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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 info@ssvms.org.

SSV Medical Society News - 2012 - Volume 1 - Issue 8



IN THIS ISSUE

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Sacramento County Public Health Officer Orders Mandatory Influenza Vaccination or Masking of Health Care Workers.  In an advisory dated August 29, 2012, Sacramento County Public Health Officer Olivia Kasirye, MD issues an order mandating that all health care facilities in Sacramento County require their health care workers to receive an annual influenza vaccination or, if they decline, to wear a mask during the influenza season.  The order applies to all persons working in hospitals, ambulatory and community clinics, skilled nursing and other long term care facilities, and EMT and ambulance services who have direct patient contact or who work in patient care areas.  Click here for more information.

FEDERAL

CMS Releases Stage 2 Requirements for Meaningful Use.  On August 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final requirements for Stage 2 "meaningful use."  The rule is part of a federal incentive program for Medicare and Medi-Cal physicians who adopt and achieve "meaningful use" of electronic health records (EHR), as authorized by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.  Click here for more information.

IOM Report Recommends Updating Medicare Payment Localities to Improve Payment Accuracy.  Adjusting Medicare payments for regional variations in practice will ensure payment accuracy, according to a new report by the Institute for Medicine.  SSVMS and CMA, which have been working for a decade to convince Congress and CMS to update the payment localities, applaud IOM for these important recommendations and hopes Congress will finally take action on this critical issue.  Click here for details.

Medicare to Require Prior Authorization for Power Mobility Devices.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will require physicians in seven states, including California, to obtain prior authorization for motorized wheelchairs and other power mobility devices for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries.  There are statutory requirements that must be met before the prescription is written.  For more information, click here.

CMS Regional Stakeholder Teleconference: Health Insurance Marketplace & Expanded Insurance Options, September 14, 10:00am – 12:00pm.  Join staff from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Health & Human Services (HHS) to learn about the latest information regarding the implementation of the Health Insurance Exchange and strategies to educate the uninsured, under insured, and small businesses about expanded insurance coverage options.  To register, click here.

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STATE

SSVMS Calls on Legislature to Reinstate Healthy Families.  In a letter dated August 27, SSVMS President Dr. David Herbert urged our representatives in the State Assembly and Senate to vote yes on SB 301 and AB 826 legislation that would reinstate the Medi-Cal Managed Care Organization (MCO) Tax and the Healthy Families Program.  In June, Governor Brown signed the proposal to transition all of the children currently enrolled in Healthy Families to Medi-Cal.  If approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), the move would have an enormously negative impact on the 900,000 children that rely on Healthy Families for health care coverage. Click here to view the letter.

CMA Defends the Constitutionality of MICRA.  On July 9, 2012, CMA, together with the California Hospital Association, California Dental Association, and AMA, filed an amicus curiae brief to support the constitutionality of the MICRA cap on noneconomical damages in the case Hughes v. Pham.  This case is currently in the briefing stage before the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District.  Click here for details.

Anthem Blue Cross Announces Changes to Reimbursement Policies and Claims Software.  Anthem Blue Cross has sent physicians a notice advising of upcoming changes to the insurer’s reimbursement policies and claims editing software called ClaimsXten.  Most changes will go into effect on December 8, 2012, with a few exceptions that go live on January 1, 2013.  Because of these changes, physicians may notice a difference in how certain codes and code pairs are adjudicated.  For further details, click here.

SSVMS/CMA Member Named Chair of Assembly Health Committee.  Assemblymember Richard Pan, MD has been appointed chair of the California Assembly Health Committee.  The appointment marks the first time in State history that a practicing pediatrician has held the post.  Dr. Pan’s appointment became effective on Friday, August 10, 2012.

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LOCAL

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, September 29, 2012, 10:00am – 2:00pm.  Multiple locations are available on this day for patients to safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications.  Click here to find a Take-Back site near you, or call (800) 882-9539 for more information.

SSVMS Alliance Annual Holiday Sharing Card.  Summer is almost over and the holidays will be just around the corner.  Be on the watch for the SSVMS Alliance Annual Holiday Sharing Card letter.  SSVMS Alliance’s Holiday Sharing Card has enhanced Sierra Sacramento Valley health projects and the next generation of medical professionals.  In 2011, $18,025 was raised for the Alliance’s Community Endowment Fund, the SSVMS William E. Dochterman Medical Student Scholarship Fund, and the AMA Foundation Medical School Scholarship Fund.  For more information contact Glenda Morris at gamorris@pacbell.net.

