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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 - 2021 - Volume 10 - Issue 09

Medical Society News
September 2021
SSVMS President
Thank you to the nearly 700 physicians who signed on to SSVMS’s physician letter to the community to get vaccinated. See the Sacramento Bee article here. Don’t see your name listed? Email Brandon J. Craig at to sign on today. Help us amplify the message by sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. To view the full letter and list of signed physicians, please click here (or here for Spanish).
Carol Burch, MD - SSVMS President
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Contact your Congressional Representative today to ask them to Stop Pending Medicare Cuts for Physicians 
On January 1, 2022, physician practices face Medicare cuts on multiple fronts that amount to a combined 9.75% cut. This would directly impact Medicare patients’ ability to access care. And all of this comes at a time when physician practices are still recovering from the emotional and financial impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Reps. Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) and Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN) recently circulated a "Dear Colleague" letter highlighting the financial uncertainty within the Medicare payment system and the dangers these cuts could have on physicians’ ability to provide quality care for their patients if Congress fails to enact legislation to address these problems. You can help by contacting your representative and asking them to sign-on NOW!
Report Vaccine Adverse Event with HHS Reporting System
Healthcare providers are required to report adverse events after COVID-19 vaccination to VAERS. Learn more about the system and requirements at the HHS VAERS FAQ page.
CalMedForce Graduate Medical Education Grant (GME)
Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) is now accepting applications for the fourth cycle of the graduate medical education (GME) grant program, CalMedForce.
CalMedForce dedicates voter-approved, state tobacco tax revenues from Proposition 56 (2016) to train physicians and help California address its growing physician shortage. Each year, the program awards approximately $38 million to primary care and emergency medicine residency programs across California. All eligible residency programs are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to programs in medically-underserved communities. 
Applications are due by September 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Click here for more information and to apply for funding.
SSVMS Events
September - November
Peer Groups are a great way to connect with your fellow physicians. Small groups of physicians meet to discuss the challenges and successes of being a physician. Join our new 4-Part Virtual Wellness Series (open to no more than 20 physicians). Hosted by Dr. Jerry Huang and facilitated by Steve Seay and Angela Trapp.
The Physician Walking and Wellness Challenge started September first. It's not too late to join! Physician staff and medical students are more than welcome to join! Register today in a team of colleagues or workout solo and reach the leaderboard. Let’s get moving!
Virtual Event: Paint and Sip
Wed, Sept 15 6:00-8:00 PM
For a nominal fee, create your masterpiece with a two-hour, guided paint session with an instructor from The Painted Cork Sacramento. Your take-home kit has all the supplies you need, including a bottle of wine! Register by September 10.
*Physicians are welcome to purchase a ticket for one guest.
Sat, Sept 25
Connect with colleagues, receive 3 CMEs (pending) and earn a $25 gift card (for the first 100 participants) by attending our virtual 2021 Joy of Medicine Summit. See the full list of speakers here.
SSVMS and Alliance Blood Drive
Wed, Oct 27, | 9:30am-1:30pm
Hosted at the SSVMS 5380 Elvas, Sacramento, CA 95819
CMA Events
Tue, Sep 7 | 7:00pm-8:00pm
Other Events
Updates and Advances in Female Overactive Bladder Management
Wed, Sep 8| 12:00pm
Presented by Kristen K. Buono, M.D., FACOG
Optimizing Sepsis Care in 2021
Wed, Sep 15| 12:00pm
Presented by Sean Townsend, M.D.
Options for the Failing Heart: Biologic (Transplant) vs Mechanical (LVAD)
Wed, Sep 22| 12:00pm
Presented by Brett C. Sheridan, M.D., FACS
Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC Webinar: Learn how to maximize your workplace retirement benefits in your overall retirement plan
Wed, Sep 15| 12:00pm
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Please RSVP by September 14 for you and your guest/s. Call 916-638-4600 or email to RSVP. 
Fri, Oct 8| 10:00am-11:00am
Fri, Oct 22| 10:00am-11:00am
CME: Maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Sat, Oct 23| 1:00pm-2:00pm
The Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP): The Ins and Outs of Managing Patient Complaints
Asynchronous recording
SSVMS Campaigns and Programs
Make A Plan with Honoring Wishes
SSVMS invites all physicians and office staff to communicate your end-of-life-care wishes by completing an advance directive.
Through our Honoring Wishes program, we will
  • Provide you with your advance directive documents at no cost.
  • Offer the Honoring Wishes Addendum, an exercise to help your loved ones understand you and your perspective on these decisions.
  • Provide you with a $5 Starbucks gift card (for 50-minute, in-person appointments).
  • Enter you in a drawing for a $50 VISA gift card.
That’s as much as a $65 value simply for giving your loved ones some peace of mind if tragedy strikes.
Contact Marlee Turner at to bring Honoring Wishes to your practice!
COVID-19 Vaccine Buttons and FAQ Cards
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SSVMS's "Got My Vaccine!" buttons promote vaccination and our digital FAQ cards include facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. Our FAQ cards are available at in English, Spanish, Russian, Hmong, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. The buttons have a barcode on the back that gives immediate access to the FAQ cards. Button supply is limited and available only to SSVMS members.
SSVMS members, to order your free buttons, email Brandon J. Craig at
Social Media Corner
How Do You Find Joy?
September is Joy Month! SSVMS celebrates our physicians with events and our annual Joy of Medicine Summit! How do you find joy? Send us a selfie or 5-second clip showing us and we will feature them on our pages! Send your photos to SSVMS at
#JoyMonth #JoyofMedicine
Dr. Christie Carroll tells us how she finds joy in her day.
In the News
Guide to Running an Independent Medical Practice
The Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP) created One Step Ahead: An Essential Guide for Running a Successful Independent Medical Practice to help you stay ahead of issues:
▪ Human Resources Compliance in the Age of COVID-19
▪ The Patient Experience and Your Bottom Line
▪ Managing the Billing Office
▪ Consent and Privacy in a Virtual World
▪ Standards for Proper Documentation
SSVMS encourages physicians to schedule a free resiliency consultation with one of our Joy of Medicine psychologists or life coaches. Every physician in the Sacramento region is eligible for up to six sponsored sessions with a provider of your choice.
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Partners in Medicine
Please consider SSVMS's Partners in Medicine when in need of services. We look forward to continuing our important relationships with each of these Partners.
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