Thursday, October 19, 2017

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 2

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Senate Delays Vote on SGR until April 13.  Last week, the U.S. Senate failed to take a vote to permanently fix the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and will take the measure up when it returns from a break on April 13.  Click here for more information on the bill, which would create a new payment formula focused on the quality of care.  SSVMS thanks Representatives Doris Matsui and Dr. Ami Bera for their support of legislation in the House and applauds the landslide vote of 392-37.  According to SSVMS member Dr. Bera, SGR reform is “how Congress is supposed to work.”  Click here to read Dr. Bera’s remarks during debate of the bill.  Click here to read Congresswoman Matsui’s Statement on Passage of SGR Repeal.  Rep. Tom McClintock voted against the legislation.

CMS to Delay 21% Cuts until Mid-April.  Physician services provided to Medicare patients on or after April 1 will be subject to a cut of 21 percent.  However, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is instructing its carriers to “hold” for 10 business days any claims for services provided on April 1 and beyond, until legislation can be passed and signed into law that reverses the 21 percent cut.  The 10-day business hold means that April claims will be held through Tuesday, April 14.  Since no claims by law can be paid sooner than 14 calendar days from their receipt, this hold should have little practical impact on Medicare remittance in the short-term, although billing for copayments and claims reconciliation will be more complicated.

CMA is advising against submitting claims with reduced amounts reflecting the 21 percent cut.  Physicians have the option of holding claims and submitting them after the new fee schedule is released.  If you choose to submit claims in the interim, CMA suggests that both participating and non-participating physicians bill their usual and customary fees-for-services to Medicare.  Billing at your customary fee ensures that Medicare pays the highest amount possible when the claim is processed.

SSVMS to Host ICD-10 Code Set Boot Camp – Significant Discount for Members.  CMA, in partnership with AAPC, is pleased to offer a two-day ICD-10 training program.  Learn to code for ICD-10 and prepare for the ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment.  Training is led by a certified AAPC Instructor and is provided onsite at SSVMS in a classroom format.  Conducted over two days, attendees will receive 16 hours of intensive general ICD-10 code set training along with hands-on coding exercises.  Register at www.cmanet.org/AAPC-ICD10 or call CMA Member Services at (800) 786-4262.  SSVMS/CMA members and staff receive discounted pricing.  Space is limited, register today!

Still Time to Register 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.  To view the tentative agenda, click here.  This event is free for SSVMS/CMA members.  To register, contact Chris Stincelli at cstincelli@ssvms.org or (916)452-2671.

CMA Updates Physician Guide to Getting Started with PQRS.  The California Medical Association (CMA) has just updated the “2015 PQRS and Value-Based Modifier Getting Started Guide,” free for physician members.  The Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) was federally mandated by legislation and requires physicians to report quality information to Medicare or suffer a fee reduction in 2015.  Click here to download your copy.

CMA Takes on Public Health, Medi-Cal with 2015 Sponsored Legislation.  Click here for a list of CMA-sponsored bills for 2015, including:

  • SB 591 (Pan) – Cigarette and tobacco products taxes:  California Tobacco Tax Act of 2015
  • AB 1396 (Bonta) – Tobacco Tax Funding Implementation Medi-Cal
  • SB 243 (Hernandez) and AB 366 (Bonta) – Medi-Cal Reimbursement Rates
  • AB 637 (Campos) – POLST forms
  • AB 1086 (Dababneh) – Assignment of reimbursement rights
  • SB 22 (Roth) – Medical residency training program grants
  • SB 289 (Mitchell) – Telephonic and electronic patient management services
  • SB 563 (Pan) – Workers' compensation: utilization review
  • SB 781 (Allen) – Emergency room physicians

Clinical Advisory Regarding Ocular Syphilis in California.  The California Department of Public Health has issued an advisory regarding the reporting of ocular syphilis.  Click here for additional information.

Safe Medicine Disposal.  The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District has implemented a program to keep our communities and water safe and clean by properly disposing of unwanted medicines.  If your office is interested in hosting a “Don’t Rush to Flush, Meds in the Bin we all Win” container, please contact Chris at (916) 706-3420, or click here for directions to the nearest disposal site.  Click here for additional information about the program.

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PHYSICIAN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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 kwallach@ssvms.org, 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 kwallach@ssvms.org, or (916) 453-0254 for more information.


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

APRIL 14:  CMA Legislative Advocacy Day, Sheraton Grand, 1230 J Street, Sacramento.  Join SSVMS at the State Capitol on April 14, 2015, to meet with legislative leaders and advocate for your patients and colleagues.  To view the tentative agenda, click here.  This event is free for SSVMS/CMA members.  To register, contact Chris Stincelli at cstincelli@ssvms.org or (916)452-2671.

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.  **Just announced – new “leading-edge” speaker, Dave Logan, Professor of Management and Organization at USC Marshall School of Business, author of The Best Medicine:  A Physician’s Guide to Effective Leadership.

JULY 15 & 16:  ICD-10 Code Set Boot Camp, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, 5380 Elvas Avenue, Sacramento.  CMA, in partnership with AAPC, is pleased to offer a two-day ICD-10 training program.  Learn to code for ICD-10 and prepare for the ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment.  Training is led by a certified AAPC Instructor and is provided onsite at SSVMS in a classroom format.  Conducted over two days, attendees will receive 16 hours of intensive general ICD-10 code set training along with hands-on coding exercises.  Register at www.cmanet.org/AAPC-ICD10 or call CMA Member Services at (800) 786-4262.  SSVMS/CMA members and staff receive discounted pricing.  Space is limited, register today!


WALK WITH A DOC
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 kwallach@ssvms.org or (916) 453-0254.


Come join us for this unique walking event which includes both a physician leader and a veterinarian – “Walk With A Doc & A Vet.”

Walk leaders:  Ruth Haskins, MD & Kelly Byam, Veterinarian.


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.)


APRIL 8:  Sacramento Medical Group Management Association Lunch Meeting.  Location: SSVMS, 5380 Elvas Avenue, Sacramento, 11:30am – 1:00pm.  Join the SMGMA and CMA Center for Economic Services Senior Director Jodi Black, who will present on the topic of:  The Exchange, ICD-10, and the Legislature, Issues Impacting Your Physician Practices and What You Need to Know.  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.

MAY 1:  Hospital Council’s 2015 Innovation Symposium, Crowne Plaza Foster City/San Mateo.  This one-day event will focus on digital medicine and other changes in health care delivery.  Click here to download the event flyer.

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