Thursday, December 14, 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 3

IN THIS ISSUE


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Say Good-Bye to SGR!  On April 16, President Obama signed into law H.R. 2, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA),” which permanently repeals the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).  Under the provisions of H.R. 2, the scheduled 21% Medicare fee schedule reduction is off the table.  Instead, the fee schedule conversion factor will be increased by 0.5 percent on July 1, 2015, and by another 0.5 percent on January 1, 2016.  Join us at the 18th annual Western Healthcare Leadership Academy, May 29-31 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel for a panel discussion with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Representative Michael Burgess, M.D., Texas Congressman and physician, and Wendell Primus, Senior Policy Advisory for the Office of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  The panel will discuss trials and tribulations of finally accomplishing Medicare reform.  Click here for more information or to register.

Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 Accelerates Medicare’s Shift Toward Value-Based Payments.  Beyond just repealing SGR, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 includes a number of policy changes that make significant changes to the way that Medicare pays physicians by consolidating and expanding the pay-for-performance incentives within the fee-for-service system in a Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), or allowing providers to participate in “Alternative Payment Models” (APMs) to opt out of MIPS.  Click here to download AMA’s summary of the bill.

Open Payments Database Now Available for Physician Review.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments database, based on 2013 data, is available to physicians for their review of payments made to them by drug and medical device companies. The review period opened on April 6, 2015, and will be open until at least May 21. The Open Payments database is a part of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, a provision of the Affordable Care Act. This data will be published on the CMS public website, so physicians are strongly urged to review their data for accuracy.  Click here for complete article and links.

Sacramento County GMC Enrollment.  Sacramento County Geographic Managed Care (GMC) enrollment as of April 1, 2015 was 397,285.  This represents a take-up of 3,072 enrollees from previous month.  The plan breakout is as follows:  Anthem Blue Cross, 153,340; Health Net, 121,001; Kaiser, 67,981; Molina, 54,963.  Default rate percentage: 30%.  Click here for more information.

Ballot Initiative Filed to Raise Tobacco Tax. On May 4th the California Healthcare, Research & Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 was filed with the Attorney General’s office.  The initiative is sponsored by the Save Lives California Coalition, a group made up of the California Medical Association, American Lung Association in California, SEIU California, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, healthcare workers, patients, hospitals, nurses and taxpayers dedicated to passing a $2 tobacco tax.  The revenue generated from the law will improve access to health care services for Medi-Cal patients with tobacco-related and other illnesses, support existing statewide education and outreach efforts to prevent youth from using tobacco, stop illegal sales of tobacco, and increase funding for medical research into new treatments and cures for deadly diseases such as cancer and heart disease.  Click here for more information.

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!  16.00 CEU CREDITS.

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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.

MAY 29 – 31:  Western Health Care Leadership Academy, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood, CA.  CMA’s Annual Western Health Care Leadership will feature 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 Leadership16.00 CME CREDITS.

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!  16.00 CEU CREDITS.

WALK
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.)

MAY 19:  San Francisco Regional Innovation Workshop – Hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), at the San Francisco Federal Building, 90 7th Street, Room B0-20, San Francisco.  9:00am – 12:30pm.  Please join CMS to learn about health care innovation efforts in the local San Francisco area and beyond.  This event will bring together speakers from local organizations who participated in projects through CMS’ Innovation Center to talk about their results and challenges.  Space is limited.  For more information and to register, click here.

MAY 28:  Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) Sacramento Region Chapter, 5380 Elvas Avenue, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Sacramento, CA.  5:30pm dinner, 6:00pm meeting.  Mr. Karl Silberstein, Senior Vice President, Financial Operations, Dignity Health will speak on healthcare financing in America. RSVP to trochetg@gmail.com.  To learn more about PNHP, click here.

OCTOBER 30 – 31:  Latino Health Conference, Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, CA.  Learn strategies to enhance patient care for your Latino patients.  For more information or to register, click here.

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