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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 5


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CMA & DOJ Reach Short-term Solution to CURES Upgrade Problem.  In response to concerns raised by the California Medical Association (CMA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) has agreed to a short-term solution to prevent thousands of Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) prescribers and dispensers from losing access when the new system is launched on June 30.  Click here for more information.

SSVMS to Host ICD-10 Code Set Boot Camp – Significant Discount for Members and Staff.  Physicians and staff are invited to join SSVMS and AAPC for a two-day ICD-10 training program at the Medical Society offices 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.

CMS Rule Reduces Meaningful Use Burdens; CMA Advocates for More Change.  Click here for more information.

California State Auditor Releases Report Outlining Flaws with Medi-Cal Program. Click here for more information.

Physicians Receiving Notice from CHPI Encouraged to Verify Data Accuracy by July 31. The California Healthcare Performance Initiative System (CHPI) recently notified physicians of their “quality rating.”  Physicians who wish to verify the accuracy of the data used to calculate their scores must do so by July 31.  Click here for more information.

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

Nominations Open for SSVMS Awards.  Nominations are being sought for the Medical Society’s annual awards, including the Golden Stethoscope Award, the Medical Honor Award, and the Medical Community Service Award.  For more information or to nominate a colleague, contact Chris Stincelli at (916) 452-2671 or  Deadline: November 1, 2015.



Physician Volunteers Sought to Provide Services to the Undocumented.  The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors recently voted to restore health care services for part of its indigent population, including the undocumented.  SSVMS’ Sacramento Physicians Initiative to Reach out, Innovate and Teach (SPIRIT) Program will provide volunteer specialty and surgical services.  To volunteer, contact Kris Wallach at or (916)452-2671.

Physician Preceptors Needed.  Interested in supervising medical students and undergrads in UC Davis student-run clinics? Contact Kris Wallach (916)452-2671 or for more information.

Physician Mentors Needed for Pre-Medical Students.  M.A.P.S., the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, at UC Davis, seeks physicians interested in mentoring opportunities.  Contact Kris Wallach, or (916) 452-2671 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

JULY 15 & 16:  ICD-10 Code Set Boot Camp, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, 5380 Elvas Avenue, Sacramento.  Learn to code for ICD-10 and prepare for the ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment.  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 or call CMA Member Services at (800) 786-4262.  SSVMS/CMA members and staff receive discounted pricing.  Space is limited.  16.00 CEU CREDITS.

JULY 25:  SSVMS Alliance Napa Valley Wine Trip.  Join the Alliance for an exclusive wine tasting experience at Peju Province and Foley Johnson Wineries in the heart of Napa Valley.  Chartered bus leaves SSVMS at 9:00am and returns at 5:00pm.  Space is limited. Contact  Jerilyn Marr at or (916) 484-6490 for reservations and information.

AUGUST 22:  SSVMS Summer Social, Aerospace Museum of California, 5:30pm – 8:00pm.  Physicians and guests are invited to join SSVMS 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. Click here to download the flyer.

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.)

OCTOBER 29 – 30:  Precision Healthcare – Tailoring Inmate Care, Red Lion Hotel Sacramento, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento 95815.  Attend the annual conference of the California-Nevada American Correctional Health Services Association (ACHSA).  Contact Patti Gonzales, for more information at or (619) 688-0234.  For program and registration information, click here13.75 Prescribed Credits (American Academy of Family Physicians, AMA Category 1, and AOA Category A-1)

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.