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The Voice of Organized Medicine

Key Issues

Daniel McCrimons, MD speaks at the NO on Measure C Press Conference on February 15, 2024.  He is joined by Ravinder Khaira, MD, Richard Jones, MD, and representatives from other organizations opposed to Measure C in Sacramento.

With the CMA, SSVMS has fought for issues crucial to the practice of medicine, including:

No on Measure C - City of Sacramento

Medicare Reform & Priorities

  • Repealing the 3.4% Medicare reimbursement rate cut that went into effect January 1, 2024. Learn more.
  • Repealed Medicare’s flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars to physicians nationwide over the coming decade.
  • Eliminated Medicare's Geographic Practice Cost Index (GPCI) inequities, resulting in increased Medicare payments to physicians practicing in the Sacramento Region starting in 2017.

Protecting Physicians

  • Successfully included California physicians into the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program. Learn more.
  • Successfully stopped bills that attempted to erode California’s ban on the corporate practice of medicine and protected Medical Staff Self Governance.
  • Stopped several legislative attempts to expand the scope of practice of allied health professionals.
  • CMA’s Center for Economic Services (CES) successfully recouped more than $40 million from payors on behalf of member physicians.
  • SSVMS actively participates in the Health Authority Commission to monitor Medi-Cal plans in Sacramento County.

Protecting Public Health

  • Opioids - Trained more than 3,000 Sacramento residents in NARCAN administration to reverse an opioid overdose. SSVMS is the executor of the Sacramento County Opioid Coalition.
  • Tobacco - Successfully passed a sweeping series of tobacco control bills — including taxation on all tobacco products and raising the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 — saving countless California children from a deadly, lifetime addiction to nicotine.
  • Childhood Vaccinations - Sponsored a successful bill that eliminated the personal belief exemption from school vaccination requirements, barring parents from skipping their children’s school-required immunizations unless they have a medical exemption from a physician. Since the bill passed in 2015, kindergarten immunization rates have gone up dramatically.