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SSVMS-CMA SEMINARS / WEBINARS / EVENTS

ICD-10-CM Training Opportunities.  Effective October 1, 2014, the ICD-9-CM code sets used to report diagnoses and procedures will be replaced by ICD-10-CM codes.  This transition will cause changes across every aspect of physician practices.  CMA has partnered with the nation’s largest medical training and credentialing association, AAPC, to provide SSVMS/CMA members with a complete suite of ICD-10 solutions at steeply discounted rates.  Most classes also include CME credits for physicians.  For more information, click here.

SEPTEMBER 5:  A Guide to Reviewing Payor Contracts (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pmLearn tips to maximize success in negotiating managed care contracts.  Learn to identify key contract provisions and health plan practices you should be aware of prior to signing or renewing an agreement.  This webinar is offered at no cost to SSVMS/CMA members.  Nonmember cost is $99.  For more information, or to register, click here, or contact CMA’s member-help center, (800) 786-4262 or memberservice@cmanet.org.  1.0 CEU credit available.

SEPTEMBER 19:  Creating and Implementing Financial and Office Policies (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  In the medical office, office policies and procedures are handed down verbally from one staff person to another.  Inevitably, important elements of policies are lost in translation.  Creating written financial and office policies and procedures help staff learn their jobs faster, with greater accuracy, and relieve physician and manager frustration.  This webinar is offered at no cost to SSVMS/CMA members.  Nonmember cost is $99.  For more information, or to register, click here, or contact CMA’s member-help center, (800) 786-4262 or memberservice@cmanet.org.

SEPTEMBER 22-23:  Ethnic Physician Leadership Summit, Los Angeles, 8:30am – 1:30pm.  The CMA Foundation and the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) is accepting registrations for the 2012 Ethnic Physician Leadership Summit.  This year's theme is "How to Thrive - Not Just Survive."  Summit registration is $25 for medical students or $50 for physicians and members of a community-based organization.  All other attendees can register for $150 per person.  Limited scholarships are available for medical students for registration, travel and hotel on a first-come, first served basis.  Space is limited, so register today.  For more information, contact Liza Trujillo-Kirkland at etrujillo@thecmafoundation.org.

SEPTEMBER 27: Learning from Lawsuits: Strategies and Resources for Reducing Risk, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  Who’s getting sued for medical malpractice these days and how can they protect themselves?  For some answers, join SSVMS and NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company for a special dinner and CME event.  Two experts in the fields of risk management and the law will provide insights into current trends in medical malpractice lawsuits – and you’ll learn some new and innovative ways to reduce the risks you face every day.  Free for SSVMS members and NORCAL insured; $99 for nonmembers.  Space is limited, so register today by clicking here.

SEPTEMBER 27: Learning from Lawsuits: Strategies and Resources for Reducing Risk, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.Who’s getting sued for medical malpractice these days, and how can they protect themselves? For some answers, join SSVMS and NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company for a special dinner and CME event. Two experts in the fields of risk management and the law will provide insights into current trends in medical malpractice lawsuits – and you’ll learn some new and innovative ways to reduce the risks you face every day.  Free for SSVMS members and NORCAL insured, $99 for nonmembers. Space is limited, so register today by clicking here.

SEPTEMBER 29:  Walk With a Doc Kick-off Event, State Capitol, 8:30 am.  SSVMS is joining with the CMA Foundation to start a local Walk with a Doc Program, created to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages.  Physician volunteers are needed to lead walks in local parks on Saturday mornings.  Please join us for the kick-off event.  To volunteer, contact SSVMS at (916) 452-2671, info@ssvms.org, or click here for more information.

OCTOBER 3:  Protect Your Practice From Payor Abuse (Webinar), 12:15pm – 1:15pm.  CMA sponsored legislation (AB 1455 - The Health Care Provider Bill of Rights) includes many protections against unfair payment practices by health plans and insurers.  Learn about important California laws that protect physicians and their practices from payor abuse.  This webinar is offered at no cost to SSVMS/CMA members.  Nonmember cost is $99.  For more information, or to register, click here, or contact CMA’s member-help center, (800) 786-4262 or memberservice@cmanet.org.  1.0 CEU credit available.

