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IEHP & Molina Healthcare Launch Together4IE

This month, Molina Healthcare of California (“Molina”), and Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) announced a joint effort in leading a new healthcare initiative, “Together4IE.” This collaboration aims to raise awareness about available coverage through Medi-Cal and the health insurance marketplace (Covered California) to support Californians affected by income or employment changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The health plans launched a website and are offering a toll-free number (1-866-U2Apply) to learn more about securing affordable health insurance. The California Employment Development Department reported that as of July 2020, more than 275,000 ...

California Medical Association's 2020 Legislative Wrap-Up

California’s Completely Unpredictable, Totally Chaotic Legislative Year The California Medical Association’s 2020 Legislative Wrap Up By Janus L. Norman, CMA Senior Vice President of Government and Political Relations As 2019 concluded, reasonable assumptions about 2020 began to emerge. The year was expected to be busy and more polarizing due to the presidential election occurring in November. Large-scale issue-based campaigns calling for new state programs supported by the expected state budget surplus were being announced. State legislators were finalizing their legislative packages. And lastly, the California Medical Association (CMA) was preparing to defeat ...

ARMC Tops National, State and Regional Maternal Care Rankings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 14, 2020   CONTACT: Dr. Guillermo Valenzuela, (909) 580-3470   DOWNLOAD FOLLOWING PRESS RELEASE HERE    ARMC Tops National, State and Regional Maternal Care Rankings Data confirms the excellent care provided by the ARMC’s Department of Women’s Health   COLTON, CA– Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) ranks in the top tenth percentile in the state for reducing Cesarean Section (C-section) deliveries for low-risk, first time expectant mothers, according to data from The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative from June 2019 – 2020.   The rankings underscore ARMC’s dedication to providing exceptional maternity care, which also recently earned ...

Important Update by Javier Sanchez, MD, District II Delegation Vice Chair re: AB890

On behalf of California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates District II Vice-Chair Javier Sanchez, MD, please download the FACT SHEET and TALKING POINTS regarding AB 890, which was signed into law by Governor Newsom yesterday, September 29, 2020.   These items will help to understand the law, next steps for CMA, and otherwise assist in answering questions that you may receive from colleagues or constituents. If you have further questions about AB 890, or the intended use of these resources, please contact SBCMS staff at aelsner@sbcms.org or jsolorio@sbcms.org for assistance.   You ...

Employers' Top COVID-19 Related FAQs

SBCMS' legal Business Partner, Thakur Law Firm, has provided the following answers to the most frequently asked questions by Employers with COVID-19-related questions. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the way many of us work and live, leaving employers suddenly faced with a seemingly endless stream of new and unfamiliar workplace issues and an array of rapidly implemented new federal, state, and municipal employment laws. With federal social distancing guidance and California’s stay-home order in place for an undetermined time, it is imperative that employers stay up to date on the ...

Incoming President's Message from Christopher Tsai, M.D.

INCOMING PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE FROM CHRISTOPHER K. TSAI, M.D. Dear SBCMS Members and Partners, I’m very excited to have been installed as your 2020-2021 President, along with my fellow officers. We were honored to have Dr. Lee Snook, Jr. perform the swearing in ceremony online for the SBCMS Board and Executive Committee on June 23. We are grateful for his leadership at CMA and are thrilled for his upcoming term as President! A name that was not sworn in, for the first time in six years, was Dr. Damodara Rajasekhar, who has concluded ...

Outgoing President's Message from Mark M. Bai, M.D.

OUTGOING PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE FROM DOCTOR MARK. M. BAI – June 25, 2020 Dear Fellow SBCMS Members, It is hard to believe how quickly a year has gone by. I have been honored to serve as the 127th President of the San Bernardino County Medical Society. So much has happened during this time, especially in the past four months, and I’m so proud of the accomplishments we have made together at SBCMS. Our membership is truly engaged – together, we have been able to realize notable progress in operational and policy objectives for ...

SBCMS Executive Committee Statement on Death of George Floyd

SBCMS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE STATEMENT ON DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD - June 5, 2020 Dear SBCMS Members and Partners, On behalf of our leadership representing San Bernardino County Medical Society, we want to reach out to you during this troubling time to share our anger, sadness, concern and compassion as well as work to create a spirit of unity. Like everyone, we are heartsick over the tragic death of George Floyd. We cannot fully comprehend the pain, especially that which has been experienced disproportionately and more egregiously by some in our community for ...

Virtual Medical Student Advocacy Day June 5

Disappointed that California's Legislative Day was canceled? Fret not! This is your opportunity to champion healthcare legislation as a medical student. California Medical Association - Medical Student Section presents "VIRTUAL MEDICAL STUDENT ADVOCAY DAY" ACTIVITIES FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH AT 8 AM Educational sessions in the week leading up to Advocacy Day to fortify your knowledge about important topics in preparation to meet with representatives One-on-one conversations with the healthcare staffers of California Senate and Assembly members who represent your school's or voting district Keynote speech by Chief Lobbyist and CMA Senior Vice President Janus Norman DEADLINE TO ...

Community EMR Survey (Solo & Medium Group Practices)

During this challenging healthcare era, there’s never been a greater need for an efficient, reliable and affordable electronic medical record (EMR) with full health information exchange and telehealth interoperability.  San Bernardino County Medical Society (SBCMS) and Riverside County Medical Association (RCMA) are conducting an interest survey for a community electronic medical record (EMR). If there is sufficient interest, we may have the opportunity to offer a community EMR product that would be available at low or no cost to physicians in the Inland Empire with minimal annual fees along with ...