Keeping you Connected
to the Latest News, Policy
Developments and Events

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


SSV Medical Society News - 2013 - Volume 2 - Issue 5



Click here to read the May/June 2013 issue of SSV Medicine.

Follow SSVMS on Facebook and Twitter

Follow SSVMS on Twitter!   Like us on Facebook!

Last Chance to Have Your Picture Taken for SSVMS’ Membership Directory.  Remember to have your portrait taken for SSVMS’ online Physician Finder, membership directory, and DocBookMD mobile application.  There is no cost for physicians.  Click here for more information or call RCL Portrait Design at (800) 951-8712 to schedule your appointment today.

Tell Us About Your HobbySSV Medicine invites you to tell our readers a bit more about yourself through sharing a sport, activity, or hobby that you enjoy outside of the office.  Feel free to write a couple sentences (no more than 400 words please) about something you enjoy -- e.g. antique collector, fishing, mountain climbing, tending to a ranch, building your own bunker, collecting garden gnomes!  You may provide a picture if you wish.  Your submission may be included in an upcoming issue of SSV Medicine.  Email submissions no later than May 15 to  Thank you for your interest and for being interesting!

Nationwide Shortage of Tubersol.  The Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services released a Health Alert on April 17, 2013, announcing a nationwide shortage of tuberculin skin test (TST) antigen products.  Tubersol is in shortage nationwide until at least the end of May 2013, and Aplisol is on allocation and available in restricted quantity.  For more information, click here.

CMA Legislative Hot List.  CMA's Center for Government Relations publishes a Legislative Hot List that provides a summary and the current status of CMA-sponsored bills, as well as the progress of other significant legislation.  To view the current issue, click here.  For more information or to inquire about CMA’s position on specific legislation, contact Aileen Wetzel, SSVMS Executive Director at (916)452-2671 or


Action Required to Avoid the 2 Percent e-Prescribing Penalty in 2014.  To avoid a 2 percent penalty on all Medicare Part B claims in 2014, physicians must, by June 30, 2013, report e-prescribing activity using measure code G8553 with at least 10 fee schedule services between January 1 and June 30, 2013.  This is true even for physicians who are already reporting through an electronic health record (EHR) system.  Click here for more information.

Anthem Blue Cross to Pay $3.2 Million to Physicians.  The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has reached a settlement that requires Anthem Blue Cross to reimburse physicians for claims that were not paid properly, dating back to 2007.  Click here for more information and to read a copy of the settlement agreement.

Medicare MAC Transition to Noridian Moves Forward.  The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has denied two protests that were filed challenging a decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to award the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) contract for Medicare Parts A and B in Jurisdiction E to Noridian Administrative Services.  The transition to Noridian will begin soon and is expected to be finalized in mid-September.  Click here for more information.

Physicians Report Significant Difficulties with TRICARE Transition.  CMA has received a number of complaints from physicians related to the transition of TRICARE from TriWest to United Health.  Click here for information and resources, or contact CMA’s Reimbursement Helpline for members-only personal assistance at (888) 401-5911 or


Free Practice Management Resource for Physicians and StaffCMA Practice Resources (CPR) is a free monthly e-bulletin from the California Medical Association’s practice management experts that focuses on critical payor and healthcare industry changes and how they directly impact the business of a physician practice.  Highlights from the current issue include:

  • Blue Cross corrects two problems affecting accurate payment of new psychiatric codes -- Click here
  • Medicare to implement ordering / referring physician edits -- Click here
  • Feds approve California's dual-eligible pilot project -- Click here
  • Act now to avoid Medicare penalties in 2015 -- Click here
  • The Coding Corner: The Ins and Outs of New vs. Established -- Click here
  • Blue Shield follows Blue Cross’ lead to require physicians to notify patients before referring out-of-network -- Click here
  • Has your practice implemented eBilling for Workers Comp? -- Click here


Community Resources for Older Adults Now Available.  The latest version of Community Resources for Older Adults, 2013-2014, is now available.  Click here to download a copy of visit the medical society office at 5380 Elvas Avenue, Sacramento, for copies to distribute to your patients and/or community organizations.


All webinars, with the exception of the Essentials for ICD-10 series, are free for SSVMS/CMA members and their staff.  The nonmember price is $99 per webinar.  For more information, or to register, click on the links or contact CMA’s member-help center, (800) 786-4262 or visit

MAY 1:  The Power of the Pen – The Physician’s Responsibility in Prescribing and Referring for Medi-Cal Patients, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  Presented by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), this webinar will help you understand the importance of documentation, understand the physician’s role in prescribing/ordering/referring, and increase awareness of fraud and abuse in prescribing and referring.  1.00 CEU CREDIT.

MAY 8:  Sacramento Medical Group Management Association (SMGMA) Administrators’ Roundtable.  11:30am – 1:30pm at Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, 5380 Elvas Avenue.  The May SMGMA meeting will offer administrators the opportunity to meet with their peers and discuss best practices for the challenges faced by practices in today’s demanding healthcare environment.  Click here for more information and to register.

