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SSV Medical Society News - 2020 - Volume 9 - Issue 03

Volume 9, Issue 3
March 2020
The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society is dedicated to bringing together physicians from all modes of practice to promote the art and science of quality medical care and to enhance the physical and mental health of our entire community.
Protect Access to Quality Health Care -

Oppose the Costly MICRA Measure
Dear Colleagues,
This fall, California voters will be asked to vote on a new ballot measure that would drive up health care costs, restrict access to care for low-income patients and decimate the protections afforded to patients across California as part of the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). This initiative, bankrolled with millions of dollars from an Iowa-based trial attorney, would effectively eliminate the cap on non-medical damage awards in malpractice cases, substantially raising health care costs for all Californians, while allowing attorneys to collect unlimited fees from medical malpractice awards. SSVMS and CMA have joined Californians to Protect Patients and Contain Health Care Costs, a broad coalition of physicians, dentists, nurses, hospitals, safety net clinics, and other health care providers, to oppose this initiative. Together, we are vigorously fighting this initiative in order to protect access to quality health care for Californians across the state.
For more information on this dangerous initiative, click here. To join the campaign, please visit
John Wiesenfarth, MD
President, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
COVID-19 Resource Page
CMA has created a webpage that features the latest links and updates from the CA Dept of Public HealthCenters for Disease Control and PreventionWorld Health OrganizationAmerican Medical Association and more, including new billing guidelines: 
Click here to download a flier that can be posted in physician offices or clinics or handed out to patients.
Thank you to all who joined us at SSVMS Honors Medicine Dinner and Awards! 
It was wonderful to see so many of you attend SSVMS Honors Medicine and support SSVMS' Community Programs and Medical Students. Your contributions raised over $7500 for our Medical Student awardees. 
SSVMS was honored to present awards to such a deserving community organization and two outstanding physicians. In addition, we thank our generous sponsors and donors for their support. We look forward to seeing you next year!

The 411 on 420: Medical Cannabis CME Presentation - Cooperative of American Physicians 
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 6:00pm, Bacchus House, 1004 E Bidwell, Folsom, CA 95630, More Information/Register

Meditation: The "Menu" and the "Meal" - SSVMS Alliance Session
Friday, March 27, 2020, 12:00pm, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, More Information/Register

Legislative Advocacy Day
Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 8:00-4:00pm, California State Capitol, Sacramento, CA, More Information/Register
SSVMSA Art of Medicine Auction & Dinner. An evening of fine art, fine wines, and great food. Proceeds benefit the SSVMSA Community Endowment Fund
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 5:30pm, Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, CA, More Information/Register 

Joy of Medicine CME with John Chuck, MD
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 6:00pm, Sacramento, CA, SAVE-THE-DATE!

2020 State of Reform Health Policy Conferences
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 8:15-4:30pm, Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, SSVMS/CMA members receive a 20% discount off registration, More Information/Register
In The News
New Episode!
Joy of Medicine On Call
We are joined this episode by California Northstate University Medical Student Zachary Nicholas, MS IV. Listen to host Dr. Peter Yellowlee explore the experiences of our new generation of future physicians.
Listen to this and other episodes here.
Other Events
Western Colorectal Cancer Consortium Conference
Friday-Saturday, March 26-27, 2020, UC Davis Conference Center, More Information/Register
Train New Trainers Clinician Health and Well-being Fellowship
Saturday, April 18 - Wednesday, September 30, 2020, UC Davis Teleconferenced Course, More Information/Register
Laws and Trends Impacting California Physicians
In its commitment to help all physicians run safe and successful medical practices, the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP) invites you to download and read the latest edition of its quarterly publication, Physician Today magazine. Penned by CAP and associated industry experts, each article in Physician Today offers valuable takeaways to help you stay in the know, and out of the courtroom. 
Inside the latest issue, you will find:
  • Current trends and legislative updates impacting California physicians
  • California legislation on discharge planning for the homeless population
  • The #MeToo movement's potential impact on business owners
  • The ins and outs of purchasing life insurance
  • Tips on discussing informed refusal with your patients
  • And much more!
Vetted Vendor Highlight
Jamie Baker & Company, An Accountancy Corporation
Jamie Baker & Company believes in investing in their clients, therefore, any SSVMS member who becomes a new client of their firm will receive a 10% discount for their first year of individual tax return preparation. In addition, all SSVMS members will receive their first thirty-minute consultation at no cost.  
To access this resource, email or call (916) 452-2671.
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