Monday Rx: Doctor's Giving Vaccinations, Electronic Prescriptions 2022, Telehealth and Adverse Events

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Doctors Now on Front Lines to Give Vaccinations

"Three in 10 adults who are not currently convinced to get a COVID-19 vaccine right away say they would be more likely to get vaccinated if one was offered to them during a routine medical visit,” according to the CDC.

As one physician put it: “You can either be part of the 0.0001 percent that has a bad reaction to the vaccine or the 1.5 percent that dies from COVID, which part of the statistic do you want to be?”

Patients arrive with so many conspiracy theories that a longer conversation is necessary before vaccination starts to become a possibility.

Concerns about possible effects on fertility, which have been thoroughly debunked by a lack of documented evidence at a time when hundreds of millions are already fully vaccinated, tend to be among the latest issues that the physician hears expressed daily. Concerns about the vaccine being approved too quickly before all side effects were spotted is another common item. Some may still believe the wildly-bogus idea that vaccines contain tracking chips.

“It takes a good medical provider to make that alliance with the patient that the information you’re providing is better because it’s factual. This really is a war of fact versus alternative fact."

State Mandated Electronically Transmitted Prescriptions is Coming in 2022

In 2018, the California Legislature passed a law (AB 2789) that created a state-level mandate that all prescriptions must be transmitted electronically by January 1, 2022. The law applies to all physicians and almost all prescriptions, with very few exceptions. CMA has compiled a frequently asked questions document (members-only) to help physicians understand their requirements under the new law.

CMA is also hosting a webinar on Thursday, June 17, 2021, view here, so physicians and their staff can learn more about the electronic prescribing mandate, and how to make sure your practice is ready to go for next year. The webinar—Preparing for California's Electronic Prescribing Mandate—is free for members and their staff, and $99 for all others.

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, it will be available for on-demand viewing at a few days after the live event.

Telehealth is Here to Stay, Evolve and New Poll Says Patients Want It

A significant proportion of patients want telehealth services to remain a permanent part of healthcare, newly released results from a national poll show. Sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the findings show 82% of survey respondents have used telehealth services and 43% want to them to continue, even after the pandemic is over. Click here for more information.

We asked Dr. John Korangy, founder of CareClix, LACMA’s telehealth partner, his thoughts on the APA poll:

"This article is another good indication that the growth of telehealth is an evolving transition in healthcare delivery similar to the growth of outpatients facilities over the last few decades. We are now seeing expansion and growth into the virtual care environment. We at CareClix believe that we are well-positioned to respond to and lead this transition,” John Korangy, MD, CEO and Co-Founder of CareClix."

If you would like to learn more about CareClix and how it can transform the patient care experience, contact Sal LoBianco:

When Things Go Wrong: Transparency and Management of Adverse Events

Most physicians will have to anticipate how and when to initiate and navigate difficult conversations with their patients at some point during their career, especially after an adverse outcome has occurred. During this one-hour CME* webinar, the risk management and patient safety experts at the Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP) will address basic concepts and key techniques for how to respond to complications arising from adverse events in patient care. 

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When Things Go Wrong: Transparency and Management of Adverse Events

Date: Wednesday, June 16

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT

CME: 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

At the completion of this activity, the attendee will be able to:

  • Define an adverse event.
  • Identify general regulatory reporting requirements after an adverse event.
  • Discuss what immediate mitigation steps should be taken after an adverse event.
  • Describe the elements of patient disclosure and why it is necessary in post-event monitoring.
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining a positive physician-patient relationship.

The discussion will be followed by audience Q&A. Physicians are invited to submit their questions in advance to

All registrants will receive the recording and slides once they are available. Register now to access these materials automatically after the live webinar. CAP is pleased to present this program in association with our county medical society partners statewide.

District 3: Join Us Tonight at 6 PM for an Intimate Conversation With Dr. Booth

Register by emailing Vitelio Aguilar at

Virtual Grand Rounds: Ethics in a Pandemic and the State of COVID-19 in California

In this Virtual Grand Rounds, we will hear from experts on medical ethics and how these ethics relate to the individual and collective experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. Key questions will include: How do we evaluate our response to the pandemic as a nation? As a global community? What issues are emerging as a partially vaccinated society that is trying to re-open? What have we learned from this crisis and how can we codify those learnings to be better prepared in the future?

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021        

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. PST      

Format: Zoom

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CMA's 2021 CME Provider Conference

Join the California Medical Association virtually for their 2021 Annual CME Provider Conference: Leading the Way to the Future of CME! This educational opportunity will provide valuable strategies and insight to improving your CME program, as well as provide an opportunity to connect with ACCME, CMA CME staff, and other CMA-accredited providers.

Topics will include: *subject to change

  • National Update, Collaborations and MOC - Graham McMahon, M.D., MMSc, CEO at the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. 
  •  Standards for Integrity and Independence
  • State of the State of CME - Kristin Jensen, M.D., Chair of CMA CME Steering Committee
  • Engaging your Leadership about the Importance of CME - Moderated Panel
  • New CLC and IB Standards - Moderated Panel
  • CA Legislation that Impacts CME
  • Virtual Social Hour

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021        

Time: 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PST      

Format: Virtual

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"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

Gustavo Friederichsen

Chief Executive Officer

Los Angeles County Medical Association

“If it matters to our LACMA members, it matters to me.”

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