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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 - 2016 - Volume 5 - Issue 2


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Will your practice be ready to comply with the requirements under new provider directory accuracy law? On July 1, 2016, a new law will take effect that requires health plans to ensure that physician directories are accurate and up-to-date. To accomplish this, payors are required to contact providers in writing, electronically and by telephone. If the payor is unable to verify the provider’s information, it may remove the provider from the directory and delay payment, but must first provide at least 10 business days advance notice. Take steps now to notify your staff so that they can respond to your contracting plans within the required timeline. To learn more about the new law, join CMA for a free webinar on Wednesday, April 27. Click here for more information and to register.

Drug Overdose Health Alert from Sacramento County.  Olivia Kasirye, MD, Public Health Officer for Sacramento County has requested clinician action regarding Fentanyl-contaminated street Norco. Click here to read the alert.


National Drug Take Back Day is April 30: Find a location near you.  National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Click here to enter your zip code to find a list of collection sites.

Technical Assistance Available for CURES 2.0 Users.  Physicians must register to use the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), California's prescription drug monitoring system, no later than July 1, 2016.  To register using the new automated system, visit  For more information, see the DOJ’s FAQ here or visit CMA’s CURES page.  Need help registering?  Call SSVMS at (916) 452-2671, and we’ll walk you through the process.

Are you interested in serving in CMA's House of Delegates? SSVMS and CMA are currently accepting applications and nominations for members to serve as delegates and alternates in CMA’s House of Delegates (HOD). The HOD convenes annually to debate and act on resolutions and reports dealing with myriad medical practice, public health and CMA governance issues. Specifically, CMA is currently seeking applications and nominations for the mode-of-practice forum delegations. (Note: mode-of-practice refers to the type or size of your medical practice setting. Click here for official definitions.) Positions are available in the following delegations:

  • Academic Practice Forum Delegation
  • Administrative Medicine Forum Delegation
  • Government-Employed Physicians Forum Delegation
  • Hospital-Based Practice Forum Delegation
  • Large Group Practice Forum Delegation
  • Medium-Size Group Practice Forum Delegation
  • Solo and Small Group Practice Forum Delegation
The deadline to submit an application or nomination is Thursday, April 28, 2016. Click here to download a nomination packet. For more information, contact Chris Stincelli at or (916)452-2671.



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

APRIL 27:  Ensure Your Practice is Ready and Won’t be Penalized Under New Provider Directory Accuracy Law, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  SB 137, taking effect on July 1, 2016, requires plans and insurers to comply with uniform directory accuracy standards and provide timely updates to their provider directories. The new law also payors to maintain accurate and current directories, and requires physicians to do their part in keeping the information up-to-date. Failure of practices to comply with the new requirements may result in payment delays, removal from directories and even contract termination.  (800) 786-4262

APRIL 28:  Safe Prescribing of Opioids:  Physicians Taking Action, Dinner and CME Presentation, 6pm, Catta Verdera Country Club, Lincoln.  This free risk management presentation by Lee Snook, MD, is jointly sponsored by SSVMS, the Placer-Nevada Medical Society, and the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP).  Click here for more information.  To register, call CAP at 800 361-5569 or email by April 21.

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

MAY 4:  Contract Renegotiations:  How to Get Past “No” with a Payor, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  When submitting a request to renegotiate, best practice is to present a “business case” as to why the payor wants to keep your practice in the network. However, many practices fail to present a business case, which often results in a quick reply from the payor indicating that they are not in a position to renegotiate at this time. This webinar will cover steps practices can take to build their best business case and identify the uniqueness of their practice to prevent the “auto-reply” and present a thoughtful renegotiation request. (800) 786-4262


MAY 13 – 15:  Western Health Care Leadership Academy.  Location:  Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, May 13-15, 2016.  Keynote speakers include Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush; Donna Brazile, former campaign manager for Al Gore and Democratic National Committee Vice Chair; renowned surgeon, writer and public health researcher, Atul Gawande, M.D.; and comedian, internist and founder of Turntable Health, ZDoggMD (also known as Zubin Damania, MD).  For more information and to register, go to

May 15: Health4All Leadership Conference 12 pm to 6pm, CSU Sacramento-Union Ballroom, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819.  Learn about extending coverage to the remaining uninsured/undocumented. Includes May 16 meetings with legislators. Visit to download event flyer, conference agenda, and schedule of events. Contact Angelica Ramirez for more info:, 213.482.0256

MAY 20: Prescribing Drug Awareness Conference, Location:  University Union Hinde Auditorium, California State University, Sacramento - 6000 J Street, Sacramento.  The 4th Annual Prescription Drug Awareness Conference for Health Care Providers is co-sponsored by Sacramento State, SSVMS, Sacramento County, and the US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration. Registration is free and limited to the first 180 attendees. Pre-registration is required. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  Registration and refreshments begin at 7:45am.  Conference 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Click here to register.   

May 24:  Opioid Prescribing:  Don’t Wake the Three Headed Monster, Dinner and CME Presentation, 6pm, La Provence Restaurant & Terrace, Roseville.  This free risk management presentation by Steve Meister, Esq., is jointly sponsored by SSVMS, the Placer-Nevada Medical Society, and the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP).  RSVPs are required. Click here for more information.  To register, call CAP at 800 361-5569 or email by May 17.

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