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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 - 2014 - Volume 3 - Issue 5


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Message from SSVMS President Jose Arévalo, MD.  The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) has worked for more than 154 years to address the challenges facing local physicians and their patients.  SSVMS owes its success to setting and resetting goals relevant to the ever-changing healthcare environment, and to the many physicians throughout the years who have provided effective leadership.  Earlier this year, the SSVMS Board of Directors initiated a revitalized strategic plan along with an extensive effort to solicit input from physicians practicing in El Dorado, Sacramento, and Yolo counties.  At our March retreat, the SSVMS Board created a new mission, vision, and values of SSVMS, along with four key strategies.  During the retreat, the Board worked in sub-groups to identify goals and actions for accomplishing the strategies.

The resulting Strategic Plan, approved by the SSVMS Board on May 12, 2014, provides guidance to our work over the next three to five years.  The plan focuses on how we will serve our membership and have the greatest positive impact on our community.  The plan also lays out our priorities and aligns our activities so we can measure our success along the way.  The top priorities are to be the unified voice of physicians and to promote inclusiveness of all physicians, to enhance membership retention and growth by communicating the value of membership to members and prospective members, to advocate for physicians and patients by protecting MICRA, practice viability, patient access to care, and to enhance the physical and mental health of our community.  These priorities are evident in our new mission statement:

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.

SSVMS is fortunate to benefit from dynamic physician participation and from collaborative opportunities with other organizations. I would like to personally thank our superb physician leaders and our outstanding staff for their contributions to our new Strategic Plan. We believe these efforts will be rewarded with a more cohesive and relevant SSVMS.



MICRA Initiative Qualifies for Ballot.  The initiative seeking to alter California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) has officially qualified for the November ballot.  The initiative, which qualified in May, is written and funded by trial attorneys and their allies.  In addition to increasing the overall number of medical lawsuits and the cost of health care across the board, it contains a number of unrelated provisions designed to mislead and deceive voters.  For more information on the proposed initiative, and the damaging effects it would have on the delivery of healthcare in our region, visit or

Have You Pledged Your Commitment to Protect MICRA?  Click here to pledge your “no” vote on the anti-MICRA measure.

Tell Us Your Stories That Demonstrate Medi-Cal Network Inadequacy and Hindered Access to Continuous, Quality Care.  With more than a million new beneficiaries having enrolled in Medi-Cal since January 1, 2014, impending cuts threaten to make Medi-Cal the lowest-paying Medicaid program in the country.  Please help us advocate for physicians and patients by participating in a brief Medi-Cal Access Reporting Survey.

Surviving Covered California, Tip Sheet #4 Now Available from CMA.  To help answer some of the more common questions and to assist physician practices in surviving this major change in healthcare, CMA has created its fourth “Surviving Covered California” tip sheet.  For more information on Covered California, along with addition exchange resources, visit CMA’s exchange resource center at


The following webinars are offered at no cost to SSVMS members and staff, with a non-member cost of $99.  For more information, or to register, click on the links, or contact CMA’s member-help center, (800) 786-4262 or

JUNE 18:  The Power of the Pen – The Physician’s Responsibility in Prescribing and Referring for Medi-Cal Patients.  (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  Presented by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), this webinar will help you understand the importance of documentation, understand the physician’s role in prescribing/ordering/referring, and increase awareness of fraud and abuse in prescribing and referring.  1.00 CEU CREDIT.


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 or (916) 453-0254.

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.)

JUNE 11:  Movies and Medicine, SSVMS Medical History Museum Lecture Series, 5380 Elvas Avenue, 7:00pm.  SSVMS and the SSVMS Medical History Museum invite you to attend Dr. Faith Fitzgerald’s lecture on Movies and Medicine. This lecture touches upon the influence movies and TV have had on the expectations and ambitions of doctors and patients in America from the time of early films on to the present.  Relevant film clips are part of the show.  Please call (916) 452-2671 to RSVP.