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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 - 2015 - Volume 4 - Issue 8

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RSVP Today for the SSVMS and Alliance Annual Awards and Installation Dinner.  Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:00 – 9:30pm, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sacramento.  Featuring the installation of Tom Ormiston, MD as SSVMS President; Robert Kahle, MD – Golden Stethoscope Award; George Meyer, MD – Medical Honor Award; Richard Pan, MD – Special Recognition Award for vaccine advocacy; and Dorothy Dozier Helping Hands Award – Ingrid Niles.  RSVP with your dinner selection to sbuchan@ssvms.org or (916)452-2671 by January 15.  Interested in sponsoring a medical student?  Let us know.

Make a Year-end Charitable Contribution and Give the Gift of Healthcare for the Uninsured or Support for Deserving Medical Students.  We need your help now.  Your gift can truly change a life.  Click here to make your tax-deductible contribution today.

The Sacramento Physicians' Initiative to Reach out, Innovate and Teach (SPIRIT) program meets the healthcare needs of the community by recruiting and placing physician volunteers to provide free medical services to our region’s uninsured, including undocumented residents. SSVMS’ Medical Student Scholarship Fund supports deserving medical school students who have graduated from a high school in El Dorado, Sacramento, or Yolo counties. For more information on our charitable programs, contact Liza Kirkland at lkirkland@ssvms.org or (916) 453-0254.

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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 coordinates volunteer specialty and surgical services in private offices, community clinics and in local hospitals and surgery centers.  To volunteer, contact Liza Kirkland at lkirkland@ssvms.org or (916) 453-0254.

Physicians Urged to Preemptively File for Meaningful Use Hardship Exemptions.  Because of a delay in the publication of regulations governing the Medicare meaningful use program, physicians are being urged to preemptively file for a 2015 hardship exemption to avoid penalties in 2016.  Click here for more information.

New POLST Forms Take Effect January 1.  Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms will change on January 1, 2016, with the full implementation of a new law that allows nurse practitioners and physician assistants – under the supervision of a physician and within their scope of practice – to sign POLST forms and make them actionable medical orders.  Click here for more information or visit CMA’s end of life resource page.

SSVMS Advocates for Access to Care for Patient Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis.  Every month over 1,600 children and adults experiencing a mental health crisis end up in one of the Sacramento region’s hospital emergency departments – a number that continues to rise.  Bearing witness to these worsening trends, SSVMS recently published a white paper, Crisis in the Emergency Department:  Removing Barriers to Timely and Appropriate Mental Health Treatment that proposes three elements of a broader collaborative strategy among regional stakeholders with the goal of increasing care coordination for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.  Click here to view the report.

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SSVMS-CMA SEMINARS / WEBINARS / EVENTS

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 memberservice@cmanet.org.

JANUARY 21, 2016 – SSVMS and Alliance Annual Awards and Installation DinnerHyatt Regency Hotel, Sacramento, 6:00 – 9:30pm.  Featuring the installation of Tom Ormiston, MD as SSVMS President; Robert Kahle, MD – Golden Stethoscope Award; George Meyer, MD – Medical Honor Award; Richard Pan, MD – Special Recognition Award for vaccine advocacy; and Dorothy Dozier Helping Hands Award – Ingrid Niles.  RSVP with your dinner selection to sbuchan@ssvms.org or (916)452-2671 by January 15.

IMQ Offers Free Online Course to Help Providers Identify Child Abuse. CMA’s Institute of Medical Quality is offering a free course on child abuse prevention, recognition and reporting. Click here for more information.

MARCH 10 – 11:  Stepping Up to Leadership Conference.  Location:  Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego.  The Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ), and the PACE Program at UC San Diego are partnering to train medical staff leaders in issues of communication, problem-solving, and improving outcomes for patients and staff.  Click here for more information, or contact IMQ at (415) 882-5151.

SAVE THE DATE – APRIL 30:  Art of Medicine Auction and Dinner.  Location:  Del Paso Country Club, 3333 Marconi Avenue, Sacramento, 5:00pm – 9:00pm.  The SSVMS Alliance presents the 2016 Art of Medicine Auction and Dinner.  For more information, to make a donation or become a sponsor, please contact Gabby Neubuerger at gabby@surewest.net.

SAVE THE DATE – MAY 13 – 15:  Western Health Care Leadership Academy.  Location:  Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco.  This event is the West Coast’s premier opportunity for physicians, practice managers and other health care leaders to learn about the leading-edge trends and developments in the rapidly changing health care marketplace, to access information and tools to help ensure the viability of medical practice, and to acquire the leadership skills needed to successfully manage change.  For more information and to read about the guest speakers, click here.

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.)

JANUARY 9:  36th Annual Silent Auction & Wine Tasting Benefit.  5:30pm – 10:00pm.  Location:  Medical Education Building, 4610 X Street, Sacramento.  This fundraiser is to benefit UC Davis affiliated student-run clinics.  For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Featured Resource  The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP) was established in 1975 by a group of California physicians to manage the escalating cost of medical professional liability coverage.  For questions regarding membership in the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. contact Bill West, Vice President, Membership Development at (800) 356-5672 or bwest@CAPphysicians.com or visit www.CAPphysicians.com.


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