23Jul, 2021

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – July 23, 2021

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  July 23, 2021 COVID-19 Won’t Shake Its Grasp On the off-chance that anyone needed proof of COVID-19’s relentless grasp on the state and the region specifically, one only needs to take a quick look at the numbers. Just four weeks ago (June 22) there were 56 COVID-19-positive patients in San Diego County hospitals; on Tuesday (July 20) that number jumped to 193. As of July 20, there were 10 patients admitted to Imperial County hospitals with a confirmed case of COVID-19, a change of 50% from one month ago […]
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23Jul, 2021

5 THINGS TO KNOW – July 23, 2021

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  July 23, 2021 San Diego County Board of Supervisors Address Medi-Cal Managed Care: Lask week, HASD&IC President & CEO Dimitrios Alexiou provided public comment (testimony starts at 4:08) in support of the Framework for the Future: Improving the County’s Wellness Care Delivery System to Address Health Disparities Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic and shared the HASD&IC Board of Directors guiding principles for new Medi-Cal managed care contracts. He emphasized the importance of using this opportunity to prioritize patients, strengthen local oversight, and increase accountability. HASD&IC will continue to engage […]
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7Jul, 2021

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – July 7, 2021

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  July 7, 2021 Healing the Emotional Scars from the Pandemic Even in the best of times, burnout is common for health care workers. The pandemic — which uprooted workplace routines and turned knowns into unknowns — has only made these stressful and demanding jobs that much harder. In the early days and months of the pandemic, the public rallied around health care workers — sporting lawn signs thanking them, donating meals to hospitals, and sending notes of appreciation. However, the public displays of support eventually waned, although the demands of caring for COVID-19 patients day in and day out did not. […]
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7Jul, 2021

5 THINGS TO KNOW – July 7, 2021

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  July 7, 2021 Addressing Chronic Homelessness: On June 28, the first phase of a partnership between the City and County of San Diego launched, with outreach teams hitting the streets to address the immediate and long-term challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness. This month-long outreach campaign is designed to connect individuals to immediate shelter, housing navigation and behavioral health services, and medical care. The second phase, scheduled to launch in August, will address the struggle of those who experience chronic homelessness with severe substance use disorder. It will connect […]
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30Jun, 2021

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – June 30, 2021

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  June 30, 2021 Best Wishes to Sara Steinhoffer of Sharp HealthCare While the Biweekly Briefing was not originally scheduled to publish this week, I would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge Sara Steinhoffer, who is retiring on July 2 after 12 years as vice president of government relations at Sharp HealthCare. Sara joined Sharp HealthCare in 2009 as an experienced government relations professional and has worked tirelessly with senior management, medical groups, Sharp Health Plan, system clinical leadership, and the Sharp HealthCare Board of Directors Advocacy Committee to advocate […]
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16Jun, 2021

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – June 16, 2021

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  June 16, 2021 Optimism as California Fully Reopens Optimism as California Fully Reopens More than a year ago, the world as we had known it changed — perhaps forever. Those who were working in offices were sent home. Restaurants pivoted to delivery and take out. Doctors’ and dentists’ offices turned to telehealth or even closed temporarily. But not hospitals. While many were adjusting to life at home, turning spare rooms into offices and helping kids navigate Zoom learning, your hospitals were on the front lines each and every day. […]
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16Jun, 2021

5 THINGS TO KNOW – June 16, 2021

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  June 16, 2021 Hazard Pay: The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to spend $36 million of American Rescue Plan funding on hazard pay for the county’s essential employees. Mandatory bonus pay has been the subject of much discussion around the state as we emerge from the pandemic. The Culver City Council has passed an ordinance that requires $5 per hour hero pay for employees at the city’s only hospital, and Assembly Bill (AB) 650 would mandate bonuses of up to $10,000 for hospital employees and contractors. However, […]
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2Jun, 2021

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – June 2, 2021

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  June 2, 2021 Drastic Changes Ahead for Medi-Cal Contracts By year’s end, we should know which two health plans the state has chosen to administer Medi-Cal contracts in San Diego County. While the Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) decision to drastically change the Medi-Cal managed care markets throughout the state won’t take effect until 2024, there is already concern over gaps and challenges this may create. Not to mention the logistical challenges in San Diego County, where five plans will be eliminated by going from seven to two. […]
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2Jun, 2021

5 THINGS TO KNOW – June 2, 2021

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  June 2, 2021   Naloxone Treatment: With the number of drug-related deaths growing at an alarming rate locally, the county of San Diego will soon make naloxone, an overdose reversal medication, widely available at several community-based locations and clinics throughout the county. While concerns over the increase in fentanyl-related overdoses and deaths were growing prior to the pandemic, fentanyl-related deaths increased 202% from 2019 to 2020 with more than 457 fentanyl-related deaths countywide in 2020. New County Office: The San Diego County Board of Supervisors recently approved the creation […]
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19May, 2021

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – May 19, 2021

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  May 19, 2021 Shining the Spotlight on Behavioral Health May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year — more than ever — it’s important to put the spotlight on this issue. Accessing behavioral health care is a big problem in California — and it’s only getting worse. While the impending tsunami of behavioral health issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to hit, we must brace ourselves for its arrival. In any given year, an estimated 7.5 million people in California experience a mental health condition, and […]
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