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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 - 2019 - Volume 8 - Issue 03 - March

Volume 8, Issue 3
March, 2019
The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society is dedicated to bringing together physicians from all modes of practice to promote the art and science of quality medical care and to enhance the physical and mental health of our entire community.
Dear Colleagues,
As you may know, flawed implementation of a new state law that requires all security prescription forms to have a unique serialized number has left pharmacies unable to fill prescriptions, causing mass confusion and patients being refused necessary medications. Our physician members quickly alerted us to the myriad of challenges this new requirement was causing - and we leapt to action.

CMA worked with Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) to craft AB 149 to fix this issue and ensure no patient goes without the essential medicine and care they need. And we have great news - AB 149 cleared the legislature without opposition and is now headed to Governor Gavin Newsom's desk to be signed into law.

CMA and SSVMS want to thank Assemblymember Cooper for his leadership, as well as our physician members who advocated to ensure compliance with this new requirement did not adversely impact patient care.

AB 149 is just the latest example of the collective power when physicians stand together on behalf of our patients and the medical profession. Learn more at

Christian L. Serdahl, MD
President, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
David H. Aizuss, MD
President, California Medical Association
You Care for Patients. We Care For You!
Physicians and practice managers are encouraged to schedule a complimentary one-on-one needs assessment with Megan Sharpe, SSVMS Physician Relations Manager. Become armed with the tools and resources you need to run an efficient and successful practice. Megan will connect you with resources that can assist you in solving your most pressing pain points. SSVMS is the go-to resource for physicians in private practices to get real help, so they can thrive,
not just survive.
To help us better assist you, please take this 1 minute survey, email or call (916) 826-0422
to schedule your appointment today!* 
*Not all resources and discounts are available to non-member physicians.

SSVMS & Ameriprise Financial Services "Understanding the New Tax Law" Dinner Presentation
Thursday, March 21, 2019, Sacramento, CA, Register Here
SSVMS & Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP) Present Cyber Risk Continuing Medical Education (CME) Seminar
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, Folsom, CA, Register Here
SSVMS, One Community Health & Boston University "Scope of Pain" Breakfast Presentation
Saturday, April 6, 2019, Sacramento, CA, Register Here
SSVMS & SAFE Credit Union "Mindfulness and Money" Dinner Presentation
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Folsom, CA, Register Here
CMA Legislative Advocacy Day
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Sacramento, CA. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Capitol throughout the day to meet with legislators on health care issues. Register/More Information
Saving Private Practice: Key Strategies for Practice Success Dinner Presentation
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 5:30pm-8:00pm, SSVMS, Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information
Serotonin Surge Charities Race for the Clinics 5K/10K Run/Walk
Saturday, May 18, 2019, Sacramento, CA, Register/More Information
SSVMS & Fresno Madera Medical Society CME Rome to Venice Cruise!
July 6-13, 2019, Departs from Rome, Italy. Register/More Information
3rd Annual Joy of Medicine Summit
Saturday, September 28, 2019, Sacramento, CA, Save the Date!
CMA Webinars are no cost for members.
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Other Events

Every Smile Counts! Medical-Dental Learning Collaborative Dinner
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 5:00pm-9:00pm, Sacramento, CA Register/More Information
Physician Health and Well-being Conference
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 8:00am-5:00pm, Oakland, CA, Register/More Information
16th Annual UC Davis Nephrology and Transplantation Conference
Friday, April 12, 2019, 8:00am-4:30pm, Sacramento, CA Register/More Information
Joy of Medicine Corner
Joy of Medicine-on Call Podcast Listen Now!
Tune in to the latest episode with Ruth Haskins, MD, CMA Past President and a solo OBGYN physician. She joins us to share her passion for volunteerism and explains how volunteering is necessary to decrease physician burnout. Listen on your favorite podcast app or online at:
Featured Joy of Medicine Provider
Amy Ahlfeld, Psy.D., Psy 24598
Physicians face extreme stress and a heavy workload. If you are feeling overwhelmed, SSVMS sponsors up to six wellness sessions, at no cost to physicians, with licensed and vetted psychologists and life coaches to physicians living and working in the Sacramento Region.

Dr. Ahlfeld specializes in providing behavioral interventions and conducting comprehensive assessments pertaining to academic, workplace, or medical-related issues. Her areas of interest include helping clients manage conflict, life transitions and changing negative patterns and habits.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ahlfeld, contact her directly and identify yourself as a physician in the Sacramento Region who participates in the Joy of Medicine Program. For more information about Resiliency Consultations visit:
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Doug Crumley, CFP, CRPC, APMA, CLTC
Certified Financial Planner practitioner | Private Wealth Advisor | Business Financial Advisor
Drawing on an Ameriprise history of more than 120 years, Crumley & Associates has extensive experience in helping physicians preserve and grow their wealth. In a financial planning relationship with Crumley & Associates you can expect the following:
  • Collaboratively develop goals-based advice and solutions, and track your progress towards those goals.
  • Investment solutions that are in alignment with your financial planning objectives.
  • View your investments and performance, as well as your financial goals and your progress toward those goals at anytime, anyplace, and from any device you choose.
  • Two to four face to face, or screen to screen meetings each year with your advisor. And, we will return your call the same day, every day.
Crumley and Associates will donate $100 to the Joy of Medicine program for every financial plan made for an SSVMS physician member. Consider taking their 3-Minute Confident Retirement check to gauge your retirement readiness and see where you stand.
To schedule your complimentary initial consultation call  Pauline Cole at (916) 638-4600, email her at or visit their website.
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The initial consultation provides an overview of financial planning concepts.  You will not receive written analysis and/or recommendations.  
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