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CMS Issues Recommendations to Re-Open Health Care Systems in Areas with Low Incidence of COVID-19

As the United States continues to face the unprecedented public health emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic, the tide is turning and some areas throughout the country are seeing a decline in cases. As states and localities begin to stabilize, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing guidance on providing essential non-COVID-19 care to patients without symptoms of COVID-19 in regions with low and stable incidence of COVID-19. This is part of Phase 1 in the Trump Administration’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again.   “By complying with our ...

Extension of Influenza Season in San Bernardino County

PRESS RELEASE HEALTH ADVISORY - Public Health Contact: Erin Gustafson, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Health Officer | (909) 387-6218 Due to elevated and widespread influenza activity within San Bernardino County and surrounding areas, Dr. Erin Gustafson, Acting Health Officer, has ordered an extension of the influenza season period to the newly defined date of April 30, 2020.  Influenza activity is widespread throughout California and statewide outpatient influenza-like illness (ILI) hospitalizations remain above the expected levels. Influenza A 2009 H1N1 Pandemic (H1N1 pdm09) viruses are predominating in California, but influenza B (Victoria) viruses are still circulating. Under ...

Call for Physician Volunteers

COVID-19 is putting a tremendous strain on physicians, especially those on the front lines, and the state is in the middle of experiencing an unprecedented surge in patient care needs. We’ve been contacted by Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) in Colton who is proactively developing a list of physicians who are willing to obtain emergency privileges though their hospital to assist for the anticipated surge in coronavirus cases. San Bernardino County Medical Society (SBCMS) is calling upon physicians to volunteer their time and talent in service to impacted communities across our ...

NORCAL Group Pandemic COVID-19 Exchange

In order to help our policyholders and the broader medical professional community prepare for and respond to the various challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic – NORCAL Group is offering up its Pandemic: COVID-19 Exchange to the general public on with a ‘mobile-first’ approach for ease of access. Through careful curation and sharing of our bundled and individual educational risk management resources, which will be updated regularly and cover relevant and timely topics, NORCAL Group seeks to provide information protecting both healthcare personnel and patients. NORCAL Group will also use ...

Telehealth Expansion Due to COVID-19

President Donald Trump today announced the federal government is immediately suspending HIPAA enforcement and penalties to facilitate use of telehealth for health care services in both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. As of this morning, March 17, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has announced that Medicare will immediately expand telehealth coverage for seniors so that they can be treated from home and not risk their own health and that of providers by being required to visit a medical office.  Please see important information, guidelines and links here: CMA Newsroom ...

Message from Mark M. Bai, M.D., SBCMS President on COVID-19

MESSAGE FROM SBCMS PRESIDENT MARK M. BAI, M.D. - COVID-19 Updates and Resources (download letter here) March 4, 2020    Dear SBCMS Members, Friends and the Community,    As with our partner medical providers, hospitals, healthcare systems and the community in general, we at the San Bernardino County Medical Society are looking for the best way to approach the news of the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19. We believe the most effective strategy is to provide sensible and up to date information that emphasizes practices that will prevent the spread of ...

SBCMS President Congratulates Dr. Bradley Gilbert as New Head of Calif. DHCS

SBCMS Statement: On behalf of the entire leadership and membership of San Bernardino County Medical Society (SBCMS), we would like to extend our enormous congratulations to Bradley P. Gilbert, M.D., upon his appointment to California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) by Governor Gavin Newsom.  Read more here.   Having had the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Gilbert for many years in his position as CEO of the of the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and as a member of our SBCMS board of directors, we know firsthand what levels of ...

Donald Case, M.D. Selected as "Top Doc" for SBCMS 2019

Congratulations to Donald Case, M.D., a Pediatrician practicing in Barstow, CA, who was selected as the “Top Doc” for San Bernardino, County Medical Society (SBCMS) 2019. Lights for Little Lives, created and sponsored by The Unforgettables Foundation in 2001 in partnership with non-profits like Ronald McDonald House, the Candlelighters, Olive Crest Foundation, Rotary, Kiwanis, and The United Way, honors top doctors/pediatricians from the Inland Empire. Winners are selected through SBCMS, Riverside County Medical Association (RCMA) and Children’s Hospital at Loma Linda. SBCMS nominee physician must be a pediatrician or work primarily with ...

SBCMS/LifeStream Blood Drive Dec. 12

Dr. Thelma Korpman, Chair of our upcoming SBCMS Blood Drive and board member for LifeStream, invites you to donate blood on Thursday, December 12, from 12 noon to 6 pm at the SBCMS office in Redlands, CA. Please participate by signing up and encouraging friends, co-workers and relatives to do the same. You can select your time slot in advance and help us achieve our goal of 20 pints for the day.   Blood donations are desperately needed throughout the year, but even more so during the holiday season. Please join Dr. ...

Is Long-Term Care Insurance a Good Idea?

Is Long-Term Care Insurance a Good Idea? When deciding whether or not to buy long-term care insurance, consider the potential cost of care, the cost of insurance premiums, and the coverage provided. There is a good possibility that you or your spouse will eventually require some form of long-term care (LTC). According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, at least 70% of people aged 65 or older will require some form of long-term care services and support during their lives.1 Whether you or your spouse will be among this group ...