FDA Set to Approve Coronavirus Booster Shots for Immunocompromised People

August 11, 2021 – The Food and Drug Administration is expected as soon as Thursday to authorize extra doses of coronavirus vaccines for patients with weakened immune systems, a move that could mean additional shots will be available for the vulnerable population as soon as this weekend.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to President Biden says COVID-19 booster shots are needed for those who are immunocompromised and that the need is “so imminent that we get them boosted so that they would be in a protected zone.”
Read the Washington Post article here: https://wapo.st/3iFy6ch  

FDA Speeding Up Vaccine Booster Plan Efforts

August 5, 2021 – As the Delta variant surges, the FDA continues to work on a COVID Vaccine Booster Plan and is now speeding up efforts to authorize extra doses. September may be a target date for the FDA to have a plan on who would receive booster shots among those American s with weakened immune systems. Some countries are moving forward with plans for booster shots for those individuals with immunosuppressed systems.

According to CNBC.com, Federal health officials are working “as quickly as possible” to authorize a third Covid-19 vaccine shot for Americans with weakened immune systems, White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday. It is clear now that such people – including cancer and HIV patients or those who have had organ transplants – in general do not produce an adequate immune response after receiving two doses of a Covid vaccine.”

“Immunocompromised individuals are vulnerable,” Fauci said during a White House briefing. “It is extremely important for us to move to get those individuals their boosters, and we are now working on that and we will make that be implemented as quickly as possible. It is a very high priority.” https://cnb.cx/3fEGQNE

CDC Alters Mask Guidance

The CDC altered its mask guidance on Tuesday, July 27th to say that even vaccinated people should wear them indoors in areas with high coronavirus transmission, and that everyone should wear masks indoors in K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status.  The CDC also said even vaccinated Americans should start wearing masks again indoors in areas of the U.S. with high transmission.

Balboa Nephrology Medical Group continues to offer in-person and telehealth appointments.  To protect our patients and health care workers, Balboa Nephrology Medical Group will continue to require the use of face coverings in all clinic locations — even if you’ve been vaccinated.

For questions about your next appointment, reach out to your physicians office directly or connect via the patient portal here.

Significant Spike in COVID-19 Cases

July 23, 2021 – The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency is seeing a significant spike in new COVID-19 cases. The County will report 1,264 new cases this afternoon, the highest number since February 5, 2021.

The increase in cases is not a single-day phenomenon, but part of a larger trend in recent weeks. In the 30 days between June 21 and July 20, 6,572 San Diegans tested positive for COVID-19. Of that group, 11 percent were fully vaccinated, while 89 percent were not.  Read more here.

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Balboa Nephrology Medical Group celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.  Learn more about Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by visiting https://asianpacificheritage.gov/.

Clinical Trials Day

Clinical Trials Day is May 20, 2021 and recognizes the people who conduct clinical trials and to say “thanks” for what they do every day to improve public health. Big shout out to our team at California Institute of Renal Research (CIRR)! Thank you for all you do!

Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world in May to recognize the day that James Lind started what is often considered the first randomized clinical trial aboard a ship on May 20, 1747.  Read the full story here.

Managing Stress

A diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) can create feelings of anxiety, disbelief or denial. The first step to managing mental health issues is to acknowledge the way you feel. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. Talk to your care team. They can refer you to a counselor or a therapist who can help you. Find tips to help manage stress from our friends at Fresenius Kidney Care.

May is National Military Appreciation Month

Balboa Nephrology Medical Group proudly supports National Military Appreciate Month. Declared by Congress in 1999, May was selected National Military Appreciation Month as a month-long observance honoring the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces. There are more military related observances during the month of May than any other month, so it is an appropriate time to celebrate the men and women in uniform.

During May, we recognize Loyalty Day, VE Day (the end of World War II in Europe on May 8, 1945), Armed Forces Day, Military Spouses Day and Memorial Day. For more information, visit http://www.military.com/military-appreciation-month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

Balboa Nephrology Medical Group honors #mentalhealthawareness all this month. Learning you have kidney disease is a complete change of lifestyle and there is no shame in asking for help. Reach out to our friends at ReMend for no-cost, peer to peer mentoring for people on their kidney journey.

