Primary Care First Application Deadline
On October 24, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a (RFA) for the Primary Care First Model. Primary Care First is a new, optional alternative payment model that rewards innovative primary care delivery. Applications to participate in the Primary Care First program are due Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

10 Things to Do in New Orleans
Indulge your senses, savor New Orleans’ rich cultural experience and celebrate everything that — even after nearly 300 years of the greatest achievements and the steepest challenges — still makes this city one of America’s most unique, authentic and engaging destinations. Check out these can’t miss sights and more: Don't forget to register for by February 7 to receive the early bird rate.

Medscape 2020 Physician Burnout & Suicide Report
A recently released polled over 15,000 physicians in over 29 specialties and 42 percent of physicians reported burnout, down 4% from 2015. Top specialties with highest rates of burnout, what contributes most to burnout and how physicians cope with burnout (by generation) are just a few of the insights revealed in the report. 

California Fighting Back on High Cost of Generic Drugs
As part of his new state budget proposal, California Governor Gavin Newsom is requesting approval for the state to negotiate contracts with drug makers to manufacture selected prescriptions on behalf of California. Supporters of the proposal feel they can leverage California’s massive market to increase competition and lower generic drug prices. Read more

Uber and Lyft See Health Care as Key Growth Area
A Uber Health reports that after facing scheduling delays using other transportation services, MedStar Health switched to Uber Health with positive results. Using Uber’s existing network of drivers, MedStar Health experienced fewer missed appointments, more on-time appointments, faster ETAs and increased cost-efficiency.