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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 9

IN THIS ISSUE


The Sept/Oct issue of SSV Medicine is now available online.  Click here to read.

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Exclusive SSVMS Member-only Event, Apple Store, Arden Fair Mall, November 4, 9:30am-10:30am.  Featuring special demonstration of DocBookMD and its HIPPA-compliant messaging, available exclusively for SSVMS members.  1 CME Credit.  Apple Team members will be on-hand to assist you with your personal shopping needs during this private event.  Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a new iPad.  Space is limited.  Click here for more information and to register.

Request for Annual Award Nominations.  SSVMS’ 2013 Annual Installation and Awards Dinner will be held January 17, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 6:00pm-10:00pm. Nominations are now being accepted for the following Annual Awards:

  • The Golden Stethoscope – Candidate must be a member for at least 15 years and have demonstrated a career that is clearly oriented to their practice and the care of their individual patients in an environment of unselfishness, compassion and empathy.
  • The Medical Honor – Candidate must be a member for five years, currently in practice, or retired, and whose high achievement has allowed a contribution of great significance to El Dorado-Sacramento-Yolo County medicine or community health.
  • The Medical Community Service Award – This award is presented in appreciation to a non-physician community member or leader of a community organization in the El Dorado-Sacramento-Yolo Counties area who has made a significant contribution to a medical or public health problem.

Send letters of nomination to SSVMS, c/o Margaret Parsons, MD, Chair, Scholarship & Awards Committee, 5380 Elvas Avenue #101, Sacramento, CA 95819.  For more information, contact Chris Stincelli at (916) 456-2018, cstincelli@ssvms.org.  Deadline for receipt of nominations is November 1, 2012.

FEDERAL

Palmetto GBA loses Medicare MAC Contract.  On September 20, CMS announced that Noridian Administrative Services (NAS) has been named the new Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Medicare Parts A and B in California.  MACs process Part A and Part B claims and perform other Medicare operational functions, including enrolling, educating and auditing Medicare providers.  It is not yet clear whether Palmetto GBA plans to appeal the decision.  If there is an appeal, the earliest the handover could take place would be mid-to-late 2013.  CMA will work with CMS and the new contractor to help minimize any disruption to physicians and patients.

Lame Duck Session of Congress.  Congress returns to Washington in late November-December.  SSVMS/CMA’s priorities for the Lame Duck Session include:

  • Repeal the flawed Medicare SGR fee-for-service payment formula.
  • Stop the 27% SGR fee-for-service payment cut that also impacts Medicare Advantage rates.
  • Stop the 2% across-the-board Medicare Budget Sequestration Cut.
  • Update the California Payment Localities with a hold harmless for rural counties.

Click here for more information and to read a copy of CMA’s letter to CMS urging changes in the 2013 Medicare payment formula.

CMS Hosts Webinar on CMS Incentive Programs: PQRS, ERH, and E-Prescribing.  October 4, 1:00pm – 2:00pm.  Learn how to successfully participate in each program, the deadlines and requirements to earn maximum incentives and avoiding payment adjustments for not successfully participating.  No registration is required.  Call-in Number:  (877) 267-1577; PIN: 8527.  Webinar Address: https://webinar.cms.hhs.gov/physicianincentiveswebinar/.  For more information, contact CMS at (415) 744-3667.

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STATE

Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for California provides free technical assistance to help providers avoid the PQRS penalty and earn an incentive.  Click here for more information.  If you wish to enroll or have any questions, please contact Shanti Wilson, HIT Director, at swilson@hsag.com.

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LOCAL

Sacramento County’s Low Income Health Program (LIHP) Begins Enrollment.  The LIHP program was created in the State Medicaid 1115 waiver known as California’s Bridge to Reform.  Sacramento County’s LIHP offers health care coverage to low income childless adults who are county residents and are below 67% of the Federal Poverty Level.  Molina Healthcare has been selected as the LIHP health plan and will work with Sutter Health and Dignity Health hospital systems to implement.  Client applications will be screened for LIHP eligibility beginning October 2012 with an effective date of November 2012.  Click here for more information.

