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SSV Medical Society News

SSVMS Medical Society News is a monthly e-bulletin from the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) containing up-to-date information and breaking news on issues impacting physicians practicing in El Dorado, Sacramento and Yolo counties. To receive your free subscription, contact SSVMS at (916) 452-2671 or info@ssvms.org.


SSV Medical Society News - 2012 - Volume 1 - Issue 3

IN THIS ISSUE


CMA Announces Sponsored Bill Package
CMA has announced sponsorship of nine bills this legislative session, including the following:

  • SB 1318 (Wolk) This bill would require all health care workers in health care facilities, including physicians, to either receive the influenza vaccination or wear a mask to help prevent the spread of influenza.
  • AB 1742 (Pan) This bill would require health plans to honor an enrollee’s assignment of benefits and to send payment for services rendered to the physician who provided the services, rather than to the patient.
  • AB 1746 (Williams) - This bill would ban the sale of sugary sports drinks during school hours at middle and high school campuses throughout California.
  • AB 2109 (Pan) This bill would require a parent or guardian seeking a personal belief exemption for their child to obtain a document signed by themselves and a licensed health care practitioner saying they have been informed of the risks and benefits of the immunizations, as well as the public health risks of the specified communicable diseases.  This bill preserves a parent’s option to exempt their child from immunizations, but also ensures that such a decision is an informed one.
  • AB 2063 (V. Manuel Perez) – Requires a health plans and insurers to reimburse a physician or physician group in an amount not less than the actual cost of acquiring the vaccine plus the cost of administration of the vaccine.  The bill would prohibit the imposition of deductibles, coinsurance or other cost-sharing mechanisms for the administration of childhood or adolescent immunization or for related procedures.  The bill also prohibits the plan from requiring a physician or physician group to assume financial risk for immunizations, whether or not those immunizations are part of the current contract.

Click here for more information.  A list of bills supported by CMA will be available in the next few weeks.

Still Time to Register for the 15th Annual California Health Care Leadership Academy
This year’s 15th Annual California Health Care Leadership Academy, April 27 – 29, 2012, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim is the West Coast’s premiere opportunity for physicians, practice managers, and other health care leaders to learn about the leading-edge trends and developments in the rapidly changing health care marketplace, to access information and tools to help ensure the viability of medical practice, and to acquire the leadership skills needed to successfully manage change.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity.  For more information and to register, call (800) 795-2262 or visit www.caleadershipacademy.com or http://www.cmanet.org/events/detail/?event=california-health-care-leadership-academy0.

CMA and CMA Foundation Release Brochure on Federal Healthcare Reform
CMA and the CMA Foundation are providing educational brochures to physicians to assist them in explaining the changes that will be brought about by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to their patients.  Click here for more information and to download a copy of the patient brochure.

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MEDICAL

SSVMS Member Norman Label, MD, Elected Chief of Staff at Mercy General.  Dr. Label has served as president of Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP) Partners since 1998, and is a past president of SSVMS. He currently serves as a delegate to the California Medical Association House of Delegates. 

American Medical Association Foundation Honors SSVMS Medical Student Member Adam Dougherty with 2012 Leadership Award.  Adam Dougherty, a second year medical student at University of California Davis School of Medicine, was honored with the AMA Foundation’s 2012 Leadership Award at their Excellence in Medicine Awards ceremony in Washington D.C., on February 13, 2012.  Recipients of the award are recognized for demonstrating outstanding non-clinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education.  Congratulations Adam!

CMA Joins the Push to Pass Cancer Research Initiative
In February 2012, the California Medical Association (CMA) joined the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, Lance Armstrong Foundation and hundreds of public health advocates by endorsing Proposition 29, set to appear on the June 2012 ballot.  The measure will raise the cost of a pack of cigarettes by $1 and dedicate those new funds to cancer research and smoking cessation efforts. SSVMS’ Public and Environmental Health Committee also supports the measure. Click here for more information.

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FEDERAL

Medicare Announces another Extension of HIPAA 5010 Enforcement
On March 15, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced they would again extend the enforcement discretionary period, allowing practices an addition 90 days to become fully compliant with the use of HIPAA 5010 transaction standards.  What this means for physicians is that while the implementation date of January 1, 2012 is still in effect, contractors will not reject claims submitted in the 4010 electronic format until July 1, 2012.

