   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing— Information on extensively drug-resistant (XDR) Salmonella Typhi (Typhi) infections among U.S. residents without international travel, and Treatment recommendations for XDR Typhi infection.    Background   Typhoid fever is a systemic illness caused by the bacterium Salmonella enterica serotype Typhi (Typhi). Most people in the United States diagnosed with typhoid fever ...