California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) Releases Issue Brief on the Sacramento Region’s Health Care.  CHCF released an issue brief on September 24, 2012, “Sacramento:  Health Providers Collaborative and Weather Economic Downturn,” providing insights into the Sacramento region’s health care systems – including hospitals, physician groups and community clinics.  Click here to read the report and its key findings.

Sierra Health Foundation Releases Market Analysis of the Sacramento Region's Primary Care Safety Net.  On September 27, the Sierra Health Foundation released a market analysis, “Preparing for Transformation: Rethinking, Revitalizing and Reforming the Sacramento Region’s Health Care System, A Market Analysis of the Sacramento Region Primary Care Safety Net,” and a companion strategic plan.  The reports, which include data and input from stakeholders in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties, offer a road map for the region to prepare for health care reform and create a stronger safety net to serve all residents in the four counties.  Click here for more information.

Orthopedic Specialty Physician Volunteers Needed.  SSVMS’ Sacramento Physicians Initiative to Reach out, Innovate and Teach (SPIRIT) Program has a need for orthopedic specialists willing to volunteer time and expertise for a four-hour shift per month at the Sacramento County Primary Care Center.  Volunteers provide surgical assessment, recommend modes of management, and provide post fracture assessment for patients who are uninsured and low income.  The county provides support staff and services and SPIRIT staff provides case management.  For more information, contact Kris Wallach at (916) 453-0254 or kwallach@ssvms.org.

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SSVMS-CMA SEMINARS / WEBINARS / EVENTS

OCTOBER 10:  Impact of ICD-10, (Webinar), 7:30am – 9:00am; or 12:15pm – 1:45pm.  ICD-10 will bring about massive changes in healthcare.  Learn how your practice will be impacted and what you should be doing now to prepare.  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.

OCTOBER 10:  Multicultural Communications Between Patients and Clinicians:  Addressing Childhood Obesity within the Latino Community, (Webinar), 1:00pm – 2:00pm.  Presented by the CMA Foundation’s Obesity Prevention Project, this webinar will be led by Mayra Rosado, MD, MPH, FAAP, Regional Lead Physician of HealthCare Partners Medical Group, and Rosa Linda Gallegos, RN, CDE of HealthCare Partners Medical Group.  Space is limited, so please reserve you space now.  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.

OCTOBER 12:  CMA Organized Medical Staff Section 2012 Annual Assembly, Sacramento Convention Center, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm.  All physicians concerned about the role of strong self-governed medical staffs in improving patient care and safety should plan to attend.  Free registration for OMSS Representatives and Chiefs of Staff of OMSS Member Medical Staffs!  To register, click here or for more information, call (800) 786-4262 or email medstaffhelp@cmanet.org.

OCTOBER 12:  Hospital-Based Practice Forum Annual Meeting, Sacramento Convention Center, 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  All CMA members concerned about the impact of state and federal policy on hospital-based physicians are invited to attend the annual meeting of CMA's Hospital-Based Practice Forum (HBPF).  The HBPF provides representation within CMA for physicians practicing in hospital-based settings, which includes, but is not limited to emergency medicine, internal medicine, anesthesiology, radiology, and hospital medicine.  This conference is free to SSVMS/CMA members.  For more information or to register, click here.

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OCTOBER 12:  Future of Medicine Reception, Cafeteria 15L, 1116 15th Street, Sacramento, CA  95814, 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  CMA will be hosting a reception during this year's House of Delegates for members of its Medical Student Section (MSS), Resident/Fellow Section (RFS), and Young Physician Section (YPS).  For more information or to RSVP, click here.

OCTOBER 13 – 15:  CMA House of Delegates (HOD), Sacramento Convention Center.  The House of Delegates convenes annually to debate and act on resolutions and reports dealing with myriad medical practice, public health and CMA governance issues.  Click here for more information and to view the resolutions submitted to this year’s HOD.