The California Medical Association (CMA) surveyed the major payors in California to understand whether they will require claims to be submitted in 5010 format on April 1.  While some did require 5010 on January 1, others were allowing for contingencies until April 1.  For information on which major payors will require 5010 transactions on April 1, download CMA’s quick reference guide at www.cmanet.org/ces.

For more information on the HIPAA transaction, see Preparing for the New HIPAA 5010 Standards:  A Guide for Physicians, available in CMA’s online resource library.

CMS Releases Draft Notice for Stage 2 of EHR Meaningful Use
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a draft Notice of Proposed Rule Making defining Stage 2 of meaningful use for electronic health records.  Like Stage 1, this new definition of meaningful use contains a set of mandatory measures that physicians must report, as well as a series of clinical quality measures from which physicians must select.  CMS also proposed changes to the existing Stage 1 of meaningful use.  CMA has prepared a document that briefs physicians on proposed changes.  These changes would take place in 2013 and 2014 for physicians demonstrating Stage 1 meaningful use during those calendar years.  Click here for more information.

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STATE

New California Law Mandates the Sharing of Peer Review Information for Patient Safety
Effective January 1, 2012, a new law passed by the California Assembly mandates that peer review information may be shared between medical staffs and other peer-review bodies as a means of protecting the public health. Click here for more information.

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SSVMS-CMA SEMINARS / WEBINARS / EVENTS

APR 4:  A Guide to Managing Upset and/or Difficult Patients (Webinar) 12:15 – 1:15 pm.  Handling difficult or upset patients is a learned customer service skill.  Staff need specific training including role-playing to feel confident in turning an unhappy patient into a happy one.  Understanding the underlying emotions patients may be experiencing also brings empathy to successfully resolving issues.  This webinar is offered at no cost to SSVMS/CMA members.  Nonmember cost is $99.  For more information or to register, click here or contact CMA’s member-help center, (800) 786-4262 or memberservice@cmanet.org.

APR 11:  Medicare:  Top 10 Claim and Documentation Errors that Cost Your Practice Money (Webinar) 12:15 – 1:15 pm.  This webinar has been designed to provide guidance to you when you receive a denial (specifically, should you file a new claim or request an appeal).  This webinar will address the most common reason/remark codes associated with each denial, as well as descriptions for each.  Also, with each denial, an explanation will be provided to assist you with resolving the denials and avoiding them in the future.  This webinar is offered at no cost to SSVMS/CMA members.  Nonmember cost is $99.  For more information or to register, click here or contact CMA’s member-help center, (800) 786-4262 or memberservice@cmanet.org.

APR 12:  Understanding the Emerging Diagnosis of Geriatric Frailty Syndrome, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  The California Hospice & Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA) is offering CMA members in-person training at the Sutter Center for Health Professionals in Sacramento, on the emerging Geriatric Frailty Syndrome diagnosis for a member rate of $149.  Click here for more information and to access a specially marked registration form noting the CMA member rate under the Registration Fees section.  Four hours of CME continuing education and continental breakfast are included in the registration fee. 

APR 14:  Regional Workshop for Physician Health Committees in Sacramento County.  California Public Protection and Physician Health, Inc. (CPPPH) is continuing its series of regional educational workshops on physician well-being for hospital medical staff committees, medical groups, specialty societies and county medical associations in 2012.  The next workshop will be held Saturday, April 14, at the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society.  Presenters will include medical leaders and experts in the field of physician health.  Attendance is by invitation only and is limited to members of physician health committees.  There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required.  To register, please email cppphinc@gmail.com.

APR 16-20:  For the first time, CMA and SSVMS have obtained permission to display medical artifacts from Sierra Sacramento Valley’s Medical History Museum in the Capitol Rotunda from April 16-20.  Great opportunity to visit the display while attending the CMA Legislative Leadership Conference (see next item).

APR 17:  CMA Legislative Leadership Conference, Sacramento Convention Center, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.  SSVMS members are invited to attend CMA’s annual Legislative Leadership Conference at the Sacramento Convention Center from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm, on April 17, 2012.  In addition to a keynote address by Governor Jerry Brown, California Attorney General Kamala Harris will speak on “The Intersection of Justice and Healthcare.”  Political panelists include Former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, Former Senate Republican Leader Jim Brulte, and Los Angeles Times Political Reporter Anthony York.  SSVMS members are invited to join us from 1:30 – 3:30 pm as we meet with our local legislators.  To RSVP, contact Chris Stincelli at cstincelli@ssvms.org or (916) 452-2671. 

