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LAHAN Latest Health Advisory, Athenahealth COVID-19 Resources and Upcoming Events

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Local Updates and How to Stay Protected

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is investigating two additional cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County; the total number of cases for the county is now 16. One case traveled through Japan. One case has an unidentified source of exposure, therefore Public Health has determined this is the first possible case of community transmission in LA County.

Public Health is identifying persons who may have had close personal contact with these individuals, including any friends, family members or health care professionals, to assess and monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness has begun. All confirmed cases are being isolated and close contacts will be quarantined.

There are no known public exposure locations related to these cases at this time.

“This is our first case of community transmission in LA County and we will continue to see more cases of COVID- 19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “We continue to urge everyone to do their part: stay home if you are sick and keep your children home if they are sick; plan for the possibility of school and business closures, and be sure to follow any additional directives issued by Public Health and/or local officials. By working together, we can slow the transmission of novel coronavirus,” she added.

Public Health will continue to actively monitor this situation and provide updates to the public as needed.

Public Health continues to recommend that the public do the following to protect themselves and others from respiratory illnesses:

Stay home when you are sick.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).

Facemasks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and those directly caring for people who are sick and by people who are sick (source control).

Get a flu immunization if you have not done so this season.

Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health 

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

California Department of Public Health 

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

World Health Organization 

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

LA County residents can also call 2-1-1

 

Athenahealth Adds Tools to Enable Rapid Preparedness and Continuous Monitoring of Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

In response to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, Athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of network-enabled services for ambulatory and enterprise customers nationwide, has implemented new guidance, diagnostic testing orders and screening questions based on CDC recommendations, across its national network. The company quickly developed and rolled out the new capabilities to ensure providers on the athenahealth network are ready to screen and test their patients; the features were released network-wide within one day.

The specific resources made available to athenahealth ambulatory and hospital customers include:

New travel-related screening questions available directly within athenaClinicals customers’ workflows

New diagnostic test order sets containing CDC-recommended testing and specimen collection—code-backed to ensure reportability and interoperability

Detailed client communications and recommendations to leverage screening questions and diagnostic tests, as well as direct links to the latest CDC guidance

Learn more about the resources available by clicking the link below:
Learn More
 

2020 Southern California Women in Medicine Leading Through Change

The conference planning committee includes representatives from Kaiser Permanente, CHOC Children’s, St. Joseph Heritage, St. Jude Heritage and the University of California at Irvine, among others.  The committee is chaired by Darla Holland, MD, past president of the Orange County Medical Association.  The target audience includes physicians, residents, medical students and others interested in healthcare policy and issues.

Friday, March 20, 2020
Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine
9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Entry fee - $150

Register Here
 

District 10 Mixer/Educational Event
Thursday, March 26, 2020

7 pm – 9 pm

Keller Williams Pacific Estates

14241 Firestone Blvd, Suite 100

La Mirada, CA 90638

RSVP Here

31st Annual Advances in Pediatrics Symposium 

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at UCLA

3 Tracks

5.25 CME

5.25 MOC Part 2 

Early Bird Registration  

$169 for Chapter Members

Register Online Below

Register Here
 

11th Annual LACBA - LACMA Healthcare Law & Medicine Education Symposium

April 1, 2020
Los Angeles County Bar Association
1055 W. 7th Street
Suite 2700
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Registration and Dinner 6:00 - 6:30 pm
Program 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Physicians interested in attending please call (800) 361-5569 or email using the link below.

RSVP Here
 

Registration Now Open for CMA Legislative Advocacy Day,
April 14

The California Medical Association (CMA) will host its 46th annual Legislative Advocacy Day on April 14, 2020, on the State Capitol South Lawn. Attendees will have the opportunity to go to the Capitol throughout the day to meet with legislators on health care issues. The meetings will be scheduled and coordinated by local county medical societies.

This is a unique event for California physicians and is free of charge to all CMA members. Plan to join more than 400 physicians, medical students and resident members who will be coming to Sacramento to lobby their legislative leaders as champions for medicine and their patients.

Registered attendees will receive webinar training on legislation and policy affecting the practice of medicine on March 25.

Set April 14 aside to become an advocate for your patients and colleagues! 
Click below to register! 

Register Now
 
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