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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 - 2015 - Volume 4 - Issue 7


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Download SSVMS White Paper:  Crisis in the Emergency Department:  Removing Barriers to Timely and Appropriate Mental Health Treatment

SAVE THE DATE – 2016 SSVMS and Alliance Annual Awards and Installation Dinner.  Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:00- 9:30pm, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sacramento.  Look for your invitation in the mail!


ICD-10 Is Here:  CMA Publishes New FAQ to Help Members Survive the Changeover.  In an effort to help practices navigate the transition, the California Medical Association (CMA) has published a new FAQ titled, “Surviving ICD-10: An FAQ for physician practices.”  This members-only resource is available free to CMA members at

Other ICD-10 resources available to members include:

For more details, see CMA's ICD-10 webpage at  Contact: CMA's reimbursement helpline, (888) 401-5911 or

New CMS Rule Changes Meaningful Use Requirements.  Click here for more information.

Coalition Files Initiative to Raise State’s Tobacco Tax.  Click here for more information.

Medi-Cal to Use ICD-10 Crosswalk for Claims Payment.  The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) did not convert from ICD-9 to the ICD-10 coding system by the federally mandated October 1, 2015, conversion date.  Click here for more information.


Nominations Open for SSVMS Awards.  Nominations are being sought for the Medical Society’s annual awards, including the Golden Stethoscope Award, the Medical Honor Award, and the Medical Community Service Award.  For more information or to nominate a colleague, contact Chris Stincelli at (916) 452-2671 or  Deadline: November 2, 2015.

Interested in Shaping Health Policy?  SSVMS has vacancies on its Delegation to the California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates.  The CMA House of Delegates convenes annually to debate and act on resolutions and reports dealing with a myriad of issues concerning medical practice, public health and CMA governance. In 2016, the House of Delegates will meet in Sacramento. Contact Chris Stincelli or (916) 452-2671 to learn more.



Physician Volunteers Sought to Provide Services to the Undocumented.  The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors recently voted to restore health care services for part of its indigent population, including the undocumented.  SSVMS’ Sacramento Physicians Initiative to Reach out, Innovate and Teach (SPIRIT) Program will provide volunteer specialty and surgical services.  Volunteer opportunities could be available in your private office, in community clinics and in local hospitals and surgery centers.  To volunteer, please download and complete a volunteer survey or contact Kris Wallach at or (916)452-2671.

Physician Preceptors Needed.  Interested in supervising medical students and undergrads in UC Davis student-run clinics? Contact Kris Wallach (916)452-2671 or for more information.

Physician Mentors Needed for Pre-Medical Students.  M.A.P.S., the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, at UC Davis, seeks physicians interested in mentoring opportunities.  Contact Kris Wallach, or (916) 452-2671 for more information.


Click here to access archived webinars which are offered at no cost to SSVMS members and staff, with a non-member cost of $99.  For more information, contact CMA’s member-help center, (800) 786-4262 or

OCTOBER 20:  Avoiding Lawsuits:  The Role Your Staff Can Play.  Location:  Mulvaney’s B&L, 1215 19th Street, Sacramento.  6:00pm.  This is an exclusive dinner and presentation for Sacramento area physicians sponsored by SSVMS and the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP).  Click here for more information.  To register, email or call (800) 361-5569 by October 13.  Space is limited and reservations are required.

OCTOBER 21:  Art & Science of Anatomy, SSVMS Medical History Museum Lecture Series, 5380 Elvas Avenue, 7:00pm.  Starting with the skull, Betty Nelsen, and Art Instructor at American River College will demonstrate how the study and knowledge of the anatomy of our facial muscles relates to understanding both the expression of our emotions and the capturing of them by artists.  This is a FREE event open to the public.  Space is limited, so please call (916) 452-2671 to RSVP.

OCTOBER 21:  Dr. Richard Pan, Senator – No on Recall Event, Location:  Bottle & Barlow, 1120 R Street, Sacramento 95811; 5:00pm – 7:00pm.  Please join Dr. Richard Pan, Senator, for an evening at Bottle & Barlow.  Click here to see event flyer.  RSVP to Lisa Stratton Elliott at (916) 400-3721 or

SAVE THE DATE – 2016 SSVMS and Alliance Annual Awards and Installation Dinner.  The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society and Alliance invite members and a guest to attend the Annual Awards and Installation Dinner, Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:00- 9:30pm, Hyatt Regency Hotel.  Thomas Ormiston, MD will be installed as President 2016 and the following awards will be presented:  Golden Stethoscope Award, Medical Honor Award, Medical Community Service Award, and Dorothy Dozier Helping Hands Award.  Look for your invitation in the mail.  Contact SSVMS for more information (916) 452-2671 or

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.)

OCTOBER 15 & 16:  2015 California Primary Care Association (CPCA) Annual Conference:  Evolution Through Innovation, Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA.   Click here for more information or to register.

OCTOBER 25:  Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR/Sacramento) Annual Dinner, DoubleTree by Hilton, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, 5:00pm Social Hour; 6:00pm Dinner; 7:00pm Program.  The keynote speaker, Rebecca Peters, will address “Gun Violence – An International Prospective.”   Click here for more information or to register.

OCTOBER 29:  Institute for Medical Quality’s 2015 Medical Staff Conference, Embassy Suites Hotel, LAX, Los Angeles, CA.  Learn ways to enhance the medical staff’s effectiveness in meeting goals and improving quality of care and patient safety.  SSVMS/CMA members receive an $80 discount on registration.  Continuing Education Credits available.  Click here for more information and to register.

OCTOBER 29 – 30:  American Correctional Health Services Association (ACHSA) Annual Conference, Precision Healthcare – Tailoring Inmate Care, Location:  Red Lion Hotel Sacramento, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento 95815.   For program information or to register online, click here.

OCTOBER 30 – 31:  Latino Health Conference, Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, CA.  Learn strategies to enhance patient care for your Latino patients.  For more information or to register, click here.