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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 6


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SSVMS Member Physician Shares Strategy for NO on Prop. 46.  Physicians throughout the region are stepping up to defeat Prop. 46.  One physician offers the following:

I want to share with you my efforts to propagate the message regarding Proposition 46 in the community.  I am:

  • Wearing the NO on 46 button every day and educating patients as well as office staff, visitors, industry representatives, and others.

  • Wearing the button to the hospital and visiting all the nurses' stations and educating them.  I keep lab coat cards with me everywhere I go.

  • Showing the NO on Prop 46 video to patients in rooms equipped for video.  Requesting the patients talk about Prop 46 to their family and friends.  I provide lab coat cards with website and social media links to those interested.

  • Placing in my waiting room and exam rooms copies of the NO on 46 patient brochures in both English and Spanish.

  • Going to community events such as picnics, birthday parties, and educating friends and family about the importance of voting NO.

  • Registering to Vote by Mail (VBM).  I want my vote to count early!



NO on Prop 46 Resources

Click Here to Order Free Bumper Stickers, Buttons, Brochures, Message Cards, Posters, Starter Kits, and More!

Click Here to Watch the NO on 46 Campaign’s First Online Campaign Video: "The Truth About Proposition 46"

Help Defeat Prop. 46:  Register to Vote by Mail.  Watch the mail in the next few weeks for an invitation to register to Vote by Mail.  All physicians are urged to Vote NO on Prop. 46 and mail your ballot in early.  Early results are important, particularly during an election with low voter turnout.


Sacramento Bee Editorial:  Click here to read Endorsement:  Proposition 46 is no cure-all.

All Aboard!   We hope to see everyone at the SSVMS Fall Social, Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:00-8:30pm, California Railroad Museum.  Click here for more information.  This is a FREE, family-friendly event.  Bring your significant other and kids!  RSVP to (916) 452-2671 or

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Provides Update on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).  CDPH is reminding clinicians that all patients with suspect Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) must be reported to the local health jurisdiction at (916)875-5881.  CDPH has developed an interim case report form, entitled “Viral Hemorrhagic Fever,” that can be faxed to (916) 552-8973 or sent via secure email to  The latest updates from the CDC on Ebola are available at:

Optometrist Scope Bill Dead this Session.  Click here.

CMA Legislative Update.  Click here.

Joint Legislative Committee Orders Audit of Medi-Cal Managed Care Provider Networks.  Click here.

CMS Issues Proposed 2015 Medicare Payment Rule.  Click here.

CMS Announces Resumption of Limited Medicare Audits. Click here.

CMA Practice Resources

  • United Healthcare Fined $173 Million by California Insurance Commissioner: Click here

  • Blue Shield Data Breach Affects California Doctors: Click here

  • California Democratic Party to Remain Neutral on Prop. 46: Click here

  • United Healthcare Finally Completes PacifiCare Recontracting Effort After 2006 Merger: Click here

  • Noridian Offering Webinars for Practices: Click here

  • CMS Offering Webcasts on ICD-10 Clinical Documentation Requirements: Click here

  • How to File Effective Second Bill Reviews for Workers’ Compensation: Click here

  • The Coding Corner: Modifier 78 – The “Complications” Modifier: Click here

DocBookMD Messaging App Now a FREE SSVMS/ CMA Member Benefit! Click here.



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

SEPTEMBER 10:  HIPAA Update – Are You Compliant with the Final Omnibus Rule?, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  The Final HIPAA Rule went into effect in 2013.  There are so many changes to HIPAA privacy, security, breach and enforcement that this rule is referred to as an "Omnibus Rule."  This webinar provides an overview of the HIPAA changes and key steps medical practices can take to comply with HIPAA.  HIPAA enforcement penalties can be severe for medical practices who are not compliant!  1.00 CEU CREDIT.

SEPTEMBER 10:  Magical Medical History Tour, 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 Magical Medical History Tour.  This lecture is of a 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.  Please call (916) 452-2671 to RSVP.

SEPTEMBER 17:  Managing Difficult Employees and Reducing Conflict in the Practice, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  This information-packed workshop will teach you the secrets of how to lead, coach and manage difficult employees; set practice values; and reduce conflict in the practice.  1.00 CEU CREDIT.


SEPTEMBER 25:  Informed Consent for Psychotropic Medications:  What’s Required of Physicians, Hospitals and Nursing Homes, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  This webinar will review informed consent requirements for psychotropic medications for patients in or being transferred to skilled nursing facilities.  This webinar is free for all!

OCTOBER 1:  Family Medicine, Frontline of Care, (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  Family Medicine specialists are often gatekeepers under many payor models, and face competing pressures from the patients to gain access, the payors to control cost, and potentially third party vendors providing completed referral forms etc. that are not in the physician’s best interest.  This webinar will review strategies to help the provider take a pro-active approach to dealing with these external pressures, as well as review basics in documentation, prescribing, referring, and practice management.  1.00 CEU CREDIT.

OCTOBER 25:  SSVMS Fall Social, California State Railroad Museum, 6:00pm – 8:30pm.  You and your guest(s) are invited to join the SSVMS Board of Directors for a social event at the California State Railroad Museum.  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: Tuesday, October 22, 2014.

DECEMBER 4:  Organized Medical Staff Section 2014 Annual Assembly, San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, 333 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA.  (Conference), 8:30am – 4:00pm.  All physicians concerned about the role of strong self-governing medical staffs in improving patient care and safety should plan to attend.  Registration is FREE for OMSS Representatives and Chiefs of Staff of OMSS Member Medical Staffs.  Click here for more information.

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.