OCTOBER 14: CMA President's Reception and Awards Gala, California Museum, 1020 O Street, Sacramento.  This year’s gala is honoring Incoming CMA President and SSVMS Member and Past President, Paul R. Phinney, MD.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

OCTOBER 17:  Establishing Expectations for High Performance from Medical Staff, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  This webinar will teach physicians/managers how to set high expectations for performance, create monitoring tools to evaluate and reward staff who achieve stellar performance.  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.

OCTOBER 18:  Essentials for ICD-10-CM:  Part 1, (Webinar), 7:45am – 8:45am, or 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  This webinar will provide medical practice staff a high-level overview of the transition to ICD-10.  This is a 3-part series which will continue on October 25th and November 1st.  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.

OCTOBER 24:  A Strategic Approach to Managing Your Medical School Debt, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  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.

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OCTOBER 25:  Essentials for ICD-10-CM:  Part 2, (Webinar), 7:45am – 8:45am, or 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  This webinar will provide medical practice staff a high-level overview of the transition to ICD-10.  This is a 3-part series which begins on October 18th and will be complete on November 1st.  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.

OCTOBER 27:  Walk With A Doc – McKinley Park, 8:00am (Registration), 8:30am-10:00am walk, weather permitting.  Come Walk with a Doc and take a step towards better health.  For more information, click here.  If you are a physician interested in volunteering to lead a walk, please click here.

NOVEMBER 1:  Essentials for ICD-10-CM:  Part 3, (Webinar), 7:45am – 8:45am, or 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  This webinar will provide medical practice staff a high-level overview of the transition to ICD-10.  This is the final part of a 3-part series which begins on October 18th.  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.

NOVEMBER 1-2:  2012 PreCALS Conference, Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport Hotel, Burlingame, CA.  The Institute for Medical Quality’s (IMQ’s) 2012 PreCALS Conference is a must for medical staff leadership and hospital personnel preparing for a California accreditation and licensure survey (CALS) in 2013.  For more information, or to register, click here, or contact CMA’s member-help center, (800) 786-4262 or memberservice@cmanet.org.

NOVEMBER 7:  Understanding ARC and CARC Revenue Codes, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  Understanding ARC and CARC Revenue Codes can assist medical practices in more effective payment posting and follow-up on denials or payment reductions.  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.

NOVEMBER 8:  2013 Updates to Meaningful Use, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  Learn about changes to meaningful use that go into effect January 1, 2013 and what physicians will need to report in order to receive their incentive payments.  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.

JANUARY 17: SSVMS & Alliance 2013 Annual Installation and Awards Dinner, Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 6:00pm – 10:00pm.  Save the date!  More information to follow.

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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.

OCTOBER 5:  2012 Northern California Healthcare Conference, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Lincoln, CA, 7:30am – 6:00pm.  Sponsored by the Sacramento Medical Group Management Association (SMGMA), and includes outstanding educational and networking opportunities.  Attend workshops on patient satisfaction, contract negotiation strategies and more.  For more information, click here.  To register, click here, and then click on “Calendar/Event Registration.”

OCTOBER 6:  Putt for Your Butt Golf Tournament, Turkey Creek Golf Course.  Join the California Colorectal Cancer Coalition to have a great time and raise money to help increase colorectal cancer awareness, access to screening, and projects to help uninsured and underinsured Californians get screened.  To register, click here.  For more information, contact Michele Limoges at (916) 985-9200, or michele.limoges@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu.

OCTOBER 7:  Physicians for Social Responsibility, Sacramento Chapter Annual Dinner, California State University, Sacramento Alumni Center, 6:00pm.  Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, UC Davis Health System, US Davis Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences, Dean, School of Medicine, will speak on health disparities and the social determinants of health.  For more information or to register, visit www.sacpsr.org or call (916) 955-6333.

OCTOBER 30:  Health Care as a Human Right in Occupied Palestine, Physicians for Social Responsibility – Sacramento, 5:30pm dinner, 7:00pm presentation.  Featuring speakers Dr. Ruchama Marton, founder of Physicians for Human Rights-Isreal and 2012 winner of the Right Livelihood Award, and Dr. Allam Jarrar of the Palestine Medical Relief Society.  For more information, visit info@sacpsr.org or sacramento@jewishvoiceforpeace.org.


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