September 14, 2020

Survey: Majority of U.S. physicians report pay cuts due to COVID-19

The majority of U.S. doctors say they've seen a reduction in how much they're getting paid during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from Medscape.

September 2, 2020

Call to Action! Protect Physicians from COVID-19 Liability!

ALERT! The SCMA needs your help! The Senate and House are considering legislation to protect physicians from COVID-19 lawsuits. Act now to ensure this legislation is passed. Physicians should not be sued for serving the public during a pandemic.

August 29, 2020

California Governor Newsom signs landmark CMA-supported law to protect children from candy-flavored tobacco

Despite fierce opposition from Big Tobacco, California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday signed into law a bill that will end the sale of flavored tobacco products – including minty menthol. With the governor’s signature on SB 793 (Hill, D-San Mateo), California will have among the nation's strongest protections against Big Tobacco’s business model that markets deadly tobacco products to kids, especially in low-income and Black and Brown communities.

August 14, 2020

Dr. Bell: “Data shows that wearing face masks works”; Latest COVID-19 Update

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released new data today that indicates local mask ordinances are helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. “This new data shows us what we already knew, wearing face masks works,” said Dr. Linda Bell, S.C. State Epidemiologist. “We’re strongly supportive of these local leaders’ initiatives that are centered on protecting the health and wellbeing of their communities.”

August 12, 2020

Administration reaches deal with Moderna to manufacture, deliver 100M doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Reports that the “administration has reached a deal with Moderna Inc. to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses of the company’s [COVID-19] vaccine once it is approved, according to a news release from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.” Under the “contract, worth up to $1.525 billion for 100 million doses, the doses would be owned by the U.S. government and would be distributed and used as part of its [COVID-19] vaccine campaign.” CNN adds, “If the doses are used, they would be provided to Americans at no cost.”

August 3, 2020

New training tool for SC doctors battling COVID-19

A new training program will help hundreds of doctors around our state get the latest information on treating COVID-19 patients. The program is called CurrentMD COVID and was put together by the organization Knowledge 2 Practice (K2P).

July 27, 2020

Partnership to Bring COVID-19 Pandemic Educational Resources to South Carolina Physicians

A bold new partnership aims to provide physicians across the state of South Carolina with the most up-to-date, comprehensive knowledge needed to respond effectively on the frontlines of COVID-19

July 23, 2020

BCBSSC, South Carolina Hospital Association and South Carolina Medical Association Collaborate On Public Service Campaign Encouraging South Carolinians to “Slow the Spread”

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) and South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) are joining together in an effort to persuade the public to limit potential exposure to COVID-19 even as coronavirus cases are on the rise in South Carolina, hospital beds are filling and deaths are currently numbering in the high hundreds.

July 14, 2020

First Coronavirus Vaccine Tested in Humans Shows Early Promise

An experimental coronavirus vaccine made by the biotech company Moderna provoked a promising immune response against the virus and appeared safe in the first 45 people who received it, researchers reported on Tuesday in The New England Journal of Medicine.