OCTOBER 5:  2012 Northern California Healthcare Conference, Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Lincoln, CA, 7:30am – 6:00pm.  Sponsored by the Sacramento Medical Group Management Association (SMGMA), and includes outstanding educational and networking opportunities.  Attend workshops on patient satisfaction, contract negotiation strategies and more.  For more information click here.  To register, click here, then click on “Calendar/Event Registration.”

OCTOBER 12:  CMA Organized Medical Staff Section 2012 Annual Assembly, Sacramento Convention Center, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm.  All physicians concerned about the role of strong self-governed medical staffs in improving patient care and safety should plan to attend.  Free registration for OMSS Representatives and Chiefs of Staff of OMSS Member Medical Staffs!  To register, click here or for more information, call (800) 786-4262 or email medstaffhelp@cmanet.org.

OCTOBER 12:  Hospital-Based Practice Forum Annual Meeting, Sacramento Convention Center, 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  All CMA members concerned about the impact of state and federal policy on hospital-based physicians are invited to attend the annual meeting of CMA's Hospital-Based Practice Forum (HBPF).  The HBPF provides representation within CMA for physicians practicing in hospital-based settings, which includes, but is not limited to emergency medicine, internal medicine, anesthesiology, radiology, and hospital medicine.  This conference is free to SSVMS/CMA members.  For more information or to register, click here.

OCTOBER 12:  Future of Medicine Reception, Cafeteria 15L, 1116 15th Street, Sacramento, CA  95814, 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  The California Medical Association (CMA) will be hosting a reception during this year's House of Delegates for members of its Medical Student Section (MSS), Resident/Fellow Section (RFS), and Young Physician Section (YPS).  For more information or to RSVP, click here.

OCTOBER 13 – 15:  CMA House of Delegates.  The House of Delegates convenes annually to debate and act on resolutions and reports dealing with myriad medical practice, public health and CMA governance issues.  Click here for more information.

OCTOBER 14: CMA President's Reception and Awards Gala, California Museum, 1020 O Street, Sacramento.  This year’s gala is honoring Incoming CMA President and SSVMS Member and Past President, Paul R. Phinney, MD.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

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EL DORADO, SACRAMENTO AND YOLO COUNTY HEALTHCARE EVENTS
To submit a community healthcare event for possible publication, email info@ssvms.org. Events should be physician-focused and should take place in or near El Dorado, Sacramento, or Yolo counties.

SEPTEMBER 29:  Walk With a Doc Kick-off Event, State Capitol, 8:30 am.  SSVMS is joining with the CMA Foundation to start a local Walk with a Doc Program.  Physician volunteers are needed to lead walks in local parks on Saturday mornings.  For more information, click here or contact SSVMS at (916) 452-2671, info@ssvms.org.

OCTOBER 6:  Putt for Your Butt Golf Tournament, Turkey Creek Golf Course.  Join the California Colorectal Cancer Coalition to have a great time and raise money to help increase colorectal cancer awareness, access to screening, and projects to help uninsured and underinsured Californians get screened.  To register, click here.  For more information, contact Michele Limoges at (916) 985-9200, or michele.limoges@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu.

OCTOBER 7:  Physicians for Social Responsibility, Sacramento Chapter Annual Dinner, California State University, Sacramento Alumni Center, 6:00pm.  Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, UC Davis Health System, US Davis Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences, Dean, School of Medicine, will speak on health disparities and the social determinants of health.  For more information or to register, visit www.sacpsr.org or call (916) 955-6333.


HIGHLIGHTED MEDICAL SOCIETY MEMBER BENEFIT
Did you know that SSVMS/CMA members are eligible to receive investment-planning services at unique members-only pricing?  Wells Fargo Advisors offers dedicated resources for SSVMS/CMA members.  Many fees for investment advisory programs have either been waived or negotiated.  For a no-cost consultation, contact Timothy Johnson or Mark Aizenberg, Investment Officers at (855) CALIF-MD (855-225-4363) or califmd@wellsfargo.com.

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