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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 2


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Don’t Let Your Medical Society/CMA Membership Expire.  To avoid any disruption in your membership status, please renew for 2014 if you have not done so already.  Click here to renew online or call SSVMS at (916) 452-2671.

Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) Under Attack.  Trial lawyers have launched an aggressive campaign to overturn MICRA and are currently collecting signatures to qualify an initiative for the November 2014 ballot.  The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act of 2014 is supported by the Consumer Attorneys of California and their front group, Consumer Watchdog.  The ballot measure purports to be focused on patient safety while hiding its true intent of lining the pockets of trial lawyers.  For more information about MICRA and what you can do to help in the fight, click here.

Senate President pro Tem Introduces MICRA Legislation.  Only hours before the bill introduction deadline, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) introduced SB 1429, a so-called “spot bill” that is intended to gut California's Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) of its protections and lift the cap on non-economic damages.  Click here for more information.  For more information about MICRA and what you can do to help in the fight, visit

Help Repeal the SGR Once and For All.  Call and Email Your Member of Congress and Senators NOW!  A long-awaited and hard-fought bill to permanently repeal Medicare’s fatally flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula finally is before Congress.  The SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4015/S. 2000) is the most progress Congress has made in a decade.  Congressional representatives need to hear from physicians.  Help us with this final push to repeal the SGR.  Visit CMA’s grassroots action center for more information, including talking points and legislator contact information.


CMA Releases Fact Sheets Regarding Covered California Grace Period, Updates Toolkit. CMA resources have been recently updated to reflect key developments in the exchange including the grace period, how plans are building their exchange networks, how to check physician participation status on the health plan websites, and steps physicians can take if they disagree with their participation status in the exchange plans.  Click here to access these members-only resources.

Assembly Member Dr. Richard Pan Introduces Bill to Restore Medi-Cal Funding.  Assembly Budget Chair Nancy Skinner and Assembly Health Chair Richard Pan, M.D., have introduced two bills: one that would restore the 10 percent Medi-Cal physician payment cut that went into effect this year and another that would extend the temporary Medi-Cal primary care rate increases called for under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Click here for more information.

RSVP TODAY:  17th Annual Western Health Care Leadership Academy, (Conference), San Diego Convention Center.  Featuring a keynote address by Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  This conference will examine the most significant challenges facing health care today and present proven models and innovative approaches to transform your organization’s care delivery and business practices.  Early bird deadline is March 14, 2014.  Click here for more information or to register.


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

MARCH 5:  HIPAA Security Risk Analysis:  How to Make Sense of this Requirement, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  Conducting a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis is a requirement of the HIPAA Security Rule.  It is also a CORE Meaningful Use (Stage 1 and 2) measure to earn EHR incentives and avoid Medicare penalties.  This webinar reviews what is required to properly fulfill this compliance obligation and at the same time secure your patient's health information.  Failure to conduct a Risk Analysis or conducting an insufficient one are among the most common deficiencies found during compliance investigations.  1.00 CEU CREDIT.

MARCH 6 – 8:  Stepping Up to Leadership Conference, (Conference), Loews Coronado Bay Hotel, San Diego.  This conference, offered by the Institute for Medical Quality and the PACE Program at UC Dan Diego trains medical staff leaders in issues of communication, problem-solving, and improving outcomes for patients and staff.  It offers unique, hands-on and interactive learning opportunities, excellent faculty, and course work on effective staff leadership, credentialing and privileging, assessing the needs of the organization, using CME effectively, resolving on-call issues, improved communication skills, using quality measures effectively, legal considerations and managing disruptive or impaired colleagues.  For more information or to register, click here.

MARCH 12:  Successful Medi-Cal Provider Enrollment for Physician Providers, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  This training will give applicants basic instructions and guidelines on the proper way to complete a Provider Enrollment Application Package.  We will discuss the importance of reviewing and understanding program requirements and how to avoid mistakes when completing the forms.

MARCH 19:  Should I Join an ACO?, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, California has proved to be a hotbed for accountable care organizations (ACO).  As of December 2013, over 50 ACOs were operational in California, providing care to over 700,000 patients.  These ACOs are structured in numerous ways, but can be distinguished more broadly as being either a Medicare or a commercial ACO.  The high variability across ACOs means that physicians must carefully evaluate any ACO offer of participation to see if it is a good fit for their practice.  This webinar will give attendees a basic understanding of ACOs, the ACO landscape in California, and some key factors to consider in deciding whether to participate in an ACO or not.


MARCH 20:  Council on Legislation, (Meeting).  The California Medical Association Council on Legislation (COL) formulates policy recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding sponsored legislation or positions on anticipated major legislation affecting physicians.  COL will meet in Sacramento to discuss potential legislative actions.  For more information, please contact Yna Shimabukuro at (916) 551-2567 or

APRIL 22:  CMA's 40th Annual Legislative Leadership Conference.  The California Medical Association (CMA) will host its 2014 Legislative Leadership Conference on April 22 in Sacramento.  SSVMS members are invited to attend a legislative and policy overview in the morning, and to meet with local legislators in the afternoon.  Click here to register, or contact SSVMS at (916) 452-2671 or for more information.

SSVMS’ free walking program is open to anyone interested in taking steps for health.  Anyone can attend…tell your patients!  Walks are held on Saturday mornings at local parks and are led by SSVMS member physicians.  Click here for more information, including meeting times and locations.  Interested in leading a Walk?  Contact Kris Wallach at or (916) 453-0254.

El Dorado, Sacramento & 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.)

MARCH 15 & MAY 3:  Assessing the Aging Physician – A Two Part SeriesPart 1 on March 15: Neuropsychological and Psychological Factors Pertaining to Fitness for Duty; Part 2 on May 3: Legal Aspects.  Location:  SSVMS, 5380 Elvas Avenue, Sacramento, 9:30am – 12:30pm  The California Public Protection & Physician Health, Inc. (CPPPH), is offering this workshop to all interested persons with clinical roles related to neuropsychological examinations or roles related to policies and procedures in medical groups and medical staffs and hospital administration.  Advance registration is required, and you may register for one or both sessions.  For more information and to register, click here.

APRIL 26:  The Art of Medicine Auction & Dinner, at Del Paso Country Club, 5:00pm – 9:00pm.  The SSVMS Alliance is hosting an evening of fine art, fine wines, good food, and wonderful music.  Proceeds from the auction will go directly towards the Alliance’s Community Endowment Fund which is the sole source of funding for the Alliance’s grant and scholarship programs.  Limited spots are available.  Click here for more information or to make your reservation.

APRIL 27:  Physicians for Social Responsibility Dinner, at the Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Sacramento, 6:00pm.  You are invited to the Physicians for Social Responsibility/Sacramento scholarship essay contest finals dinner.  The ten student finalists will be presenting their essays based on the quote “Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world,” by the late Nelson Mandela.  $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded.  Dinner is $35/adult, $20/student.  For tickets and information click here, or email or call (916) 955-6333.