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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 1


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Your Membership Counts.  Click here to renew your 2015 SSVMS/CMA membership today.  Not a member?  Click here to join the organization that led the fight to protect MICRA and defeat Prop 46.  We need you at the table!

Registration Open for CMA’s Annual Legislative Advocacy Day.  Join SSVMS at the State Capitol on April 14, 2015, to meet with legislative leaders and advocate for your patients and colleagues.  Prior to the conference members will receive webinar training on legislation and policy affecting the practice of medicine.  To view the tentative agenda, click here.  This event is free for SSVMS/CMA members. To register, contact Chris Stincelli at or (916)452-2671.

CMA ICD-10 Transition Guide Now Available.  With eight months until the transition to ICD-10, will your practice be ready for October 1, 2015?  To help physicians prepare for the transition, the California Medical Association (CMA) has published a new resource, “ICD-10 Transition Guide – What physicians need to know,” which includes an ICD-10 transition preparation checklist.  CMA has also created an ICD-10 transition webpage,, which includes important news articles and other ICD-10 transition information.  The transition guide is free and accessible to SSVMS/CMA members only.

CMS Extends Meaningful Use EHR Attestation Deadline to March 20.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for physicians to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year.  While the original deadline was February 28, physicians now have until 11:59 p.m., ET, on March 20, 2015, to attest.  Medicare-eligible professionals must attest to meaningful use every year to receive an incentive and avoid a payment adjustment.  Providers who successfully attest for the 2014 program year will receive an incentive payment and avoid the Medicare payment adjustment, which will be applied January 1, 2016.  Click here for more information.

Covered California Rolls Gain 1.4 Million People; Enrollment Extended Through End of April.  Covered California announced that it had 1.4 million people on its rolls and that it had extended the deadline to buy health insurance for people who say they weren't aware they would face a tax penalty.  Click here for more information.  To access CMA’s educational resources regarding Covered California, or if you have questions regarding physician participation and contracting, click here.

Medicare Participating Physician Directory (MEDPARD).  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has instructed carriers to no longer print paper copies of the MEDPARD.  Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC, however, does have the MEDPARD database available on their website with search availabilities.  To access the database, click here.

We Help You Get Paid.  Did you know your membership in SSVMS/CMA includes direct one-on-one assistance with payment and contracting issues?  CMA’s practice management experts have recouped over $10 million on behalf of physician members in the past 5 years.  Contact SSVMS at, or (916)452-2671, to learn how to access this valuable member benefit.



Physician Preceptors Needed.  UC Davis medical students run seven distinct clinics in the inner-city neighborhoods of Sacramento, providing free health care to uninsured, low-income and other underserved populations.  Physician preceptors are needed to supervise medical students and undergrads as they gain hands-on experience and to learn first-hand about the challenges and rewards of patient care and community medicine.  Contract Kris Wallach, Director, Membership and Community Outreach at, or (916) 453-0254 for more information.

Physician Mentors Needed for Pre-Medical Students.  M.A.P.S., the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, at UC Davis, is an organization designed to help minority pre-medical students matriculate into health professional school.  M.A.P.S. seeks physicians interested in mentoring opportunities.  Contact Kris Wallach, Director, Membership and Community Outreach at, or (916) 453-0254 for more information.

Walk with a Doc.  Walk leaders are still needed for our 2015 Walk with a Doc events.  Can you talk to ta group of walkers about health and wellness for 10 minutes, and then walk with us for 30 minutes and chat with walkers?  You might be the Walk with a Doc leader we are looking for!  To volunteer, or for more information, contact Kris Wallach at (916) 453-0254 or  For dates and park locations, click here.


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

MARCH 14: Walk with a Doc, Howe Park, 2201 Cottage Way, Sacramento, 8:30am.  Encourage your family, friends, and patients to join SSVMS’ free walking program.  Click here for more information, including meeting times and locations.

MARCH 21: Workshop for Members of Physician Health Committees, 5380 Elvas Avenue, Sacramento, 9:30am-12:30pm.  Join the California Public Protection & Physician Health, Inc. (CPPPH) for a discussion in discussing Disruptive Behavior and the Medical Staff's Response: Clinical, Administrative and Legal Aspects. This workshop is open to members and staff of committees of hospital medical staffs and medical groups, as well as those with clinical roles related to credentialing and privileging. Advance registration is required. For additional information or to reserve a seat, contact Tina Hsu at

MARCH 25:  Battlefield Medicine, SSVMS Museum of Medical History Lecture Series, 5380 Elvas Avenue, 7:00pm.  SSVMS and SSVMS Medical History Museum invite you to attend Dr. Donald Hayden’s lecture on how lack of organization and preparation early in the Civil War affected the medical care of soldiers and the conditions those soldiers faced.  See how leadership, women in nursing, and the Sanitary Commission ultimately improved medical care.  And learn how the treatment of diseases, surgery, amputations, anesthesia, hospitals, and patient management evolved during the war and how these factors had an effect on future medical care.  This is a FREE event.  Space is limited, so please call (916) 452-2671 to RSVP.


MAY 29 – 31:  Western Health Care Leadership Academy, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood, CA.  The Annual Western Health Care Leadership Academy 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 and to access information and tools to help ensure the viability of medical practice. Speakers include New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell and Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which has been made into a three-part, six-hour major television event from the preeminent documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. The documentary will be aired on PBS in March. Click here for more information and to register.

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.)

MARCH 21:  Food Film Festival, McClatchy Park, Sacramento, 5:30pm-8:00pm.  The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance is proud to be partnering with the Food Literacy Center for a fun evening which will feature local food trucks, live music, and short films about urban agriculture.  The event is free but RSVPs are required.  For more information and to register click here.  For more information on becoming a member of the SSVMS Alliance, visit

MARCH 27-28:  Improving OUTcomes 2015, UC Davis School of Medicine, Education Building, 4610 X Street Sacramento.  Health care providers will have the opportunity to learn about the unique health needs of LGBTQI patients and their families.  The conference will emphasize knowledge, communication skills and competence in providing quality care around differences in sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and differences in sexual development.  Click here for more information and to register.

APRIL 25-26:  Family Medicine Clinical Forum, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco. Registration is open for the California Academy of Family Physicians’ Family Medicine Clinical Forum.  Click here for more information and to register.