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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 - 2022 - Volume 11 - Issue 01

SSVMS Member Survey, Future of Medicine, and the Latest News from SSVMS
Medical Society News
January 2022
As 2022 kicks off, so many of us are trying out the "New Year, New Me" approach. Taking the opportunity of the new year to "better" yourself in some way is an admirable quality.

It's a quality that SSVMS strives for as well.

In order to do that, we need your help. SSVMS isn't one person or a room of officers. It's you and me and all of us together. In order to truly reflect on what your Medical Society is doing well and where we can improve, we need feedback from you, our members.

You will be receiving an email invitation this next week with a link to a member survey. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. The feedback you provide will help set our priorities in the coming years.

I look forward to serving as your President in 2022. Thank you and Happy New Year!

Paul D. Reynolds, MD - SSVMS President
Call to Action! Urge a "No" on AB 1400
Bill Lacks Necessary Protections

SSVMS and CMA are urging all physicians and medical students to contact their Assemblymember to urge them to vote “No” on AB 1400 (Kalra). This bill would establish a single-payor, government-run health plan (CalCares) in California. The bill as written, however, lacks the policy and constitutional protections necessary to ensure an efficient, physician-led health care delivery system. Therefore, AB 1400 is inconsistent with CMA policy, which outlines minimum criteria for any single-payor system.

AB 1400 was stopped in the Assembly Rules Committee in 2021. However, on January 6, 2022, the bill was referred to the Assembly Health Committee for a hearing on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Due to procedures, it must pass a full vote of the Assembly by the end of January.

Please click here today to send an email to your Assemblymember asking them to vote “No” on AB 1400.
Inspire the Future of Medicine as a Job-Shadow Host
Several Opportunities Available in 2022
After the success of our inaugural program, SSVMS is hosting the Future of Medicine again in 2022! In addition to the Summer Program, we'll also be hosting White Coat Week during local high schools' Spring Break.
Please consider offering a high school student a chance to experience a career in healthcare first hand! We need professionals in healthcare to host students in a job-shadowing position in your private practice or clinic. Participating students will observe only, and adhere to strict rules of confidentiality. 
White Coat Week Opportunities
Students will job-shadow over a four-day period from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
Spring Break Week I
Mon, Mar 14, 2022 -
Thu, Mar 17, 2022
Spring Break Week II
Mon, Apr 11, 2022 -
Thu, Apr 14, 2022
Summer Program Opportunities
Students will job-shadow over two days from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
Summer Session I
Mon, Jul 7, 2022
Fri, Jul 11, 2022
Summer Session II
Wed, Aug 3, 2022
Thu, Aug 4, 2022
Report Vaccine Adverse Event with HHS Reporting System
Healthcare providers are required to report adverse events after COVID-19 vaccination to VAERS. Learn more about the system and requirements at the HHS VAERS FAQ page.
SSVMS Events
Registration Open!
SSVMS Honors Medicine Awards Night
Sat, Apr 23, 2022
SSVMS Honors Medicine Awards Night will be in-person! To ensure a safe event, all attendees must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Join us for Dinner, Wine, and a Night of Magic in Medicine as We Honor Physicians Who Make a Difference in Our Community

Featuring Magician Kevin Blake as seen on
America's Got Talent and Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
Golden Stethoscope Award
JaNanh C. Scalapino, MD

Medical Community Service Award
SSVMS Alliance
Medical Honor Award
Gary S. Chu, MD

Special Recognition Award
Henry Go, MD
CMA Events
Wed, Jan 26 | 12:15pm-1:15pm
Wed, Feb 9 | 12:15pm-1:30pm
Other Events
Brought to you by Ameriprise - Crumley & Associates
Wed, Jan 12 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
Brought to you by the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance
Thu, Mar 3 | 9:30am-10:30am
Brought to you by The Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP)
Asynchronous Recording
Membership Corner
Vanessa Walker, DO on the importance of SSVMS membership.
I'm a member because...

Share with us why you're an SSVMS member! Maybe it's because of SPIRIT, Joy of Medicine, the Museum of Medical History, the camaraderie of your fellow physicians, the practice assistance, or even just using Sammy the Skeleton for demonstrations.

Whatever your reason is, please share it with Brandon J. Craig at
SSVMS Campaigns and Programs
Make A Plan with Honoring Wishes
SSVMS invites all physicians and office staff to communicate your end-of-life-care wishes by completing an advance directive.

Honoring Wishes provides the Five Wishes advance directive to members at no cost. Don't make your family guess as to what you want or force them to make uncomfortable decisions. Completing this form will save a lifetime of pain for your friends and family by making it clear exactly what you want to happen.

Contact Marlee Turner at to get your advance directive today!
Honoring Wishes Quick Tips for Advance Care Planning
From Howard Homler, MD - Honoring Wishes Advisory Committee Member
Remember that Living Wills and Advance Directives are guides based on the patient's wishes, but the POLST form is composed of medical orders that must be followed. Always ensure that POLST forms are up-to-date and easily located.
Social Media Corner
Over the course of January, SSVMS will be sharing some of our goals for 2022 and we encourage you to do the same! What are you looking to accomplish, either professionally or personally, that you want to brag about? Marathon? More reading? Learning a new language? Tell us via e-mail ( or by tagging us on social media!

In the News
Protect Yourself and Your Practice From Common Pitfalls That Can Put You at Risk of a Lawsuit
In Physicians at Risk: An Essential Guide for Minimizing Liability in Business and Medicine, published this month by the Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP), you will find strategies for addressing the inherent risks of running a medical practice and learn about the steps you can take to ensure a productive and safe operation. From the dangers lurking within your physical space, to the ignored warnings coming from an upset patient, to the hidden threats of mishandling an adverse outcome, it may be time to review and update policies and procedures that can protect you, your patients, and your practice.
In this guide, you will find a comprehensive collection of articles and resources addressing the following:
  • Business Risks in the Medical Practice
  • Keeping Your Patients Happy
  • Avoiding Claims Resulting from Gaps in Communication and Documentation
  • Managing Risks Associated with Adverse Outcomes
As a leading provider of superior medical malpractice coverage in California for more than 40 years, CAP remains committed to providing physicians with secure and affordable protection and relevant practice and risk management resources to help you run a safe and successful practice.
To learn more about becoming a CAP member, please contact Al Malasig at 650-543-2185 or via email at Request an Instant Quote today to see how much you can save on medical malpractice coverage through CAP.

SSVMS encourages physicians to schedule a free resiliency consultation with one of our Joy of Medicine psychologists or life coaches. Every physician in the Sacramento region is eligible for up to six sponsored sessions with a provider of your choice.

Experiences from the Pandemic's Front Lines
A Special Series from Joy of Medicine On Call
Joy of Medicine Podcast Cover
The public has gotten a lot of input on the COVID-19 pandemic from the media and politicians. But how many have heard directly from physicians themselves?

Our special series is here to help. Listen yourself and share with anyone who needs to hear it!

Three episodes are already released and more are coming soon.

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine
Partners in Medicine
Please consider SSVMS's Partners in Medicine when in need of services. We look forward to continuing our important relationships with each of these Partners.
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