APR 18:  Best Practices for Managing Your Accounts Receivable (Webinar) 12:15 – 1:15 pm.  Receiving maximum reimbursement with a quick accounts receivable (AR) turnaround is a goal of every medical practice.  Using AR reports effectively allows the billing department, manager and physician to keep on top of this consistently.  This webinar will discuss what reports you need and when, key AR indicators for any practice, recognizing a negative indicator, and using the AR reports to control the revenue flow and managed the practice.  This webinar is offered at no cost to SSVMS/CMA members.  Nonmember cost is $99.  For more information or to register, click here or contact CMA’s member-help center, (800) 786-4262 or memberservice@cmanet.org.

APR 23:  California’s Public Health Insurance Programs (Webinar) 12:15 – 1:15 pm.  This session will provide a brief introduction to California’s public health insurance programs.  It will be a very high-level overview of the programs broken down by population eligibility, including a short example of what it is like to navigate the public health insurance system.  We will conclude with a short compare and contrast of the health system in Massachusetts and what lessons can be learned as we move forward into 2014.  This webinar is offered at no cost to SSVMS/CMA members.  Nonmember cost is $99.  For more information or to register, click here or contact CMA’s member-help center, (800) 786-4262 or memberservice@cmanet.org.

APR 25:  2012 Legislative Update (Webinar) 12:15 – 1:15 pm.  Vice President of Government Relations Jodi Hicks will host a webinar which will provide physicians and their staff the latest information on the bills making their way through the State Legislature this year.  Topics being discussed include immunizations, children’s health, physical therapists, physician health and more.  This webinar is offered at no cost to SSVMS/CMA members.  Nonmember cost is $99.  For more information or to register, click here or contact CMA’s member-help center, (800) 786-4262 or memberservice@cmanet.org.

APR 27-29:  California Health Care Leadership Conference, Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim.
The West Coast’s premiere opportunity for physicians, practice managers, and other health care leaders to learn about the leading-edge trends and developments in the rapidly changing health care marketplace, to access information and tools to help ensure the viability of medical practice, and to acquire the leadership skills needed to successfully manage change.  For more information and to register, call (800) 795-2262 or visit www.caleadershipacademy.com or http://www.cmanet.org/events/detail/?event=california-health-care-leadership-academy0.

APR 29The Art of Medicine Auction and Concert, Del Paso County Club, Sacramento. Sponsored by the SSVMS Alliance and benefiting their Community Health Grants and Scholarships for those entering the medical professions.  For more information and to register, click here or contact Gabriella Neubuerger at gabby@surewest.net.

MAY 3-4:  IMQ Conference for CME Providers, Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City.  CMA’s Institution for Medical Quality (IMQ) will offer continuing medical education (CME) training opportunities for physicians and professional staff.  Program offerings include planning and evaluating CME activities and accreditation-related documentation.  Richard Berger, MD, Dean of the Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development, as the keynote speaker.  The faculty includes IMQ surveyors and CME experts for plenary sessions and as facilitators for breakout sessions that will focus on CME topics relevant to different types of organizations.  For a brochure and registration, click here.

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LOCAL

El Dorado, Sacramento and Yolo County
Healthcare Events

To submit a community healthcare event for possible publication, email info@ssvms.org .  Events should be physician-focused and should take place in or near El Dorado, Sacramento, or Yolo counties.

MAR 30-APR 2: Remote Area Medical (RAM) Clinic, Cal Expo, Sacramento.  Physician volunteers are needed to provide free vision, dental, and medical services.  For more information and to register as a volunteer, please go to www.ram-ca.org .

APR 24:  Palmetto/Medicare Spring Fling, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Sacramento Convention Center.  Physicians and billing staff will receive updates on Medicare Part B, website navigation, top claims submission errors, best practices for Medicare compliance, surviving Medicare audits, ICD-10 and more.  Access the event registration portal at http://www.palmettogba.com/event/pgbaevent.nsf/Home.xsp

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HIGHLIGHTED MEDICAL SOCIETY
MEMBER BENEFIT

Travel Accident and AXA Travel Assistance Insurance
Did you know that members of SSVMS are automatically enrolled in Prudential’s $100,000/$1,000,000 Travel Accident and AXA Travel Assistance insurance policies?  These policies are provided to SSVMS members at no cost, and cover you, and in some cases, your family, while on business and leisure travel.  It’s just one of our ways for saying thank you for being a member of the Medical Society.  For more information or for a copy of the policy for your files, call SSVMS at (916) 452-2671.

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