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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 - 2019 - Volume 8 - Issue 05 - May

Volume 8, Issue 5
May, 2019
The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society is dedicated to bringing together physicians from all modes of practice to promote the art and science of quality medical care and to enhance the physical and mental health of our entire community.
Dear Physicians,

For Legislative Advocacy Day on April 24, 2019, physicians and medical students met with state representatives to advocate for AB 764 (Bonta) Prohibiting Manufacturer Discounts and Coupons of Soda and SB 276 (Pan) The Child Safety and Disease Prevention Act. 

As the U.S. deals with the worst measles outbreak since 2000, SB 276 is critical. Since the passage of SB 277 (removal of personal belief exemptions to vaccination requirements), the rate of medical exemptions has more than tripled. SB 276 reshapes California's process to require state-level public health approval of all medical exemptions. This new legislation will close a loophole in the current law that has allowed a small handful of rogue doctors to skirt the spirit of the original law and has put millions of Californians at risk. We believe it is important for physicians to engage on this issue and crack down on other physicians who are practicing outside of the accepted standard of care and endangering public health in the process.
Thank you to our physicians and medical students who attended Legislative Day to advocate on behalf of your patients and public health.
Christian L. Serdahl, MD
President, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
Saving Private Practice: Key Strategies for Practice Success Dinner Presentation
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Registration & Dinner at 5:30pm | Presentation 6:00pm-8:00pm
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, 
5380 Elvas Ave, Sacramento, CA 95819
No cost for SSVMS Physician Members | Non-members: $10
RSVP Required | RSVP with Mei Lin Jackson at
or call (916) 452-2671
Topics Covered:
Common Practice Mistakes Costing You Money
Managing Patient Scheduling
Improving Patient Experience
Monthly Reports Every Practice Should Review
Effectively Processing Denied Claims
Marketing Your Practice for Success
Questions Every Office Should Ask Yearly
Missed Appointment Policies
Mitzi Young, 
Center for Economic Services, California Medical Association

Serotonin Surge Charities Race for the Clinics 5K/10K Run/Walk
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 8:00am-11:00am, Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information

How Physicians Can Appeal AB72's Interim Rate Webinar
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:15pm-1:15pm, Register/More Information

Balancing Life Today & Dreams For Tomorrow Ameriprise Financial Webinar (Intended for those who are 5+ years out from retirement)
Learn how to maintain financial balance by being prepared for risks and unexpected events.
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Sacramento, CA, RSVP with Mei Lin Jackson at

Confident Retirement, Retiring on Your Own Terms, Ameriprise Financial (Intended for those who are 5+ years out from retirement)
Learn actionable strategies to develop a smart financial and investment plan so you can live the life you want.
Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information

SSVMS Joy of Medicine Social: Toy Story 4 Private Screening
Saturday, June 22, 2019, 2:00pm, Doors open at 1:30pm, Folsom, CA, Register/More Information

Confident Retirement, Retiring on Your Own Terms Ameriprise Financial Webinar (Intended for those who are 5+ years out from retirement)
Learn actionable strategies to develop a smart financial and investment plan so you can live the life you want.
Thursday, July 25, 2019, 12:00pm-1:00pm, RSVP with Mei Lin Jackson at

SSVMS & Fresno Madera Medical Society CME Rome to Venice Cruise!
July 6-13, 2019, Departs from Rome, Italy. Register/More Information

3rd Annual Joy of Medicine Summit
Saturday, September 28, 2019, Sacramento, CA, Save the Date!
CMA Webinars are no cost for members.
Call for Nominations to CMA Councils and Subcommittees, Deadline May 31, 2019
Committee on Nominations is seeking recommendations for CMA member physicians who are interested in and willing to serve on its standing Councils and Subcommittees for 2019-2020. Councils and committees meet as needed with up to four (4) meetings per year via teleconference and potentially one (1) in-person meeting. All current appointments expire at the conclusion of the CMA House of Delegates in October 2019. Current committee and council members who are eligible for reappointment must submit an application for the 2019-2020 term, even if you submitted an application last year, you must complete the online form, submit a CV and the Statement of interest.
Click Here for More Information and the Nomination Form If you have questions, please contact Chris Stincelli at SSVMS or 916-452-2671.
In The News
Calling on Guest Participation for Lightning Grand Rounds at the Joy of Medicine Summit!
Physicians and Medical Students will have the opportunity to share what Joy in Medicine and Physician Well-Being means to them at the 
Annual Joy of Medicine Summit.
A lightning talk is a very short presentation lasting only a few minutes, given at a conference by a multitude of speakers. These concise and efficient talks are intended to grab the attention of the audience, convey key information, and allow for several presenters to share their ideas in a brief period of time. 
Joy of Medicine Corner
Joy of Medicine-on Call Podcast Listen Now!
This month we discuss physician wellness from a top down approach with Dr. Peter Yellowlees, Chief Wellness Officer with UC Davis Health. Dr. Yellowlees shares his research on physician burnout and provides insight on how to increase physician well being. Listen to the full episode on your favorite podcast app or online at:
Featured Joy of Medicine Elk Grove Physician Peer Group!
Monthly meetings in Elk Grove, CA, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Join local physicians on the third Thursday of every month in Elk Grove to meet with people who understand and identify with what it means to be a physician. Physician Peer Groups are not group therapy, but a means for physicians to connect with one another to discuss personal and professional successes and challenges. This peer group is hosted in a local physician's home and facilitated by Joy of Medicine vetted resiliency provider, Marcella Kreysa, PsyD. Please contact Mei Lin Jackson at if you are interested in participating.
Interested in hosting a Physician Peer Group?
Help bring collegiality back to the medical community by hosting a monthly meeting with local physicians. Contact Mei Lin Jackson at if you are interested in becoming a host.
Vetted Vendor
Daniel Start, Director of Sales, BankCard USA
BankCard USA specializes in health care credit card processing services throughout the California region. They can assist your practice or hospital with specialized credit card processing and rates for the medical industry. Daniel will also provide the latest PCI and HIPAA compliant terminals at no cost. BankCard USA can do a specialized cost comparison on your current credit card rates and show you how you can save much more.
To access this resource, contact Megan Sharpe, Physician Relations Manager, at (916) 452-2671 or
Other Events
2019 Northern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference
Thursday, May 9, 2019,8:15am-4:30pm, Sacramento, CA Register/More Information Register/More Information
UC Davis Fundamentals of Healthcare Quality Improvement Workshop, CME Credits Available
Wednesday, May 15, 2019- Thursday, May 16, 2019, Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information
31st Annual Western States Regional Conference on Physicians' Well-Being
Wednesday, May 22 2019, 8:00am-4:00pm, Riverside, CA Register/More Information
UC Davis Center for Advancing Pain Relief, Essentials of Primary Care Pain Management Conference
Saturday, September 21, 2019- Sunday, September 22, 2019, Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information
SSV Medicine is in search of talented physician photographers, artists, poets and writers for magazine features. If you would like to submit your artwork for review, please email Lindsay Coate at
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