MAY 8:  Time Management – How to Quickly Make Decisions on What Matters Most, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  Learn simple tools to find solutions to get what matters most checked off your list.  This interactive webinar will provide live one-on-one coaching to illustrate and use the techniques taught in this session.  1.00 CEU CREDIT.


MAY 15:  Enforcement Provisions of the Medical Practice Act, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  Presented by the Medical Board of California, this webinar will cover the Medical Board’s enforcement program, including the most common mistakes, complaints and actions.  Learn about the review process, the sunset review process, and issues being discussed at the legislative level to enhance the law for consumer protection.  1.00 CEU CREDIT.

MAY 16:  Essentials for ICD-10 CM:  Part 1, (Webinar), 7:45am – 8:45am, or 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  Hosted by AAPC, this webinar is a 3-part series providing staff a high-level overview and fundamental knowledge of the transition to ICD-10.  This series continues on May 23 & 30.  1.00 CEU CREDIT.

MAY 17:  Clinical Updates in Primary Care Psychiatry: For Primary Care and Mental Health Providers.  Moscone Convention Center, San FranciscoFor more information, click here.

MAY 22:  EMOS/NEPO Legislative Day, (Seminar).  On May 22, physicians representing the California Medical Association (CMA) Ethnic Medical Organization Section (EMOS) and the CMA Foundation’s Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) will gather in Sacramento for the 7th Annual EMOS/NEPO Ethnic Physicians Legislative Day.  This is an all day event for ethnic physicians and medical students that will include a legislative training on how to speak with legislators, an overview of some of the legislative health bills and key health budget priorities and meetings with legislators.


MAY 22:  Documentation and Coding Auditing:  Lessons Learned, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  Join expert auditors from AAPC Physician Services who will share best practices and lessons learned from having conducted over 75,000 audits.  1 CEU CREDIT

MAY 23:  Essentials for ICD-10 CM:  Part 2, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  Hosted by AAPC, this webinar is a 3-part series providing staff a high-level overview and fundamental knowledge of the transition to ICD-10.  This series began on May 16 and continues on May 30.  1.00 CEU CREDIT.

MAY 29:  Estate Planning After the Fiscal Cliff, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  Hosted by a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.  If you already have an estate plan, or have done no estate planning, learn what you need to do next.  1 CEU CREDIT.

MAY 30:  Essentials for ICD-10 CM:  Part 3, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  Hosted by AAPC, this webinar is a 3-part series providing staff a high-level overview and fundamental knowledge of the transition to ICD-10.  This is the final webinar in a series from May 16 and 23.  1.00 CEU CREDIT.


MAY 31 – JUNE 2:  California Health Care Leadership Academy, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV.  Registration opens March 28.  The California Medical Association (CMA) will discuss the future of independent medical practice, in the wake of federal health system reform, at the 16th Annual California Health Care Leadership Academy.  For more information or to register, click here.

JUNE 5:  A Guide to Updating Your Partnership and Shareholder Agreements, (Webinar), 12:15pm.  This workshop will cover the elements of partnership/shareholder/buy-sell issues and current trends, particularly the differences between junior/senior members.  1 CEU CREDIT.

This free walking program is sponsored by SSVMS and is open to anyone interested in taking steps for health.  Anyone can attend…tell your patients!  Walks are held on Saturday mornings at local parks and are led by SSVMS member physicians.  Click here for more information, including meeting times and locations.  Interested in leading a Walk?  Contact Kris Wallach at or (916) 453-0254.


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

MAY 4:  California Public Protection and Physician Health, Inc., 9:30am – 12:30pm, 5380 Elvas Avenue, Sacramento.
  CPPPH offers this Workshop for Physician Health Committees to members of committees of hospital medical staffs, medical groups, specialty societies or county medical associations.  The guest speaker for this workshop will be Tom Specht, MD.  There is no fee; however, advance registration is required and accepted by email only.  Click here to register.

MAY 8:  Medical History Lecture Series, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical History Museum, 7:00pm.  Dr. Faith Fitzgerald presents The History of the Human Heart.  Dr. Fitzgerald will describe the history of the human heart and its place in cultures…and how far more significant it is than any doctor really knows.  Her presentation will show that the history of the human heart is better seen at as human history of the heart.  To RSVP, please call SSVMS staff at (916) 452-2671.  Seating is limited.

Highlighted Membership Benefit: 10- and 20-Year Level Term Life Premiums Reduced 5% From Previous Offer!

No matter where you are in life, SSVMS/CMA group Level Term Life Insurance benefits can be an affordable solution to help meet your family’s financial protection needs.  Get more information about SSVMS’ 10-Year and 20-Year Level Term Life Plan including eligibility, benefits, premium rates, exclusions and limitations and termination provisions by calling (800) 842-3761, or clicking here.  You can download a brochure and application by clicking here.