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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 - 2019 - Volume 8 - Issue 01 - January


Volume 8, Issue 1
January, 2019
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.
Dear Physicians,
Happy New Year! I am grateful for the honor to serve as the 2019 President of the Medical Society.
On January 1, 2019, a new law took effect that requires all security prescription forms to have a uniquely serialized number. This new law also requires California physicians who prescribe controlled substances to use updated controlled substance prescription forms effective January 1, 2019. SSVMS and the California Medical Association (CMA) is very concerned that this does not provide enough time for physicians to re-order forms and integrate the use of the new forms, which could be a serious barrier to patients who must access necessary medications in a timely manner. The California Board of Pharmacy recently said it would "not make enforcement a priority" if pharmacists choose to fill prescriptions written on security prescription forms that were compliant prior to January 1, but are not compliant with the new serialization requirement. Physicians are encouraged to contact their security prescription vendors to ensure compliance with the new requirements.
SSVMS and CMA will provide additional information as it becomes available. For updated information and for a link to the list of the DOJ's approved vendors, click here.
Christian L. Serdahl, MD
President, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
Membership Dues for 2019 were due January 1. Keep your membership from lapsing by renewing online or contact Megan Sharpe at or (916) 826-0422.
You Care for Patients. We Care For You!
Physicians and practice managers are encouraged to schedule a complimentary one-on-one needs assessment with Megan Sharpe, SSVMS Physician Relations Manager. Become armed with the tools and resources you need to run an ef´Čücient and successful practice. Megan will connect you with industry experts that can assist you in solving your most pressing pain points. SSVMS is the go-to resource for physicians in private practices to get real help, so they can thrive, not just survive.
Email or call (916) 826-0422 to schedule your appointment today!
  • Reimbursement Assistance
  • Know Your Rights
  • Best Practices
  • Health Law
  • Mistakes Costing Your Practice Money
  • Malpractice Coverage
  • Business and Workers' Comp Insurance
  • Clinical Communications
  • Residential and Commercial Real Estate
  • Wealth and Financial Management
To help us better assist you, please take this 1 minute survey before your meeting with Megan.
*Not all resources and discounts are available to non-member physicians.

SSVMS Honors Medicine
Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:30pm-8:30pm, Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

Join us for an evening of food, wine and laughter in medicine featuring Comedian Jack Gallagher. Proceeds from this event benefit SSVMS' charitable programs, 
including SSVMS' Medical Student Scholarship Fund. 

We will also honor the following Award Recipients:
Golden Stethoscope, Denise Satterfield, MD
Medical Honor, David A. Herbert, MD
Medical Community Service, Society for the Blind
Cost is $100 per person; Early-bird registration by Feb. 3 is $75 per person. Members are encouraged to consider hosting a medical student or resident. Click here for More Information or to Register.
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance Presents Family & Medicine, A Balancing Act, Second Group Session
Friday, January 25, 2019, 12:00pm-1:30pm, SSVMS Conference Room, 5380 Elvas Ave, Sacramento, CA 95819
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Sacramento, CA. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Capitol throughout the day to meet with legislators on health care issues. More Information
CMA Webinars are no cost for members.
Other Events
UC Davis School of Medicine presents 39th Annual Wine Tasting & Auction- Support UCD-Affiliated Student Run Clinics
Saturday, January 5th, 2019, 5:30pm-10:00pm, Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information
Date Night for a Year Raffle
Benefiting SSVMS' Medical Student Scholarship Fund
Valued at $1,200 | Raffle Tickets are $100 | Only 100 Tickets Sold
Enjoy a monthly date night to a local restaurant or activity and help support a medical student who graduated from a local high school in Sacramento, Yolo or El Dorado Counties. 
Reserve Raffle Tickets with
The winner will be chosen at the SSVMS Honors Medicine on Feb. 28, 2019
Winner does not need to be present to win.
In The News
Vetted Vendor
Lonnie Dickson, Branch Manager
NMLS # 747878
The Mortgage Company
Lonnie Dickson, of The Mortgage Company, brings a wealth of mortgage experience to every purchase and refinance loan, and sets himself apart by delivering exceptional, concierge level service. The Mortgage Company is a locally owned boutique residential mortgage lender, focused on delivering tailored financing solutions to our clients. Guidance is personal and unique, as clients have all their questions answered up front and throughout the loan process. The Mortgage Company is backed by a top ten nationally ranked independent mortgage bank-American Pacific Mortgage (also locally owned).
Additionally, The Mortgage Company will donate a portion of proceeds from closed loan transactions to the SSVMS Joy of Medicine Program to benefit local physician well-being.
To access this resource, contact Megan Sharpe, Physician Relations Manager, at (916) 452-2671 or
Joy Of Medicine Corner
Start the new year with self-compassion. Consider:
  • Listening to our podcast, Joy of Medicine-on Call (Each episode features a five-minute meditation exercise at the end.)
Follow the links or contact Mei Lin Jackson at
for more information.
Featured Joy of Medicine Provider
Angela Trapp, MSW
(305) 962-1963
Physicians face extreme stress and a heavy workload. If you are feeling overwhelmed, SSVMS sponsors up to six wellness sessions, at no cost to physicians, with licensed and vetted psychologists and life coaches to physicians living and working in the Sacramento Region.

With more than 25 years of experience in service to others as an educator, counselor, medical social worker and wellness consultant, Angela brings a unique quality to her coaching practice. She has witnessed dedicated physicians lose their passion and is able to encourage and empower physicians to re-experience health and well-being. To schedule an appointment with Angela, contact her directly. For more information about Angela or resiliency consults visit:
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