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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 - 2015 - Volume 4 - Issue 4


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Come Fly With Us at the SSVMS Summer Social!   We hope to see everyone at the SSVMS Summer Social, Saturday, August 22, 2015, 5:30-8:00pm, Aerospace Museum of California.  This is a FREE, family-friendly event.  Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  Bring your significant other and kids!  RSVP to (916) 452-2671 or

SSVMS to Host ICD-10 Code Set Boot Camp – Significant Discount for Members and Staff.  SSVMS, in partnership with AAPC, is holding a two-day ICD-10 training program in Sacramento on June 15-16 2015.  Attendees will receive 16 hours of intensive general ICD-10 code set training, hands-on coding exercises, and be prepared for the ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment.  Register at or call CMA Member Services at (800) 786-4262.  Space is limited, register today!

CMA Submits Comments on Meaningful Use Stage 3 to CMS.  Specifically, CMA urged CMS to hold off on finalizing Stage 3 Meaningful Use criteria until CMS implements stronger interoperability directives on EHR vendors, including certifying only those EHRs with the ability to satisfy all meaningful use requirements and prohibiting vendors from charging additional fees and costs for necessary upgrades and interfaces to achieve meaningful use.  In addition, CMA argued that proposed measures relating to coordination of care through electronic patient interactions set an exceedingly high bar for physicians in light of the technological limitations and administrative burdens facing many physician practices.  Finally, CMA objected to the proposed elimination of the 90-day reporting period for providers demonstrating meaningful use for the first time and recommended a reporting period that is less than a full calendar year for all participants in the EHR incentive programs.  Click here for more information.

CMA Supports Bill to Eliminate RAC Incentives that Cause Punitive and Burdensome Auditing.  Click here for more information.

Call for Nominations to CMA Councils and Subcommittees.  Deadline June 22, 2015.  CMA’s Nominations Committee is currently accepting, from Active Members, nominations and applications for the following 2016 Councils and Subcommittees:  Council on Science and Public Health; Council on Medical Services (Subcommittees on Medicare, Medi-Cal, Workers Compensation, and Health Information Technology); Council on Ethical, Legal and Judicial Affairs (Subcommittee on Professional Liability); Council on Health Professions and Quality of Care (Subcommittees on Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Medical Board of CA); Council on Membership, Governance and Bylaws; and Council on Legislation.  click here for more information. For assistance with your application or nomination, please contact Chris Stincelli, SSVMS Associate Director at or (916) 452-2671.

CMS to Issue New Medicaid Managed Care Rules for Comment.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed new federal regulations for Medicaid managed care. Click here to read the proposed rules.

Call for Awards Nominations.  Nominations are being sought for the Medical Society’s most prestigious awards to be presented to recipients at the annual meeting in January 2016.  The Golden Stethoscope Award, the Society’s highest honor, is awarded to a member who has demonstrated a career oriented to his or her practice, and the care of his or her individual patients in an environment of unselfishness, compassion and empathy.  The nominee must be an SSVMS member for at least 15 years.  The Medical Honor Award, is given to a member who is currently in practice, or retired, whose high achievement has allowed a contribution of great significance to medicine or community health in the El Dorado-Sacramento-Yolo region.  The candidate must be an SSVMS member for at least 5 years.  The Medical Community Service Award is presented to a non-physician community member or leader of a community organization in the El Dorado-Sacramento-Yolo region who has made a significant contribution to a medical or public health problem.  Please send letters of nomination to SSVMS, c/o Margaret Parsons, MD, Chair, Scholarship & Awards Committee, 5380 Elvas Avenue, #101, Sacramento, CA 95819.  For more information, contact Chris Stincelli at (916) 452-2018,  Deadline: November 1, 2015.

Two Sacramento Clinics get HHS Funding.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the allocation of about $100 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 164 health sites serving low-income patients, including $700,000 each to two Sacramento clinics that serve low-income residents – Elica Health and Cares Community Health Centers. Both health centers have plans to expand their services for the underinsured in our region.  Click here for more information about Elica Health.  Click here for more information about Cares Community Health.

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Physician Preceptors Needed.  Physician preceptors are needed to supervise medical students and undergrads in several UC Davis student-run clinics. Contract Kris Wallach, Director, Membership and Community Outreach at, 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, or (916) 453-0254 for more information.


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

JUNE 17:  Magical Medical History Tour, SSVMS Medical History Museum Lecture Series, 5380 Elvas Avenue, 7:00pm.  SSVMS and SSVMS Medical History Museum invite you to attend Dr. Faith Fitzgerald’s series of cases of famous people, their illnesses, their accomplishments and associated interesting things.  These are ‘cases’ designed to illustrate the rich access all doctors have, through their patients, to history, literature, art, philosophy, music, poetry, religion, in fact, all things pertinent to human beings.  This is a FREE event and space is limited.  Please call (916) 452-2671 to RSVP.

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 here 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.

AUGUST 22:  SSVMS Summer Social, Aerospace Museum of California, 5:30pm – 8:00pm.  You and your guest(s) are invited to join the SSVMS Board of Directors for a social event at the Aerospace Museum of California.  This is a great opportunity to bring your family and visit with colleagues while touring the museum.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.  RSVP to Shannon at (916) 452-2671, or  This is a FREE event.  Deadline to RSVP: Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

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.

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  Events should be physician-focused and should take place in or near El Dorado, Sacramento, or Yolo counties.)

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.