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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 - 2014 - Volume 3 - Issue 9


Click here to read the November/December 2014 issue of SSV Medicine.

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Renew Your SSVMS/CMA Membership Today.  The deadline to renew and pay dues for 2015 is January 1.  Click here to conveniently renew your membership online.  For a copy of your dues invoice, please contact SSVMS at (916) 452-2671 or

Not a Member?  Join Today.  Be part of the organization that led the fight to protect MICRA and defeat Prop. 46!  To join, simply email your CV to or call SSVMS at (916) 452-2671 and we’ll take it from there.

RSVP to Attend 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 8, 2015, 6:00- 9:00pm, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1209 L Street, Sacramento. 

  • Installation of 2015 President – Jason P. Bynum, MD
  • Golden Stethoscope Award – Delphine W. Ong, MD
  • Medical Honor Award – Paul R Phinney, MD
  • Medical Community Service Award – Elizabeth Cassin, CEO, Elica Health Centers
  • Dorothy Dozier Helping Hands Award – Sita Lalchandani

Musical entertainment by CYR’s Combo.  RSVP by January 5, 2015, to (916) 452-2671 or mail in your RSVP card with your dinner selection and payment.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

  • Platinum – Kaiser Permanente
  • Platinum – Mercy Medical Group
  • Gold – NORCAL Mutual
  • Gold – BloodSource
  • Bronze – R.W. Baird

Covered California Open Enrollment November 15, 2014, through February 15, 2015.  Physicians can help by making your patients aware of their coverage options.  Covered California has developed a simple one-page document that you can share with your staff and patients that describes open enrollment.  If you have any uncertainty regarding the specific plans or products you are participating in, click here for a current list of plan contacts to contact regarding network status.  For additional resources, visit CMA’s Exchange Resource Center.

CMA Helps Develop Toolkit for Physicians Facing Medical Audits.  Click here to download the toolkit, which provides information and tips to guide physicians in anticipating medical audits, responding to auditors’ requests for medical records and appealing erroneous audit findings.  The toolkit also includes detailed information regarding the various types of governmental and private payer audits, appellate procedures and extrapolation methodologies used by some payers to calculate alleged overpayments.

CMA Publishes 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up.  Click here to read CMA’s 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up, "The Ultimate Measure."

Ebola Virus Disease:  FAQ for Physicians in Private Practice Now Available.  SSVMS has recently published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Ebola for physicians practicing in El Dorado, Sacramento, and/or Yolo counties.  Click here to download the document, which includes key contact information, resources, and guidance for private physician offices and clinics.  Additionally, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has revised the "Attention all Patients" poster to include the country of Mali as an Ebola affected country.  Click here for more information and to download a copy for your office.



The following webinars are offered at no cost to SSVMS members and staff, with a non-member cost of $99.  For more information, or to register, click on the links, or contact CMA’s member-help center, (800) 786-4262 or

DECEMBER 3:  Coordinated Care Initiative CCI:  What Physicians Need to Know, (Webinar), 6:00pm – 7:00pm.  This webinar will cover the basics of the program and how physicians can continue to see their patients – specifically Cal MediConnect continuity of care and what Medi-Cal managed care means for Medicare FFS physicians.  Click here to register.

DECEMBER 4:  Organized Medical Staff Section 2014 Annual Assembly and Education Conference, San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, 333 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA.  (Conference), 8:30am – 4:00pm.  The California Medical Association's Organized Medical Staff Section will hold its Annual Assembly and Education Conference immediately preceding the 2014 CMA House of Delegates.  All physicians concerned about the role of strong self-governing medical staffs in improving patient care and safety should plan to attend.  Registration is FREE for OMSS Representatives and Chiefs of Staff of OMSS Member Medical Staffs.