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CalHealthCares Loan Repayment Program: Open Application (January 18 to March 3, 2023)

CalHealthCares administers loan repayment on educational debt for California physicians and dentists who provide care to Medi-Cal patients, which represent one-third of Californians and half of the state’s children. Eligible physicians can apply for up to $300,000 in loan repayment in exchange for a five-year service obligation. Eligible dentists can apply for a loan repayment up to $300,000 in exchange for a five-year service obligation or a Practice Support Grant up to $300,000 in exchange for a ten-year service obligation. CalHealthCares commits $340 million voter-approved, state tobacco tax revenues from Proposition ...

California Senate’s New Health Chair to Prioritize Mental Health and Homelessness

Article by Rachel Bluth of California Healthline  California state Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman, a Stockton Democrat who was instrumental in passing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature mental health care legislation last year, has been appointed to lead the Senate’s influential health committee, a change that promises a more urgent focus on expanding mental health services and moving homeless people into housing and treatment. Eggman, a licensed social worker, co-authored the novel law that allows families, clinicians, first responders, and others to petition a judge to mandate government-funded treatment and services for people ...

New California Health Laws for 2023

While the legislature passed various new laws impacting health care in California, significant focus was placed on legislation intended to protect physicians and patients in response to the United States Supreme Court decision in Dobbs. The California Medical Association (CMA) published a summary of new laws of interest to physicians that cover reproductive rights, emergency services, healthcare facilities, and more. You can view the PDF HERE.

CMA partners with UC Davis on free online CME course on preventing firearm violence

The California Medical Association (CMA) has partnered with the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) BulletPoints Project on a free online course to help physicians and other health care providers reduce gun violence. The hour-long on-demand training teaches clinicians how to identify at-risk patients and how to intervene according to the type and level of risk of firearm violence. Each year, nearly 50,000 people in the United States die from firearm-related injuries, and twice as many are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal firearm injuries. In recent years, during the COVID-19 pandemic, ...

HEALTH ADVISORY: Communicable Disease Updates

There are several ongoing communicable disease concerns in the County of Santa Clara that health care providers should remain attuned to. In this advisory we summarize key updates and provider actions for MPX (monkeypox), COVID-19, and influenza as well as other seasonal diseases (West Nile Virus and Acute Flaccid Myelitis).  1. MPX (Monkeypox)  Situational Update: Cases of MPX are now decreasing globally, nationally, and locally. As of September 21, 2022, there are 173 probable or confirmed cases of MPX In Santa Clara County with a rolling 7-day average of <1 new case/day ...