#MentalHealthMonth #MentalHealth #KidneyDisease #BreaktheStigma

National Donate Life Month – April 2021

National Donate Life Month helps to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to honor those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.  Learn how people save lives through organ and tissue donation and register at Lifesharing.org.

National Doctor’s Day 2021

March 30, 2021 – Today the staff of Balboa United thanks the Doctors of Balboa Nephrology Medical Group for the hard work, care and compassion you bring to our patients and our team every day.  We appreciate the long hours and personal sacrifices you make in being physicians at Balboa. You provide great care for our patients, leadership for our dialysis partners, and a thriving workplace for us.  Thanks for all you do!

Your Balboa United Team ~

#DoctorsDay #Doctors #TopDoc

Balboa United Voted Top Workplace by the San Diego Union Tribune
California’s Largest Nephrology Group is one of 70 local companies recognized.

SAN DIEGO, November 19, 2020 – Balboa United has been awarded a Top Workplace for a mid-size company in San Diego by the San Diego Union Tribune. This distinction comes on the heels of also being recognized on the 2020 Top Doctors List by Castle Connolly healthcare research company.  Recognition for the Top Workplace is based solely on employee feedback gathered through an anonymous survey consisting of 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization, including alignment, execution, and connection.

San Diego employees shared their perspective and insight, answering questions related to alignment, execution and connection with their work environment, diversity, benefits, rewards and recognition programs, ethics and leadership capabilities.  Organizations in San Diego County with 50 or more employees were invited to participate. Balboa United was named as one of 70 local winners from a pool of more than 2,176 companies.

Chief Executive Officer and President, Dr. Dylan Steer commented “Our staff’s resiliency during such a challenging time and quite possibly one of the most difficult experiences in all of our lives, is truly inspiring.  I’d like to congratulate our team for being acknowledged and providing an example of the Balboa United values: Patient-centered, Accountability, Respect, Innovation and Data-Driven.  I’m so proud of our team and having Balboa United selected as one of the Top Workplaces in San Diego is an honor and accomplishment.”

To learn more about Balboa United current opportunities, please visit our Careers page.

Balboa Nephrology Medical Group Physicians Recognized as 2020 Top Doctors By Their Peers

SAN DIEGO, CA October 19, 2020 – It is with great pride we announce that Balboa Nephrology Medical Group physicians have been recognized again for as San Diego’s Top Doctors in the annual Top Doctor Award 2020.  This is the sixth consecutive year for BNMG to hold this distinction.

Castle Connolly’s annual list of the Top Doctors in the United States has become an incredibly valuable resource for both medical professionals and patients alike. Every year, Castle Connolly’s list is determined by a strict nomination, research, screening, and selection process that oversees thousands of licensed physicians across multiple disciplines.

Careful screening of doctors’ educational and professional experience is essential before final selection is made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers for their compassionate care and dedication to the health of our community.  Read the complete list here.

To learn more about our “Top Docs” and how to make an appointment with them, please reach out to a BNMG office near you.

Balboa Nephrology Medical Group Launches New MSO Balboa United

SAN DIEGO, January 1, 2018 – Balboa Nephrology Medical Group launched Balboa United, a full-service medical practice management services organization. Balboa United offers a wide range of services from billing and collections to centralized insurance authorizations and clinical operations management to human resources. The company takes away the burden of operating the medical practice, so physicians can focus on quality care and the patient experience.

“The paradigm of healthcare is changing” said Dylan Steer, MD, CEO of Balboa United. “Balboa United will help free up time for physicians to deliver a superior experience of care for their patients. The administrative burden of running a practice leads to physician burnout and is one of the least rewarding activities for busy clinicians. We hope that management by Balboa United will improve the lives of both patients and physicians alike.”

Balboa United was built by physicians, so we have the expertise to understand the needs of the physician.