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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 6


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SSVMS Releases White Paper: Crisis in the Emergency Department:  Removing Barriers to Timely and Appropriate Mental Health Treatment. The paper assesses the historical events leading up to the mental healthcare delivery crisis in the Sacramento region.  Additionally, the white paper proposes three overarching recommendations to improve the quality of care for those experiencing a mental health crisis and to decrease the burden on the region’s emergency departments.  Click here to download a copy of the white paper.

Anti-vaccination Opponents Gathering Signatures to Recall the Only Physician in the California Legislature.  With our support, Dr. Richard Pan won his election to the State Senate promising to work to keep Californians safe and healthy, and he did just that authoring SB277 to abolish non-medical exemptions to school vaccinations.  TIME magazine called Dr. Richard Pan a hero for his leadership in fighting vaccine-preventable diseases.  Now, anti-vaccination supporters are gathering signatures to recall him. Please go to and click on “Stand with Dr. Pan” to add your name to the list of people who oppose the anti-vaccination group attempt to recall him.


DHCS is Seeking Input from Individual Physicians.  The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is seeking physicians and allied providers in solo or small practice to participate in a focus group to provide feedback on the new Medi-Cal provider enrollment system, Provider Application and Validation for Enrollment (PAVE).  The sessions will be at the California Medical Association, 1201 J Street, Sacramento, 6-8pm on either September 15, 16, or 17.  RSVP availability for each of the three dates to by Friday, September 4, 2015.  For more information contact Kristine Marck or (916) 551-2037.

SSVMS Meets with Congressional Representatives to Urge Meaningful Use Reform and Relief from RAC Audits.  SSVMS leadership recently meet with Representatives Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, and Tom McClintock to urge them to immediately pass EHR meaningful use reform and to stop Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) costly and abusive practices. Click here to learn about legislation to reform meaningful use. Click here to learn more about The Fair Medical Audits Act of 2015.

CMS Clarifies ICD-10 Grace Period Guidance.  In early July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that for a period of one year, it will allow for flexibility in claims payment, auditing and quality reporting processes as the medical community gains experience using the new ICD-10 code set.  Click here for more information.  Click here to download CMA’s ICD-10 Transition Guide, which includes an ICD-10 Transition Preparation Checklist.  These resources are free to members only.

Bills to Fight Tobacco Move Forward in Special Session.  CMA-sponsored tobacco-related bills that would boost regulations on e-cigarettes, increase the tobacco purchasing age to 21, and allow local jurisdictions to tax tobacco are moving forward in the Legislature’s special health session.  Click here for more information.


Patient Resources on End-of-Life Decisions Now Available Online.  CMA has developed a number of resources to help providers, patients and loved ones with making these important end-of-life decisions.  Click here for more information.

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.

Interested in Shaping Health Policy?  SSVMS has vacancies on its Delegation to the California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates.  The CMA House of Delegates convenes annually to debate and act on resolutions and reports dealing with a myriad of issues concerning medical practice, public health and CMA governance. In 2016, the House of Delegates will meet in Sacramento. Contact Chris Stincelli or (916) 452-2671 to learn more.

SAVE THE DATE – 2016 SSVMS and Alliance Annual Awards and Installation Dinner.  The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society and Alliance invite members and a guest to attend the Annual Awards and Installation Dinner, Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:00- 9:30pm, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1209 L Street, Sacramento.

Thomas Ormiston, MD will be installed as President 2016 and the following awards will be presented:  Golden Stethoscope Award, Medical Honor Award, Medical Community Service Award, and Dorothy Dozier Helping Hands Award.  Look for your invitation in the mail.  Contact SSVMS for more information (916) 452-2671 or



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.  Volunteer opportunities could be available in your private office, in community clinics and in local hospitals and surgery centers.  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

SEPTEMBER 17:  The Anatomy of a Lawsuit and How to Mitigate Risk.  Location:  The Citizen Hotel, 926 J Street, Sacramento.  6:00pm – Registration and cocktails; 6:30pm – Dinner and Program.  This is an exclusive dinner and presentation for Sacramento area physicians sponsored by SSVMS and the Cooperative of American Physician, Inc (CAP). Click here for more information.  To register, contact Elizabeth Gomez at (213) 473-8729 or by September 11.  Space is limited and reservations are required.

SEPTEMBER 18 – 20:  NEPO Building Healthy Communities Summit, Location:  Riverside Convention Center, 3637 5th Street, Riverside, CA.  Join the CMA Foundation’s Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Summit, an opportunity for physicians, public health professionals and community leaders who work with underserved communities to learn about emerging health care policy issues and share best practices on how to reduce health disparities and increase access to health care services for the populations they serve.  For more information, contact Liza Kirkland at (916) 779-6643 or  To register, click here.

OCTOBER 17:  19th Annual President’s Reception and Awards Gala, at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in Anaheim.  Enjoy the dinner, an inspiring awards presentation, live auction and exciting entertainment.  Visit for more information. Contact: Sadye Reish, (916) 551-2030 or 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.

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 15 & 16:  2015 California Primary Care Association (CPCA) Annual Conference:  Evolution Through Innovation, Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA.   Click here for more information or to register.

OCTOBER 25:  Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR/Sacramento) Annual Dinner, DoubleTree by Hilton, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, 5:00pm Social Hour; 6:00pm Dinner; 7:00pm Program.  The keynote speaker, Rebecca Peters, will address “Gun Violence – An International Prospective.”   Click here for more information or to register.

OCTOBER 29:  Institute for Medical Quality’s 2015 Medical Staff Conference, Embassy Suites Hotel, LAX, Los Angeles, CA.  Learn ways to enhance the medical staff’s effectiveness in meeting goals and improving quality of care and patient safety.  SSVMS/CMA members receive an $80 discount on registration.  Continuing Education Credits available.  Click here for more information and to register.

OCTOBER 29 – 30:  American Correctional Health Services Association (ACHSA) Annual Conference, Precision Healthcare – Tailoring Inmate Care, Location:  Red Lion Hotel Sacramento, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento 95815.  Contact Patti Gonzales, Conference Coordinator for more information at (619) 688-0234 or  For program information or to register online, click here.

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.